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 MN_Beerticker
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of redblacks75
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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 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 beagle75
2.27/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark brown color with no head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rustic and husky grain splits between roast and toast. Slightly sulfurous fermented plant is detracting, but overall smell is diluted due to carbon dioxide.

T: Begins off-dry, with early acidity and weak scorched malt. Vanilla is suggested into the middle where lesser acidity persists in the absence of other flavors. A whiff of burnt coffee clings to the palate late but otherwise the finish is mildly bitter and slightly herbaceous.

M: Thin viscosity, watery and acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This unsatisfying porter applies rye to a style that never really asked for it. Grain qualities become thinner where they should be full and satisfying--while it is probably possible to craft an appealing rye-focused porter, this isn't it. Qualities are discordant and one-dimensional when the whole product is considered.

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Photo of bashiba
2.68/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a dark cola brown, very clear with a thin ring of tan head.

The smell is a strange mix of roasted barley and tinny metallic oxidization.

The flavor is very rye, dry and grainy a bit of spice and a big shot of smokey and roasted barley, not much else going on here. Needs a bit of sweetness to even it out a bit, feels very hollow in the middle.

The mouthfeel is very thin and dry for a porter, feels and taste like a complete lack of any crystal malts which is a bit strange for a beer like this.

Below average to average at best, nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Mattamue
3.17/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a pint glass. No expiration/bottle date. '1118' printed over end of the surgeon general's warning.

a Aggressive pour formed a finger's worth of tan head that quickly dissipated. Dark black with a dark brown hue at the edges. Modest lacing that slipped down the glass during tasting.

s Smoky malt. Barely noticeable rye at the back of the nose after a long smell. Cellar.

t Malt on the sides of the tongue and a smoky aftertaste on the back. Searching for rye spice/boldness and only finding weak caramel.

m Somewhat watery. Smooth in the middle. Flat is the final impression as the taste finishes.

o Tried with some Hershey's dark chocolate after searching the label for an expiration date and reading Peacetree's recommendation to pair the two. Brought out some sweet/bitter chocolate flavors in the beer as expected and did enhance my overall rating by 0.5, but still let down on the promise of rye.

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Photo of langfot99
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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 Ejayz
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of shawnp
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle was poured into a glass stein.

Appearance- The opaque, black body has some beige highlights. The tan head is only a slight ring around the glass.

Smell- Roasted malt blends with some buttery notes, the result is very akin to peanut butter and toast. That is kind of strange. I am assuming Peace Tree is using the same Belgian yeast, and that could be contributing to the wacky sweet and roasty smells.

Taste- There is a lot of roast and char in here. The belgian quality is coming through in the form of earthiness and banana. There is a little bit of nuttiness mid-drink. I am not picking up any of the sweet quality that had been in the nose. It is really interesting, and ultimately, not bad.

Mouth feel- This is one of the thinner porters I have had recently. And it is not all that creamy. Roasted notes have a way of taking care of that, although I feel the carbonation could have been handled better. At least it is slick over the tongue.

Overall- It is an interesting beer for sure. This is where I feel Peace Tree maybe could have done without the sweetness that is present in the beer, and could have beefed up the body.

It is worth trying, but after that, you probably do not need to have it again.

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Photo of KadABeer
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a quasi-snifter.
A: Pours a deep brown with a beautiful creamy head. No lacing.
S: Roasted, with notes of sweet whiskey and coffee.
T: Coffee and chocolate, with cherry, very little alcohol taste.
M: Creamy, but iced-coffee thin.
O: Soiid porter, but I'd like something with a bit more body. That's really my only complaint - flavors are on point. Also not tasting too much rye, but that doesn't bother me anything terrible. Will buy again late this fall. Tasted great with Mast Brothers Chocolate w/ Hazelnuts.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Peace Tree pint.

A: Aggressive pour reveals a dark copper color, barely translucent, with two fingers of billowy, pale tan head. Good retention and some lace.

S: Smoky, roasted rye with a little caramel in the background. Some belgian esters also present.

T: Sweet, caramel rye up front, mellows in the middle where the esters come out, finishes with bitter coffee. Some milk chocolate also present.

M: Not too heavy, nice creamy feel.

O: A tasty porter, and the belgian yeast does make it stand out from the crowd. Worth a try; I'll buy it again.

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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 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 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 rundocrun
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown. 2 fingers of tan head that fades after several minutes. Leaves a moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

S - Hints of coffe and rich, dark rye bread. Also a slight hint of spice and licorice as well as mild floral hop aroma.

T - The kilned rye is very much present in the taste too. Crisp, clean and bready flavor from start to finish. Less prevalent but still noticeable are hints of coffe and sweet malt.

M - Thin body and very drinkable. Average carbonation. Very clean dry finish.

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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 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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Rye Porter from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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