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Rye Porter - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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80
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 12%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co. visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: daledeee on 05-21-2010

High quality pale, caramel, chocolate and Munich malts get a boost with roasted and chocolate rye. Dark and Light Belgian Candy Sugar is added to the kettle during the boil for smoothness and flavor. Belgian yeast gives off some fruity esters and the brew is delicately hopped so as to not overpower the malt flavors.
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Ratings: 86 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really cool stubby 12oz bottle, like the artwork as well. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown, bordering on black with a quarter inch of khaki foam on top. Aroma brings a good solid roast alongside a spicy rye kick and some chocolate hints. Maybe a bit of smoke and char in there as well. Earthy yeast melds in as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings some good roasted malts upfront with a good deal of rye spiciness coming through. Chocolate and a touch of caramel meld with a charred smokey accent. Flows down fairly smooth with a touch of sweetness. Pretty tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth...a bit of punchy carbonation flows through as well. A little thin in body. Overall, I like the rye kick that this one has and the Belgian yeast is an interesting twist. Glad to pick this up when I was in Des Moines and hope to try more from Peace Tree!

Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark ruby with nice, foamy tan colored head.

Smell: Smoky, spicy and roasted malt.

Taste: The rye is very evident with strong smoky and spicy overtones. Otherwise, this is a fairly standard, and maybe even mild, Porter, with chocolate, light coffee and just a touch of hops. Can't really taste the Belgian yeast unless I drink the dregs straight, but maybe it adds subtle complexity.

Mouthfeel: Moderately low carbonation (too low actually), fairly smooth but a little thin.

Overall: Nice smoky Porter overall. Not one of my favorites and it has faults, but quite drinkable and I like it.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Funky little bottle here.

A: Pours a mediocre dark black with a one finger tan head on top. Decent retention with the head reducing to a thin layer on top within a few minutes. Lacing all around the glass.

S: A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malt. A faint spice note from the rye.

T: Some chocolate on the front end which transitions to some lightly roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. Not sure where the rye is, can't really tell that it is there at all.

M: A little thin for my liking in a porter with moderate carbonation. Just seemed a bit lacking in this area.

O: Like the stubby bottle and the label. The flavor profile was decent, but the mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking. Not a bad brew though at all.

Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a red tint; thin light brown head that fades quickly leaving a minimal film; the lacing is minimal and fights to cling to the glass

S: Slightly burnt rye malts with hints of coffee, vanilla bean, and chocolate; a faint musty earthiness sits on the back of the aromas

T: Rye bready quality mixed with chocolate and caramel; this is pretty bready, a little spicey, and just a touch salty

F: Way thinner than I was expecting but it does sit on the tongue relatively well

D: I was hoping for a bit more but all in all it's a solid little brew; I particularly like the bready rye quality but the lack of depth, complexity, and breadth grew tiresome

Photo of bashiba
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a dark cola brown, very clear with a thin ring of tan head.

The smell is a strange mix of roasted barley and tinny metallic oxidization.

The flavor is very rye, dry and grainy a bit of spice and a big shot of smokey and roasted barley, not much else going on here. Needs a bit of sweetness to even it out a bit, feels very hollow in the middle.

The mouthfeel is very thin and dry for a porter, feels and taste like a complete lack of any crystal malts which is a bit strange for a beer like this.

Below average to average at best, nothing to get excited about.

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip it pours black with a mahoghany brown highlight to it, dark red in the light. Foam subsides to a thin tan ring, random arcs of lacing and spotty bits cling to the edges.

Smells like AB&J, grape jelly and almond butter (if such a thing existed, wait it does). Roasty and nutty, with fruity tang of preserved fruit jelly.

Lightly roasty, mild rye spice, slightly bitter with some notes of tobacco and dry bakers chocolate. Unfortunately its a little bit thin and watery, though very tasty. A flavorful porter, lacking only in the body department.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6% ABV, "Leave sediment in bottle, Serve at 48°F"

A - The nonic pint is filled with a totally black brew upon the pour and topped by a short khaki head that leaves some nice lacing on the beer clean glass but disappears rather quickly.

S - Sharp rye spice and roasted chocolate malts make for robust, inviting aroma of slightly burnt rye bread toast and coffee with a dark chocolate creamer swirled in. Wafts of peat smoke, unlit maduro cigar, and distressed leather give the background of this beer a deeper complexity to ponder.

T - Aside from a kiss of sweetness in the aroma from the added Belgian candi sugar, there's no Belgian influence on the beer until it hits the lips, where witbier-like Belgian spice undertones of light spice and citrus give the otherwise American porter an odd twist. The rye and chocolate still maintain a foothold over the flavor but the nuanced addition of yeast spins it a little south.

M - Of all the Peace Tree beers I've had so far, the soft lack of carbonation suits this one the best as it's rich body smoothly slides across the tongue to a finish balanced by roasted malt bitterness.

O - Peace Tree's Rye Porter puts two unique spins on the standard American Porter for an interesting outcome. The Belgian yeast used to ferment this dark beer doesn't quite pan out for me with it's pronounced characteristics but, the addition of rye to the roasted chocolate malt makes for a great combination that finishes with overall quality.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark garnet brown with a huge tan head on top. Slow receding left tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and really gave it a very nice and very complete look. Aroma is huge, lots of spice at first, caramel, molasses, hints of brown sugar and earth, deep hops. Warming brings out some touches of dark fig like fruit notes but nothing like that warm rye touch that really adds to it. As I take the first sip a really wave of caramel and light peppery rye hit the tongue. Light notes of chocolate that come over it wave after wave. Really quite complex and I have to admit not at all what I was expecting. Still very well done. Warming brings out much more sweetness and balance but at the same time it maintains a big profile. Light booziness kicking in now and the sweet finish has a night light hop bite to it.

Photo of Hawkharvs
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark, black, no light comes through, typical to what I'd expect.

S - Chocolate and malt definitely come through strong initially, with very little rye present.

T - Directly opposite from the nose, a muddled, earthy taste with subtle hints of chocolate come through with a strong rye finish.

M - Very light and thin, not really what I would expect from the appearance.

O - A different take on the style. The nose is most appealing, but an easy drinker and one I will have again.

Photo of bismarksays
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a nice head that disappeared mostly. There was lacing present and a touch of carbonation without being too overbearing.

S- Roasted malt, maybe coffee or toffee, rye

T/M Smooth but strong chocolate mixed with rye. Nice balance, feeling neither too malty nor hoppy. Warms well. Feels carbonated but not bubbly. Thick, but still drinkable.

D- I had two of these in a sitting and it didnt feel like a strain. Complex enough to warrant a second beer and not so thick and rich to feel overpowering.

This is the first craft brewer in my homestate I have felt stands up with other states. Prost.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Score is an average of a bottle review and an on-tap review.

Bottle Review. Score: 3.45/5
A - Dark mahogany color with some walnut hues on the edges. Slightly larger than average, bubbly, foamy, whispy, beige head. All right retention that leaves and thin bubbly ring of lace. 3.5/5

S - Strong spicy aroma cuts through the roasted malt aroma. A fair amount of chocolate and bready/doughy aroma. Some burnt sugar also comes out. 3.5/5

T - Has a good amount of spiciness with some rye coming out pretty strong. Some dark roasted malt and chocolate come out, especially toward the end. A touch of burnt sugar brings a bit of sweetness out as well. Some Belgian yeast and earthiness also present. 3.5/5

M - Lighter body with a fair amount of carbonation. Just a little too thin and a slick feel. 3/5

D - Good mix of sweetness, roastedness, and spiciness. Goes down pretty easy, but the thinness detracts a bit from the drinking experience. 3.5/5

Notes: Fairly good beer, but the body kind of kills it as it is just too thin. A good amount of spiciness, but not quite as roasty/porter like as I was expecting. Interesting beer that definitely has promise, it just fell short in a couple of areas. Worth trying though.

On-Tap Review. Score: 4/5
A - Deep brown, almost black with slight ruby hues. Decent sized foamy, creamy, light tan head. Good retention and a nice ring of lace left. 4/5

S - Strong dark and bittersweet chocolate. Has a nice rye and spiced aroma as well. Roasted malt, slightly burnt sugar, and candi sugar also present. 4/5

T - Roasted malt and spicy rye make up a lot of the flavor. A strong baker's chocolate and dark chocolate flavor comes out mid sip. Compliments the spicy rye well. Some candi sugar and burnt sugar sweetness balances out the spice and roasted bitterness a bit. 4/5

M - Lighter side of medium body with plenty of carbonation. Smooth. 4/5

D - Easy to drink and well balanced. Rye is definitely present but it doesn't overwhelm. Could easily drink another. 4/5

Notes: I had (and reviewed) a bottle of this earlier and was a little let down. At the brewery, I decided to give this another shot on tap, and I am glad I did. This is a much better beer on tap, and was very enjoyable. Rye definitely had a showing and was well balanced with the chocolate, roasted, and sweeter flavors. I definitely prefer this on tap, was a very different beer on tap.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep brown/black with a sandy head that behaves at first like Guinness, with bubbles sinking into the liquid. The beer is pretty opaque but a flashlight shows it to be true clear. The head slowly settles in a creamy top with bits of active carbonation on the inside. Maybe a little too much head, this almost stout like. 4/5

S: Aromas of roasted grain, particularly a strong Rye smell dominate. Very dry, burnt aromas as well. I don't really get any alcohol or caramel or yeast or anything but the burnt/roasted grain and perhaps a bit of hops, but they're really struggling for their place. Overall, I think for a porter, this beer is too sharp, but as a Rye beer, it's quite nice. Burnt Popcorn comes to mind, though not in that bad of a way. 4/5

T: Still the sharp rye taste persists. I'd really appreciate a little more body to go with this, but overall it's not too bad. A very interesting beer. I'm getting more coffee roast as well. The more of this beer I drink, the more rounded it gets, but I think the rye in this case steers it too far away from a porter. It's not just a medium bodied dark roasty beer any more, it's a different beast entirely. The hops I think also take away. I'm not getting really anything of the Belgian yeast they use though. 3.5/5

M: Hmm, it's about right in body density, but the sharp bight of the rye isn't doing anything for me here. 4/5

D: It's alright, better for a coffee drinker for sure, but even then it wouldn't quite be right. Perhaps something I'll buy again, perhaps not. 3.5/5

Photo of alcstradamus
2.55/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Pours a deep near-black color with a half finger of head that dies down to a persistent collar. The rye is immediately noticeable in the aroma, as well as some toasted malt, nail polish, and waxiness. The flavor is a bit watery, there just isn't much here to even describe. The rye is the main flavor component, without a supporting cast. The body is medium to light and carbonation is medium and makes it feel watered down. Overall this beer wasn't terrible thanks to the lack of off-flavors, but it wasn't good either thanks to the lack of on-flavors.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy and hearty roasted malt character and sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. There are background flavors of dark fruit and spices along with a mild but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a very solid porter but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Black as espresso beans with a cream colored head that recedes to a thick ring around the glass, light foamy lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasted malts, semi-sweet chocolate, coffee, malts.

Taste: There's an immediate dry rye backbone, then bitter coffee and dark chocolates come in. A bitter finish displays the hop bill.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry.

Overall: This is pretty tasty, and I like the rye component.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black, but it is not opaque; light from my lamp passed through to give the beer a ruby hue. Three fingers of thick, cappuccino-colored head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a thin lacing and then a ring around the edge.

Smell: At first it gave off an unpleasant adjunct corn aroma, but it soon faded. The action from the smell is mostly chocolate. There is also a little caramel and candy sugar sweetness in there, and the rye gives it the scent of marbled bread. Though pleasing after all, the aroma is really weak.

Taste: Much bitterer than the smell lets on. Roasted chocolate malts dominate; there may even be little roasted coffee in there, too. The rye provides a nice sharpness, and there is a little spiciness, too. The roasted bitterness (I am not getting much hops) leaves a nice tingling aftertaste. The tail end, though reminds me of Peace Tree's saison, Cornucopia, which I did not like.

Drinkability: This is good stuff. It is a little awkward for a porter, but I do like the rye presence a lot. In actuality, it is more like a rye/porter hybrid.

Photo of beagle75
2.27/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark brown color with no head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rustic and husky grain splits between roast and toast. Slightly sulfurous fermented plant is detracting, but overall smell is diluted due to carbon dioxide.

T: Begins off-dry, with early acidity and weak scorched malt. Vanilla is suggested into the middle where lesser acidity persists in the absence of other flavors. A whiff of burnt coffee clings to the palate late but otherwise the finish is mildly bitter and slightly herbaceous.

M: Thin viscosity, watery and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This unsatisfying porter applies rye to a style that never really asked for it. Grain qualities become thinner where they should be full and satisfying--while it is probably possible to craft an appealing rye-focused porter, this isn't it. Qualities are discordant and one-dimensional when the whole product is considered.

Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An opaque, jet black color in my snifter. It had a small, tan head that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Rye aroma with notes of dark chocolate. It had a slightly floral presence, too.

T - Mild chocolate flavor with a smoky kick. The rye flavor is matched by some sweet caramel. There is just enough bitterness from the hops to add balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty tasty rye porter. I've been impressed with two offerings from Peace Tree. Good stuff.

Photo of zeledonia
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A brewery I've never had before. Tasted 18 March 2014.

Appearance is fine. Pours a very dark coffee brown, clear at the edges. Half-finger of medium brown-tan head, okay retention and lacing.

Smell is nice. The rye spice and coffee notes from the malts bring depth and variety. I like it.

Taste goes astray. It's not really bad, but it's not really good either. Hard to pinpoint exactly what I don't like. It's like under-brewed coffee, or chewing on roasted wood. Lacking fullness, and lacking flavors. Something is not quite right, though I can't put my finger on it.

Feel is okay. Kinda flat, watery. Meh.

Mediocre porter. The rye is a nice touch in the nose, but the taste falls flat.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.59/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- The opaque, black body has some beige highlights. The tan head is only a slight ring around the glass.

Smell- Roasted malt blends with some buttery notes, the result is very akin to peanut butter and toast. That is kind of strange. I am assuming Peace Tree is using the same Belgian yeast, and that could be contributing to the wacky sweet and roasty smells.

Taste- There is a lot of roast and char in here. The belgian quality is coming through in the form of earthiness and banana. There is a little bit of nuttiness mid-drink. I am not picking up any of the sweet quality that had been in the nose. It is really interesting, and ultimately, not bad.

Mouth feel- This is one of the thinner porters I have had recently. And it is not all that creamy. Roasted notes have a way of taking care of that, although I feel the carbonation could have been handled better. At least it is slick over the tongue.

Overall- It is an interesting beer for sure. This is where I feel Peace Tree maybe could have done without the sweetness that is present in the beer, and could have beefed up the body.

It is worth trying, but after that, you probably do not need to have it again.

Photo of megamick
4.27/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good taste, little carbonation - very dark - a bit watery

Photo of rundocrun
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown. 2 fingers of tan head that fades after several minutes. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Hints of coffe and rich, dark rye bread. Also a slight hint of spice and licorice as well as mild floral hop aroma.

T - The kilned rye is very much present in the taste too. Crisp, clean and bready flavor from start to finish. Less prevalent but still noticeable are hints of coffe and sweet malt.

M - Thin body and very drinkable. Average carbonation. Very clean dry finish.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Mahogany with some lighter outlines. Head is about an inch at serving, but retreats with no small quickness. Nose is similarly fleeting, eith notes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Earthy and notes of aspirin.

The flavor includes notes of earthy hop, with some peppercorn, Belgian sugar, and roasted cocoa beans. Not bad with regard to complexity, but the mouthfeel and fullness of flavor is more then lacking.

I would dearly love to dearly love Peace Tree brews, but they fall somewhat short. Great thinking, mediocre execution.

Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Aggressive pour reveals a dark copper color, barely translucent, with two fingers of billowy, pale tan head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Smoky, roasted rye with a little caramel in the background. Some belgian esters also present.

T: Sweet, caramel rye up front, mellows in the middle where the esters come out, finishes with bitter coffee. Some milk chocolate also present.

M: Not too heavy, nice creamy feel.

O: A tasty porter, and the belgian yeast does make it stand out from the crowd. Worth a try; I'll buy it again.

Photo of birchstick
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocolaty brown with a small head. Nose is chocolates, some spicy rye malts, and some fruitiness from the Belgian yeast. The palate starts with some chcoloate malts that fade to a modicum of spicy rye. Sweet fruits are on the finish and are actually throughout the rest of the beer. Medium body with a spritz of carbonation. Solid porter...the Belgian yeast and the rye add a nice complexity to it.

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Rye Porter from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.