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Sly Rye Porter - Yazoo Brewing Company

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Sly Rye PorterSly Rye Porter

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74 Reviews
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Reviews: 74
Hads: 266
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 17
Gots: 44 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company visit their website
Tennessee, United States

Style | ABV
English Porter |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: clvand0 on 01-24-2005

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
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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 266
Photo of drabmuh
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of malty
4.07/5  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!

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Photo of mothman
3.12/5  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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of RedChrome
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.


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Photo of tpd975
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.21/5  rDev -42.4%
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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.02/5  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.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of JoePat
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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

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Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of daythree16
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of HoppyInfidel
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on draft at Findley's, in Opryland. Color 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.

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Photo of Likeburning
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A deep red/garnet color with a light tan head. A little sweeter than expected for a porter and a little more medium bodied than anticipated. This is one of their best. Trying my best to support the local Brewery, even though for a while I could only find it at their tasting room.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yazoo Tap Room.

A - Very nice medium to dark brown color. Off white two finger head. Good retention with excellent lacing.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate with a little spice mixed in. The rye adds a nice dimension to your standard porter aroma.

T - Light roasted malt sweetness initially. Bitter chocolate then comes in, quickly matched by a dry rye spiciness. Finishes with a spicy bitterness and lingering flavor of roasted chocolate.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a somewhat dry, yet still creamy feel. Carbonation just high enough to provide life to the feel. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found the beer at Flying Saucer, Nashville. Looking for something with more character, but not quite a Stout. The beer opens with a heavily roasted, lightly chocolate blend, with some Brown Ale sweetness and a hint of cereal grains. The beer tastes more like a Stout with high chocolate notes than it does a Porter. A robust rye character takes charge as the sweetness subsides, leaving a pumpernickle spice, bread, pungent character behind. The body is certainly on the porter side, showing a deleicate smooth, velvety texture, aside from the roasted grain textures. Finishes with a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, and rye. All in all, the rye character was light and at times, hardly noticable.

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Photo of xduderx
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = a dark ebony color with a 1/2" tanish head that dissapated rather quickly

S = very slight with roasted malt

T = definite roasted taste with some coffee undertones. not nearly as flavorful as I had hoped, but then again this was my first porter.

M = A lot lighter than I had anticipated. Almost as light as a lager.

D = This went down very easily but overall wasn't as good as I hoped. It's obviously better than most macros but not my choice in craft beers. I much prefer yazoo's stout.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown body and a pale head that leaves little lacing

Smell: Modest notes of roasted malt

Taste: Roasted grainy taste on the front end followed by a bit of coffee and a very dry finish, presumably from the rye

Mouthfeel: Light/medium body; rather fizzy

Drinkability: Lacks body - needs more malt; I was looking forward to tasting this as I was intrigued by the rye (having enjoyed other rye beers - particularly the Terrapin Rye Pale Ale) but was disappointed by the beer's flaws

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Photo of otfiddler
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank two pints of this one at a bar in Nashville.
The appearance was very good: a deep brown color with red highlights when held to the light, and a nice, ivory-colored head about 3/4-inch tall.
While this Porter had the proper outward appearance, the taste was rather disappointing --- not BAD, but not at all what I like in a Porter. Perhaps it was me, but I found there was little to no fore- or mid-taste, and the aftertaste was slightly bitter. I prefer more coffee and chocolate signature, so this one let me down.
I'll quite possibly try it again, at a different location if possible, for fairness' sake.

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap in Nashville. Pours a moderate brown color with lots of light around the edges and a nice head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with some presence of rye and chocolate. The flavor is very odd, but good. Rye is evident as well as a good malt character with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. Has an odd flavor, but very enjoyable.

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Sly Rye Porter from Yazoo Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.