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Rye RebellionRye Rebellion

Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
In honor of the brave men who stood up to the tax collector we have created Rye Rebellion, an Imperial Stout brewed with four different types of rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels.

Added by DrDemento456 on 01-11-2012

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Photo of ONUMello
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 vintage poured into a tulip
A: Pitch black with a one-finger head
S: Sweet malt, chocolate, coffee, molasses, vanilla
T: Cocoa, coffee, some char, alcohol towards the finish
M: Full-bodied, dry, some alcohol
O: Packs a punch but worth a try. I'll try to save one for a year to see how it shows with some age

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Photo of KevBot89
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pitch black, no visible light coming through the beer. Thin tan head that disappears almost immediately

Aroma: Whiskey aromas are dominant. Faint hints of chocolate, maybe some roasted malts. Some noticeable alcohol is present in the nose too.

Taste: this beer starts with whiskey and a gritty rye flavor that competes with chocolate and alcohol for full attention of the palate. The former pair narrowly edges the latter, though it’s a fairly tight contest that suggests a very well balanced beer. As the drink warms, some sweet touches of caramel are faintly detectable.

Mouthfeel: The gritty rye flavors are mitigated by the chocolate malts. A stinging mouthfeel from whiskey and rye is rapidly laid to rest by smooth chocolate and roasty flavors, but makes a brief appearance on the back of the palate. The lingering flavor is light alcohol and chocolate.

Overall, this is a pretty good beer. I’d prefer either: 1) some more full-bodied whiskey flavor; or 2) more malts and less whiskey. The beer seems to be caught in between the two areas, though it’s not necessarily a bad thing. I certainly appreciate this beer for what it’s worth.

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Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2014 vintage. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a small tan head that fades and leaves decent lacing and nice retention. The aromas are full of dough along with dark chocolate. Some cocoa malts. Hints of coconut. The bourbon is present. The flavors are on the sweeter side, but there's still a solid bitterness. Lots of oak/wood notes in the flavors. Very earthy. Some black pepper. The rye is there, giving it a subtle spiciness. More chocolate. Some vanilla and caramel is in the mix. Pretty roasty. There's a slight warmth and the alcohol is noticeable, but not in a boozy way. Finishes dry. Mouthfeel feels thin, but it's on the lighter side of full-bodied with active carbonation. This makes a solid sipper.

This is an okay barrel-aged stout, but it's not something that really grabbed my attention. It's a little rough around the edges. It isn't bad, but isn't something that can hang with the big boys, in my opinion.

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Photo of glass_house
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours jet black with one finger of dark brown head that fizzles to a thin collar with light lacing. Bright herbal hops are the first aroma I notice. Lots of fresh-ground coffee, cocoa, vanilla, and whiskey as well.

Taste was pretty much as expected. Bittersweet dark chocolate with a hint of dark roast coffee. Smokey vanilla and caramel. Then a fair amount of warming whiskey on the finish. Not overwhelming by any means, but there's no mistaking what this is. The body is a little heavier than medium, but not much. Lightly carbonated and very smooth. Somewhat thick and creamy, coats the mouth well. If this was just a bit heavier and fuller it would be near perfection for me.

Overall I liked it quite a bit. I wouldn't call it "boozy" but it's probably close. It's a sipper for sure, and a darn good one I'd say. I love whiskey and when I'm in the mood for a big strong stout I will definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of jbwimer
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle split with a good friend. Have enjoyed this each time I've drank it, and want to support the local beer. Here goes the review.

A- Fairly aggressive pour into a Voodoo snifter yields a thin, light-brown head. Barely any light getting through. Viscous as can be. Spotty lacing with some nice legs (like my girlfriend).

S- Soft bourbon and rye. Lots of chocolate and an enjoyable roasty aroma that balances this out. Faint presence from the alcohol, though it is not offensively boozy.

T- Charred flavors. Roast with some faint alcohol. A little more bourbon presence on the flavor than there was on the aroma. Faint spiciness from the rye. There's also a bitterness that hangs around throughout the whole drinking process. Really interesting flavors here. Not mind-blowing, but they're still nice.

M- A tad oily for my preference. However, this beer is really smooth. Low carbonation with a medium mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable, though far from perfect.

O- A nice offering from a local brewery. I remember enjoying this beer more with some age on it. There are three still left from the four-pack I purchased yesterday. Probably gonna lay these down for awhile and see how they develop. Will probably return for a re-review.

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Photo of CLEmark
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Black, dark as night.

Smell- Malt front, soy, and whiskey.

Taste- some oak, vanilla, and a bit boozey. Nice chocolate notes. Not as sweet as some barrel ages. It is a rye whiskey barrel and you can tell

Mouthfeel- thick, almost milky. Not syrupy like some barrel aged.

Overall- A solid beer, a bit thick for me. Would have liked some more oak and whiskey flavors. Worth a try and a nice price for a barrel aged beer. At 11% it packs a punch. I didn't find this to drinkable because of the thickness.

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Photo of superspak
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into snifter, 2013 vintage bottle. Pours dense pitch black color with a small tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of green apple, pear, dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, clove, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Ok aromas with solid complexity; yeast off notes are quite strong, but don’t completely mask the whole aroma. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, light char, rye, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, rye, light char, vanilla, toast, toffee, oak, whiskey, herbal, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity of dark/roasted malt and whiskey barrel flavors; with a great malt/barrel flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good barrel aged imperial stout. Even though the aromas were flawed, the taste was very nice with good complexity and balance of malt and barrel flavors. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of themind
3.44/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Interesting brew that really had a subtle green apple taste. The ABV was noticeable which was a slight let down. The stout portion of the beer was good but dont expect a massive rye/whiskey bomb. The barrel aging is there but I would not throw this into the upper echelon of BB stouts. The mouthfeel was awesome! if only the beer was better. As the beer warms it becomes much more drinkable and enjoyable. I suggest letting it breath a bit.

Bottom Line: interesting brew.

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Photo of BgThang
2.42/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this beer had great potential. Upon pouring I could smell green apples which is a flaw in beer from over stressed yeast. This sucks. I had great expectations for this beer. It has potential. So the term is acetaldehyde. You can google it. It means the beer is too young not had time to condition. Another words the yeast did not finish cleaning the beer up and eat all of the by products of itself. usually meaning the yeast was strained or someother haps. anyway. I would really like to try some more of their beers

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, 2013 vintage

pours oil black, just a few bubbles of dark tan head that fades. great aroma, the whiskey is prominent, but its soft and nice but not harsh. nice roasty espresso flavors, with oak and vanilla whiskey flavors. no booze heat. medium to full slick body, low carbonation. smooth feel.

overall a real nice barrel aged stout, and not over priced.

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Photo of Seanniek91
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 12oz bottle into a HF stemmed tulip.

Appearance- Black with real quick mocha head. No lacing. Carbonation seems absent.

Smell- Malt forward imperial stout. Light cherry and chocolate, vanilla bourbon hints, a lil coffee. Not too much going on, but smells nice.

Taste- That oak with a light bourbon comes through first. Decent hop bitterness which is unexpected. Super light notes of the above aromas. Maybe I'll get more as it warms up. Don't know how long it was aged in barrels for, but its not very strong. Lacking in flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel- Super light carbonation, no booze heat (nice for 11%), medium viscosity. Drinks pretty smooth.

Overall- A decent bourbon barrel stout. Nothing impressive, but maybe a nice intro to the style? The bitterness lingers for a while.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from a great trader. Pours a dark black with a verrry small brown head, very creamy looking. Rich aroma of chocolate and spice, a bit of roast, sweet brown sugar, and light barrel notes of whiskey and anise. Flavor is a big chocolate balanced with a beautiful whiskey sweetness from the barrel, a good bit of caramel flavor, and a roasty bitter finish. Very little heat here and nicely balanced spicy rye chocolate. Definite influence from the rye whiskey. Beautifully creamy on the palate with lowish carbonation. Like velvet. What a great beer. Seems very underrated to me. This is damn good.

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Photo of mverity
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Nice brown collar throughout. Aroma is lots of chocolate, some coffee, lots of earthiness, and a little scent of bourbon. Taste has a really nice earthy chocolate tone. The rye/bourbon also comes through pretty well. Tons of malt. Tons of malt. Yes, it needed repeating. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.98/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Straight up slick black, super black. Creamy smooth pour with minimal carbonation. Head is small and dark khaki. Drops to a small creamy collar with no head thanks to the barrel aging.

Smell: Holy hell. Whiskey is aggressive and everywhere. I cracked the cap and it hit like a straight bottle of rye whiskey. Sweet, very sweet, but not cloying. Vanilla, some wood, and a ton of caramel and toffee sweetness. Cocoa, bitter chocolate, and licorice. It's all there. Deeply roasted with some burnt edges. Chewy fudge, almost candy-like. Some dark fruit, mainly berries. Alcohol is high and hits the nose harder as it warms. Malt sweetness tries to mask it, but ultimately can't hold up.

Taste: Solid roasted malt with a bitter cocoa. Some smoother dark chocolate and a hint of licorice. Small hints of dark fruit. Some old coffee. A lot more chocolate than the nose indicated. Bourbon drops to a tiny backing note, offering some vanilla and toffee, but not much else. Very vague sort of rye in the back that I probably wouldn't have picked out without the hint on the bottle. Mellow. Very slight smoke, char, and burnt malt. Caramelized with some some toffee. A bit harsh on the finish. Almost nutty and grassy at times. Slight lingering roasty bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with a medium body. Light carbonation. Slightly oily. A bit thin for the style.

Overall: Unsettled grumbling.

Where's my rye? Smells like a whiskey bomb for a minute and then drops to a rather average imperial stout.

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Photo of wraynathan
2.44/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type:



Dark, black as night. Usual color that I'd expect for a Stout. Had a very small head it to it.


The beer had strange smell to it. I could get the hint of Rye, but there was something else I couldn't quite place. After some smelling of the beer, I finally placed the smell. The smell reminded me of the smell of the noodles that come in the "A little taste of Thai" Microwavable/Stove Top Quick Meals. There is a certain oil that 'A little taste of Thai' stores their noodles in, in which the smell of this beer reminds me of. Kind of a weird smell to have for a beer.


This beer, in small sips, has a taste of rye and a hint of chocolate. However, in bigger drinks, the beer hits the pallet harshly. The taste starts off with a very intensely sweet, sugary taste and then finishes off with a bitter, beer taste.

There have been a few beers that I have had, including this one, that have been intensely sweet. It makes me think that they are tying to mask the high alcohol content with a sweetness, but just add way entirely too much sugar. I believe this beer, if it had a lesser sweetness to it, would have been a better.


I found this beer to be Medium bodied. It was not heavy like some stouts that I have had. It was harsh due to the abrupt sweetness of the beer.

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Photo of wrayjustin
3.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving: Draft
Location: Holy Hound Taproom, York, PA

Deep black, dark as a calm Arizona night. The pour glimmers a hint of red and brown when the light hits just right. Starts with a respectful dirty-white head that lasts through most of the session while turning darker and darker. The lace is sparse but present.

Strong alcohol scent, with a dark roasted undertone. The scent reminds be of dark chocolate dipped raspberries, with a slight caramel linger.

In small sips, you get an amazing roasted flavor, a nod to smoked Stouts. A larger mouthful will tell you what's really going on with this beer: the insane level of sweetness. Its overwhelmingly sweet, followed by a strong alcohol aftertaste. It's as if the brewers were attempting to hide the 11% alcohol with sugar.

Very carbonated, and surprisingly light on the tongue. Overall a genuine medium body.

A decent sipping beer, but horrible session beer. If I'm in for the long haul it's off the list. If I'm looking for something to sip on while a smoke a nice Drew Estates its worth considering.

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Photo of Boto
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle: This one pours an inky, opaque dark brown color. There was just a wisp of a tan head on it. Very little lacing. The nose is quite nice. Definitely has the aroma of rye whiskey, but not overly done. Chocolate malts and some roasted ones also in the nose. The taste os quite good. A bit of the rye flavor, but the alcohol is hidden. Chocolate, slight roasted malts and a subdued sweetness to it. A very fine beer!

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Photo of 2beerdogs
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Much Love, Thanks, & Maximum Respect to nhindian for this gem.

Pours a deep mahogany with a rich, malty head.

Smell: I get a hint of rye whiskey in the nose with hints of chocolate and earth.

Taste: Some of the whiskey, albeit subtle, chocolate, a roast hinting of peat moss.

Mouth: A bit full & creamy. I like it.

Overall: A very interesting & worthy beer to imbibe.


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Photo of mdaschaf
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Shane for this one!

A: Pours deep black with a small tan head on top that forms nicely, but reduces quickly to a ring on top. Solid lacing all around the glass.

S: Some rye whiskey up front with tons of chocolate underneath. Not much else going on, faint brown sugar.

T: More of the whiskey, some spicy rye, chocolate, more roast on the flavor than on the aroma. The whiskey lingers on the finish as does a bit of rye.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not boozy, but warm as it goes down.

O: Pretty good beer, good fir sipping over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black color with almost no head to speak of except surface swirls.

Smoky, woodsy, chocolaty. I would have liked it but for the smell of burnt Lego men at the end.

Black licorice, chocolate, loads of spicy rye and wood. Not much whiskey heat to speak of.

Tick and creamy, smooth.

I really liked this one, aside from the burnt plastic smell. It has good flavor and I enjoyed what the rye brings to the table. It drinks surprisingly smooth for 11%.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of tommyguz pours a thick black color with an ample cap of brown head. Modest retention and good lacing.

Nose is an interesting combination of marshmallows, dark fruit, licorice and cocoa powder. A little whiskey barrel in there, but its low.

Taste is better than the aroma. Most of the fruitiness and licorice I was getting goes away and the wood comes into play a bit more. It has a nice s'mores thing going on, though more of a dark, roasty chocolate as opposed to milk and the graham cracker is not as noticable. Still has some hop character on the finish. This is a pretty dang good...Im impressed. Mouthfeel is robust and rich, carbonation low...just about right for the style. I agree wih others that say the rye flavors become more apparent as it goes along.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with "Vintage 2013" stamped on the label. Brewed with rye and aged in rye whiskey barrels, should be interesting. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, rye, dark bread, and whiskey. I think the taste is mostly like the aroma, but there's also some coffee and dark fruit noticeable. The whiskey doesn't seem strong to me in this brew, but it's still tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, even though the whiskey wasn't as strong in this beer as I thought it would be. I'll have to revisit this one in the future.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FULL PINT : Rye Rebellion
ABV: 11.00%
STYLE: American Imperial Stout

LOOK: Dark brown bordering black. Off white lacing.

SMELL: Roasted malt and vanilla aromas are quite nice to the nose.

TASTE: Smokey flavors, some dark fruit, spicy rye. Alcohol flavor is well integrated but not overstated. Woodsy notes of whiskey and oak, to go along with earthy hops. Mild peppery rye and intense roasted malts with some chocolate and coffee flavor. Certainly has a good deal of bitterness.

FEEL: Medium bodied. Well carbonated.

OVERALL: Perhaps my favorite beer made by Pittsburgh's Full Pint Brewing. It's good beer. Drink it.

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Photo of shand
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rye Rebellion pours out black with a small head. The aroma is a bit muddled, with the rye barrel not quite integrating with the base beer - although the base is apparently brewed with a good portion of rye malts. The taste is much better, with some chocolate flavors at first that get kicked in with a big rye character from both the rye malts and the rye whiskey barrel. The whisky flavors are forward, but not boozy. More of the whisky becomes evident on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is very smooth with a nice thickness, and the drinkability is fantastic. Although it's not the greatest imperial stout I've had by any means, something charmed me about Rye Rebellion. It's a bit rough around the edges, but the rye whiskey character really works with these rough edges. It doesn't hurt to like drinking ryes to begin with though.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid double stout. There really isn't much deviation on the flavor profile. Only very mildly boozy, which doesn't seem to fit for an 11% beer. Very malty. Seems to be some chocolate on there, but not a ton. This is actually a pretty smooth and nice drinking double stout. Pick it up if you see it.

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Rye Rebellion from Full Pint Brewing Company
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