1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Sly Rye Porter - Yazoo Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Sly Rye PorterSly Rye Porter

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

183 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 183
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 11.26%
Wants: 12
Gots: 10 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 183 | Reviews: 68 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of titosupertramp
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
Photo of akorsak
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
Photo of birchstick
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
Photo of FanofHefe
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
Photo of jsprain1
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
Photo of BeerSox
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
Photo of SuperNova777
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
Photo of alleykatking
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
Photo of rodney4130
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
Photo of drabmuh
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
Photo of sommersb
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
Photo of malty
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
Photo of mothman
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
Photo of Mebuzzard
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
Photo of RedChrome
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
Photo of sholland119
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
Photo of tpd975
tpd975

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks JQV for this one.

A: Pours a nice dark black, nice tan head with pretty good retention. A bit of spotty lace.

S: Very nice roasted malts, earthy chocolates, and coffee.

T: Nice and deep tasting. The malts are aggressively rosted. The chocolate is bold and dark. Coffee notes are there with some twangy dark fruit. Touches of caramel and nuts with a dash of the spicy rye.

M: On the lighter side of medium, medium carbonation, could be a bit more lively.

D: Pretty good. Not the best of the Yazoo brews I have had (SUE rocks!) but it is tasty no doubt.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 20:15:56 | More by tpd975
Photo of Imstillthegman
Imstillthegman

Delaware

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

Thanks go to UncleJedi for his bottle.

Pours a dark brown with some lighter mahogany around the edges. Thin head of tan bubble quickly faded to a ring.

The aroma is a little smokey and nutty with nice roasted malt, rye and bakers chocolate background. I get a hint of charcoal in there, too.

The flavor has the bitter chocolate, burnt, lightly smoked malts up front with the rye coming in right behind them. I get a quick shot of sweetness at the end, but I can't quite peg the flavor.

Nice, smooth fuller body with this one. Enjoyable and easy drinking. This would make a nice autumn beer for the cooler nights out on the deck. Thanks, Jim!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 00:21:09 | More by Imstillthegman
Photo of elgiacomo
elgiacomo

Georgia

2.23/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottled first week of January 2010.

Pours clear brown, red under light, with a one finger fizzy tan head that quickly recedes to a ring and light wispy cap, and eventually totally flat, no lacing.

Aroma is toasted and roasted malts, some burnt, chocolate, nutty, stale coffee, dark heavy bread. Gets worse over time.

Flavor is some sweet dark fruit, caramel, molasses, a little chocolate, malty, but somewhat watery and light bodied, thin.

Low carbonation, mediocre mouthfeel.

Eventually goes completely flat, the first half of the glass was much more enjoyable than the second which I ended up pouring down the drain. Second one of these and both the same way. Even at its best, I see this more as a Brown Ale or even a Scotch Ale, but pretty weak for a Porter, and a below average beer regardless of style.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 03:44:18 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of sisuspeed
sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to abuliarose for sharing this with me.

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. A big, foamy, off-white head forms at first, but quickly dies, leaving behind a thin film on top of a dark brown, almost black body. Light lacing.

Smokey and roasty malts on the nose, followed by a pinch of rye and some bittersweet chocolate. A burnt caramel aroma lingers as well.

Bittersweet chocolate malts, other roasted dark malts and a nice addition of rye make up the majority of the flavor. The rye definitely adds a welcomed dimension to this beer, but beyond that there isn't too much else going on. A fairly normal porter profile.

The body is smooth with small, tingly, carbonation. Slightly on the watery side, yet maintains a touch of creaminess.

Drinkability is probably the best thing about this stout. It goes down quite easily and the ABV makes it sessionable. With rye you stay somewhat intrigued, which is good.

Overall, a decent beer from Yazoo. Nothing overly exciting, but still a fairly drinkable porter. Easy to enjoy a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:10:14 | More by sisuspeed
Photo of abuliarose
abuliarose

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to PaulV for shipping this one up! Poured into a fluted pint glass, revealing ruddy deep brown body over decently tall, quickly dissipating off-white head. Some bubbles, a little lacing. Smells nice and smoky with good malt presence and a little orange zest and dark chocolate on the nose. Slight kiss of fruit. Very nice smelling!!!

Tastes rich and mealy with some raw chocolate character and decently light roasted notes. Full of savory flavor. Slight bitter ending, a little peppery with a touch of citrus hop presence. Carbonation is thicker and tingly on an otherwise watery smooth light-bodied beer. Full in flavor, but decently drinkable. An overall winner.

This may be my favorite Yazoo brew to date. I'm not good enough yet to pick out the rye's role, but I like it more than others with rye that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 21:07:01 | More by abuliarose
Photo of JohnQVegas
JohnQVegas

Tennessee

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

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, verging on black depending on the angle. Very little head on this one at all. Score boosted one notch because app. is worth too much.

Nose is big on both chocolate and rye; very reminscent of a german pumpernickel. A bit of earthy roastiness in there as well to complement.

Taste follows the nose - big on earthy, rich rye roastiness, with a hefty dose of dark chocolate that lingers on the palate. This is a very straightforward beer, though with the tastiness to back it up. Crisp and fairly clean finish, only the lightly-roasty, earthy chocolate note remains.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit on the light, coarse side, could be a tad creamier. Nice dryness in the finish.

Nicely drinkable, could easily make a night of this one, some black bread, and a healthy serving of Schnitzel and potatoes.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 18:48:11 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of JoePat
JoePat

Kentucky

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

Picked up a Grower of this at the tap room after trying the sampler and choosing it as my favorite (no Hop Project or Sue available).
Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan, almost off white head.
I can smell some dark chocolate and roasted malts. Also smell somethinig else that might be the rye.
Lots of chocolate flavor with the roasted malt bitterness and a pretty pronounced but not over powering rye flavor.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth making for great drinkability.
I think this is one of the better beers producted by Yazoo

Serving type: growler

02-22-2010 23:07:36 | More by JoePat
Photo of Vancer
Vancer

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The rye really adds a unique taste to this porter, sampled at the Schlafly Repeal festival. Poured a deep mahogany brown, almost opaque, with a nice topping head of ivory.

Aroma was chocolate maltshake, and this progressed into the quaff - along with that unique rye kick, along with a bit of coffee and the "standard" sour ale taste.

Very good brew, solid body to pair with the solid brew. Looking forward to more Yazoo brews in the area.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2009 21:36:49 | More by Vancer
Photo of daythree16
daythree16

Tennessee

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got my growler refilled over the weekend at the brewery and decided to go with the rye porter.

Pours a burgundy-brown color with a 1.5 finger head.

Smell is some chocolate and a whiff of spiciness from the rye. Taste is a little chocolate with a nice roasted malt backbone. There is a nice bit of coffee on the finish.

This one toes the line between porter and stout. The mouthfeel is medium, and drinkability is great. I have to be honest that I didn't go in to this one with much expectation after reading some of the reviews, but I really did enjoy it.

Serving type: growler

01-29-2009 08:14:23 | More by daythree16
Sly Rye Porter from Yazoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.