Rye Porter | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Rye PorterRye Porter

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

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

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.37/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a little under a finger of mocha colored head which dissipates fairly quickly. Black with tints of ruby when held to light. Hard to see carbonation due to how black the beer is.

Smell: There is a roasty aroma from the rye malts as well as spiciness from the combination of rye and Belgian yeast. There is also a sweeter note of toasted bread with very subtle hints of caramel and chocolate.

Taste: Sweet hints of caramel and fresh baked bread are followed by roasty, spiciness from the rye and yeast. There is a harsh bitterness on the finish that seems to come more from torched grains than from hops. Very pleasant, subtle flavors reminiscent of dark coffee and pipe tobacco linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Relatively smooth with carbonation on the duller side of things. A much lighter body than I was expecting and actually a little too thin in my opinion.

Drinkability: This beer is definitely worth trying due to the interesting and complex smell and taste. However, with that being said, I just didn't really feel the urge to have another one and I think that the bitterness on the finish was a little too much for me considering the style.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pint glass. The color is black, but it is not opaque; light from my lamp passed through to give the beer a ruby hue. Three fingers of thick, cappuccino-colored head developed and dissipated slowly to leave a thin lacing and then a ring around the edge.

Smell: At first it gave off an unpleasant adjunct corn aroma, but it soon faded. The action from the smell is mostly chocolate. There is also a little caramel and candy sugar sweetness in there, and the rye gives it the scent of marbled bread. Though pleasing after all, the aroma is really weak.

Taste: Much bitterer than the smell lets on. Roasted chocolate malts dominate; there may even be little roasted coffee in there, too. The rye provides a nice sharpness, and there is a little spiciness, too. The roasted bitterness (I am not getting much hops) leaves a nice tingling aftertaste. The tail end, though reminds me of Peace Tree's saison, Cornucopia, which I did not like.

Drinkability: This is good stuff. It is a little awkward for a porter, but I do like the rye presence a lot. In actuality, it is more like a rye/porter hybrid.

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Photo of clonebrewer
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a little grenade bottle into a pint glass. Nice tan head stuck around for a while. The appearance is little lighter than I expect from porters. Smells roasty with a little coffee and grain. Taste is different but very good. Not much hops here but plenty of roasty chocolate coming through. Fermented with Belgian yeast so that adds a different element to this one. If you want to drink a few porters in a sitting this would be one you could do it with.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.55/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes

Pours a deep near-black color with a half finger of head that dies down to a persistent collar. The rye is immediately noticeable in the aroma, as well as some toasted malt, nail polish, and waxiness. The flavor is a bit watery, there just isn't much here to even describe. The rye is the main flavor component, without a supporting cast. The body is medium to light and carbonation is medium and makes it feel watered down. Overall this beer wasn't terrible thanks to the lack of off-flavors, but it wasn't good either thanks to the lack of on-flavors.

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

Mahogany with some lighter outlines. Head is about an inch at serving, but retreats with no small quickness. Nose is similarly fleeting, eith notes of chocolate and a hint of coffee. Earthy and notes of aspirin.

The flavor includes notes of earthy hop, with some peppercorn, Belgian sugar, and roasted cocoa beans. Not bad with regard to complexity, but the mouthfeel and fullness of flavor is more then lacking.

I would dearly love to dearly love Peace Tree brews, but they fall somewhat short. Great thinking, mediocre execution.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours deep brown/black with a sandy head that behaves at first like Guinness, with bubbles sinking into the liquid. The beer is pretty opaque but a flashlight shows it to be true clear. The head slowly settles in a creamy top with bits of active carbonation on the inside. Maybe a little too much head, this almost stout like. 4/5

S: Aromas of roasted grain, particularly a strong Rye smell dominate. Very dry, burnt aromas as well. I don't really get any alcohol or caramel or yeast or anything but the burnt/roasted grain and perhaps a bit of hops, but they're really struggling for their place. Overall, I think for a porter, this beer is too sharp, but as a Rye beer, it's quite nice. Burnt Popcorn comes to mind, though not in that bad of a way. 4/5

T: Still the sharp rye taste persists. I'd really appreciate a little more body to go with this, but overall it's not too bad. A very interesting beer. I'm getting more coffee roast as well. The more of this beer I drink, the more rounded it gets, but I think the rye in this case steers it too far away from a porter. It's not just a medium bodied dark roasty beer any more, it's a different beast entirely. The hops I think also take away. I'm not getting really anything of the Belgian yeast they use though. 3.5/5

M: Hmm, it's about right in body density, but the sharp bight of the rye isn't doing anything for me here. 4/5

D: It's alright, better for a coffee drinker for sure, but even then it wouldn't quite be right. Perhaps something I'll buy again, perhaps not. 3.5/5

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Photo of bismarksays
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown with a nice head that disappeared mostly. There was lacing present and a touch of carbonation without being too overbearing.

S- Roasted malt, maybe coffee or toffee, rye

T/M Smooth but strong chocolate mixed with rye. Nice balance, feeling neither too malty nor hoppy. Warms well. Feels carbonated but not bubbly. Thick, but still drinkable.

D- I had two of these in a sitting and it didnt feel like a strain. Complex enough to warrant a second beer and not so thick and rich to feel overpowering.

This is the first craft brewer in my homestate I have felt stands up with other states. Prost.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger off white head. Head disappeared very quickly. Some lacing. Color is solid black.

S. Roasted malt, coffee, a little spiciness.

T. Taste is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Taste is a little muted. Could use some further refinement.

M. Fairly flat. Could use more carbonation. A little lingering bitterness.

D. Easy enough to drink. I think the main problem I had was carbonation and mouthfeel. Taste was just average. I think Peace Tree could have a pretty solid Porter with a little tweaking. One I will try again to see if it has gotten any better.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Really cool stubby 12oz bottle, like the artwork as well. Pours into my glass a deep dark brown, bordering on black with a quarter inch of khaki foam on top. Aroma brings a good solid roast alongside a spicy rye kick and some chocolate hints. Maybe a bit of smoke and char in there as well. Earthy yeast melds in as well. Pretty nice.

First sip brings some good roasted malts upfront with a good deal of rye spiciness coming through. Chocolate and a touch of caramel meld with a charred smokey accent. Flows down fairly smooth with a touch of sweetness. Pretty tasty overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth...a bit of punchy carbonation flows through as well. A little thin in body. Overall, I like the rye kick that this one has and the Belgian yeast is an interesting twist. Glad to pick this up when I was in Des Moines and hope to try more from Peace Tree!

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep hazy brown with a medium head. The aroma is chocolate and a lot of intense earthy character, kind of reminds me of the aroma of tree roots. There is some nice roastyness and some toast in there as well. The flavor follows with some deep earthy tones and some rye bitterness, some chocolate sweetness works pretty well in unison with all the other stuff, this is one really different beer.

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Photo of FreshHawk
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Score is an average of a bottle review and an on-tap review.

Bottle Review. Score: 3.45/5
A - Dark mahogany color with some walnut hues on the edges. Slightly larger than average, bubbly, foamy, whispy, beige head. All right retention that leaves and thin bubbly ring of lace. 3.5/5

S - Strong spicy aroma cuts through the roasted malt aroma. A fair amount of chocolate and bready/doughy aroma. Some burnt sugar also comes out. 3.5/5

T - Has a good amount of spiciness with some rye coming out pretty strong. Some dark roasted malt and chocolate come out, especially toward the end. A touch of burnt sugar brings a bit of sweetness out as well. Some Belgian yeast and earthiness also present. 3.5/5

M - Lighter body with a fair amount of carbonation. Just a little too thin and a slick feel. 3/5

D - Good mix of sweetness, roastedness, and spiciness. Goes down pretty easy, but the thinness detracts a bit from the drinking experience. 3.5/5

Notes: Fairly good beer, but the body kind of kills it as it is just too thin. A good amount of spiciness, but not quite as roasty/porter like as I was expecting. Interesting beer that definitely has promise, it just fell short in a couple of areas. Worth trying though.

On-Tap Review. Score: 4/5
A - Deep brown, almost black with slight ruby hues. Decent sized foamy, creamy, light tan head. Good retention and a nice ring of lace left. 4/5

S - Strong dark and bittersweet chocolate. Has a nice rye and spiced aroma as well. Roasted malt, slightly burnt sugar, and candi sugar also present. 4/5

T - Roasted malt and spicy rye make up a lot of the flavor. A strong baker's chocolate and dark chocolate flavor comes out mid sip. Compliments the spicy rye well. Some candi sugar and burnt sugar sweetness balances out the spice and roasted bitterness a bit. 4/5

M - Lighter side of medium body with plenty of carbonation. Smooth. 4/5

D - Easy to drink and well balanced. Rye is definitely present but it doesn't overwhelm. Could easily drink another. 4/5

Notes: I had (and reviewed) a bottle of this earlier and was a little let down. At the brewery, I decided to give this another shot on tap, and I am glad I did. This is a much better beer on tap, and was very enjoyable. Rye definitely had a showing and was well balanced with the chocolate, roasted, and sweeter flavors. I definitely prefer this on tap, was a very different beer on tap.

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Photo of dbossman
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a red tint; thin light brown head that fades quickly leaving a minimal film; the lacing is minimal and fights to cling to the glass

S: Slightly burnt rye malts with hints of coffee, vanilla bean, and chocolate; a faint musty earthiness sits on the back of the aromas

T: Rye bready quality mixed with chocolate and caramel; this is pretty bready, a little spicey, and just a touch salty

F: Way thinner than I was expecting but it does sit on the tongue relatively well

D: I was hoping for a bit more but all in all it's a solid little brew; I particularly like the bready rye quality but the lack of depth, complexity, and breadth grew tiresome

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Photo of DoctorDog
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz stubby bottle into a nonic glass. Big thanks to the friend who snagged this for me while in Iowa.

A- Deep mahogany / brown with translucent ruby edges.~2 fingers of light brown head, which fades slowly to a thin, incomplete cap. Fair amount of sticky lacing.

S- Slightly funky amalgam of roasty malts, earthy hops, and Belgian yeast.

T- A solid amount of burnt/smoky roastiness, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Fair amount of slightly fruity sweetness. The flavor profile is considerably more pleasing than my nose predicted.

M- Moderate/moderately high carbonation. Medium feel.

D- Solid. Good flavor and a light touch in the feel would make it enjoyable to kick back a few.

Future outlook: Not as good as their Hop Wrangler 3 that I tried, but still quite solid. Nevertheless, not available here, and not one spectacular enough to merit seeking....definitely worthy of a try if you happen upon it though.

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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 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 katan
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown with light amber highlights. Light head formation, dirty mocha colored, breaks down to a film.

S - Light amounts of chocolate, roasted barley - not burnt, but enough to give it some character. The belgian yeast comes through very lightly, as does the rye.

T - Starts off with some light chocolate, dry rye malt notes - not as spicy as I would have expected. Leans more towards the traditional porter side, with the right balance of roast and chocolate. Mid-stream is very similar, but the belgian fruity yeast appears in the background. Finishes slightly grainy, but well balanced.

M - Moderate to high beer body - can be creamy on the tongue. Doubled up on by the fairly noticeable carbonation, stings the palette. Finishes very clean.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is 6.25%, so its not the most sessionable material - although you wouldn't know the ABV is that high. Not at all filling, good for an American Porter.

My 1b to Hop Wrangler on my favorites from this brewery. Had it on nitrogen push at the brewery a little ways back - now that was awesome. Lightened up everything big time.

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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 daledeee
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This makes three kinds of beer from this new Iowa brewery. This one looks really interesting. I have never heard of a rye porter. The name on the back says malted and chocolate rye and Belgian candy sugar is used. Belgian yeast is used as well.

I poured this into a tulip glass and noticed it was cloudy looking as I poured it. It got a nice 3/4 inch head but it went away to a fine ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and was much more dark looking at that point: a dark brown. Bubbles continued to come to the surface.

The nose was really pronounced. Very charred and smokey smelling.

I much anticipated the taste since this was such a unique set of ingredients(for me at least). It was slightly sweet up front with coffee and chocolate blended in equal quantities. There is also a slightly nutty character.

I wished this beer had a little more carbonation and it came across as slightly watery. Although this beer has an interesting resume, it did not satisfy what I expected from it. Maybe this was the intent. It does not taste like a porter. The taste is not nearly as pronounced or defined as the nose.

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