Rye Stout
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store

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Stout - American
Ranked #376
Ranked #16,290
3.89 | pDev: 9.25%
Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unknown vintage; drank 2/24/15 @ Bangers & Lace Wicker Park.

Brown/black appearance.

Tan head; minimal lace.

Sweet cherry & fresh earth nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Peanut butter, cream & faint cherry flavors; a smooth finish.

A real tasty treat.

Sep 07, 2019
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown, head around 1/3", beige in color, small bubbles. Aroma was porter like, roast, brown malt, toffee, earthy rye quality to it. Seems like its equal parts brown ale and porter going into it at this point.

Taste, more toffee and brown malt flavors, minimal chocolate, not a huge amount of roast on this one. Just a smidgen of some acrid smoke. Not my favorite Bell's offering at all, but there is nothing wrong with it, in fact, it is actually a good beer.

Jan 17, 2016
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barczar from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rich cocoa and peppery rye dominate the aroma.

Flavor is modestly roasty and very chocolatey at first, finishing lightly bitter and rye dominant. There's some dark fruit notes that add complexity.

Feb 09, 2015
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a growler filled the day before from Bell's new growler fill system. Opened with a big pop.

Appearance: pours dark and deep mahogany almost black. a two or so finger head that fades fairly slowly and leaves behind a lacing. Pretty much opaque but lots of brown around the edges.

Smell: lots of earthy spicy rye, semi sweet chocolate and a little bit of roasted malts.

Taste: opens with a semi sweet chocolate. through the middle comes in a spicy and earthy rye, that begins to blend with some slightly bitter roasted malt character.

Mouthfeel: fairly full bodied, nice earthy spicy bitterness that isn't overly assertive.

Overall: a extremely drinkable and tasty stout. probably one of the more flavorful non-imperials I have had in a while. The flavors all blend together really nicely.

Nov 28, 2014
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MDDMD from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-dark brown color with a smallish tan head and a little lacing

S-light chocolate, coffee, rye, earthy, hint of sweetness

T-roasted malt, rye, coffee, chocolate, light molasses

F-medium body with light carbonation, smooth and creamy

O-decent stout with a little rye flavor, smooth drinking

Feb 15, 2014
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jdb288 from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Draft at Bells. Pours dark brown/black with minimal head. Aroma is distinctive rye grain, citrus fruits. Taste is big hit of citrus, rye, smokey tones. Rye is the star and comes out nicely balanced. Delicious. This is trendy these days but Bells was out ahead of the curve and has produced another good variant here.

Jan 17, 2014
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Jamesthebrit from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thank you jebus, finally more fractioned ratings.

A: Pretty nice dark brown. A molasses color. Head is pretty weak.

S: An earthy acidity comes through. A bit of maltyness.

T: Very smooth. Malt, a kiss of alcohol, a bit of rye, a bit of smokiness. Pretty solid. A bit light.

M: Smooth, medium body. Finish is a bit too light and watery.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer. The flavors are all subtle which is both good and bad. It makes for an easy to drink beer. Problem is the finish is weak and I can't pinpoint any outstanding qualities. Pretty nice beer and worth checking out.

Jan 10, 2013
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tectactoe from Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black color, mostly opaque with a light tan head that is somewhat small and hard to bring out, even with an aggressive pour and a swirl of the glass. Aroma is chocolaty with slight coffee flavors surrounding it; silky, creamy, with a sweet aroma, much like a coffee loaded up with cream and sugar. Very smooth initial mouth feel; bittersweet chocolates come out and darken up as they warm on the palate. The heavy coffee flavors come out about halfway though - very similar to the aroma, the coffee profile is sweet, silky, and creamy rather than dark and bitter. Huge gashes of roasted malts hit the palate left and right, providing a nice ground for all of these other flavors to stand upon. Some bread-like rye finally comes out, but not much until the aftertaste. Slight hop presence, dry and ashy, provides a touch of bitterness to help balance the malty sweetness. Silky mouth, medium-thick body, low carbonation.

Seems like more of a milk/sweet stout than a regular stout. I would've liked the rye to play a more prominent part, but overall it was a pretty tasty beer.

Dec 24, 2012
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at KBE.

A - Black with a thing layer of white head.

S - Light nose. Roast and a light chocolate aroma.

T - Roast, light chocolate and a hint of coffee. Fairly light overall but a decent flavour profile.

M -Medium body. Light carbonation.

Dec 23, 2012
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SkeeterBoganski from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

'Earthy, dark chocolate aroma';

Appearance: significant head; strong lacing; deep brown in color

Smell: malty on the nose; seemingly light cocoa

Taste: chocolate malt in flavor; one of the lightest stouts I've tried

Mouthfeel: easily drinkable, not overly carbonated

Overall: easy and sessionable, but slightly bitter.

Nov 11, 2012
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours less dark than expected, a dark brown moreso than used motor oil black like in many of the Bell's stouts. Aroma, could discern the rye portion of this. Other than that, it was pretty average in every way. Average roasting, sweetness etc. . .

Taste, solid. Some toffee which probably helped with the darker brown appearance. Still not really getting what makes this a rye stout, just can't taste or smell it. Mild chocolate malt. Seemed like it was more of an oatmeal than a rye stout at times. Hint of smoke.

For a Bell's stout (cherry, expedition etc. . . ) it was below average, but easily above average for every other stout out there. Enjoyable and would drink again. I think the next bottle I'll drink as my first beer of the day to try and get a better grasp on the rye aspect.

May 24, 2012
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russwbeck from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black pour with a light brown head. Very nice retention and a ton of sticky lacing. About a finger of head remains after I finish the last drop.

S: This comes down to basically: Rye and Roast. Slight maltiness underneath.

T: he roastiness really takes the cake here. The rye is noted, but this is really roasty. I didn't get any on the smell, but there is a nice chocolate character to the taste here.

MF: Heavy body with low carbonation. Dry finish and real drinkable.

O: Decent beer. Enjoyed the opportunity to try this. At $3 for 4oz I would probably skip it next time.

Feb 04, 2012
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass.

An off tan head, fizzy but uniform looking a little foamy but doesn't last. Body color is a dark walnut brown with perhaps some red hues.

Nose is a nice mild drip coffee, with some faint roast, a sense of wetness seems to be noticeable or perceived.

Taste is very soft bodied, real nice. Coffee and mild roast character shines through with some chewy grain. Carbonation seems fairly high for a stout, a little fizzy, but strangely doesn't take away from enjoying the palate. There's some dry finish here a little.

Overall, I wouldn't have guessed there was rye in this, but it's a fairly tasty stout from Bell's.

Feb 02, 2012
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ChugginOil from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty solid. Black in color with barely any visibility around the edges. An inch of light tan head sits for a few moments, leacing webs of lace behind.

The nose has a good amount of leather working with hint of cocoa, roasted malt, and sweet cream. A bit of spiced rye lingers in the background.

The taste follows the nose pretty much with some amplification of the senses. Leather, earthy hops, spice, cocoa and deep roast.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a smooth texture. A bit thin but enjoyable with a high drinkability level.

Overall, decent offering from Bell's. Enjoyable stout with impressive profiles all around.

Jan 17, 2012
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xnicknj from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque blackened color with a thin layering of tanned head. Wispy film rests on top, leaving a few spots of film on the glass.

Nice scents of chocolate and roasted malts with a splash of sweetness. Rye spice is definitely apparent with a hint of hops and soft bitterness.

Slight hoppy note up front with a swirling blend of roasted malts. Touches of dark chocolate and malty warmth. The rye spice kicks in towards the back end with a pretty aggressive flavor. Finishes a bit sweet and dry.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and sticky on the tongue. A nice hybrid between the stout and rye qualities - something I'd definitely drink again.

Dec 22, 2011
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Sweetmambyjamby from Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- a very nice reddish brown. The lacing has a red tinge to it as well. Small head.

S- Smells like chocolate and sweet malts. I don't smell very much rye.

T-Tastes more like rye than it smells. The chocolate is an undertone to the beer. A nice hop flavor. Didn't skimp here.

M- Slick a little too much maybe.

O- It's decent. Creative too. I probably wouldn't revisit, but doesn't mean you shouldn't

Oct 13, 2011
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tempest from New York

3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Bell's Cafe. I enjoyed the earthy, roasted character, but overall the stout was just a little too thick and sweet for my liking. This is a pretty big, thick stout, but didn't have the complexity I'd want from a higher-ABV American stout.

Oct 09, 2011
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brew3crew from Ohio

4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tao at the eccentric cafe

A-black body with a tan head that quickly disapates

S-little bit of rye with a little bit of coffee

T-follows the nose. More coffee than rye but it makes a good compliment.

M-medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Would like to try again

Oct 01, 2011
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JackieTH from Minnesota

3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a semi-translucent black with a cap of tan foam that disappeared quickly. Smell was roasted malt and a bit of earthy spice. Taste follows with more roasted malt, semi-sweet dark chocolates, earthy spice. Full-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall impression is richness but lighter than many typical stouts.

Sep 18, 2011
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oline73 from Maryland

4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Eccentric Cafe as a part of a sampler.

Appearance: Pours almost black with very little light coming through at the edges. There if a finger of thick tan head with great retention.

Smell: Mildly sweet and roasty with some dark chocolate notes as well as some burnt malt.

Taste: This one is very smooth. Mild rye spice. Roasty but not very bitter. Dark chocolate notes with a sweet and roasty finigh.

Mouthfeel: Silky with body on the thicker side. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I really liked this stout. The rye was there, but it complimented the other flavors and didn't take over. I would definitely have another.

Sep 05, 2011
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ditmier from Idaho

4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Bottle, Batch 9370 - Thanks mibirder! - Pours an opaque dk brown with a large tan head...aroma is roasty and woody, cocoa and plum, with a pronounced graininess...flavour is similar, sweet caramel malt, coffee, a great amount of rye taste without becoming one dimensional, finish is somehow a lingering char bitterness, but the mouthfeel is completely sweet...odd brew that I completely enjoyed!

Aug 20, 2011
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EORS from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at their brewhouse in Kalamazoo. On the board as 7.2% abv, so the recipe might be a bit different from past reviews.

Appearance: Black with ruby traces and a thin brown head that leaves little lacing and disappears quickly

Smell: Faint hints of coffee and roast malt. Not a ton here.

Taste: Your usual coffee and chocolate notes, but the rye gives a really mellow feel to the beer. A sweet taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth - medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed the experiment with rye, but I think that it doesn't really impart too much in the way of flavor, and I came up thinking that the stout could have used a bit more in that department. This would be a very interesting beer to barrel-age or flavor with wood. As it is, it's easy to drink, but was left a bit cold by it. Possibly because all the brews at their cafe were served extremely cold...

Jul 13, 2011
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a La Chouffe tulip.

A- Black with off-white head. Very little lacing. This bottle left a lot of sediment suspended in the bottom of the glass.

S- Rye is definitely there with coffee and a little sweetness.

T- Rye really dominate this beer. Get some coffee and roasted malts like a typical stout. Not a lot of bitterness.

M- Thinner for a stout. Goes down easy with a semi-dry finish.

O- The rye makes it different, but that's about it for this beer. Thought it was good but wouldn't seek it out again.

Jul 11, 2011
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one to be pretty interesting. This beer pours out like most stouts do with a deep black color and brown head. The lacing was pretty good on this one. The smell of the beer had a deep roasted aroma and had a pretty good amount of rye on the nose. The taste had an impressive amount of spicy rye too. The mouthful was at a good thickness, overall I enjoyed this stout quite a bit.

Jun 26, 2011
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Georgiabeer from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of rye beers, so I was very pleased to see this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. It's easy enough to find a rye ipa or lighter beer, much harder to find a rye stout. I really enjoyed this quite a bit. Poured dark brown, approaching black, with a creamy head. Smells of spicy rye balanced beatifully with some firm malt and some roastiness. Tastes similar- and very nice. Lovely gobs of spicy rye supported by lightly roasty malt and a huge creaminess. The rye really shines here and isn't overwhelmed by charred notes. Great beer.

Jun 10, 2011
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