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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Photo of rawthar
2.51/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle from my Bell's Dark Side case int a Brooklyn tulip.

A- Dark, very dark, and yet not black. After the thickly bubbling one finger of head diminishes, it looks like a flat cola.

S- A slight bit of sweet alcohol notes on top of some yeast, but not the same rye tones that I'd expect based on rye pale ales that I've had.

T- Most of the flavors come through on the back of the tongue and in the throat. A bit bitter, which I guess comes from the rye because it's not the bitterness of hops. There's a hint of sour, almost wheat-like.

M- Not much of an impression, accept again for the back of the mouth and throat.

D- I found this stout better slammed back than savored, in comparison to some of the other beers that came in the case.

Overall, I don't dislike the beer, but it's definitely one of the least remarkable of the Dark Side case. I found it to lack the complexity of the Expedition or the Third Coast, though I understand that they are different styles of stout. I guess they can't all be first place winners, and it's not my least favorite in the case either.

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Photo of dmfrench
2.6/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sub-par pruney, salty, thin stout... try again Bell's

A: Opaque black with a fleeting one finger khaki head.

S: Prune, salt, a bit of roasted barley... not particularly aromatic.

T: Again prune, salt, roast, a bit of spiced hops... I can neither taste nor smell rye, which is a shame considering how delicious rye can be... not very inspiring from a giant like Bell's

M: Full and creamy in the mouth, but quite thin on the aftertaste.

D: Just not very impressed...

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Photo of aaronh
2.64/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark brown body accompanied by a tan head that quickly fades to absolutely nothing. No lace, no thin layer of foam, just dark beer in the glass. Aroma sort of has an odd meatiness to it. Smells more like a cured sausage than a beer. I'm getting hungry and craving salami-laden anti-pasto. Flavor has a very sharp rye flavor - like I'm eating that salami on rye bread. There's a slight off-note on the finish as well. A slight chocolaty component creeps in after several sips, and then fades back to a smoky lingering note. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Drinkability- it's rough to finish this. SO many funky flavors, seems like several beers combined in one. One of the few Bells' beers I'm not fond of.

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Photo of putnam
2.71/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Burning rubber scented dark brown liquid. Alfalfa sprout, over roasted coffee, over extracted cocoa, until these are sharp and intensely sour and resinous. Smoky like the butt end of a good cigar. On the palate it's sweet and simple with burnt earth flavored structure underneath. Oddly vegetal. Wilted lemon essences on the finish. Charmless/boring to drink.

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Photo of trep
2.91/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Indeed, a sad looking gentleman adorns the label. Batch 7235 brewed on February 9th, '06.

Dark brown body with a cream, off-white head that fades instantly to a fringe around the outside of the glass. When held to the light a garnett hue comes forth and allows a shimmer of light to pass through.

Aroma is all apples and yeasty bread as well as a bit of funk.

Very acidic and appley, finishes apple peel bitter.

Too thin, but carbonation is about right.

Easy drinking, but I'm not sure if I could handle more than one of these. Certainly not my style.

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Photo of Howlader
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of proc
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of Bell's "10 Stouts of November". A decent offering, but not their best. Interesting spice on the palate. rye, eh?

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Photo of target88
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of IronDjinn
3.01/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out pitch black, a light impermeable black, with a tall spongy dark tan head which settles to a chunky cap of foam.

Roasted malt and coffee notes up front on the nose, but the earthy rye malt is apparent as well.

The flavour is very mild and subdued, surprisingly so. Very subtle granola-like grains up front and pretty much the whole way through. A bit milky in places even. Mild nutty, earthy tones on the finish and aftertaste.

In the mouthfeel dep't it's silky smooth, but lacks in body, a bit thin without being watery.

A curious little stout, very mild and unassuming, almost a wallflower with eyes pointed towards its shoes within the style. The rye provides some pleasant earthy and nutty notes, but not enough to make enough of an impact or impression when all is said and done. Either way, many thanks to rudge75 and fisherman34 for the sample.

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Photo of morimech
3.03/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What is up with this beer? For something so dark, it lacks flavor and body. Has a deep black color but not much head forms. A thin layer of tan bubbles lingers on the surface. The aroma is weak. A touch of roasted malt with hints of bitter chocolate and coffee. I am hard pressed to find any rye charactor in the aroma or flavor. Weak malt flavor. Slight roasted characteristics. Bitterness is low. Some fruitiness from the yeast. The body is thin for a stout, it would be thin for a straight porter. This beer needs more, more roasted malt, more rye. Very disappointed in this beer.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

wow. pours a deep ptich color. the head is boney, dissaptes quickly, and leaves little head

nose is very roasted malty

taste is rather pleasent. some what asstringent, but pretty good over all. the intial hit is kind of malty. sweet.. roasted. definatly a pick me up. Coffe is a signatre flavor. definate hints of licorice.

Pretty easy drinking. medium mouthfeel and drinkablity. Over alla nice brew, but I would't run out to get it

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Photo of murrayswine
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Rather underwhelming.
This beer pours a stoutlike brown. No shit eh?
The smell is like corroded batteries, white pepper, and an ashtray.
There's a little hop bitterness as well.
The taste is sour and metalic. Rather boring beer. It's really watery, and I cant get past the smell.

Battlekow says I'm wrong and that this beer is Awesome.
Piss on that.

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Photo of tpd975
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was on my wants list and arrived via imstillthegman for winning the BA fantasy football league.

A: Dark black in color with an average head. No lacing and no collar after the head subsided.

S: Nice tones of milk chocolate and a hint of coffee. has sweet tones to balance the bitter. Pretty nice nose.

T: Not what I was expecting from this one. It's rather watery and not real big on flavor. Nothing spicey really sticks out to let you know rye was even used. Hints of milk chocolate and a tinge of overcooked coffee. Not what I was expecting from this one.

M: Very thin and watery for a stout.

D: If it's your cup of tea, the thin quality would let you drink several.

Overall: Not what I was expecting and a slight disappointment for a Bell's stout. Nonetheless I was happy to try it and I think imstillthegman for his wonderful package of brews.

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Photo of semibaked
3.13/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours damn black and produced about 2 inches of brown foam but didn't produce very much lacing.

S - I get the usual roasted malts from a stout but I really can't smell any rye at all. It does smell slightly oxidized to me.

T - Tastes like a middle of the road stout with roasted malts, coffee and just a bit of hops. I don't taste anything remotely like rye in it.

M - Good mouthfeel, coats a bit like oil but smooth.

D - Ya don't believe I will be having this again, just unremarkable overall, sorry Bell's!

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Photo of kawilliams81
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.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.15/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I love rye beer, but I couldn't find much special about this stout. It was very smooth, a bit watery, but not tremendously flavorful. The unique malty quality that rye frequently imparts to beers brewed with it was not detectable to me within this beer. Not much to object to, but nothing to get excited about either. My bottle was dated "7235," which I'm guessing means that it is a well-mellowed bottle.

Appearance was dark and beer was somewhat un-carbonated, unlike the Bell's Kalamazoo Stout and Java Stout. Aroma and flavor were very minimal and not very roasty at all, again unlike its other Bell's stout stablemates. I felt a bit let-down by the lack of flavor in this beer; much the same way I felt the last time I had a Guinness. Mouthfeel was a bit watery. Not a bad beer, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of cproioi
3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a black body with a tan head. Can't really tell through the body too see what the carbonation looks like. The smell and taste are largely of roasted malts giving it a coffeeish aroma and then in the back was the smell and taste of rye bread. The beer was very creamy and easily drunk.

The beer paried up fairly nicely to a broubon chocolate ball. So with that it seems that semi-sweet chocolate would be a nice pair with the beer.

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Photo of EdelweissDad
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of grub
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

got this bottle from Derek. thanks!

12oz bottle, batch 7235, packaged on February 9, 2006.

pours deep brown, almost black. a bit of head springs up from the pour then disappears pretty much instantly. almost looks like pouring a glass of cola, hearing the fizz and quickly watching it disappear. a gentle swirl seemed to bring back a very fine off-white ring of bubbles around the glass.

aroma is nice. bit of roast. dark chocolate. bit of coffee. bit of caramel. touch spicy, likely from the rye.

taste is nice. light roast. light bitterness. bit of dark chocolate. biscuit malt. bit spicy. nice, but feels like it's lost a little of its pop with time. the alcohol and roast have mellowed out with time, but that didn't leave much else behind.

mouthfeel is nice. low carbonation. super smooth. medium body.

drinkability is pretty good, just lost something with time. the alcohol is completely hidden, making it a little dangerous. would really like to re-review this one when i can get a fresh bottle.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 6/27/10

Batch 9370

Pours a very dark brown, settles near black. One finger tan head drops to a skim amid random patches of bubbles. A few drippy lace spots. Swirling helps maintain a little foam.

The aroma is quite smooth; I've had this bottle several months, so it may have had a chance to mellow a bit. Roasted dark malts are most apparent, interspersed with mildly spicy rye notes. The rye isn't as pronounced as I expected. I initially thought something smelled of licorice, but that aroma has since vanished.

Roasted malts are not lacking to taste. There is a bittersweet touch a la bakers chocolate & maybe even the vaguest spot of coffee. Again, the rye offers a spiciness but isn't featured to the extent I would like. Possibly I should have cracked open the bottle sooner. Very mild-mannered hop presence.

Full bodied though it feels thin around the edges. Appropriately low carbonation. Without a doubt it's a smooth, creamy brew. No appreciable alcohol. Subtle toasted rye on the finish.

Rye Stout is easily drinkable & enjoyable. It's solid, too - I just wish the rye was cranked up several notches. I'll have to give a fresh bottle a go sometime to see if that's the issue.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The stout is a dark brown ale with a moderate sized head that retains nicely. The aroma coming off of the stout is chocolatey roasted malts and a bit of rye spiciness. The stout has a very sweet chocolatey caramel flavor, clearly the result of a pleasant malt mixture. The flavors meld together seamlessly, allowing the stout character and a bit of rye sharpness to come together nicelessly. The rye sharpness is a nice undertone that keeps the stout together. The velvety smooth stout is a joy to drink, chocolatey yet silky smooth. A delicious ale. The ale is smooth and sweet, delicious without going overboard on the roasted malt element.

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Photo of fakedelight
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost black with a small "fizzy" head which didn't last more than a couple minutes.

Smells very faintly of dark roasted malt.

Taste is dark malt, maybe a little rye. Very musty. No specific flavor really comes out and screams, it all just kind of melts together. A little alcohol burn in the finish.

Mouthfeel is rather thin. Very cabonated. Possibly too carbonated.

An interesting stout, but not quite as unique/intense as I had thought it would be. Thought the rye would add more to this stout than it did. Overall very drinkable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.37/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown to black color, with some ruby edges. Thin tan head disappears immediately. Aroma is certainly rye, roasty, and slightly sour. Milk chocolate flavor gives way to some roasty flavors, cream, rye bread and sour milk. There is also some earthy yeasty flavors present as well. Low carbonation with a decent mouthfeel. This is not one of my favorite stouts from Bell's. Interesting experiment, however this one does not suit me well.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
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

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