Bell's Rye Stout

Bell's Rye Stout

Rated 3.711 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Bell's Brewery Incorporated

Galesburg, MI, United States

Style:  Stout

6.7% Alcohol by Volume

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A earthy and malt laden stout with a nice acidic touch to the finish.

ID: 7470 Last updated 3 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank1000
Overall Percentile98.1
Style Rank15 of 846
Style Percentile98.2
Lowest Score3.2
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.804
Weighted Score3.711
Standard Deviation0.382

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This is as solid a stout as they come. A nice dark brown pour with a brown frothy cap. Weak notes of rye pop through the plethora of roasted malt hints, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Creamy mouthful. Flavour is full of chocolate and coffee notes, finishes spicy.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    From pfoxyjohn via OktoberPfist. Jet black pour with nearly perfect tannish head and ample lacing. Aromas of roasted malts, weak wet coffee grounds and very slight molasses. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth and creamy - a real treat. Nice slight roasted coffee bean flavor with rye smoothness and hint of licorice, then very slightly sweet ending with a hint of hops bitter. This is a very good stout - big thanks to John.

  • FUNK 898 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I'm not a stout fan normally but for this beer, I can make an exception. Pour is black with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, a bit of floral hops, and rye (obviously). The rye and some grassy hops come thru in the taste as well. What sells me on this beer is the lack of a strong coffee/espresso flavor.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I haven't tried the Kalamazoo yet, so can't really compare this to that, but from the reviews I'm seeing they could be similar. Contrary to most craft beers that I've been sampling (particulary stouts and porters), I noticed the hops first then the malty flavors more at the finish vs. malts first and hops at the end. The malty flavors were mostly chocolate, caramel, coffee (the bitter kind), and some sweet stuff like toffee towards the end. I noticed the rye in the beginning mixed in with the hops....giving a bitter-sweet taste....followed by the malts of course. This is a solid stout, not one of my favorites, but solid nonetheless.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle: Poured a deep pitch-black color stout with a small dark brown foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light peat notes. Taste is very particular with some good peat notes and deep roasted malt. Body is quite full with a very nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Very singular since I am not used to rye being used in a stout but still very interesting.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    i thought this would be good, but this was a pleasant surprise, and IMHO better than the kalamazoo stout. the rye contributes to a dry feel and finish, which teams nicely with the roasted malt of the stout. the aroma and flavor are fantasic. the rye is subtle, but because it is, plays a perfect complementary role. very very good beer that just kept getting better as it went. thanks to Kinger for another gem.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 4.1 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Awesome stout from Bell's. Pours a dark black with just a thin creamy layer of froth. Alcohol and coffee grounds is noticeable on the nose. Taste is really unique, has a dryness present all throughout the beer. Roasted and toasted, dark chocolate, and very earthy. A really cool beer, and an interesting take on the style.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 4.3 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Heavy brown body, constant 1/2" dark tan head and good lacing. Peppery/spicy aroma chock full of coffee, chocolate fudge and roasted malts. There is a wonderful underlying fruitiness that comes forward after a bit. Full bodied, extremely creamy with a wonderful sweet finish and a lightly dry aftertaste. Nutty coffee with cream, mild black licorice, chocolate and hints of plum dominate the taste. Good spicy character in the back ground with a faint twang. Another top notch stout by Bells, seems like a drier and spicier version of the Kalamazoo.

  • R.ROUX 395 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    A dark brown pour with a small, but quickly receding head. Smells of deeply roasted malt with hint of coffee. The roasted malt and coffee carry the flavor with a bit of spiciness from the rye, which adds an interesting touch. Nice dry finish, but a bit thin for a stout. Still a good brew.

  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    The top of the beer was firm ,poured a nice color almost black. I picked up aromas of burnt grains,and some coffee notes. The taste was dark grains, and rye. Alcohol seemed well hidden and was nicely balanced.I don't think they could much more with this rye stout idea. I could drink more than one of these, and shall recommend.

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