Rye Porter - Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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84 Ratings
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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 jak
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Ejayz
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of shawnp
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  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 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 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 mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
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 mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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 bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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 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 THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, malts, coffee, black patent

taste: coffee, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: pretty average porter. glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Photo of jera1350
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily dark brown/black with a ring of tan foam around the glass.

A little bit of chocolate, but the nose is dominated by a sesame oil scent. I'm guessing it's from the rye, but really smells like sesame.

Much like the nose. Getting some chocolate, coffee and sourness from the rye and the sesame oil taste as well. Some toasty notes at the finish and into the aftertaste.

Very smooth and somewhat slick feel with a some frothy carbonation. Medium body.

A nice unique little porter that drinks above averagely. The rye can be a bit much, but this is a nice beer. I like that it is different from the majority of porters out there.

Photo of logmacschlog15
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a little under a finger of mocha colored head which dissipates fairly quickly. Black with tints of ruby when held to light. Hard to see carbonation due to how black the beer is.

Smell: There is a roasty aroma from the rye malts as well as spiciness from the combination of rye and Belgian yeast. There is also a sweeter note of toasted bread with very subtle hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet hints of caramel and fresh baked bread are followed by roasty, spiciness from the rye and yeast. There is a harsh bitterness on the finish that seems to come more from torched grains than from hops. Very pleasant, subtle flavors reminiscent of dark coffee and pipe tobacco linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth with carbonation on the duller side of things. A much lighter body than I was expecting and actually a little too thin in my opinion.

Drinkability: This beer is definitely worth trying due to the interesting and complex smell and taste. However, with that being said, I just didn't really feel the urge to have another one and I think that the bitterness on the finish was a little too much for me considering the style.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
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 clonebrewer
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a little grenade bottle into a pint glass. Nice tan head stuck around for a while. The appearance is little lighter than I expect from porters. Smells roasty with a little coffee and grain. Taste is different but very good. Not much hops here but plenty of roasty chocolate coming through. Fermented with Belgian yeast so that adds a different element to this one. If you want to drink a few porters in a sitting this would be one you could do it with.

Photo of alcstradamus
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
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 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 BretSikkink
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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 mdwalsh
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
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 bismarksays
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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 siradmiralnelson
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger off white head. Head disappeared very quickly. Some lacing. Color is solid black.

S. Roasted malt, coffee, a little spiciness.

T. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is a little muted. Could use some further refinement.

M. Fairly flat. Could use more carbonation. A little lingering bitterness.

D. Easy enough to drink. I think the main problem I had was carbonation and mouthfeel. Taste was just average. I think Peace Tree could have a pretty solid Porter with a little tweaking. One I will try again to see if it has gotten any better.

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!

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