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

12oz batch #7235 which was bottled on 2/9/06 purchased at Cloverleaf in Southfield and poured into a pint glass.

One finger of tan over blackness. Good retention with a ringed lace effect.

The nose has a nice balance of rye (duh), cocoa, and dark roast coffee, burnt wood, roasted nuts and some leafy hops sit way in the back. It also seems to have a somewhat lactic aroma. Very interesting.

The mouth is velvet like. Smooth but not particularly as full as expected.

The roasted rye malt flavors come through very well with a bit of chocolate and bitter hops. Roasted almonds and cashews. Malty finish with lingering roasted notes. Tasty.

I could see myself drinking a few of these when I'm in the mood for something with such a roasted malt profile.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 7235. Packaged on February 9, 2006. Hooray for fresh beer. Pours from the bottle a deep dark charcoal black with a big foamy two finger tan head. Some nice lacing on the glass as well. Aromas of spicy, roasted rye entangled with dark chocolate and a blast of bitter ground coffee that I wasn't expecting, yet enjoy. Burnt rye bread that was left in the toaster a bit too long.

First sip brings a deep roasted maltiness that has a slightly gritty rye spiciness. Mellow slightly milky chocolate tones along with a bitter coffee flavor that runs through the middle of each sip. Finishes with a burnt, bready malt aftertaste. I really enjoy the rye flavors that come through here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a tingly carbonation. Goes down easily, however I could've gone for a little more body here. Seems a bit on the thin side to me. Drinkability is good. The fairly low abv would make it easy to have a few in a sitting. Yet another tasty stout from one of the masters of the style! Bell's puts a smile on my face yet again. Now quit reading this and go get some :-)

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

12oz single, Riley's, batch #7235

appearance: pours a dark mahogany, bordering on black...opaque appearance, bubbly-foamy tan cap with just a little lacing around the rim

smell: roasty, dark roasted malt, roasted barley, smoke, burnt rye loaf, hints of cocoa powder, coffee grounds, light molassess perhaps

taste: interesting stout from bell's and this is my first tasting of it...I didnt even know they were still brewing it....big bready rye presence up front provides an interesting spin on thier normal stout direction...hints of cocoa powder and medium roast still found throughout, sweet caramel

mouthfeel: creamy yet chewy, medium-full body

drinkability: somewhat hindered by the nature of it, but still solid

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Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a brown color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma has some spicy notes and quite a bit of roasted and chocolate hints as well. The flavor has a lot less rye character than expected, just a little rye spice. The chocolate and the roasted notes bring things around for a smoothness. Not being a huge fan of rye, the low rye profile was nice for me. The body is moderate and the drinkability was pretty good.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 7235. Single bottle bought at City Wide in Mishawaka.

Pours very dark, almost black but you can see some light getting through.. no head even though i poured from quite a distance. Smells like dry rye wafers and roasted malt. Dry, smooth coffee taste, very subtle in tone. Some chocolately notes. Rye taste is faint and i wouldn't recognize it if not for the beer's name. Finish is coffee-like. Smooth, dry mouthfeel. good drinkability. not an overbearing stout, probably a good session beer for me.

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Photo of BigDaddyWil
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Label has 7235 batch date, not yet in Bell's website database.

This stout pours a deep dark brown color with some ruby highlights. Absolutely, no head, just a thin cream colored line on the outside of the glass. Very little lacing. Strong smell of coffee and malasses, with a smoky background to it. Taste does mimic the smell leaving a slighly dry feeling. This brew has quite a sour and bitter feel, with some carbonation. Not my favorite stout from Bell's, but worthy of a try.

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Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is a little spicy with chocolate and dark karo syrup notes. Deep black with a quickly fading tan head. For is spicy and tobacco tinged with the flavor what I imagine hot water that had had rye seeds steeped in it would taste of. Spicy pepper notes tickle the tonsils as I swallow. A smooth choclate malt flavor runs through all ranges. The finish kind of reminds me of a very toned down version of the Stone 03 03 03 and its lingering spiciness. Interesting, but it gets thin and the lack of any real head hurts the visual appeal.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Filled about 2.5 hours ago. Pours a deep brown color with ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass. A 2 finger light tan head falls to a quarter inch over top of the beer. Its pretty dark, but clarity is still easy to see. A nice clear brew. Nose is definately rye spicey. This is balanced by a very deep roast, but not overpoweringly strong. There are lighter chocolate notes playing behind the sharper and stronger rye and roast. Flavor is nice. The spicey rye hits initially and stays with through the duration of the taste. This melds very well with a more subtle roasted character, with a sweet caramel and very light chocolate undertone. I think the flavors in this one really work well togther. Nothing is too strong, and I think the balance is done well. The feel is thick, with a light carbonation, giving it a very chewy feel to it. This also works very well with the other characteristics of the brew. I think this beer is very well built. Even though it is a substantial beer, it doesn't sit overly heavy, and nothing keeps me from wanting to put this one away with ease. I dig it. I'd like it to have been a shade darker, but that may just be me.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This brew pours an opqaue black color. The head is mere lacing that recedes into a thin ring around the glass within seconds. The aroma is ever so chocolaty with a lot of roasted malt. It reminds me a lot of Bell's Porter's aroma. The upfront taste is of roasted and chocoalte malt, while some spicy rye comes through in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but is perceived as being a bit lighter due to its medium level of carbonation. Overall, this beers seems to me like a cross between a porter and a stout. Nothing in it really stands out, but everything in it works well and I can't help but like it.

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Photo of jp32
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch # 7235

This one pours thick and syrupy. Looks like used motor oil running out of the bottle. Very dark brown, pretty much black, in color with a tan layer of head, leaving lacings all up and down my glass.

The nose is roasted and sweet. Smells of molasses, maple syrup, coffee, and carmel seep out of the glass.

It is quite malty in the taste with a bit of coffee ground flavor here and there. Finishes with tastes of carmel and fresh cut grass.

The mouthfeel is much thinner than the pour led me to expect, but definitly not thin at all. I've had much heavier stouts, but nothing wrong with this one. Adequate.

Drinkability is great on this one. It goes down smooth, there's nothing crazy about this one that makes it difficult to suck down. Damn good beer here.

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Photo of beerinator
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark blackish brown beer with a grayish tan head. Stick to your ribs retention on the side of the glass.

Aroma: Burnt roasted nuts swimming in black coffee smells. A bit nutty and a bit sweet in the nose, with maybe a slight hint of spicing from the hops.

Taste: Upfront roasted burnt caramel. Followed by some bitter chocolate and a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is good, but not as solid as I was expecting. The finish is dry enough, but there is still some lingering sweetness.

Notes: Solid beer. Definitely not my favorite Bell's stout, but this one is very drinkable and it certainly isn't obvious that it is almost 7% abv. Seems almost sessionable.

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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 mcallister
4.17/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great stout by Bell's. This beer gives an enveloping amount of rye in the nose with hints of choclate malt and caramel. Very easy to drink not a big bold imperial. Can definitely drink a few of these babies. Same taste as smell with an added hint of vanilla.

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fascinating, I didn't realise that Bell's still bottles Rye Stout, but here one is, with a recent batch number...life is good!

The pour on Rye Stout is what you would expect, stouty black. The head is a little more white than tan, but the beer still has the appearance one would expect.

The smell is very heavy on the malts with some chocolate aspects also present. Appealing.

Flavour starts out softly sweet, malty and it never seems to let up in that department. Chocolate also fades in and out of the flavour, and some of the coffeeish tones that one expects in a stout, but neither of them ever really diminish the softly roasted backbone. A certain spicy aspect is also present throughout, and is particularly noticeable on the tip of the tongue after the swallow. Quality.

The mouth hits the notes that one would expect, some tingle is present, and the body is reasonably full. Drinkability, quite solid. Because the main character of the beer is that soft, malty aspect it is quite drinkable.

Overall, yet another interesting beer in Bell's vast stable of stouts. The spicy character in the finish is what makes it unique, and this beer is pretty close to the Kazoo Stout / Special Double Cream league for me. All of those beers are closely related, they just showcase slight variations, the Rye is just another good option if you're looking for a stout from the guys in Kalamazoo.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Barley's Smokehouse

Appearance: Dense black with chocolate edging. A tight and fluffy tan head developed.

Smell: A little disappointed in the aroma but I think it was served too cold. As it warms I pick up wheat bread and some solid roasted barley notes.

Taste: Roasted barley, a nuttiness, maybe some coffee bitterness, a bit of a lactic twang, and just a hint of the rye that kind of puckers the lips at the end. Very dry and high on the roast. This reminds me of a very well done Irish dry stout. The rye really makes for an interesting bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and slightly creamy.

Drinkability: Immensely enjoyable. Nothing over the top here. Just a very well made stout that would be strongly recommended especially for the non-stout drinker.

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Photo of ahking
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this beer in my basement from several years ago. So I am reviewing this beer now after about 3 years of cellaring. I don't really remember what this beer tasted like when I first had it, but I will say that cellaring must not have changed much with it. First of all, it survived the time well, no off flavors, nice carbonation. Aroma is nice and full, roasted coffee, caramel, dark chocolate, and fresh baked bread. Rye is one of my favorite malts and it works well here, adding a spicy edge to the malty stout. Hops are well balanced and go well with the slightly smoky flavor. Overall this is quick drinkable, but nothing special (even after aging it).

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

Black colour with off-white head. More tangy than roast chicory for a stout. Malty though carbonation was significant. Hint of cherry midsip. Spicy tangy aftertaste. Unpasteurized. Had it 2.5 years later and still excellent stout, chocolate malt, smooth, rye for edge.

Seven and a half years later I had on tap and the colorur was brown witha little head. Big chocolate Sweet-spicey, not as edgy so I am keeping up the bottle review.

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Photo of oberon
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a light mocha colored head that is gone pretty quickly,aroma is marshmellow-like and slightly nutty.Taste has a sour note to it with with a roasted malt favor that comes thru in the aftertaste with an almost cola like flavor as well.It was a nice beer to try but not really something I would go out and get again.

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Photo of scottum
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black witth a thin tan head. Kinda sweet, has a roasty choco-oaty thing goin on. Rye flavors are there with some spicing. Mouthfeel is very smooth and welcoming. A solid stout which I enjoyed very much. I wish Bell's beer were available locally.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown blackish color with an immensely thick and crispy cocoa brown head that grew to about a finger high only to subside fairly quick to a thin ring, leaves a good amount of spotty lace all over the glass as it goes. Smell has a big time sweet roastyness, tangy dark cherryness with sweet chocolate, vanilla, and cookie dough notes, but mostly a very heavy roasted black malt heft on top with some coffee beans and a juicy tart-like sweetness. Taste is more of the same, light roastyness starts it out but is headed off quickly by a major tangy sweetness of dark cherry and maybe some dark orange that coats the palate and mouth with a chewy tanged sweetness which resides some as it fades out bringing in some light sweet chocolate and notches of coffee. Trails of the tangyness lead into the finish which dries out slowly bringing in a touch of bitterness of hops and coffee. Feel is a solid medium body, pretty smooth and creamy with a moderate sweet/tarting bite and a lightly dry finish showing through late. Its a fine stout with a sweet/tart effect thats OK, maybe if that tang were held off by just a bit it would be better. Seems to closely resemble the Cherry Stout, with a bit bit more roastyness in the nose. Possibly the same ingredients as the Cherry with a slight twist in the recipe?

Big thanks to my drinkin' buddy Feloniousmonk for the bottle!

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Photo of budgood1
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours out a very dark, murky blackish brown. a very thick and dense head sticks around to leave rings of lace. dark roasted malt aroma...definite sourish yeasty notes with hints of odd fruitiness. what an out of the ordinary taste profile...spice and rye, fruit and coffee, chocolate and alcohol. full bodied and magnificently smooth and silky. this is a nice take on the stout style. nice aftertaste and lingering warmth in the belly. nice drinkability, although one or two would be my limit in one sitting. since i have only one, it hits the spot!

cheers to feloniousmonk for the sample!

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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 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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Photo of marburg
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
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 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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Rye Stout from Bell's Brewery - Eccentric Café & General Store
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