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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Photo of waughbrew
4.76/5  rDev +22.7%
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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Photo of frazbri
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
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 +20.1%
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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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of bort11
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
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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Photo of scott
4.48/5  rDev +15.5%
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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Photo of IntriqKen
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of timtheenchanta
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
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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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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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Photo of xymyl
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
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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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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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Photo of marburg
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy crap; where did this come from? Oh a whim, I decided to pick up one of the few Bell's beers I haven't tried over the past couple years -- this Rye Stout. I didn't expect a whole lot.

But I was pleasantly surprised.

Deep, black with brown highlights, and a thin, tan head. Aroma is sweetened for a stout -- but well-blended. It's hard to distinguish one scent from another. The nose is very fine -- a beefy dessert consisting of bittersweet chocolates. Flavor is similarly after-dinner-ish. I kept getting these pretty big chocolate flavors -- bitter chocolcate.

This had, on the whole, a much more milky, sweet flavor (and feel) than a standard stout. That bitter, roasted balance is a little absent here -- but not to its detriment. One of the more pleasant beer surprises I've had lately.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a solid half-inch light tan head. Aroma is faint, some dry roasted malts.

Taste is dry black patent malt, roasty and rich. Flavors are a bit richer than a typical stout, rye flavors are quite evident. A mild sweetness, nowhere near lactic but with a tiny bit of sourness. Some traces of espresso, some traces of cocoa, no flavors of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is heavy, creamy but smooth. Milky texture without milky flavor. Love my rye beers. Now, love my rye stouts even better. A glass was gone far too quickly.

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Photo of Gusler
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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 sopor
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep cola-molasses brown with a very thin and short-lived tan head. Very little light shows through, just a hint of brown on the edges.

WOW! Very malty and complex aroma, with hints of chocolate, sweet malt like malted milk balls, dry roasty and nutty malt, all tied together with a hint of spice that must be from the rye, but I'm not sure... Best smelling beer I've had the pleasure of quaffing to date.

Flavor is lighter than expected with such a strong aroma. However, it is just as complex, though accenting the bitter roastiness and rye spiciness, which are a wonderful combination! The hit together at first contact of beer to tongue, and wash away to allow the hints of malted milk, chocolate, and nuts to come through. A hop bittering is barely detectible, either so light or of a variety that they blend well.

The mouthfeel is oilly, but not thick, and not heavy, just very slick. To me, too slick, but not way too slick. I would like to see the rye mashed differently to avoid extra slickness, as something this oilly can't be "refreshing" to me. Carbonation is low. On it's own, not a bad thing, however, some additional CO2 could have helped break up the body a bit.

Despite a slight shortcoming in the mouthfeel (IMO), this beer is very tasty, and combined with such a complex, mind-blowing and amazing aroma, is a pleasure to drink. I wish I had picked up more than one bottle!

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Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany pour with a frothy, tan head.

Nose is spicy with rye bread and coffee coming forth.

Body is full and smooth, rich with spice and chocolate finishing with a dusty dryness.

A very solid winter stout. I can't really find much wrong with this.

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Photo of plaid75
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark black hue with a one finger creamy tan head. There was good retention and sticky lacing.

The smell featured a mildly spicy and very biscuity toasted malt aroma. A very unique rye aroma.

The taste was ultra smooth with a very doughy and mildly spicy element. The rye imparts an amazing rich flavor.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall an excellent stout. The rye adds an added dimension to this stout. Absoultely delicious.

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Photo of wnh
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark chestnut brown, opaque but for a little light coming in around the edges, with a large, foamy light tan head.

Very roasty nose, leaning primarily toward a spicy, crusty rye bread aroma--bread that is almost but not quite burnt. Just a touch of malty sweetness underneath, with a mineral-like note reminiscent of a dry Irish-style stout. A light, fruity aroma from the yeast comes through as the beer warms.

Smooth and somewhat bready on the palate, turning sweet in the middle with milk chocolate and caramel before finishing quite abruptly. Fades back into the spicy, crust breadiness, but nowhere nearly as strong as the nose suggests. There's a slight roasty bite on the swallow which quickly fades into a smooth creaminess.

Medium bodied and quite soft; very quaffable. The rye seems to work well with this beer. Whereas most rye beers seem to be hoppier expressions where the hops overpower the rye, here the rye has a chance to express itself. Well done, Bell's.

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Photo of rabsten
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another dark ale from Bell's...yippie!

Okay, with that out of the way: poured into a pint glass, deep, dark brown to black with thick brown head. And by thick, I mean it's not just tall (it's several inches) it's thick and gooey. Nice retention, good lacing.

Smoked grain, alcohol. Very "stout" in the nose. Nice.

More toasted grain flavor up front, moving into a smooth, malty finish. Some hop bitterness throughout, but it's subtle.

Slightly thick but smooth. Good drinking stout. It hits hard and instantly warms the throat and belly. Perfect drinking beer for a cold fall evening; probably wouldn't work during the summer.

Bell's = dark ale goodness. Another winner. Worth getting a few.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into a snifter,pitch black with a tan head that didnt stick around too long.

nose is mostly roasted coffee,bit of chocolate as well.taste has alot of roasted malt/coffee flavor,dark chocolate,with alot of rye flavor in the finish.finishes somewhat dry and pretty clean.

mouthfeel on this beer is impeccably smooth,the rye gives this beer such a great body.feels like an imperial stout quite honestly.

drinkability is high with lowish abv, great flavor, and mouthfeel.really an excellent beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just picked this new (to me) offering from Bell's along with a 6er of Java Stout. I love stout season!

A: Pours black and appears to have somewhat of a thin body. A slight head forms which is bone white, but quickly fades to nothing. Leaves a nice lacing around the glass as it goes down.

S: A predominant rye character comes through on the nose along with bold roasted notes. The roasted malt back bone has a hint of smoke along with coffee.

T: Like the nose, the rye is very predominant. This is my first rye stout and I am impressed with the way that typical stout flavors marry with the rye. The flavor of rye transforms into roasted barley and a hint of coffee and smoke. Very complex on the tongue, leaves a lasting impression on the aftertaste.

M: medium body with a velvety mouthfeel. The carbonation is subdued, but it works well with this beer.

D: This is a wonderful and highly drinkable stout. It has all of the roasted flavors I look for in a stout and the rye really works well here. I will have to drink this stuff up while it's around. This beer has definitely piqued my interest in rye stouts. Perhaps I will try to brew one of my own!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black that doesn't appear to be too viscous. A pretty decent-sized medium brown head. Plenty of rye and roasted malt in the nose. Flavor is similar along with a little bit of coffee. Medium to full body with good carbonation. Drinkability is pretty high. Good take on the rye beer category; one of the more unique ones I've had within the style.

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Photo of PretzelCity
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have to thank Grumpy for sending me this one off of my wants list. Poured a deep reddish brown with a thin white head. Chocolate and lightly roasted malts in the nose with a touch of rye. Taste was nice and simple. Chocolate, roasted malts and some rye all perfectly balanced, each flavor complimenting the next. Although the head wasn't too impressive the carbonation was present in the mouthfeel, which added nicely to the beer. Very smooth and super drinkable, medium to full body, this beer doesn't try to overwhelm you with flavors, it just uses each flavor extremely well. I really enjoyed this beer, I had high hopes and it did not disappoint. Hope to get more soon.

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