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Sly Rye Porter - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

192 Ratings
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Ratings: 192
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 13
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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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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JayS2629

Alabama

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from the brewery in a sampler. A chocolaty, cloudy brown with a medium tan head and nice lace. The smell was of chocolate, banana, clove, spice, pepper, and a hint of roast. The taste followed the nose. A chocolate covered banana with spicy elements throughout. Spicy rye, black pepper, banana, cloves and chocolate with hints of coffee and roasted qualities. A complex but light beer. a bit thin for a porter. On the watery side with a bit of creaminess in the swallow. Overall an enjoyable beer. Easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2011 04:05:14 | More by JayS2629
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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
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FanofHefe

Illinois

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

Served on tap in a pint glass. Deep, dark brown body, with a creamy two finger mocha head. Some light lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Light aroma. Mostly getting a little roasted malt and sweet molasses.

Chocolate. Cool. Wasn't really expecting that. Excellent blend of flavors including some toffee, coffee, malt, with just a hint of rye at the end.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This beer is well done. One of the best offerings I've had from Yazoo.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2011 00:54:19 | More by FanofHefe
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, ruby on edges. Head is wispy leaving hints of lace on the glass.
S- Somewhat chocolate (dark, rather than milk), slightly spicy and earthy. Understated but pleasant.
T- Dark chocolate in opening. A bit of sourness, complimented by hints of bittering hops, before a spicy rye finish.
M- Carbonation is good, but the body needs a little more weight behind it.
D- A solid porter. An attempt at including rye is appreciated and more or less well executed. A few tweaks and this could be great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-13-2011 02:57:20 | More by jsprain1
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BeerSox

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this one so I can add another state to my profile. And it's a pretty good beer. Yazoo is a hidden gem down in TN.

Opaque black with about a one finger french vanilla head. Slowly settles to a foamy ring along the glass. When I lift the glass, there are ruby highlights at the bottom around the edge.

The aroma is light but still has a good amount of complexity. A touch of molasses is in the background, along with some chocolate. The rye adds a dry graininess.

The rye sets up the base with a little bit of a sour tinge. There are some hops in there as well that compliment it well with a bit of bitterness. The hops are balanced with a little bit of sweet chocolate. The roasted malts come though as well, and come out almost like roasted black coffee. Rather full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The chocolate and coffee hang on well after each sip.

A very good porter, and I'm not sure I've ever had one with rye. A good stand up beer, well made, well rounded, and definitely worth a six-pack at least. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2011 02:40:52 | More by BeerSox
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SuperNova777

Indiana

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

A:Pours a darker brown color with a tan head that has not so great lacing hanging around

S:Slight roasted malts come thru intially with some spicy notes as well. Nothing to great or exciting

T:Pretty much the same as the nose with roasty and spicey notes coming thru with
nothing really to brag about

M:Lighter mouthfeel on this with a watery type body, raosted malt notes are left hanging
around on the palate.

D:Overall this was easy to drink but lacking in the flavor and excitement department,
Think I would pass on this if there was a next time to try it

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 05:21:53 | More by SuperNova777
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alleykatking

Indiana

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for sharing. Josh you have made me happy once again...now lets get this band together!

A- Pours a deep dark brown..borderline black color. One finger tan head shows poor retention. Light spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts in the front of the glass. Some light vanilla and bitter chocolate notes toward the middle. Light spicy rye and hops in the ending. Simple yet effective.

T- Roasted malts in the front have a little something off about them. Not a terrible off flavor but there was something there. Middle has some light chocolate notes with some more roasted malts. Ending is interesting as the rye is there but comes in to just fade away to a light smokey (not roasted) flavor. The rye kicks it back into high gear with a warming alcohol before finishing up.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little watery in the mouth at times. Roasted malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is rye and roasted malts with a hint of alcohol. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were a little muted and muddled I thought. A little bit of a off flavor keeps this beer from tasting clean.

D- This beer drinks easy and smooth for the most part. The watery at times mouthfeel makes this a good drinkability beer meaning you can have a ton of this. ABV is low so drinking a lot wouldn't be a problem as well. Overall a above average beer but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 03:44:41 | More by alleykatking
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rodney4130

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark brownish black with little head. Smell is very roasty with a hint of alcohol.

You can really taste the rye in this, which I wouldn't think that I would like, but it works well in this beer, which is maybe a touch watery for the style. Still, it goes down very well, and I can vouch from experience that it's easy to drink a growler of this in an evening.

A good beer, and one that I'm happy to pick up when I get the chance. Linus sure knows what he's doing.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 21:55:10 | More by rodney4130
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

JohnQVegas sent this to me a while ago. Beer is brown with nearly no head. Lacing and carbonation low.

Aroma is mildly spicy but mostly roasty and really weak. Not an impressive impression.

Beer is thin at leadoff and finishes really weak. There is a minimal sweetness, almost nothing in the midpalate and some rye and roast at the end that disappears quickly. Not a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 15:19:52 | More by drabmuh
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sommersb

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in the Yazoo taproom from a pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head.

Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate and spices. Nice malty aroma was very inviting.

Taste was rich and creamy, with strong malt flavor. Also tasted dark chocolate with a slight bitterness and spices that I assume come from the rye.

Mouthfeel was clean. The malty sweetness finishes with a slightly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability is very good. I could see having several of these in a row. A solid porter overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2010 02:51:27 | More by sommersb
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malty

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2nd wk. of Sept. Received this as a bonus in a trade from unclejedi - thanks man!

Poured into my old school stemmed Busch Bavarian Lager dimpled chalice an opaque root beer color with a settled 1/4" light beige head. No lace to speak of.

Smell is deeep dark chocolate with a woody note at the end. The smokey element is very prevalent but is still masterfully integrated with the chocolate notes, balancing it out very nicely. I'm getting some vanilla, ALMOST like from a bourbon barrel aging - but I know this beer is not barrel aged. very nice nose indeed.

The flavors come in big waves. First, the chocolate swells and starts to break just as the spicy rye creates the white water. A huge hit of shoe leather splashes about as the faint dark fruit creates the undertow. The smoke flavor calms the surface, just in time for the next wave (or gulp) takes place.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lovely leather/cocoa/vanilla/wood smoke aftertaste lingers long. The carbonation is level is 5 out of 10 and is finer than normal.

Drinkability is very good. I'd have no problem sessioning this with a warm fire and good friends. Or warm friends and a good fire.

Overall a highly complex porter without any smugness or fakeness. This baby screams Northern Michigan, even though it's brewed in Nashville. I really like how balanced and still 'offset' this ale is. Good job Nashville!

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 21:36:26 | More by malty
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

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

Poured into Bells snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of light beige beige head. Color is a dark copper brown.

Aroma: Roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate, and a hint of rye. The chocolate is sweet, yet dark flavored.

Taste: The taste doesn't click as well. The flavors don't match up like they do in the nose. An odd roast with a burnt malt flavor. Spice and rye shows. Some chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Roasted and creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry with spices.

Overall, it is an alright porter. The nose was the most enjoyable part of the beer. The taste just wasn't there. Fairly average.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 03:42:49 | More by mothman
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

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

Very dark brown pour, borderline black. Head provided a great contrast as its light brown head sat atop.

Somewhat roasted aroma, rye spiciness but not overpowering.

Flavors follow the nose. Some roasted malt with a touch of spice. Burnt toffee. Some cocao, but I think more rye would do this beer well. Or more roast. Just seems indecisive as to what it is. Hops are either missing or dominated.

Still, a nice beer. Could be a great autumn grilling out football beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2010 23:59:12 | More by Mebuzzard
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

Liquid is pure black in color. Large tan colored head faded from about two inches to nothingness in a minute. Too dark to note any carbonation rising. Minimal lacing.

A nice spicy smoke quality is first to hit the nose. Coffee aroma is tinged with a slight burnt husk scent. Hops presence fades in and out rapidly.

Sweet malt and a roasted finish. Hops are a bit subtle but have a bit of a bitterness to to back of the tongue. A small touch of spiciness but not overpowering.

Creamy feel on the tongue. Large burst of carbonation hits the mouth. Taste lingers a bit.

A decent porter. Would go well with smoked barbecue. A nice beer for a fall night with a nice meal. Worth trying it if your looking for a bit of a change from other porters.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 19:59:00 | More by RedChrome
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to unclejedi for leaving this behind.

A-Pours dark, opaque brown with just a hint of burgundy at the bottom of the glass. Thin off white head, no real lacing.

S-Nice roasted malt and some sweet caramel as well.

T-A bit underwhelming after the nice nose. Some good roast in the front, then some caramel sweetness, then...nothing. Finishes very fast and far short of the runway.

M-Light side of medium, good carbonation

D-Nice, pleasant, not particularly memorable.

HV

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 23:40:34 | More by sholland119
Sly Rye Porter from Yazoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 192 ratings.