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 UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bell's Rye Stout by Kalamazoo Brewing Co. 12 oz amber bottle.

This stout poured a dark, dark brown (black) with tan foam that settled fairly quickly to leave a thin foam head. The smell was rich and malty with an earthiness and some rye. The taste was initially sharp with dark malt and coffee flavors and a hint of licorice and perhaps a bit of chicory. There was also a slight touch of sourness, perhaps from the rye (?). The mouthfeel was fairly full, with sharp carbonation. There was a crispness with a bit of a dryness in the finish (again, perhaps from the rye). The drinkability was good. The taste sort of grew on me as I drank the glass, but there was a persistent hint of sourness that brought the rating down a bit for me. Overall, though, an interesting and very good stout.

Thanks to feloniousmonk for this bottle.

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Photo of marc77
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Virtually black, with cloudy deep garnet perceptible when held to light. Sticky one fingered head leaves sparse lace. Dryish spicy rye hits the nose at first, then is contrasted by dark caramel malt sweetness and mellow chocolate malt. Hints of prune like tartness and cassis provide a dark fruity undertone in aroma. Fairly tame, but pleasant aromawise. Currant laced sweetness at first in flavor is ceded by a melange of candyish chocolate and mellow prune tinged tartness. Non descript malt sweetness both from residual, unfermentable dextrins and caramel malt persists throughout due to the understated hop bitterness. Moderate bodied, with a enjoyably thick, rye induced gluey proteinaceous mouthfeel. Light, tamarind like rye spiciness emerges mid palate and serves to contrast sweetness. Faint earthy hop flavor. Finishes surprisingly dry, with a snap of trace citric tartness. Bell's Rye Stout is flavorful for sure, but was perhaps a touch lacking in depth of malt character. It's reminescent of a Boulder Singletrack Copper ale and Kalamazoo Stout hybrid. Thanks to Feloniousmonk for the bottle of this unique and tasty brew.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label features a pencil sketch of a sullen old women, casting her eyes downward, perhaps grimly reflecting on a miserable life, soon to end, or sadly summarising the pathetic events she has yet to endure. Haven't these guys learned anything about marketing from the Swedish Bikini Tean????
Perfect ebon color, large fizzy brown head. Aroma is richly roasted and spicy, with hints of graininess. Heavy mouthfeel, but smooth on the palate. Sits sturdily in the mouth, leaving a nice, pleasant finish, and an abiding sweetness, with hints of cherry, coming through in the middle. A very satisfactory stout, and an accomplished experiment from Kalamazoo.

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Photo of aracauna
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very much like the spiced stout minus the spices. Dry, less espresso flavor, flavor seems a bit thin. Can't really say this is their best offering since the thin bitter flavor underneath grows the further into the glass you get.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black, with brown/amber highlights showing up only under the scrutiny of a bright light. Substantial creamy tan head that slowly breaks up to leave a sparse filmy head and clingy lace. The smell is very sweet with only faint hints of dark, roasted flavors--not what I expected for a stout. Taste seems rather watered-down but is otherwise pleasant. Sweet and light at the start with grains gradually taking over. Relatively light body for this stout gives it a nice mouthfeel and good drinkability as well.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.13/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bell's is liquid crack for Stout lovers like me. This beer pours almost black with a medium thin light brown head. Very little lacing. Nice bittersweet aroma of chocolate and black cherry. Flavor is a smooth blend of roasted coffee and what I am assuming must be rye. Points for pulling off something unique so well.

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

This is a beer that really grew on me. I didn't much care for it at first. But now that the last bottle of my 12 is dwindling, I know I am going to miss it. Nice, unique take on the style.
Pours a deep brown orange. Basically black unless held to a light source. Pale brown head serves up a cooled bacon grease consistency. And just as clinging and sticky.
Rye is noticed first on the nose. But it is buried beneath the light roast and chocolate whaffs. Bells funky old yeast in a major player scent-wise as well.
Taste begins with a dash of roastedness and a smoothed out chocolate impression that slides directly into the somewhat grainy rye notes. The rye profile is overall slight, but provides hints of mixed nuts and, well, rye bread. The Kzoo yeast enters next with the typical lactic and lightly fruity sourness. There is a oat-like sweetness here also. Hops dry things at the finish, but are not otherwise noteworthy.
Medium bodied, with a rolling smoothness. Perhaps on the thin side. But well liked by my oral cavity.
A tasty little stout, aided in memorablity by the rye. Sessions are possible, as this one never gets too overpowering to enjoy more of.

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Photo of MJR
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours opaque black with brown highlights, crowned with a small, dark tan head that you can hear fizzing away to a ring around the glass.

Smell: I pick up on a roasted grain smell, a touch of coffee, and a rye spiciness. Perhaps a touch of sesame seed oil too... Unique nose on this stout.

Taste: Combines a roasted flavor, the spiciness of rye, and a slight sour tang. Starts strong with the coffee bitterness and rye, then finishes with a lactic note. Very interesting flavor!

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy thickness with an oily mouthfeel. Like most of Bell's stouts, goes down really smooth.

Drinkability: Pretty good considering the unique flavor profile. I don't know if anybody else makes a rye stout, but this one's o.k.

Another of the November stouts...this is quite the interesting ride!

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Photo of mjohn27603
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black opaque with a finger of head. Maltiness and roasted aroma. Taste is of roasted malt. The one thing that seems a bit distinguishing to this beer is a slight sour tangy taste. Rye taste hangs in the background. Well it seems everyone has few words to describe this and I'm no different. It's OK but I don't miss it too much the rest of the year.

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

Pours almost black in color, roasted coffee and chocolate aroma, starts sweet with a thick mouthfeel, full bodied sweet with a nice bitter finish, not bad, then agian I like all of Bells stout.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours very dark, almost black and formed a nice light bubbly brown head that subsided quickly and left trace lace. The aroma was of malt & rye and the flavoer of rye and chocolate. A silky body and medium finish. Not as good as their other stout's like expedition and kalamazoo, but not bad.

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Photo of ADR
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque, darkest brown aided by lots of floating chunkies. Poured the beejeezuz out of it to get just a trace of a head. Sweet aroma, definitely tinged with a rye sense. Nice mouthfeel, a trace of an oily presence I like in some Stout styles. Deep roasted flavors, a trace of dark chocolate sense with some spice. Subtle rye flavor (good for me, love the bread, have problems with Rye Whiskey)...pretty nice beer, what Stout is next, Kalamazoo?

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

Deep and opaque... with a thin tan head and clinging lace. Aroma of rye, chocolate, and coffee with a touch of sweetness. Assertive aroma that I really enjoy. Flavor begins slightly acidic... some burnt malt, then rye... finishes with a bitterness and sweetness that reminds me of cappuccino. Medium full body with a smooth creamy mouthfeel. This is a finely created brew from the masters of stouts. It's brews like this that make me happy to drink local!

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Photo of Jon
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rye Stout is a good looking, almost opaque stout with a substantial amount of yeast floating throughout. It had minimal head that disappeared quickly. The nose was of roasted malt and rye. The taste was the same and was rather easy to drink. Kalamazoo is one of my all-time favorite breweries and it certainly knows how to craft good stouts. This one did not disappoint.

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Photo of Viking
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown body with a big tan head. Head retention is a bit weak, but a clinging lace lasts the life of the beer. Rye really stands out in the smell, perhaps too much. Flavor full of rich roasted malt with chocolate. Rye also stands out in the flavor, but not nearly as strong as in the smell. The brew feels great on the tongue - just thick and oily enough for a solid stout. Certainly not the best of Bell's stouts, but still better than many other stouts on the market. Rye is also an interesting change up for those with stout-heavy diets.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice opaque appearance with some yeast sediment noticeable. Thick brown head that is a bit fizzy. It disappears quickly. Smells of oats to me. Very inviting aroma. Very creamy mouthfeel. A slight spiciness is present, presumably from the rye. Medium body. Just a little viscous but not overbearing. At times, I think it tastes a bit like a chocolate candy bar. But I don't get that in every taste. Not overly bitter. Easy drinking. Quality 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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