Rye Porter | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Iowa, United States
peacetreebrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
High quality pale, caramel, chocolate and Munich malts get a boost with roasted and chocolate rye. Dark and Light Belgian Candy Sugar is added to the kettle during the boil for smoothness and flavor. Belgian yeast gives off some fruity esters and the brew is delicately hopped so as to not overpower the malt flavors.

Added by daledeee on 05-21-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
45
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 45
Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip it pours black with a mahoghany brown highlight to it, dark red in the light. Foam subsides to a thin tan ring, random arcs of lacing and spotty bits cling to the edges.

Smells like AB&J, grape jelly and almond butter (if such a thing existed, wait it does). Roasty and nutty, with fruity tang of preserved fruit jelly.

Lightly roasty, mild rye spice, slightly bitter with some notes of tobacco and dry bakers chocolate. Unfortunately its a little bit thin and watery, though very tasty. A flavorful porter, lacking only in the body department.

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Photo of zeff80
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - An opaque, jet black color in my snifter. It had a small, tan head that left thin rings of lace on the glass.

S - Rye aroma with notes of dark chocolate. It had a slightly floral presence, too.

T - Mild chocolate flavor with a smoky kick. The rye flavor is matched by some sweet caramel. There is just enough bitterness from the hops to add balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied porter with a dry finish.

D - This is a pretty tasty rye porter. I've been impressed with two offerings from Peace Tree. Good stuff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from cpolking so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large beige head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a creamy and hearty roasted malt character and sweet flavors of coffee and chocolate. There are background flavors of dark fruit and spices along with a mild but complementary hops presence that creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, it’s a very solid porter but there are others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Murky roasted walnut brown with blurry tangerine trim. The pour resulted in a thick chunk of coffee milkshake colored foam that softly crackled its way into the atmosphere in the first several minutes. A little more staying power and a little more glass coverage might have resulted in the next highest score.

The nose has the dark maltiness of a porter, with a moderately spicy-earthy edge thanks to roasted and chocolate rye. There may be a hint of Belgian yeastiness, but it isn't as prominent as it could be. More power and definition is needed... something that I hope isn't true on the palate as well.

Rye Porter sounds like my kind of beer on paper. Who wouldn't like caramel and chocolate malt, rye malt, Belgian light and dark candi sugar and Belgian yeast? The flavor profile is fine as far as it goes, but the beer is too light. This stuff would be killer as an 8.0% malty beast.

Let's go with rye toast, chocolate shavings, a small splash of cold coffee, assorted fruity esters and a light sprinkling of ground clove. This is good beer, it just needs to hang around a bit longer, needs to sink in and really *engage* the taste buds in a more committed manner.

The mouthfeel is this offering's Achilles' heel. It isn't horrible by any means, but it doesn't firm up enough or become even slightly creamy as it warms. In addition, the carbonation favors sharp and loose rather than smooth and tight.

If they find some way to nail mouthfeel, Peace Tree has a chance to be the best brewery in Iowa (not that there's much competition... yet). I love the fact that they aren't averse to brewing outside the box. I also love the stubby bottles and the labels. Bottom line: there's major potential with this beer and this brewery.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Funky little bottle here.

A: Pours a mediocre dark black with a one finger tan head on top. Decent retention with the head reducing to a thin layer on top within a few minutes. Lacing all around the glass.

S: A little bit of chocolate and some roasted malt. A faint spice note from the rye.

T: Some chocolate on the front end which transitions to some lightly roasted malt and a little bit of coffee. Not sure where the rye is, can't really tell that it is there at all.

M: A little thin for my liking in a porter with moderate carbonation. Just seemed a bit lacking in this area.

O: Like the stubby bottle and the label. The flavor profile was decent, but the mouthfeel was a bit thin for my liking. Not a bad brew though at all.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark garnet brown with a huge tan head on top. Slow receding left tons of lacing down the sides of the glass and really gave it a very nice and very complete look. Aroma is huge, lots of spice at first, caramel, molasses, hints of brown sugar and earth, deep hops. Warming brings out some touches of dark fig like fruit notes but nothing like that warm rye touch that really adds to it. As I take the first sip a really wave of caramel and light peppery rye hit the tongue. Light notes of chocolate that come over it wave after wave. Really quite complex and I have to admit not at all what I was expecting. Still very well done. Warming brings out much more sweetness and balance but at the same time it maintains a big profile. Light booziness kicking in now and the sweet finish has a night light hop bite to it.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of beertunes
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to pepsican for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black, none of the translucence expected of the style. There was just a thin cap of light tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

There were some nice roasted malt scents, with a bit of Rye sharpness and some sweetness at the end. On the tongue the Rye had a much bolder presence and the candi sugar added a smooth sweetness.

The body too thin for the style, but not bad for a new brewery. Drinkability was very good, it's a rainy, chilly day and I would happily drink a couple of these on a day like today.

Overall, a very nice take on the style. This beer is worth trying and I think this brewery has a nice future.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of THECPJ
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: roast, malts, coffee, black patent

taste: coffee, roast, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: pretty average porter. glad I got to try it.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of jera1350
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an oily dark brown/black with a ring of tan foam around the glass.

A little bit of chocolate, but the nose is dominated by a sesame oil scent. I'm guessing it's from the rye, but really smells like sesame.

Much like the nose. Getting some chocolate, coffee and sourness from the rye and the sesame oil taste as well. Some toasty notes at the finish and into the aftertaste.

Very smooth and somewhat slick feel with a some frothy carbonation. Medium body.

A nice unique little porter that drinks above averagely. The rye can be a bit much, but this is a nice beer. I like that it is different from the majority of porters out there.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.
6% ABV, "Leave sediment in bottle, Serve at 48°F"

A - The nonic pint is filled with a totally black brew upon the pour and topped by a short khaki head that leaves some nice lacing on the beer clean glass but disappears rather quickly.

S - Sharp rye spice and roasted chocolate malts make for robust, inviting aroma of slightly burnt rye bread toast and coffee with a dark chocolate creamer swirled in. Wafts of peat smoke, unlit maduro cigar, and distressed leather give the background of this beer a deeper complexity to ponder.

T - Aside from a kiss of sweetness in the aroma from the added Belgian candi sugar, there's no Belgian influence on the beer until it hits the lips, where witbier-like Belgian spice undertones of light spice and citrus give the otherwise American porter an odd twist. The rye and chocolate still maintain a foothold over the flavor but the nuanced addition of yeast spins it a little south.

M - Of all the Peace Tree beers I've had so far, the soft lack of carbonation suits this one the best as it's rich body smoothly slides across the tongue to a finish balanced by roasted malt bitterness.

O - Peace Tree's Rye Porter puts two unique spins on the standard American Porter for an interesting outcome. The Belgian yeast used to ferment this dark beer doesn't quite pan out for me with it's pronounced characteristics but, the addition of rye to the roasted chocolate malt makes for a great combination that finishes with overall quality.

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Photo of Chucker17
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of birchstick
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chocolaty brown with a small head. Nose is chocolates, some spicy rye malts, and some fruitiness from the Belgian yeast. The palate starts with some chcoloate malts that fade to a modicum of spicy rye. Sweet fruits are on the finish and are actually throughout the rest of the beer. Medium body with a spritz of carbonation. Solid porter...the Belgian yeast and the rye add a nice complexity to it.

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Photo of tommyguz
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter.

A : This beer pours an appreciable amount of khaki colored head. The body is chocolate mocha colored and is almost fully opaque. The khaki lace sticks to the sides of the glass in etchings.

S : Lots of chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, and a slight butterscotch whiff as well. There's some faint earthiness behind the nose that compliments nicely. Not much for hop in the smell.

T : A bit dirty tasting, with lots of earth and charred malts, but it's not overly bad. I'd say that this is what Portage SHOULD have been, as it's fairly similar in flavor but much smoother overall. Some smooth caramel and a slight nip of bitter hop fill out the finish, complete with ground coffee.

F : A slight buzz of carbonation underneath an otherwise mild creaminess. There's a watery threshold underneath the current of creaminess...it's actually feeling like it mimics what a beer looks like - the body, and then the creaminess. It ends with a dusty bite of powder.

O : This is a decent porter. It's fairly unique, although I didn't taste the rye. It's what New Belgium's Portage "should have" been, as it's similar in taste but much smoother and more refined. I do like it, just not absolutely wild about it.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle (love the stubby-ish shape), picked up on a Labor Day trip to Iowa; it's been in the fridge ever since I returned with it (and many other Midwest beers) to Oregon. Poured to a pint glass (HopLeaf Bar) after a few warming minutes.

Eye-catching label: "Get your own bags, this is no ordinary porter! Peace Tree Rye Porter gets a boost from malted rye and chocolate rye as well as Belgian candy sugar for a smooth and complex flavor. Belgian yeast is added to complement the chocolate and rye character and the brew is delicately hopped so as not to overpower the maltiness. Pair it with chocolate for a special treat!"

IN HEAVEN THERE IS NO BEER
[say it ain't so!]

A: Plenty dark enough, aptly 'porter'-ish - the darkness is virtually impenetrable. Head is pretty small, a stumpy light tan skim that doesn't even reach a half-finger. Good lacing, sticking in melting ribbons.

S: Pleasant scent of cocoa and musty/kilned malt - sorta muddy and earthy. Hints of spice, vanilla and a touch of flowers (I swear I smell some lavender). Am I crazy?

T: Oooh, I like the chocolate here! Dark and bitingly bitter, with a fleeting lemony tank. Lots of mineral/chalky flavors, sooty, dirty, coffee bean-roast. Those don't sound like good descriptors, but all work well here. To balance, there's just enough caramel sweetness and a little fruit (apple?) to balance that 'rye' (wry?) spicy tang. A sipper, one to mull over and enjoy the nuances within.

M: Generally smooth, medium-bodied. A long-lasting ashy bitterness and a thin sheen of grit (maybe I should have heeded the label's admonishment "LEAVE SEDIMENT IN BOTTLE" (in my defense, these 'instructions' are near the bottom of the label, in a thinner and unremarkable typeface...)

O: A bit better than the sum of its parts, it's a 'good' porter - easy to sip, well-flavored and -balanced... with nice, subtle hints at 'Belgium' that show up more as it warms. I'm very glad to have bought one of these (@ John's in Iowa City); if I lived in the area, it would probably be a staple.

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Photo of hopley
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Herky21
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Some nice chocolate here, but it is clashing with Rye and with a mouthfeel that lacks the body and caramel lusciousness a porter should deliver. The dryness from the rye and the expected sweetness of the style do not work well together, nor does the belgian yeast here, which adds some unwanted esters.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stubby 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Props to ballz50401 for the extra!

Peace Tree's Rye Porter pours with a murky, chocolate body. Deep, seal brown at the core; mud-puddle color at the edge. Not much head to speak of, as the carbonation is quite low. However, a few bubble trails do surface in the center of the glass (thanks Jim Koch :D !!). Very doughy aroma, with rye bread and grainy chocolate malts leading the way. A bit salty and medicinal from the Belgian yeast. Caramel and spiced fruitcake thrown in the mix as well, yet hops are all but missing from the nose. From the PT website, it looks like that was intended.

Let's try this bad boy: first sip gets lots of spicy chocolate rye and roasted barley. Belgian yeast kicks in with some cracked pepper and phenolics, and it's a welcome balance to the grain bill. Warming booze, more spice, and hop bitterness linger into the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy but thin in body, highly carbonated with big bubbles (despite the appearance) and semi-watery. I like a good Rye beer as much as Adam West enjoys his taffy, but this one was a miss for me. Still, I'm grateful for the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of bsp77
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Summit Pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark ruby with nice, foamy tan colored head.

Smell: Smoky, spicy and roasted malt.

Taste: The rye is very evident with strong smoky and spicy overtones. Otherwise, this is a fairly standard, and maybe even mild, Porter, with chocolate, light coffee and just a touch of hops. Can't really taste the Belgian yeast unless I drink the dregs straight, but maybe it adds subtle complexity.

Mouthfeel: Moderately low carbonation (too low actually), fairly smooth but a little thin.

Overall: Nice smoky Porter overall. Not one of my favorites and it has faults, but quite drinkable and I like it.

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Photo of Beerlover
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

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