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Sly Rye Porter - Yazoo Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

208 Ratings
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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 10.99%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

jpotocik, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

imperialking, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Kavon
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Kavon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of beerguy36
4/5  rDev +4.7%

beerguy36, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
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.

vfgccp, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of mhaugo
4/5  rDev +4.7%

mhaugo, Dec 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

cashew70, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of CrookedStill
4/5  rDev +4.7%

CrookedStill, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of TheBishopco
4/5  rDev +4.7%

TheBishopco, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of shufon
4/5  rDev +4.7%

shufon, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bastu
4/5  rDev +4.7%

bastu, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of freduardo
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
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.

Ungertaker, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
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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TheBeerAlmanac, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of John1985
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.

John1985, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
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...

Tilley4, Aug 18, 2011
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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.

Jenkster4, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of movingtrain
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.

movingtrain, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of fsvan
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.

fsvan, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
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.

JayS2629, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of emerge077
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.

emerge077, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of Misfit138
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.

Misfit138, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of maximum12
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.

maximum12, May 27, 2011
Photo of dmbsteve
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.

dmbsteve, Apr 12, 2011
Sly Rye Porter from Yazoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.