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Review by Oxymoron on 12/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 16 3 7 2009
Is it just me or is this similar to Metallica's black label? The pour is a black color with not much red or brown hues coming through when held to the light. A tan head with some red highlights throughout. Good staying power and good lacing as well.

The nose has a good representation of malt. Some astringency and roasted qualities. Lighter notes of chocolate and a bit of earthiness from the hops. As the beer warms, more notes of tropical fruits and figs come out as well.

This is a really unique taste and a fantastic idea. The taste is good with malt being dominate but a great bitterness and zeal from the hops and rye. Chocolate notes are more noticeable then the nose would indicate but are blended well with the roasted black malt flavors. There is a slight almost citrus lemon taste that comes out at the end and more noticeable as the beer warms.

The body has a mid feel but lightened probably due to the rye and hops perception. The beer is easy to drink and quite tasty. Overall I like the new taste, but as for Metallica, I like the old style better.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 2009
12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Binny's Orland

The name doesn't lie. Black Rye pours black, some faint dark brown highlights shine through around the edges. A tan creamy 1+ finger head formed on the pour and stayed put for the remainder. Leaves sheet lacing. Good looking brew.

Unique aroma. Lightly roasted malts are the soul behind this beer but the real highlight comes from the dry-hopping and addition of rye. Mild chocolate hangs around with those lightly roasted malts but the spiciness of the rye and citrus (grapefruit rind) of the hops take over.

The flavor might be even more unique than the aroma. Lightly roasted malts lead into a black malt acidity that just before it becomes too much (and you think it will) the chocolate and mild lactic character take over. Spicy rye comes through mid-palate along wit ha nice hopping that adds some spice and bitterness until the swallow. Excellent!

Medium body with a light smoothness. Mild tingling bitterness from the rye and hop load. Carbonation somewat tingles the tongue.

Definately an easy drinker. The myriad of flavors make this one to sip and sip and sip trying to figure it all out. Not hugely complex but definately layred expertly.

Founders comes through with another winner. This beer is so unique and delicious I can't wait to drink another. The brewers at Founders are some of the best in the country at brewing so many different styles, everyone of them excellent.

Reviewed: 8/15/07

Price: $9.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 16 4 8 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-22-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Got this one in my recent Secret Santa package and could not wait to try it, thanks sprinkle!

Pours like cola with a MASSIVE amount of foam, even with a careful pour. I had to wait a few minutes for this one to calm down, which left thick pillows of lacing behind. Impressive, but c’mon I wanna start drinking!

Lots of rye bread with citrus notes. Grapefruit peel along with roasted malts, roasted barley, dark berries and raisins.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with some roasted barley and rye bread upfront followed close by the citrus hops, cocoa, and coffee.

Love the mouthfeel of rye beers, a little dry and grainy. A bit of red grape skin after taste.

Served In: Bottle

Review by tavernjef on 03/06/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 12 18 5 10 2008
Burnt brown body under a thin cocoa colored foamy cap. Keeps a flimsy skimming and loosely thin set collaring. Thin displaced sheets of lace stick close to the top.

Beautiful aroma of bountifully fluffed espresso roast and roasted rye. Dry fudge, charred chocolate, and green hop bitterness of spruce all make favorable encounters within. Its not huge by any means, just solidly present and fresh. Love it.

Taste is wildly decadent with dark bittering tones of char, chocolate, espresso, dry spruce pine, spicey toasted rye bread, vanilla, and dry fudge. Great roasted edge the whole way through as well as the all encompassing chocolate undertone that sets the stage for the charred stuff and bitterness. A near perfect blend of darkly roasted flavors, moderate bitterness, and subtle dryness.

Clean and roastified medium quick body. Low and even set carbonation and slick even while the roast and bitterness take its hold.

Killer stuff! Loved it! Goes down with an irrefutable slooshing down the gullet. Akin to New Glarus Black Wheat without the banana - just add the rye.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/26/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 18 4 9 0
Originally reviewed 07/02/06

Poured from bottle into standard pint.

A - Pours black (as you would expect from the name. Barely can see through the glass. Generous brown, soapy head.

S - Chocolate, rye and a hint of hops.

T - Much like the taste. Bittersweet chocolate, bit of rye.

M - Maybe a little overcarbonated, but that doesn't take away from the enjoyment at all.

D - For a sweet beer, it is suprisingly easy to drink. The rye balances the sweetness nicely. Another well crafted beer from Founders.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 17 4 9 0
Color is jet black. Can't see through it. Just black. Smell is very good, with a strong burnt rye smell. Almost like a very well done, but not really burnt piece of rye toast.

A rye beer to be sure, with slight hint of bittersweet chocolate. Medium body. Just about right.

Very easy to drink. Hints of stout in there too in terms of what to compare it to. Just flat out a very good beer. Would compare it to a very dry stout, as far as being somewhat thin body and drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 11 16 4 9 0
Just received this brew today. As soon as I saw it I said, \"Damn, that sounds good!\". Sure enough, it is. Pours very dark, almost black, but not quite. Smell is great. Full of chocolate, malts, and some alcohol. Taste is much of the same, only sweeter. Finishes very smooth with a roasty aftertaste. Thanks a ton tangfoot.

Served In: Pint Glass

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