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

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Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews by weeare138:
Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a near black With dark brown edges and a crimson hue. A thick, tan head slowly fades into a floating cap.
Smell is of cocoa, milk sugar, caramel, rye, and wheat.
Taste is of the aromas with a sugar and wood like bitterness pulling through. Definite presence of lactose, along with the rye makes it interesting.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, bitter, sweet, and...a bit weird. I'm really on the fence with the whole thing. The beer screams that it wants to be toasty but it's not. It's dry from the rye.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Rye Stout by Kalamazoo Brewing Co. 12 oz amber bottle.

This stout poured a dark, dark brown (black) with tan foam that settled fairly quickly to leave a thin foam head. The smell was rich and malty with an earthiness and some rye. The taste was initially sharp with dark malt and coffee flavors and a hint of licorice and perhaps a bit of chicory. There was also a slight touch of sourness, perhaps from the rye (?). The mouthfeel was fairly full, with sharp carbonation. There was a crispness with a bit of a dryness in the finish (again, perhaps from the rye). The drinkability was good. The taste sort of grew on me as I drank the glass, but there was a persistent hint of sourness that brought the rating down a bit for me. Overall, though, an interesting and very good stout.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

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Photo of BierFan
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Batch number 9370, packaged on September 29th.

Thin tan head,but it has decent retention. The body is pretty much black. Only a little bit of brown shines through the edges of the glass. Chocolatey sweet flavors combo nicely with the rye. Bit of a smokey quality to this. Really rich and luxurious stuff. Once again, Bell's has made an outstanding stout.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Its deep brown/black w/ mohogany highlights and some what of a nice head.

S - It has a lot of chocolate with that rye crispness, of a crackerish aroma to it. Clean, some alcohol. Maybe a little plum, definitly bready.

T - Starts off rather simple but then melds into a nice smooth choco/roasted flavor w/ some bready type mocha flavor. Finishes kinda muddy w/ a paperish flavor.

M - Smooth all the way through, but it is rather creamy. No off sensations on the tounge.

D - definitly a good beer. The rye is a nice twist.

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Photo of TATURBO
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Available at Vintage Estates in Boardman, OH...appears a dark caramel brown near black with a nice tan head leaves even thick bands of lacing with each sip from my saturated pint. Aromatics contain creamy doughy chocolate with a hint of Irish cream coffee, evident spicy rye in all it's grainy herbally goodness. Flavor has a slight vinous feel to it quality soft chocolate notes streak across the palate with mellow herbal hop layers and subtle spicy rye finish characteristic unfiltered doughy Bell's touch as well. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied low key gentle carbonation silky smooth going down great brew. Drinkablity...I love all stouts outta Kalamazoo another reason to love Bell's brewing I could definitely enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of reizorc
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color piceous with a gargantuan sized head, the texture frothy, the color a light chocolate with the decomposition of the head a satiny veil of lace forms to obscure the glass. The ray adds a bit of earthiness to the somewhat sweet nose, toasted grains evident, and a fine sniffer for sure. Front is thick and sweet, top full bodied and rich in its feel to the palate. Finish is mild in its acidity; the hops are pleasing in their spicy bite, bitter chocolate dry aftertaste a real treat that I sample only rarely.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a tulip

Pours a very dark brown but not so dark as to prohibit you from seeing the visible yeast sediment throughout the glass. The head was barely more than one finger in size, nearly white, with shoddy lacing and retention.

This smells a lot like a cream stout. Lots of light-but-sweet flavor notes, nearly all of them coming from malted barley. Faint caramel and toffee segue into roasted cocoa and coffee bean. The rye, which is a grain that I know how to make out, is disappointingly absent. It smells good for the style, but the name of the beer would lead you to expect something else.

Because I was hoping for some rye flavor I tried really hard to perceive it first. And its there, providing some spiciness and nutty qualities to what is otherwise a pretty typical stout. Milk chocolate and ghosts of blueberry are as complex as this gets. Otherwise its roasted barley -- and not very well-roasted at that. This could almost be a porter if one distinguishes porters from stouts by level of roast.

This is a regular stout, so the mouthfeel is really thin. The beer would be served well by a thicker body, though. This is certainly a sessionable stout though. Its easy drinking.

My hopes were high because 1.) Bell's typically makes good stouts and 2.) I love rye beers. The rye is, very unfortunately, a minor player in this stout. This should have been an imperial stout, as more body (and more rye) would have made for an improved product. As is this beer is too expensive for a normal-ass stout.

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Photo of Winter
3.54/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown/near black with a brownish tan head. Full-bodied mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Nothing really special on the nose. As it warms a chocolate and rye or grain-like aroma emerges. This is a hearty rye stout. It's almost chewy. Nuttiness and dark malt are noticed, but it's a hard taste to describe. Hops balace nice with the rye flavor. Great beer to pair with a German dark wheat bread during lunch. Or any other hearty sandwich. Not something I'd drink everyday, but a beer I feel would accentuate certain foods.

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Photo of BDLbrewster
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark opaque rusty brown color with a small quickly fleeting head that leaves some bunches of lacing.

This smells dirty, cherry and roasted coffee beans. Some burnt notes, kind of smells like a lawnmower bag full of grass that was cut an hour or two ago, almost composting.

The taste is much more mellow than I expected, sweet roasty, chocolaty malts are light and not overdone, no burnt taste at all. The rye helps to lighten this one up and provides a small bite that I didn't really expect. This tastes like a mild porter more that a stout. I also get cappuccino and maybe even vanilla in there as well. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is nice and airy while retaining some light viscosity. Ample carbonation and luxurious feeling on the tongue.

Overall, I initially questioned this brew. I was so wrong and will never, ever question a brew from Bells again. High drinkability, very manageable ABV and tastes great.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown...almost black with a light brown head that diminishes to a thick ring. Leaves a nice amount of lacing when sipped down.

The aroma is of mixed grains. I get oats and grains and what must be rye. I haven't had to many beers with rye, but I'm guessing that is what I smell. I get toasted malt and chocolate smell too.

The flavor is a bit tangy, with what must be the rye again. It has a slight chocolate taste too, along with some roasted grains. It has just a slight sourness typical of the Bell's yeast, or it just might be the tanginess of the rye.

It is pretty light in body and creamy smooth in texture. Damn this one goes down easy. I really like this. I'd love to have this on tap.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Dark black in color, with a thick, tan head of foam
Aroma-Coffee and chocolate notes-some underlying spiciness
Taste-Coffee and toffee, chocolate, and definite, although subtle, rye spiciness that adds a nice twist to this brew. A dry, black coffee finish, with some lingering spice and some hop notes as well. A fine Autumn offering from the boys at Bell's.

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

This beer comes to me via Feloniousmonk in Bell's Land. This stout poured a very dark, nearly opaque brown/black colour with a small tan head, that had pretty good retention and lacing. The aromas were a mixed bag of coffee, fruits, green tea, chocolate, caramel, various malts, and more. The taste was sweet, like a milk stout, with a strong coffee flavor, and a nice lactic (sour/bitter) after-taste. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, but quite syrupy and full and the drinkability was nice.

This is a very interesting stout from Bell's (one of my favorite breweries) i'll have to re-visit it sometime in the near future!



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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark pitch black that's completely opaque with only the faintest of dark mahogany edges and a one finger frothy beige head with decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring. Slight spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with hints of toffee and sweet rye. Slight roasted notes with some dark fruit notes and subtle burnt toast.

Slightly viscous medium body with a nice balance of roasted malt and sweet caramel and rye malt notes. Hints of toffee, roasted coffee bean and hazelnut with a nice hoppy dry finish. Very nicely balanced with subtle alcohol heat. Very drinkable with lots of silky chocolate malt and sweet ruye notes balancing out the roasted notes and alcohol heat.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label features a pencil sketch of a sullen old women, casting her eyes downward, perhaps grimly reflecting on a miserable life, soon to end, or sadly summarising the pathetic events she has yet to endure. Haven't these guys learned anything about marketing from the Swedish Bikini Tean????
Perfect ebon color, large fizzy brown head. Aroma is richly roasted and spicy, with hints of graininess. Heavy mouthfeel, but smooth on the palate. Sits sturdily in the mouth, leaving a nice, pleasant finish, and an abiding sweetness, with hints of cherry, coming through in the middle. A very satisfactory stout, and an accomplished experiment from Kalamazoo.

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Photo of ditmier
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!

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Cool label. Batch #9370 which was packaged on 9/29/09 so got a little age on this one. It was a dark brown color but could detect some good carb streams on top and around the edges. It had a small fizzy head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing at all. Some of this is explained by the age.

The aroma was really good with roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee, touch of rye and caramel malt. More in a hop mode these days but I kept sniffing this one so it must be good. The taste was also good with a good roasted flavor balance by the malt and chocolate sweetness. Muted a bit by age I'm sure but still very good at 11 months. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation and pleasing aftertaste.

Overall, a really solid stout that I enjoyed very much. Highly recommend. Would love to try a fresher one as well to compare. Not avail here in TX so shipped back from my Indy trip. Rotation - this is an occasional release but I'd get a sixer or two per release if I lived where available. For now, I'd definitely get more to ship back during trips to the folks. Also would get a 6 to drink while in Indy. [R;Y;ship]

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Photo of Shango42
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Brian700
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a dark black with brownish-red hues around the edges. It has a small brown head.

The aroma is quite the challenge to put my finger on. There is definately some rye there and there seems to be almost a sour smell but not repulsing.

The flavor is chocolatey with some coffee notes and there is some obvious rye on this grain bill. There is a bitterness that seems to be coming from somewhere besides the hops.

The mouthfeel is full bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a very drinkable beer. I liked this one a lot and wish I could still find it in my area. Had to of been a pretty limited release.

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Photo of jampics2
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. I've been on a rye kick lately, this has been a staple in the mix.

Black beer. Nice head almost instantly vanishes.

Smells of roasted malt, spicey rye, and hops.

Rye spice sits well with a nice roasted malt with a good amount of hop bitterness. Nothing is overwhelming, nice balance.

This is good but a bit thin for me. Tasty beer overall, though, should be a Bells staple for every winter.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a deep dark brown with a small tan head. It had a wheaty sour smell, and some roasted barley. The taste is real nice, a rye spiciness on top of the roasted barley with a little chocolate. It has a very nice thick smooth mouthfeel, very drinkable.

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Photo of porterwoobie
3.56/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on-tap, poured into a standard pint glass.

A: black in color, 1.5 finger brown head, long lasting, had good lacing down the glass.

S: moderate dark roasted grains and malt aroma. no rye noted.

T: faint toasted malts and dark chocolates. still no rye noted.

MF: light bodied, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: this was all right. much prefer their other stouts.

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

The last time I tried this was in 2003 and with the brewery location change, thought I would give this another try. I don't know if they brew this in the Kzoo or Comstock location...I was told at the brewery about 3 years ago that the seasonals would still be brewed at the Kzoo location but I don't know if that's true anymore. Re-reviewing it in 2009, I don't feel the need to change my review. It's still accurate.

At any rate, this one pours out a little lighter in color than the Kzoo stout, with some mahogany accents at the margin of the glass, requiring a steep pour to achieve a soapy dark khaki head with average retention and mild lacing. The aroma is punctuated by espresso, wheat bread, black walnuts, chocolate and a touch of sour house flavor and cigarettes. The mouthfeel is much thinner than kzoo stout but also smoother, giving it a deceptive medium-light body. The taste has a brief flash of dark bread, but not "bready" in the negative sense. The rye lends a surprising acidity, but it's never irritating. Chalk lingers in the finish...I would guess that they have to add minerals to offset the inherit difficulties of brewing with rye. I pick up some of that "Wheat Love" burnt rubber sourness in the aftertaste. Bitterness is mild and earthy and barely noticeable. The finish is exceptionally clean and brief for a stout. Chocolate is the overwhelming character throughout, although mild.

A good beer, but it doesn't knock off my socks like the last time I had it. I wish it had a heftier body. A 6-pack will be plenty for me. Absolutely must be drunk out of a good glass. Drinking it in the bottle, so much is lost. I'll stick to the Kzoo stout!

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Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A black stout with a little tan head that is running away.. FAST!! RUN!! RUN FROM THE RYE!!! It looks nice.

S: Dark chocolate malts, and roasty, rye-ee goodness.

T: Now thems some yummy beer. Smokey, bready, roasted with bitter chocolate tones. Nice.

M: Fairly thin bodied for the style, and a little over carbed, but still tasty.

D: Nice, big roasty flavors dominate. Bready, smokey and tasty as all hell, though a bit of a sipper. Still damn fine brew.

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