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Founders Black Rye

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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This beer will surprise you with a big hop flavor and a toasty sweet aroma. Pours black from the chocolate and de-bitterized black rye malts. This ale is medium bodied and is well flavored with hints of toffee, nutty undertones and a dry crisp finish.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Pours the color of coffee with a fizzy tan head that quickly turns into nothing more than an oil slick. Smells of raosted malt and bread. Tastes of rye bread, chocolate malt, roasted malt, Mouthfeel is harsh and the finish is dry. Not so great of a beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (3673) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2007
This was very nice, especially so on a cold night. Iíve frequently found something unhappily odd about rye beers, but this one didnít do that. There are some rich dark strains here, deeper than porter but with a lot of toasty smokiness and musty chocolate. Not particularly thick but not in a bad way. Excellent.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Pours a dark chocolate brown (almost black) with an enormous, dense, frothy, tan head that leaves sticky, glass-coating, creamy lace, once it eventually recedes. With a proper pour, a half inch of liquid yields a glassful of head; it reminds me of what you get from pouring root beer over vanilla ice cream. Patience is a virtue with this beer, as you will be waiting a while for the head to diminish. Once it does, the aroma is quite enticing: chocolate, toffee and spicy rye notes commingle in a sweet-toasty harmony. Medium-bodied and creamy-slick with a moderately bitter, toasted finish. The flavor is of chocolate, chestnuts and mildly spicy rye with a supremely well-integrated hop finish. I really like Redís Rye, and this beer is even better. God, I hope that Founders expands itís distribution to Kansas City. They certainly know how to make extraordinary beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2007
Bottle, thanks to after4ever. Big sour rye aroma, with plenty of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar to keep it company. Medium body and light carbonation. Taste also features rye, chocolate, coffee and brown sugar.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2007
12-oz. Thanks, Sprinkle! Black. Thick, surging, bubbly tan head. Itís impossible for me, as a certified rye freak, to imagine a beer smelling better than this. Rye, char, roast, chocolate, and who knows what else on the nose. Bodyís on the high side of medium with nicely placed moderate carb. Chocolate, sour rye, and roastiness on the mid-palate. Lingering rye bread finish. Awesome stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2007
A very nice brew. Pours dark brown-black, with very little head. Nose is hops, mostly, with some roast notes. Flavor is, in many ways, similar to a dry stout: roasty, rich, coffee, and hops. Very nice!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hudspart (538) - Byron Center, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Bottle: Pours very black with a good, thick head. Great hoppy aroma. Tastes like a very good and thick IPA. I really enjoyed this beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2007
This one is a reminder how much I love rye. Very dark with a nice head. Nose of chocolate malt with sweet hops. Taste has some rye spice but it helps balance out the hops and nutty malt body. Some caramel and roasted malts. Nice beer screams to be warmed.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
37steel (186) - St. Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 11, 2007
12 oz bottle. Nearly black with hints of amber and a thin tan head. Spices and chocolate in the nose. Fairly big hop note to start with a chocolate malty middle and a very clean finish. Thinnish. Very drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Dark black pour with very minimal bubbly head. It was quite weak and watery. Nose is slightly hoppy with malt also coming through, but in general the aroma was quite weak (poured too cold? maybe?). Flavor is dull for the most part, dark roast malt with dark chocolate notes. Not my cup of beer.


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