Rye Porter - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: daledeee on 05-21-2010)
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Photo of Kourtney
4.75/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of KadABeer
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a quasi-snifter.
A: Pours a deep brown with a beautiful creamy head. No lacing.
S: Roasted, with notes of sweet whiskey and coffee.
T: Coffee and chocolate, with cherry, very little alcohol taste.
M: Creamy, but iced-coffee thin.
O: Soiid porter, but I'd like something with a bit more body. That's really my only complaint - flavors are on point. Also not tasting too much rye, but that doesn't bother me anything terrible. Will buy again late this fall. Tasted great with Mast Brothers Chocolate w/ Hazelnuts.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.01/5  rDev +14.9%
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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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 bpkrippner
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of skiofpinsk
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Ejayz
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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 AmericanGothic
3.98/5  rDev +14%
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 rbrandt22
3.92/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of katan
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown with light amber highlights. Light head formation, dirty mocha colored, breaks down to a film.

S - Light amounts of chocolate, roasted barley - not burnt, but enough to give it some character. The belgian yeast comes through very lightly, as does the rye.

T - Starts off with some light chocolate, dry rye malt notes - not as spicy as I would have expected. Leans more towards the traditional porter side, with the right balance of roast and chocolate. Mid-stream is very similar, but the belgian fruity yeast appears in the background. Finishes slightly grainy, but well balanced.

M - Moderate to high beer body - can be creamy on the tongue. Doubled up on by the fairly noticeable carbonation, stings the palette. Finishes very clean.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is 6.25%, so its not the most sessionable material - although you wouldn't know the ABV is that high. Not at all filling, good for an American Porter.

My 1b to Hop Wrangler on my favorites from this brewery. Had it on nitrogen push at the brewery a little ways back - now that was awesome. Lightened up everything big time.

Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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 rundocrun
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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 msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle (love the stubby-ish shape), picked up on a Labor Day trip to Iowa; it's been in the fridge ever since I returned with it (and many other Midwest beers) to Oregon. Poured to a pint glass (HopLeaf Bar) after a few warming minutes.

Eye-catching label: "Get your own bags, this is no ordinary porter! Peace Tree Rye Porter gets a boost from malted rye and chocolate rye as well as Belgian candy sugar for a smooth and complex flavor. Belgian yeast is added to complement the chocolate and rye character and the brew is delicately hopped so as not to overpower the maltiness. Pair it with chocolate for a special treat!"

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[say it ain't so!]

A: Plenty dark enough, aptly 'porter'-ish - the darkness is virtually impenetrable. Head is pretty small, a stumpy light tan skim that doesn't even reach a half-finger. Good lacing, sticking in melting ribbons.

S: Pleasant scent of cocoa and musty/kilned malt - sorta muddy and earthy. Hints of spice, vanilla and a touch of flowers (I swear I smell some lavender). Am I crazy?

T: Oooh, I like the chocolate here! Dark and bitingly bitter, with a fleeting lemony tank. Lots of mineral/chalky flavors, sooty, dirty, coffee bean-roast. Those don't sound like good descriptors, but all work well here. To balance, there's just enough caramel sweetness and a little fruit (apple?) to balance that 'rye' (wry?) spicy tang. A sipper, one to mull over and enjoy the nuances within.

M: Generally smooth, medium-bodied. A long-lasting ashy bitterness and a thin sheen of grit (maybe I should have heeded the label's admonishment "LEAVE SEDIMENT IN BOTTLE" (in my defense, these 'instructions' are near the bottom of the label, in a thinner and unremarkable typeface...)

O: A bit better than the sum of its parts, it's a 'good' porter - easy to sip, well-flavored and -balanced... with nice, subtle hints at 'Belgium' that show up more as it warms. I'm very glad to have bought one of these (@ John's in Iowa City); if I lived in the area, it would probably be a staple.

Photo of Ivan52
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
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 Doeden23
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of LukeGude
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to pepsican for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black, none of the translucence expected of the style. There was just a thin cap of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

There were some nice roasted malt scents, with a bit of Rye sharpness and some sweetness at the end. On the tongue the Rye had a much bolder presence and the candi sugar added a smooth sweetness.

The body too thin for the style, but not bad for a new brewery. Drinkability was very good, it's a rainy, chilly day and I would happily drink a couple of these on a day like today.

Overall, a very nice take on the style. This beer is worth trying and I think this brewery has a nice future.

Photo of tim28
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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Rye Porter from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.