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Sly Rye Porter - Yazoo Brewing Company

Sly Rye PorterSly Rye Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.52%


Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A rich, chocolaty English Porter with a clean finish. We use the finest floor-malted Maris Otter malts from England, the same malts used for the best single-malt scotch. A portion of malted rye gives a spicy, slightly dry finish.

28 IBU

(Beer added by: clvand0 on 01-24-2005)
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass on 4/11/13

Bottled on date: 27 Sep 12

Dark tobacco juice brown with a short, 1/3rd inch head. The foam fizzles away quickly (not as fast as, say, Dr. Pepper). Come to think of it, it looks like cola. Not a speck of lace.

Tangy roast aroma with rye and cocoa. Nutty overtones. Hints of some subtle dark fruit; plum perhaps? Though it smells sharp, the taste is smoother. Dark roast, modest rye and bitter chocolate. Earthy finish. When coupled with the body the beer seems thin. Carbonation is reasonable by comparison.

Not too bad. I like it better as it warms up. Pretty dismal appearance though.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 23:42:27 | More by Ryan011235
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black, mild lighter edges, dark tan head.

Aroma: chocolate, roast, spicy rye, coffee, and smoke.

Taste: sweet, lightly fruity and spicy, chocolate, roast coffee.

***nice feel, good balance, medium body, good drinkability. A nice rye porter.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2013 01:41:04 | More by EgadBananas
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A buddy brought a variety pack back from a trip to Nashville. The beer pours a nice color which was slightly less dark than Guinness, with a tan head. The rye was indeed sly - the beer wasn't as astringent as I had anticipated. While not as bitter as I would expect from a porter, I found it quite drinkable, and wouldn't hesitate to purchase it if I found it in my part of the country.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 17:25:10 | More by WoodBrew
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NiceFly

Tajikistan

3.3/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle that was bottled Mar 7 2012 and tasted Nov 2 2012

Pitch black with minimal lacing.
Heavy smell of carmel sweetness.
Taste is more like an ESB than a Porter. It is lacking a dry black malt character.

Reminds me of a Guiness Extra Stout. No real flaws but not what I look for in a Porter.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 23:50:17 | More by NiceFly
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harperman69

Tennessee

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Minimal head that quickly dissipates. When it does, it appears exactly like a flat diet Coke would.

Smells of peppery chocolate with a slight whiff of biscuit. Nose is fairly light.

Medium viscosity with a slight bit of over carbonation prevailing.

To be honest, I expected a little more out of the taste. Has a burnt roast feel to it with a somewhat flat finish, even for a Porter. The rye does shine through which is it's one lone saving grace.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 01:30:59 | More by harperman69
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A medium sized light brown head that settles into a decent lacing above a clear dark reddish amber colored beer.

Dark roasted caramel to chocolate malt aroma with a bit of dark fruits sneaking in there.

The taste is very similar to the aroma deep dark roasted caramel to chocolates with a bit of those dark fruits sneaking in there.

A roasted dry aftertaste with a bit of the dark malts hanging around on this medium bodied porter.

A pretty good tasting beer, I could use a few of these on a chilly autumn night.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 22:24:39 | More by LXIXME
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ChrisAceGates


3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It's a chocolate brown with a very thin head that disappeared quickly. There was a little bit of lacing on the glass.

The beer smelled like a porter should, a little coppery but mostly chocolate and toffee.

A very clean malt taste. Not too sweet. The hop balance was pretty even.

Somewhat light in the mouthfeel for a porter but easy to drink.

Overall, I liked it as a session beer. Was somewhat let down because the Yazoo Sue is an incredibly rich smoked porter, very bold with lots of body and flavor. I was hoping this would be similar but it was toned down. Still, I liked it, there aren't too many porters widely available in the middle of Tennessee, will drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 21:15:03 | More by ChrisAceGates
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zachary80

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March of this year.

Pours a dark brown body with a small light tan head that has low retention. Lacing is on the sparse side.

Aroma is like (black) peppery chocolate. Somewhat simple but enjoable.

Flavor is good - chocolate comes through with a mild rye complexity on the backbone. Finish is too short and somewhat...empty.

Mouthfeel is decent for a porter, carbonation might be a little high.

Overall I enjoy the Sly Rye Porter and would not hesitate to pick it up again, but it isn't incredible. I've had a couple other Rye porters that I prefer, but they are almost impossible for me to get.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 03:01:14 | More by zachary80
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with a dark foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of spicy rye notes with light roasted malt and some black chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by spicy rye notes with some dry roasted m alt notes with light black chocolate notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Well brewed with rye contributing some interesting complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 13:26:23 | More by Phyl21ca
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vfgccp

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Dark cherry brown with cranberry highlights. Nice bone white head has nice retention and ok lace.

S – Sweet oats, cream, buckeweat honey and light roasted coffee.

T – Peppery rye up front with a soft, sweet caramel. Coffee roast and condensed milk melt into a sweet, cream soda finish.

M – Medium body with a soft creaminess.

O – Very sweet, but the profile manages to handle it. The rye is a really nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 21:33:06 | More by vfgccp
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Ungertaker

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A- Black with a frothy white, 1-finger head; no light penetration.

S- Rye, chocolate, and a light coffee aroma.

T- Very little hop presence, rye is present throughout. Hints of chocolate and coffee are there until the end.

M- Medium to thick with a foamy carbonation.

O- I have had rye IPAs and rye stouts, but this was the first rye porter I have tasted. This sets a pretty good standard, IMO. I hope I can score some more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 03:35:46 | More by Ungertaker
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bastu for sending me this one!

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a 1/2 inch fizzy khaki head that fades to nothing. Small streaks and dots of lace drip back down into the remaining beer leaving no lacing. Smell is of roasted malt, roasted nuts, and rye aromas. Taste is of roasted malt and roasted nuts, rye, and some slight coffee flavors. A mild roasty aftertaste lingers on the tongue with each sip. This beer has a higher level of carbonation for a porter with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good porter with some nice roasty and rye aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 05:43:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Growler poured into a tulip

A: Pours black with a tan colored head that lasts a very short while.

S: Smells predominantly of coffee with some chemical acidity and a slight nutty quality.

T/M: Flavor is relatively thin with some English ale bitterness, notes of coffee, medium carbonation and a nutty finish.

It's a pretty decent porter but average overall.

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Serving type: growler

09-23-2011 01:22:55 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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John1985

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Porter pours an opaque black with a small head that dissipates quickly. Wow is this dark. Very nice aroma of cocoa, licorice and spicy rye. Flavor is light chocolatey goodness with a small amount of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is quite thin but this makes it drinkable. Overall effect is that I would have this again but it is not on my shopping list anytime soon. Maybe it's not my favorite style but I encourage porter lovers to give it a shot.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 22:17:28 | More by John1985
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a solid little brew this is... Yazoo knows how to make a porter (see Sue).

Nice dark roasted malt aromas bring the expected chocolate and cocoa but the rye gives this a spiciness that works very well here... Looking forward to it...

Smooth roasted malt flavors make drinking this a delight... Cocoa and hints of that spicy rye blend good here... Rye picks up spiciness as it warms and really pronounces this one and sets it off... Not overbearing at all, just a nice smooth porter...

I enjoyed this a lot... Bought 2 and I'm trading one as an extra... Tempted to drink it though...

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 22:14:20 | More by Tilley4
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Jenkster4

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pretty damn dark, maybe a slight reddish tent ( very slight). Not a lot of head. Nice looking brewskie.

Nose: Roasted goodness all up in your sniffer. Chocolate, vanilla, very little coffee, yummy malts, some spice.

Taste: Nice vanilla notes along with the chocolate of course, verr tasty roasted characters,. It's just damn good.

Mouth: It's smooth without being a one hit quit. I could easily pound a few of these back.

Overall: This is a very nice brew. Good enough to be a desert treat, yet light enough to be an anytime of the day beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 02:05:35 | More by Jenkster4
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up at a downtown market in Nashville...nothing marked on the carrier package except that this was a Brewmaster's Reserve. Bottled on 6.21.11.

Pours a dark, dark brown, almost black color with reddish hues around the edges. Carbonation makes this look like a glass of Coke.

Caramel and chocolate up front in the nose. Some vanilla, candy cream, cinnamon, brown sugar, and coffee aroma also.

Flavor is on the dryer side. Heavy roasted malt characteristic. I assume this is brewed with rye (hence the name), and there is some rye flavor here, too. Bitter chocolate and coffee come in around the middle, followed by a dark fruited flavor, vanilla, and caramel.

Overall, this porter is interesting, carrying some unique flavors for the style. It is drinkable, and works well across the palate. A bit too spritzy on the tongue, taking away from what could be a very creamy mouthfeel. But, on the whole, this porter works well.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 18:26:00 | More by movingtrain
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fsvan

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 3rd week of April 2011. Consumed July 4th 2011.

A- Very dark, brown with a reddish hue when the glass is tilted. Nice, creamy head with a modest amount of lacing, leaving nice rings around the top of a pint glass.

S- It smells...like a porter. Roasted malts, some sweetness, a bit of chocolate. I love the smell of a good porter, and this hits all the notes that one would expect.

T- Nice roasted malts up front. A tiny bit of sweetness. A bit of a tingle of spiciness, presumably from the rye in the middle. Finishes slightly dry. Kick from the rye becomes more pronounced as the beer warms.

M- Medium bodied, with a nice lingering quality.

O- I really like this beer, and I think it both one of the better beers that Yazoo does, and one of the better porters available in the Nashville market. It's a shame that bottles are only sold as part of the Yazoo mixed 12 pack. I would certainly drink more of this if that were not the case.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 20:16:25 | More by fsvan
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emerge077

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jim for this one! Review from written notes.

Murky dark brown with tawny reddish accents around the edges. Sudsy tan foam that leaves flecks on the glass. Retention was pretty good, it maintained at least an unbroken skim for the duration of the glass.

Deeply malty, bready rye spice, roast malt and chocolate in the aroma.

Flavor is very similar, malt driven and spicy with the rye component, blending seamlessly with the creamy milk chocolate of the porter side of things. Medium bodied, slightly dense from the malt content, easily sipped or quaffed. Interesting balance of rye and chocolate malt here, more sweet than bitter, but not overly so. Definitely worth a try, it's a different animal than Sue.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 02:40:34 | More by emerge077
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Misfit138

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Having had this beer a number of times but never reviewed until now.

Poured from bottle into my Highland Brewing Company pint glass.

A- Nice very dark brown almost black in color with tan frothy head

S- Sweet vanilla and chocolate dominate the smell.

T- The taste has the same hints of vanilla and chocolate, but they are followed by a nice roastiness.

M- Fairly heavy in body yet has decent carbonation.

O- Very good beer from Yazoo. If you like porters you have to give this a try. Highly recomended.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 04:48:36 | More by Misfit138
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to unclejedi for this stubby, brought north & hand-delivered during Darkness Day. I know not if unclejedi knew of my rye obsession beforehand, if this was happy coincidence, or he has keen foresight...

Pours just shy of black, thinning around the temples to brown. Nose is nice on this fella, rich chocolate, sweet malt, & a finger-tingling feather of rye. I like it already.

Sly Rye is a fine addition to either the constellation of rye beer or porters. It mirrors the nose to a T-bone, except that the rye is more forward, imparting a bitter bite & heady spiciness that leaves the tongue aquiver. Roast shows up strong, too. In the end one is left with the spicy shot across the tongue & a rich, full chocolate-laced porter.

Excellent beer. One of the better porters I've had in a while, & packing this much flavor into a brew under 6% ABV is always to be applauded. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 23:31:34 | More by maximum12
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dmbsteve

Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from growler into pint glass. Deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to light. Small tan-ish head that faded quickly to a thin layer, and was pretty much gone by halfway down the glass. Little lacing.

Smells sweet right up front, with toffee and a maple syrup-like aroma being prominent.

Tastes sweet and syrupy with just enough bitterness at the end to balance it out along with a hint of spiciness (maybe that's from the rye?). If it has much rye in it, its well hidden by the sweeter malts.

Mouthfeel is a little thin. This makes for a good session beer because it tastes great. I will probably be a regular in the beer store getting growlers of this. Also want to mention that I made a great barbecue sauce with this beer. Was actually looking for Sue but they didn't have it, so I settled for this. Was a good choice IMO.

Serving type: growler

04-12-2011 02:51:52 | More by dmbsteve
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Agressive pour produces two finger, tan/off-white head with big soapy bubbles. Slowly recedes and leaves some film and those big bubbles along the outer edges. Some lacing. Dark brown, ruby colored. Nice to pour this myself because I've never gotten this on draft at a bar...very good looking beer to start.

S: Roasted and sweet smells balance each other out. A different quality to the smell that I can probably attribute to the rye. Not too bad.

T: Chocolate and roasted flavors start things off, rye comes in afterwards...something kind of sweet at the end. Very enjoyable.

M: Pretty full for a low abv beer. Nice carbonation produces almost a bubbly feel as well.

D: Could and have drank a few of these in one sitting. This is one of my favorite Yazoo offerings.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 23:57:21 | More by titosupertramp
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to unclejedi for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The rye porter is a dark ruby red color that, when concentrated in my glass, looks almost black. A thin off-white head came along for the ride, leaving no lace behind.

S: The nose is generally that of a porter, dark and roasted. Rye adds a mild spiciness. Very dark and very sweet smelling.

T: The porter is solid, even with the addition of the rye. Dark chocolate, milky sweet, drives the flavor. A lactic sweetness follows, complementing the chocolate. Rye finishes things off, anisey though mild. The dark malts are the highlight but the rye finish hits the right spot. A better than expected porter.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, sweet with lactose and chocolate. The darker, more bitter malts finish the flavors off nicely, and the rye adds a spicy dimension.

D: This porter is incredibly drinkable, sweet and dark without any harsh bitter flavors. I love the rye.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 13:52:35 | More by akorsak
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birchstick

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a deep, dark black with a nice white head to it

S - smells of some darker fruits with undertones of chocolate malt. Coffee / burnt malt are the most dominant scent on the nose, which is complemented nicely by some spicy rye. The label on the bottle nails it.

T - taste follows the nose. Starts off with sweet chocolate malt that is overtaken by a lot of sweet, dark fruits. Then, the spiciness reveals itself adding a spicy tinge to the palate. The finish is coffee and dark fruits. I was surprised to see how prominent the dark fruits were; I was hoping for a little more rye, but it was delicious nonetheless.

M - nice and creamy, but a thin body

D - This is a really good, easy drinking, flavorful porter. The dark fruits and rye add a nice change of pace for the style, helping this stand out from others in this class. Thanks to beerindex for this one!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 05:15:58 | More by birchstick
Sly Rye Porter from Yazoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.