tfontana (968) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 1, 2015
Bottle from Hannaford Exeter NH. Aroma is resin, herbs, cereal, bread, dough. Appearance is thick, creamy beige head with decent retention and fluffy lacing. Color is deep, dark reddish-brown, virtually black. Taste is roasted bitterness balanced with sweet. Palate is decadent, thick, creamy texture, medium to full bodied with enough carbonation to give it backbone but is restrained and doesn’t call attention to itself. Finish is pleasantly long and mildly bitter. Overall, this beer is a delight to all senses and is satisfying in every way. Cdog (32) - Farmington, Michigan, USA - FEB 12, 2005
A wonderful jet black ale, with some brown highights make this beer very differnt. The soff-white colored head on top of the very dark liquid is quite attractive. The aroma of coffee & chocolate hit the nose as well This is a very full body stout and not for the week. The balance of hops to malt with just a touch of rey make it top notch. noelcb (271) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2005
Very near black, stiff tan head, nice lace. Aromas include toast, malt, fruit, hops, alcohol, chocolate and coffee beans. Flavors of dark roasted malt, coffee, herbs, dark fruit, and toffee/carmel with a nice bitter hop finish. Great creamy texture and chewy mouthfeel. WakeandBake (549) - Greenville, Michigan, USA - OCT 9, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Growler,draught. Nice black pour with a tan head. Looks like porter,smells like hops,chocolate,and sweet rye bread. The flavor is awesome,like others have said here..kind of like IPA meets stout,and the flavor changes throughout the glass,some coffee,and dark bread notes, awesome smooth mouthfeel, and a crisp hop finish...my burps tasted like hops. Founders does some mind blowing things with rye. The Bomb ! ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2005
bottle...dark semi-transparent pour with a nice tan head that lingers a while. Roasted malt aroma, peaty and earthy as well. Roasty malt flavor to start, a hint of hop bitterness in the middle, and a wonderful choco-roasty-malt finish. The rye lends a beautiful bitterness in the finish also. This is another incredible beer from the folks at Founders. The sweetness just before the roasty bitter finish is impeccable. The last two brews I have drank (Red’s Rye and this Black Rye) are absolutely tremendous.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 30, 2005
Medium viscosity, black and nearly opaque in color with a frothy, anamorphic and dark tan head. Aroma makes me its bitch. Flagrant rye does combat with a motherload of freshly harvested hops. Some chocolate, dark cigar wrappers and wet birch wood harmoniously assault my nose as well. Flavor seals the deal. Rye and chocolate malts are curt, layering on black licorice in a silent but deadly sequence. Some burnt pumpernickel dinner rolls, rye Chex Mix chips and a hearty Turkish coffee bite. Oozy fluidity and a palate rapist. Everything balance-wise is amped-up like it should be, almost as if I special ordered it. Burnt walnuts come in on the finish, along with bittering agents, espresso sludge and an oily layer on the palatary playing field. Very impressive. I don’t think this beer could have been brewed any better. tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUN 17, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2006 Dark colour, with a small bubbly head. The aroma is my favorite part of this beer. Its chocolatey, malty, with rye, roasty, and a bit hoppy. There is a lot going on in the aroma, but it all works really well together. In the flavour you get less of the chocolate (though its still definitely there!), less malt, and more of the roasty flavours, a lot more hops, the rye really comes out nicely and some nutty flavours. Finishes with toasted nuts and some bitterness. A great beer! railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUL 4, 2006
this was a great tasteing beer black like a stout and smooth like a ips a great drinking beer anytime chucklemation (1683) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Aroma is roast, nut, chocolate, and rye. Flavor is similar, with lots of rye and some bitterness. Leaves a roasty and nutty aftertaste. This is excellent. drpimento (3634) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Great aroma with tobacco coffee leather smoke. Flavor’s similar. Very easy drinking. Would call the style stout tho.