Rye Porter | Tommyknocker Brewery

18 Ratings

Brewed by:
Tommyknocker Brewery
Colorado, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 06-14-2003

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Polycarp:
Photo of Polycarp
3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.18/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a Growler straight from the brewery, Thanks Dave!

A- Nice and dark with a small brown head that reduced to a skim with reasonable lacing

S- Roasted grains, coffee, chocolate, and a hint of rye.

T-Fairly complex, good coffee/heavy roast with some chocolate sweetness while still being "light". Can pick up on the rye in a good way.

M- Good, almost cleansing as it hits the palate and washes down.

D-I had three of them and did not get the heavy beer gut feel. Pretty darn good.

From what Dave, who works for the brewery, told me this is the coco porter without the coco. Seems as though cutting back on the coco let a real good beer come out. I would recommend this one to anyone.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light black brew with off white head. Rye bread aroma. Caramel, chocolate, and rye become the predominate flavors here with a very light hop finish. Very light mouthfeel with sweet ending. Rye came off more refreshing than expected, spicing up what most brewpubs have as a pretty bland style.
This brew isn't retired. Apparently, they only brew a small amount and only via keg, delivered to only key accounts.

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Photo of crobinso
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of jongillin
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this beer served to me in a glass at the Brewery in Idaho Springs, CO.
The appearance looks just like a porter should. Nice head and a deep rich red-brown color. The head laces nicely. The smell is a bit less exciting then the appearance in that it smells rather bland. Nothing uncommon or for that matter really interesting about the aroma.
Taste is where this beer just looses it. While maintaining some of the typical roasted malt flavor of a porter (and ending with a hoppy finish) it has this awful rye flavor to it that is incredibly forward. It smack you in the teeth and to get around it you really have to concentrate on the other flavors: such as coffee caramel etc.
Mouthfeel was good though with mild carbonation and it went down smooth maintaining a nice balance. However as far as drinkability goes I can't be to happy with it because of the taste. It could stand more balance and less overt on the rye.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.56/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

had this on tap at the brewery
pours dark amber/brown with tan minimal head that disappeared fast
smell of chocolate rye and coffee
taste chocolate rye coffee dry slightly bitter finish
thin mouth feel
low carbonation almost flat but easy to drink but i expected a more complex and more bold profile
overall not bad

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is awesome. It has a sweet dark chocolate and caramel malt scent; very nice. I can't detect any rye aroma. The taste is good. It has a smooth dark chocolate and caramel flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry with some nutty notes. This is a flavorful brew for sure. I guess the rye adds a thicker dark malt taste that compliment the chocolate malt taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a damn good beer. I see it's retired now, but I enjoyed it last summer while out in the area.

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Photo of cichief
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on draft at the Frisco Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Pours a deep brown, not as dark as some porters, but plenty dark, with a decent tan head.

S- There is little scent, some roasted barley and a little coffee.

T- Lots of sweetish coffee and a little chocolate, thinned out by the rye, decent dry finish.

M- Smooth, somewhat thin on the tongue which I attribute to the rye.

D- A fairly drinkable porter all in all. I don't know why this is listed as retired as I had it in March 2008.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.32/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at the brewery in Idaho Springs a couple months ago.

a: Dark mahogany body with a light tan head.

s: Light chocolate aroma.

t: Chocolate and coffee notes with some lightly spicy rye flavor and a mild hop profile.

m: A bit thin on the tongue. Average smoothness for a porter.

d: A good beer, nothing great. I would appreciate more complexity and a fuller body, but its a drinkable porter. If you are at the brewery, this is one of the better beers you will find.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of summerlightning
2.76/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass. First tasting of the night and not that impressed. The flavor and aroma that I was anticipating is not there. This was my first "rye". I would have expected more of a porter feel. This beer reminded of a light beer. Not much there.

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Photo of Rodekill
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice drinkable porter. Smooth from first sip to finish. Roasted malt notes mingle with bready aroma to form a highly quaffable brown porter. Not one for the robust porter fans, however, more of a session beer. Deep ruby color when held to the light. Decent head retention and lacing on the glass. Certainly an easy drinker.

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Photo of nriech
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was actually pleased with this beer. Going into it, Rye was not something I have particularly enjoyed in beer. I love rye bread, but not beer. Tommyknocker has changed my mind. This was an exceptionally easy drinking porter. Nice dark red, not quite as bright as ruby though, color. Ill get a paint sample from Lowes if you want a better description.

Little head, but good lacing. The aromas were lacking a bit but what was there was little hoppy, little rye, more malt.

The taste had rye very apparent along with the malt and hops. I think the balancing was very nice. I was able to drink a pint without any problem, and actually enjoy each sip. The rye was all up front, and ended with a nice malt/hop aftertaste. Good brew to try if you can find it. Got mine at Capital Ale in Richmond.

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Photo of Kevin_Young
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

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

Still on tap in Idaho Springs 02/21/2009

A: Dark reddish/brown; opaque. Poured a 1 finger creamy light tan head that dissipated to a broken film. Laced in thin rings that washed down the glass.

S: Chocolate and bitter coffee.

T: Consistent with smell; chocolate and coffee. Rye and spice in the middle. Very mild bitter hop finish.

M: Thin body. Low carbonation. Not the smoothest porter.

D: Decent beer, not real special in terms of complexity - also might expect a bit more body.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.42/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this should have been better. poured really flat from the hand pull, nice and black, but zero head and very little carbonation overall, less than the light fluffy feel the cask usually imparts. smells like a slightly spiced black ale. picking up notes of black pepper, chocolate malt, and a loaf of rye bread. flavor is similar, but less noticable on the rye. some bittering hops in the back as well. it wasnt my favorite beer, but the flavors stood up well to the hot chicken wings at the brewpub, which i must say are excellent and massive! feel wasnt what i wanted from the cask, watery and flat. the flavor was great in this beer, but the rest of didnt quite come together.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.17/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Sampled at the brewery in Idaho Springs, CO. Clear, dark mahogany with a creamy, light tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma is again soapy (see my soap dilemma in my BeerFly review), with notes of coffee, bourbon, and rotting fruit. Carbonation is mild with a smooth mouthfeel and medium body. Taste begins abruptly with potent pink liquid soap, followed by dirt, moss, a suggestion of fresh sliced mushroom, and finishing dry with a bittersweet finish. Made with rye, East Kent Goldings and Willamette hops. This beer is a mistake.

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Rye Porter from Tommyknocker Brewery
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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