Sly Rye Porter
Yazoo Brewing Company

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Porter - English
Ranked #77
Ranked #24,093
3.84 | pDev: 10.68%
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
Very Good
Sly Rye PorterSly Rye Porter
Notes: 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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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle purchased from Kroger's in Nashville.
Ommegang Snifter.

Has a dirty dark brown color with a tall creamy head of 3 fingers, receding to 1, leaving connected splashy lacing.

Chocolate, marshmallow, and spicy rye on the nose in spades. Nice. Smells like a hot cocoa with something extra.

Flavor brings a nice milk chocolate presence, which falls away to mild spicy rye and graininess, with more cocoa/marshmallow and some roasted coffee.

Feel is empty and thin but makes up for it on the back half with a roasted, dry finish that coats the palate with mild stickiness and very mild heat.

Overall a super enjoyable porter that I'll be sure to pick up more of next time I'm down that way.

Mar 24, 2020
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sly Rye has a thick, beige head, a dark brown appearance, and no lacing. The aroma is of spicy dark malts, but the flavor is mainly of water, with some dark-roasted malt and cream. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sly Rye finishes medium dry.


Oct 06, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Flying Saucer, Memphis, TN

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar but when held up to a bright light it is very dark red in color. It poured with a thin off white collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate and malt extracts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a little bit of associated sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice and chocolatey and malty, but I didn't get any rye or associated spiciness, which would have lended an interesting contrast to the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

Nov 01, 2018
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Mitzvahman72 from California

4.73/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

While having a Coca-Cola brown color, it’s similar to enjoying creamy light coffee with some rye, caramel and chestnuts to round it out. Roasty grain, light roast and subtle rye is part of the aroma, as it finishes with a light coffee and rye aftertaste to compliment its subtle carbonation. This is a refreshing porter and a much better example of how to use rye in a beer. Other good use of rye is the Rebel Kent the 1sts from 3 Sheeps Brewery and the Rye-on-Rye from Boulevard Brewing Company.

Aug 13, 2018
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter from the little lady's daughter and significant other---Thanks Jamie and Jeanette!
This solid porter pours a deep brownish cola black with a nice head of off white foam that subsides to a thick ring,
thin pool, and showcases subtle light lacing. Nose of sweet chocolate malts, subtle grain notes, and subtle earthy rye.
Flavors follow the nose with light exception---very light earthy rye notes mingle nicely with chocolate and a hint of
coffee with a subtle blue berry note. Decent mouth feel and one that follow the English moniker very well.
Medium body, medium light carbonation, and a smooth lightly dry finish round out a nice English experience.

Overall, as an English porter goes it is solid to the style, that said it is what some would consider
a touch watery. That said it is a solid brew and better IMHO than the brown ale. Very glad to have tried
this one and would LOVE to visit the brewery.



Nov 15, 2017
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mshiner1 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've never been a fan of Yazoo beers, but this is my favorite by them that i've had. As far as porters go, I love the balance in flavor in this. Personal rating: 8/10

Aug 25, 2017
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. had a dark brown color and an opaque texture. There was a small amount of foamy, off white head that quickly dissipated. Very little lacing here.

S: A decent aroma of chocolate, malt, rye, and mild hops.

T: Tasted of a little bit of rye (not as much as you would expect from a beer that advertises as such), lots of malt, a bit of chocolate, and some light hops notes. Kind of a disappointing flavor for the most part. It's dominated by the malt, which doesn't let the other ingredients shine.

F: A good shot of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Certainly an uneven beer. It definitely has its good points, but comes up short in the end.

Feb 13, 2017
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Coolguy_chris from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Dark brown, reddish when held up to the light. Very thin head that left quickly. Malty smell. Tasted of malt and fruit. Felt light bodied for a porter, but was a very nice beer. I'd buy again.

Feb 13, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this with a very pleasant meal at a Nashville Italian restaurant that pops up first when "best pasta Nashville " is Googled, one of two local craft beers that they serve. The beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Nice dark brown with a good beige but short lived head, decent lacing. It has an earthy smell that contributes to the taste. Flavor of chocolate and fruit, especially strawberries. This is followed by a spicy rye after taste. Great with Italian food.

Jan 25, 2017
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Squire from Mississippi

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark reddish brown color with orange-gold highlights at the edges.

The aroma first struck me as ripe figs and sweet raisins. Followed by touches of chocolaty roast malt. These aromas cover up any hop presence but I don't mind.

Taste is dark malt on entry, and lots of it, followed by ripe fig/raisiny sense of sweetness supported by dark, bittersweet chocolate. To be fair the dark chocolate is actually dark malt and bittersweet is the coffee like touch of roasted malt. Brewer says the addition of malted rye allows for a clean dry finish and I agree. IBU is 28 but doesn't really show but their not needed except as a counter weight.

Light medium texture.

If this one falls down anywhere it's in the texture but that's being descriptive rather than critical. The taste is full and rich, the flavors are complex and neatly woven together with just enough hop presence as not to be missed. A clean, dry, full flavor that stops just short of being assertive. Proof that flavor doesn't require a large shovel full of hops.

Jun 28, 2016
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johnsaxman from Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My first beer! It made a great first impression for "beer." Once I got into beer and came back to it. My second impression of the "Sly Rye" was less stunning. I did not care for the flavor the second time around, though the taste and feel were both what I liked about it my first go. I came back around to it. Like Dos Perros, it is a great middle-ground beer. It has some flavor and intensity to it but it is easy-going enough that I can relax with one and I would certainly recommend it to others. But perhaps that is more for sentimental value than anything.

Jan 12, 2016
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vincehayter from Maryland

4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely wonderful porter. Little head retention, and slight on aroma with only slightest hints of coffee and dark malt. The mouthfeel is spot on for a porter; not to thick, not to thin, but just right. The flavor is a bit surprising (imo) given the other unassuming qualities of the beer, overall taste is a solid malt backbone but the rye comes through unmistakably in the finish.

Aug 27, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 3/13/15 at 40 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate
Head none. Initial pour produced a fizzy light brown head which ceased to exist almost immediately.
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor more of cocoa than candy chocolate; is the tongue tickling from the rye or the carbonation; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, fizzy

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

Jun 26, 2015
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a deep dark brown with soft tan head. Aroma was roasted malt with some cocoa. Taste was initially roasted malt with a mild bitterness followed by bittersweet chocolate and finally tart cherry on the finish. The mild tartness stuck with me the most.

May 01, 2015
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2014-12-09 in Gallatin, TN from a bottle.

A - Dark brown with a 1/2-finger tan head and moderate lace.

S - Milk chocolate and mild-medium roasted grain, touch of milk. Fairly mild.

T - Slightly burnt sourdough rye bread, a bit of chocolate, mild pepper and earthy spice. Not very sweet.

M - Light body and medium-heavy carbonation. On the thin side.

O - The sourdough rye flavors in this brew diminished from what I like in a roasty porter. A decent brew but not in the same league as a Founders Porter.

Dec 10, 2014
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Brackh from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours nice and dark. Nice lacy head. No light is penetrating this bad boy. Smell isn't very strong. Dark and rich flavor. Just right on the bitterness. Anymore and it would be too much for me. Porters aren't my favorite. I enjoyed this one though. First beer by Yazoo.

Wife's Review: "Oh its very good. It is kind of fruity isn't it? Delicious."

Aug 31, 2014
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It smelled of chocolate, toffee and rye bread. Subtle spiciness with chocolate, coffee and roasted malt.

Aug 11, 2014
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BaalDagon from Tennessee

4.82/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fortunately for me, this was my first step outside of the standard domestic beers. As the bottle says, you're hit with a wonderfully rich flavor of chocolate (which was a bit of a shock to me) that is followed by a creamy body. It is ended with a slight bright of rye which continues to put a smile on my face with every sip. I hope to edit this as my palate evolves so that I may do this wonderful find in a sea of selections the justice I am sure it deserves. I can say that I am so impressed that a weekend sabbatical to the brewery in Nashville has been scheduled!

Jul 17, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle served at about 55F in a goblet. Purchased and consumed a few months past BB date, but bought and stored refrigerated.

Flavor: Chocolate and sweet malts. Slighty sweet balance for style
Finish is a mess of flavors, probably due in part to the rye.

Feel: medium-full body with excellent, near-medium carbonation.

O: worth trying.

May 28, 2014
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brew, sports some deep walnut highlights when held up to the light. Head is small side not even one finger and not much in the way of lace.

Aroma is nice malty notes, earthy peat notes, chocolate maybe slight coffee hint and touches of spice from the rye maybe.

Taste is nice malty goodness, some nice sweetness hints of chocolate covered peat. Has good down to earth notes with nut hints. Maybe some light hints of dark fruit in the finish with some light spiciness from the rye mingled with earthy herbal hop notes.

Mouthfeel is solid medium carbonation seems light but offers some pep in the finish.

Overall very nice porter, favorable easy drinking and enjoyable. Only knock really is the lack of any good head.

Apr 13, 2014
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andrewjraab from Michigan

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown with big brown egg shell head that maintains nicely.

S - Roasted malts, chocolate, maple syrup, brown sugar.

T - Malt forward, roasted coffee, dark chocolate, finishes with a semi bitter aftertaste.

O - Really solid porter - I enjoyed this one the most of the mixed Yazoo sixer I received from a friend in Nashville.

Nov 06, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is very dark brown with ruddy highlights. There is an inch and a half of tan head that just sits on top and is thick as hell. It reminds me of a Guinness head.

S - The smell is full of rich chocolate and fresh roasted coffee. I even get some earthy, nutty notes.

T - The taste carries what the smell brought to the party. At first I thought is was a bit mild, but these flavors jump out at you. The is some chocolate through the middle. This beer finishes with a strong black coffee taste with its bitterness.

M - Moderate to full

O - This beer fits right in with the Sam Smith's beers. This is a great English porter. It is loaded with aroma and flavor. This beer exceeded all expectations.

Jun 01, 2013
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stella Artois glass

A: Dark brown with a tan one finger head that dissipates to foam. Great lacing.

S: Chocolate, cocoa, toasty.

T: Charred chocolate with light coffee notes. Malty. Sweet, Hearty. Rye slides in on the finish.

M: Medium with medium to heavy carbonation. Frothy. Dry.

O: A solid porter. Great with a chocolate chip cookie. Nice dessert beer.

May 17, 2013
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black with a dark translucent brown along the bottom and a thin film of dirty white head

S - Roast, chocolate and a hint of smoke

T - Roast, chocolate, a hint of smoke and a touch of spice from the rye.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Apr 29, 2013
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hopoilcrazy from Tennessee

3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Brewed on- 12/14/12

A - The porter pours out with clarity of fresh coffee...and about the same carbonation. The head never fully forms, instead islands of foam coalesce and then dissipate leaving nothing. The color is right on though.

S - The rich and roasty Maris Otter malts come wooshing up in the aroma hitting all the right notes: cocoa, leather, herbal. Even the belches smell good. Slight alcohol.

T - Creamy chocolate rounds out most of the taste profile, but there are other faint tastes of peaty-ness. Also a very mild hop presence, with a long mouth watering finish of roasty maltiness.

M - Thin and reminiscent of coca-cola. Lively carbonation with light body and a touch of smoothness.

I think that Yazoo does a great job of making solid beers that most people would approve of. But I think that drinkability is too important for them in most of their core beers. I would love to see them just crank it to 11 and see what happens...I know they want to.

Apr 19, 2013
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