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Rye Porter - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Rye PorterRye Porter

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78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

01-11-2013 01:26:15 | More by sethcroisant
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3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 01:14:45 | More by Hawkharvs
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South Dakota

3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

11-28-2012 17:55:48 | More by Chucker17
Photo of msubulldog25


3.83/5  rDev +11%
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!"

[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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 22:41:23 | More by msubulldog25
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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

10-27-2012 08:03:07 | More by Kourtney
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

10-21-2012 00:59:54 | More by BrewCaveDweller
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

10-09-2012 18:03:38 | More by Rayek
Photo of CHADMC3


3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocoloate colored brown body beneath from frothy mocha head that patiently dissolves to leave a loose lacing around the glass.

The aroma deceives the senses with faint chocolate malt and spicy rye. Not your typical porter aroma. Seems to be some earthy hops hidden in there as well.

The flavor also offers chocolate malt and spicy rye but as it warms the smokiness appears as well.

Medium in body and carbonation with a lightly spicy finish.

Certainly a different porter. Tasty and unique, I can see what the brewery was going for. Perhaps a bit lighter than your traditional porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:06:06 | More by CHADMC3
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3/5  rDev -13%

08-22-2012 05:05:12 | More by Localdrinklax
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3/5  rDev -13%

08-13-2012 00:32:17 | More by MFauver35
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3/5  rDev -13%

07-15-2012 00:23:27 | More by MN_Beerticker
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3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

07-02-2012 13:33:52 | More by redblacks75
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1/5  rDev -71%

06-13-2012 01:15:34 | More by Herky21
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 03:21:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3/5  rDev -13%

03-01-2012 01:40:50 | More by PatrickKlopfenstein
Photo of beagle75


2.23/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 14:39:51 | More by beagle75
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2.7/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 23:36:34 | More by bashiba
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3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass. No expiration/bottle date. '1118' printed over end of the surgeon general's warning.

a Aggressive pour formed a finger's worth of tan head that quickly dissipated. Dark black with a dark brown hue at the edges. Modest lacing that slipped down the glass during tasting.

s Smoky malt. Barely noticeable rye at the back of the nose after a long smell. Cellar.

t Malt on the sides of the tongue and a smoky aftertaste on the back. Searching for rye spice/boldness and only finding weak caramel.

m Somewhat watery. Smooth in the middle. Flat is the final impression as the taste finishes.

o Tried with some Hershey's dark chocolate after searching the label for an expiration date and reading Peacetree's recommendation to pair the two. Brought out some sweet/bitter chocolate flavors in the beer as expected and did enhance my overall rating by 0.5, but still let down on the promise of rye.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2012 17:07:11 | More by Mattamue
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3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

12-29-2011 14:15:38 | More by langfot99
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-12-2011 00:32:54 | More by jak
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

12-09-2011 05:03:45 | More by Exiled
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3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 04:44:42 | More by birchstick
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4/5  rDev +15.9%

11-29-2011 02:46:16 | More by Ejayz
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3/5  rDev -13%

11-23-2011 09:24:17 | More by shawnp
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3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 18:52:25 | More by Pintofbrown
Rye Porter from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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