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 russwbeck
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black pour with a light brown head. Very nice retention and a ton of sticky lacing. About a finger of head remains after I finish the last drop.

S: This comes down to basically: Rye and Roast. Slight maltiness underneath.

T: he roastiness really takes the cake here. The rye is noted, but this is really roasty. I didn't get any on the smell, but there is a nice chocolate character to the taste here.

MF: Heavy body with low carbonation. Dry finish and real drinkable.

O: Decent beer. Enjoyed the opportunity to try this. At $3 for 4oz I would probably skip it next time.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass.

An off tan head, fizzy but uniform looking a little foamy but doesn't last. Body color is a dark walnut brown with perhaps some red hues.

Nose is a nice mild drip coffee, with some faint roast, a sense of wetness seems to be noticeable or perceived.

Taste is very soft bodied, real nice. Coffee and mild roast character shines through with some chewy grain. Carbonation seems fairly high for a stout, a little fizzy, but strangely doesn't take away from enjoying the palate. There's some dry finish here a little.

Overall, I wouldn't have guessed there was rye in this, but it's a fairly tasty stout from Bell's.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pretty solid. Black in color with barely any visibility around the edges. An inch of light tan head sits for a few moments, leacing webs of lace behind.

The nose has a good amount of leather working with hint of cocoa, roasted malt, and sweet cream. A bit of spiced rye lingers in the background.

The taste follows the nose pretty much with some amplification of the senses. Leather, earthy hops, spice, cocoa and deep roast.

The mouthfeel is creamy with a smooth texture. A bit thin but enjoyable with a high drinkability level.

Overall, decent offering from Bell's. Enjoyable stout with impressive profiles all around.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at devils den in philly

Pours an opaque blackened color with a thin layering of tanned head. Wispy film rests on top, leaving a few spots of film on the glass.

Nice scents of chocolate and roasted malts with a splash of sweetness. Rye spice is definitely apparent with a hint of hops and soft bitterness.

Slight hoppy note up front with a swirling blend of roasted malts. Touches of dark chocolate and malty warmth. The rye spice kicks in towards the back end with a pretty aggressive flavor. Finishes a bit sweet and dry.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation, dry and sticky on the tongue. A nice hybrid between the stout and rye qualities - something I'd definitely drink again.

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Photo of tykees88
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
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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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint at the Bell's Cafe. I enjoyed the earthy, roasted character, but overall the stout was just a little too thick and sweet for my liking. This is a pretty big, thick stout, but didn't have the complexity I'd want from a higher-ABV American stout.

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Photo of brew3crew
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tao at the eccentric cafe

A-black body with a tan head that quickly disapates

S-little bit of rye with a little bit of coffee

T-follows the nose. More coffee than rye but it makes a good compliment.

M-medium body and smooth

O-good beer. Would like to try again

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Photo of JackieTH
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured a semi-translucent black with a cap of tan foam that disappeared quickly. Smell was roasted malt and a bit of earthy spice. Taste follows with more roasted malt, semi-sweet dark chocolates, earthy spice. Full-bodied with decent carbonation. Overall impression is richness but lighter than many typical stouts.

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Photo of oline73
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the Eccentric Cafe as a part of a sampler.

Appearance: Pours almost black with very little light coming through at the edges. There if a finger of thick tan head with great retention.

Smell: Mildly sweet and roasty with some dark chocolate notes as well as some burnt malt.

Taste: This one is very smooth. Mild rye spice. Roasty but not very bitter. Dark chocolate notes with a sweet and roasty finigh.

Mouthfeel: Silky with body on the thicker side. Smooth carbonation with a dry finish.

Overall: I really liked this stout. The rye was there, but it complimented the other flavors and didn't take over. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of ditmier
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
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 EORS
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at their brewhouse in Kalamazoo. On the board as 7.2% abv, so the recipe might be a bit different from past reviews.

Appearance: Black with ruby traces and a thin brown head that leaves little lacing and disappears quickly

Smell: Faint hints of coffee and roast malt. Not a ton here.

Taste: Your usual coffee and chocolate notes, but the rye gives a really mellow feel to the beer. A sweet taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth - medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: I enjoyed the experiment with rye, but I think that it doesn't really impart too much in the way of flavor, and I came up thinking that the stout could have used a bit more in that department. This would be a very interesting beer to barrel-age or flavor with wood. As it is, it's easy to drink, but was left a bit cold by it. Possibly because all the brews at their cafe were served extremely cold...

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.13/5  rDev -19.3%
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 Knapp85
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this one to be pretty interesting. This beer pours out like most stouts do with a deep black color and brown head. The lacing was pretty good on this one. The smell of the beer had a deep roasted aroma and had a pretty good amount of rye on the nose. The taste had an impressive amount of spicy rye too. The mouthful was at a good thickness, overall I enjoyed this stout quite a bit.

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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 ArrogantDeadGuy
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Black pour with little head, unpleasantly reminiscent of blended black and tans. The flavors are lacking in coffee notes but almost compensates with nice toasted malt flavors. The smooth dry finish is a high note for this blandish understated stout. While the carobonation is nice and the brew is smooth it lacks the creaminess expected. Overall, eh.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 3-30-11

Was surprised to see this on tap at an Oberon release event, I didn't even know this beer existed.

A - opaque black body, small tan head. Simple, but strong. Good look

S - coffee, hint of rye spice, some fruity hops. Interesting

T - coffee, earthy notes, rye spice, dark fruit. Nicely complex beer, and it is even a bit hot.

M - really nice body, very smooth and full. Robust and a touch dry.

O (D) - A very solid, fairly interesting stout. A good drink.

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Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a medium-dark brown in color with red hues shining through. It's dark enough that it can just barely be seen through, and not well. The light brown head doesn't tower but isn't small either, about a finger, and thick. It leaves patches and some legging of creamy lacing sticking to the glass as it recedes.
The aroma's a bit light, and not quite what I've come to expect from Bell's. The rye really doesn't come through clearly, and I wonder if rye can really work in a stout the way it can in a less malt-forward style. Caramel sweetness lingers in here. There's a little bit of coffee ground and some smokiness with a woody / earthy touch to it.
The flavor, again, is a little light, but the rye comes through just a little bit more strongly than in the aroma. Sweetness rolls on the tongue with a hint of nuttiness before the smoky woods pull through, finishing out with the malted barley, biscuit / breads, and a touch of sourness I attribute to the rye hiding in the background.
The body is full with a fairly lush, smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is light to moderate and the somewhat lingering finish is a mix of sweet and bitter tinged with a note of sourdough.
This is a good beer, though Bell's for me has always been top-notch to this point. Still, I'd drink this again for sure.

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Photo of dmfrench
2.6/5  rDev -33%
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 Geuzedad
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at The Birch in Norfolk. Served in a Bells pint glass. Was a very dark brown in color with a one finger tan head that faded to some nice lacing. Nose was a mix of coffee, chocolate, even some fruity? and also spice.

Taste was malty sweet and chocolate, followed by coffee and a hint of rye but not what I expected, and a caramel finish.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, good carbonation and crisp.

This was my first Bells and I was impressed. I was told this isnt even one of Bells best so I cannot wait to try their other concoctions. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely drink it again.

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Photo of Landfill21
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the local beerfest. This was one I definitely wanted to try. Had a smell of coffee, toffee and a hint of caramel. Had similar tastes. The hint of caramel really comes through at the finish. Has a nice medium mouthfeel and a decent drinkibility.

I expected more from a stout from Bell's overall was a great stout that I would recommend.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have passed this one by many times and just decided to get around to trying it this evening. I am always a fan of bell's and being the stout lover that I am figured it would be a nice fit. This one poured out a nice deep dark brown with a good opaqueness to it. A nice small tan colored head rose up above it and lasted for a few moments before settling down to just a thin layer of lace that covered the top and left behind a good amount of side glass presentation in its wake. Some slight reddish tints on the sides and bottom of the glass, but this one was nearly black in its presentation.

The aroma was subtle, not nearly as strong as I thought it would be. Light aromas of coffee and smoked wood were the dominant players here with a touch of a spiced note playing in the back of it. Not the big smoky aroma you would have expected, much more subtle. Good amount of sweetness mixed in as well, hints of caramel and lots of malt. The flavor followed suit pretty much exactly. Nice smooth creamy feel, with a good carbonation gave it a very full body. The flavor of roasted coffee came rolling through first, with a good dose of caramel thrown in on top of it, lightening it up. The middle seemed to have that nice smoked wood flavor that I was looking for, except it was very sweet, with caramel playing a good bit of a roll here. The slight bitterness of some hops presented itself in the finish, really just drying it out and leaving you with a long sweet, wood like flavor that blended well with the coffee. Very sessionable, as it was not thin and very well carbonated, and low on the ABV. I would love to have tried this on tap, and would have no issue throwing down more then one.

Overall, this was not bad; however, it was a little underwhelming for me. I expect everything from bell's to really push through and hammer down styles; I was just not so sure this one was really that big of a winner. Definitely worth a try, no doubt, just not as big as I hoped it would be.

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Photo of Drew966
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bell's Rye Stout pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Coffee and chocolate are apparent in the nose and flavor, toffee also strikes me in the flavor. Definitely a decent brew, but pales in comparison to other Bell's stouts. Still, it's better than a lot of other breweries efforts.

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Photo of zrab11
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a nice dark color... no pitch black though...

S-smells of grapes and a fermentation smell

T- has hints of malts and I'm getting a slight hint of grapes which is surprising

M-medium bodied with a nice crisp feel!

D-super easy to drink.. really like the unique taste... can't really pin point it. But like it.. will get this again!

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Photo of woosterbill
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Staunton Baja Bean into a shaker pint.

A: Black body with clear brown highlights and a half-inch of tight, soft tan head. Good retention of what little's there, with sticky lacing. Quite nice - excellent pour for a bar.

S: It's hard to get much, what with the shaker pint and the smokiness of the bar; I do detect some sweet chocolate, some rye spice, and light hops. Pretty solid.

T: Opens with a rich blast of sweet malt that carries through into a more complex rye and chocolate middle, and ends with a delicious kiss of citrus hops and a roasty coffee aftertaste. Excellent.

M: Substantial body with the carbonation to match. Very rich and smooth.

D: No idea what the ABV is, but I'm loving the blend of rich flavor, bitterness, and the lack of noticeable booze. I think I'll get another.

Notes: This beer was tasty enough to make me ignore the bar's impressive bottle list and get a second pint. Very tasty, easy-drinking stout. Surprised to see how low this is rated on here.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/20/2010. Bottle thanks to Tsotsi. Pours a dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, a touch of coffee, sweet malt. Flavor of sweet roasted malt with a touch of spice although I can't really say that the rye is very prominent. Pretty tasty overall (although I was hoping for just a little more).

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