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Bell's Rye Stout | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Bell's Rye StoutBell's Rye Stout

Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbub6f on 12-11-2001

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of waughbrew
4.76/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

looks ok with an opaque black body and a small beige head with no retention. Very little carbonation.
Smells incredible, as a sweetish stout should, with a LOT of chocolate, oats, roasty and a little burnt, and some strawberry esters. Tastes very interesting, with the rye adding an acidity and certain "twang" to the otherwise pretty simple malt profile. There is definitely a little sourness present, which I love. A bit of higher alcohols, that fluffy Bell's yeast character. I found similarities in the yeast characters of this beer with those of Westy 12. Feel is very full-bodied. From the flavor and feel I would guess 8% alc. but the web site says 6.7%. Got almost TOO creamy when it warmed.
Alcohol flavor and rye spiciness team up in the flavor to subtract a bit from the great drinkability.

Overall an amazing beer. Hopefully it will be more available in this area in the future.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.74/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bell's Rye Stout poured black with just a hint of light penetrating the edges, topped by a short, creamy, light tan head and good lacing. Aroma was a mixture of chocolate, almonds, cherries, and capuccino. The initial flavor was sweet and fruity followed by chocolate, a slight citric tinge, and enough bitterness to balance. Body had a full, rich texture with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

I find Bell's Rye Stout to be an exceptionally drinkable stout. You won't be overpowered. Hops play a supporting role here. The rye is just part of the ensemble. I really enjoy this stout!

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Photo of ZAP
4.66/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

-This is a beautiful stout...nice subtle cocoa aroma with grains present...just a wonderful sweet-style stout that isn't overly thick or overly sweet...nice character..unique hop bite on aftertaste..very well made stout by the stout king.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is poured a black to brown color, with a small tan to light caramel colored head on top. The deep chocolate and coffee aromas come out at first scent. There is a slight fragrance of dark bread and rye to finish each scent. The dark malt dominates the palate at the beginning with chocolate and dark bread roll across the palate. There is a hint of coffee as well. It finishes with a touch of rye sharpness and a mild pine flavor that lingers shortly, then fading away. The feel is hearty, a milky texture at the start then gradually thinning, leaving a medium dryness. This is a very drinkable stout, a pleasing color, strong aroma and flavor, along with the rich feel, make this a beer to crave each taste.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Frozensoul327
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another Great Stout from Bell's. Right up there with the Kalamazoo Stout. Pours out to a dark as night black color with a nearly violently formed head of brown / tan foam. Medium low carbonation. Lots of lace. Aromas of rye, wheat, grain, malt and roasting meat are unique and enjoyable. Taste is medium full bodied and totally quaffable; dried sugar cane, roasted malt, grainy rye, some bread and biscut notes, touches of dark chocolate. Best flavor in an American Stout i've had. Mouthfeel was medium bodied but quite creamy. Very smooth going down. Very drinkable at 6.7% ABV. Could be a sessioner. Definitly Recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of bort11
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head tulip. Not a lot of head, it's a dark tan flash then settles to a moderate ring around the edge. Despite the lack of head, large amounts of carbonation sticks to the inside walls of the glass. Color is a murky chocolate brown. Dense hues do not let light through.

Smell has a wonderful dark rye bread aroma. Toasty notes that fill the senses. Hints of chocolate malt and a little lactose. Taste is a creamy sweetness countered with a rye bite.

Mouthfeel is coating as each swallow glides down my throat. There must be some oatmeal in there to make it so creamy. Carbonation is a little too crisp while cold. Let it warm up a little and it expands in it's chewiness. This is not like any stout I've ever had and it's fantastic.

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4.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very unexpectantly drinkable brew reminiscent of a cola, sans the syrupy/oversweetened ick. Think a crisper Guinness with a less expressive hop finish. Very good stuff.
Pours like an Imperial, dark and a creamy tannish head that quickly dissolves to almost no significant lacing. Gorgeous amber highlights to the backdrop of a very wet oil slick.
I'd love to know what I'm smelling, but nothing stands out to give an empirical expression. Only, that it smells good. A verk weak coffee note to note.
Again, nothing absolute or grandstanding, but it tastes damn good. Slightly nutty, minor spice, moderately malty...
A nice little one-two punch of carbonation with a hint of sugar to kiss you good night.
I'd buy this again tomorrow if the stuff wasn't such a high commodity and so damned hard to find. So, yes, it is quite drinkable.

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4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Definitely a black stout topped with a smallish tan head that melts to nothing.
Aromas are burnt chocolate, strong black coffee, and tobacco.
Flavors of dark coffee, dark chocolate, sharp spices from the rye drying everything out. Nothing sweet here but nothing bitter either.
Just dry, spicy and very flavorful.
Aftertaste is rye spice and burnt chocolate...maybe a little tobacco coming through as well.
We need more Rye beers. This is an excellent example of why.
Great stuff.

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

Cute Jewish woman adorns the bottle that screams New York and rye bread.

Opaque liquid topped by fluffy tan head. Thin lacing that's almost nonexistent.

Rich chocolate smell with roasted ground coffee aroma floating around in the glass. As the brew warms up, a slight alcohol smell comes through.

Delicious rich stout taste. Lots of roasted flavor and malty sweetness but it seems the cute old Jewish lady has let me down. Where's the rye taste that the name and label bring me to expect?

This is a great beer with good carbonation and an enjoyable feel. Please come south, Bell's. We need you down here. Thanks to CRJMellor for helping me get my hands on this one.

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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.

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4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a sixer purchased in Detroit in December 2009. The beer is nearly opaque, dark burnt reddish brown, thin tan foam. The aroma is NICE! Roasted malts, chocolate, a nice dose of rye, just brilliant. The taste is no slouch either, roasted but not overly bitter, some rye spiciness that contrasts the dark malts, possibly some wheat but it's hard to tell through all the other rich flavors. Thick and creamy mouthfeel, maybe some oatmeal was added? Seems like Bell's pulled all stops on this one, outstanding and delicious. Needs to be a standard beer.

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4.45/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Color is almost black with dark red highlights, dark brown head that settles to a thin film leaving lacing.

Aroma is very strong toasted malts, tobacco, teriyaki beef jerky (or maybe even turkey jerkey), pepper, coffee, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste is all of those mentioned along with a middle note of dark chocolate/vanilla/root beer, not bad at all but quite unexpected. A very stable chocolate/coffee note carries from beginning to end. Slight peak of sweetness at the start slight peak of bitterness at the end... these are very slight.

Body is medium but the beer itself is huge. Big flavors but balanced and light enough to enjoy at any drinking pace. But drink slowly.

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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.

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