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Bell's Black Rye | Bell's Brewery, Inc.

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Brewed by:
Bell's Brewery, Inc.
Michigan, United States | website

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Biggness on 06-14-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 19
Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe on 7/21/12

A) Medium dark and ruddy. There is a decently thick ring of retention.

S) The aroma is roasted dark malt and toasted rye.

T/M) Hmm, this seems like a thin, fizzy reason to dump some rye malt into a dark beer. A bit earthy, too.

D) This isn't good; very rough around the edges.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the eccentric Cafe. Not a bad one, with Black colour and lace. Creamy mouthfeel, yet light mouthfeel. Served colder. Interesting flavour profile and drinkable. Worth trying if you like the style.Neutral in aroma. Some coriander. This could be even better with different carbonation, or none.

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Photo of deakin
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Eccentric Cafe.

Pours a very dark brown, bordering on black. Given the name, I guess I'll just say it was black. Creamy light tan head floats atop for awhile before eventually settling down. The nose offers a bit of peppery spice plus some earthiness. Roasted malt and hints of coffee there as well. The taste is pretty plan--mostly just some roasted malt with a bit of zestiness there. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation levels and a slightly-dry finish. Drinks fairly well. I'd have this again if offered, but generally there are better things on tap at the EC that I'd prefer.

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Photo of pererfromtheinternet
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AgentZero
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A very dark beer, pretty much black. Off-white head had decent retention.

S - Smell is a touch muted. Rye and spice (pepper) seem to be the focus. Some roasted malts and a bit of coffee as well.

T - I warmed up to this a little bit as it went (it might have been the horrible other beers I was having, so it was good by comparison), rye is a good focus (well it is a rye beer) and the spice adds some to it. A lot of roasted malt makes this a pretty simple beer.

M - Little creamy with medium carbonation.

O - Easy enough to drink, it wasn't bad, and I wouldn't complain if I had to drink it again. Not great by any means, but solid.

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Photo of amalburg
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of homebrew311
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Eccentric Cafe.

A dark brown, some clarity, red highlights, no head

S spicy notes of rye and a considerable amount of bready character, some mellow roast, and pine hops on the end

T lots of rye which contributes a zesty quality with notes of piney hops in the middle and a finish with roast

MF high carbonation, light body

D good balance, nice finish. Worth a try.

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Photo of HarmonMW
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Makubex
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of vande
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a black pour with little on the nose... there was a slight head that left some lacing on the glass. as it warmed, it opened up a bit.. nothing crazy...some roasted malt...bit of burnt coffee maybe... not a bad beer, but nothing I'd go crazy for.. was definitely worth the try though!

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Photo of jbierling
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Biggness
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am surprised that a New Yorker is adding a beer to the site. This beer was suggested to me by one of the workers @ Bell's and I was not disappointed. This was my second Rye beer. This beer poured black like a porter or stout. The smell was nice but no overpowering. The taste was similar to the golden rye with a slight burnt flavor. I will keep my eyes open and hope to try some new rye beers. Well done

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Photo of jrallen34
3.02/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at the Cafe, drank from a 5oz tasting glass...Dark brown with a hint of amber, very clear on the edges, looks great. A big head rises a couple fingers but then fades immediately, light lacing...The aroma is totally dead, nothing going on... The taste is light coffee, boring, can't even tell rye is here.

Pass on this.

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Photo of FrankHammer
3/5  rDev -13.5%

3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Eccentric Cafe. Solid black body and very little head.

Slightly smoky aroma with a hint of toffee/coffee.

I like this flavor. Similar to a coffee stout but with a little more hop bitterness. Good rye flavor in the background.

Great for a change of pace. Try it if you can.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Bell's Black Rye from Bell's Brewery, Inc.
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