Sly Rye Porter | Yazoo Brewing Company

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Sly Rye PorterSly Rye Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yazoo Brewing Company
Tennessee, United States
yazoobrew.com

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by clvand0 on 01-24-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
79
Ratings:
297
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
10.42%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
55
For Trade:
3
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 297
Photo of jsprain1
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep brown, ruby on edges. Head is wispy leaving hints of lace on the glass.
S- Somewhat chocolate (dark, rather than milk), slightly spicy and earthy. Understated but pleasant.
T- Dark chocolate in opening. A bit of sourness, complimented by hints of bittering hops, before a spicy rye finish.
M- Carbonation is good, but the body needs a little more weight behind it.
D- A solid porter. An attempt at including rye is appreciated and more or less well executed. A few tweaks and this could be great beer.

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Photo of clvand0
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on tap in Nashville. Pours a moderate brown color with lots of light around the edges and a nice head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with some presence of rye and chocolate. The flavor is very odd, but good. Rye is evident as well as a good malt character with some chocolate and a hint of coffee. Has an odd flavor, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of sholland119
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to unclejedi for leaving this behind.

A-Pours dark, opaque brown with just a hint of burgundy at the bottom of the glass. Thin off white head, no real lacing.

S-Nice roasted malt and some sweet caramel as well.

T-A bit underwhelming after the nice nose. Some good roast in the front, then some caramel sweetness, then...nothing. Finishes very fast and far short of the runway.

M-Light side of medium, good carbonation

D-Nice, pleasant, not particularly memorable.

HV

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Photo of mntlover
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a nonic pint glass on 4/11/13

Bottled on date: 27 Sep 12

Dark tobacco juice brown with a short, 1/3rd inch head. The foam fizzles away quickly (not as fast as, say, Dr. Pepper). Come to think of it, it looks like cola. Not a speck of lace.

Tangy roast aroma with rye and cocoa. Nutty overtones. Hints of some subtle dark fruit; plum perhaps? Though it smells sharp, the taste is smoother. Dark roast, modest rye and bitter chocolate. Earthy finish. When coupled with the body the beer seems thin. Carbonation is reasonable by comparison.

Not too bad. I like it better as it warms up. Pretty dismal appearance though.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to SuperNova777 for sharing. Josh you have made me happy once again...now lets get this band together!

A- Pours a deep dark brown..borderline black color. One finger tan head shows poor retention. Light spots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Lots of roasted malts in the front of the glass. Some light vanilla and bitter chocolate notes toward the middle. Light spicy rye and hops in the ending. Simple yet effective.

T- Roasted malts in the front have a little something off about them. Not a terrible off flavor but there was something there. Middle has some light chocolate notes with some more roasted malts. Ending is interesting as the rye is there but comes in to just fade away to a light smokey (not roasted) flavor. The rye kicks it back into high gear with a warming alcohol before finishing up.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little watery in the mouth at times. Roasted malts left on the palate. Aftertaste is rye and roasted malts with a hint of alcohol. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were a little muted and muddled I thought. A little bit of a off flavor keeps this beer from tasting clean.

D- This beer drinks easy and smooth for the most part. The watery at times mouthfeel makes this a good drinkability beer meaning you can have a ton of this. ABV is low so drinking a lot wouldn't be a problem as well. Overall a above average beer but not by much.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm reviewing this one so I can add another state to my profile. And it's a pretty good beer. Yazoo is a hidden gem down in TN.

Opaque black with about a one finger french vanilla head. Slowly settles to a foamy ring along the glass. When I lift the glass, there are ruby highlights at the bottom around the edge.

The aroma is light but still has a good amount of complexity. A touch of molasses is in the background, along with some chocolate. The rye adds a dry graininess.

The rye sets up the base with a little bit of a sour tinge. There are some hops in there as well that compliment it well with a bit of bitterness. The hops are balanced with a little bit of sweet chocolate. The roasted malts come though as well, and come out almost like roasted black coffee. Rather full bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. The chocolate and coffee hang on well after each sip.

A very good porter, and I'm not sure I've ever had one with rye. A good stand up beer, well made, well rounded, and definitely worth a six-pack at least. Recommended.

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Photo of Squire123
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.

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Photo of Tilley4
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a solid little brew this is... Yazoo knows how to make a porter (see Sue).

Nice dark roasted malt aromas bring the expected chocolate and cocoa but the rye gives this a spiciness that works very well here... Looking forward to it...

Smooth roasted malt flavors make drinking this a delight... Cocoa and hints of that spicy rye blend good here... Rye picks up spiciness as it warms and really pronounces this one and sets it off... Not overbearing at all, just a nice smooth porter...

I enjoyed this a lot... Bought 2 and I'm trading one as an extra... Tempted to drink it though...

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Yazoo Tap Room.

A - Very nice medium to dark brown color. Off white two finger head. Good retention with excellent lacing.

S - Strong roasted malt aroma. Hints of coffee and chocolate with a little spice mixed in. The rye adds a nice dimension to your standard porter aroma.

T - Light roasted malt sweetness initially. Bitter chocolate then comes in, quickly matched by a dry rye spiciness. Finishes with a spicy bitterness and lingering flavor of roasted chocolate.

M/D - Medium to full bodied with a somewhat dry, yet still creamy feel. Carbonation just high enough to provide life to the feel. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of brewskifan55
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.

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Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from the brewery in a sampler. A chocolaty, cloudy brown with a medium tan head and nice lace. The smell was of chocolate, banana, clove, spice, pepper, and a hint of roast. The taste followed the nose. A chocolate covered banana with spicy elements throughout. Spicy rye, black pepper, banana, cloves and chocolate with hints of coffee and roasted qualities. A complex but light beer. a bit thin for a porter. On the watery side with a bit of creaminess in the swallow. Overall an enjoyable beer. Easy to drink.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, verging on black depending on the angle. Very little head on this one at all. Score boosted one notch because app. is worth too much.

Nose is big on both chocolate and rye; very reminscent of a german pumpernickel. A bit of earthy roastiness in there as well to complement.

Taste follows the nose - big on earthy, rich rye roastiness, with a hefty dose of dark chocolate that lingers on the palate. This is a very straightforward beer, though with the tastiness to back it up. Crisp and fairly clean finish, only the lightly-roasty, earthy chocolate note remains.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, maybe a bit on the light, coarse side, could be a tad creamier. Nice dryness in the finish.

Nicely drinkable, could easily make a night of this one, some black bread, and a healthy serving of Schnitzel and potatoes.

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Photo of elgiacomo
2.21/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottled first week of January 2010.

Pours clear brown, red under light, with a one finger fizzy tan head that quickly recedes to a ring and light wispy cap, and eventually totally flat, no lacing.

Aroma is toasted and roasted malts, some burnt, chocolate, nutty, stale coffee, dark heavy bread. Gets worse over time.

Flavor is some sweet dark fruit, caramel, molasses, a little chocolate, malty, but somewhat watery and light bodied, thin.

Low carbonation, mediocre mouthfeel.

Eventually goes completely flat, the first half of the glass was much more enjoyable than the second which I ended up pouring down the drain. Second one of these and both the same way. Even at its best, I see this more as a Brown Ale or even a Scotch Ale, but pretty weak for a Porter, and a below average beer regardless of style.

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Photo of sommersb
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap in the Yazoo taproom from a pint glass.

Appearance is a very dark brown, almost black, with a small tan head.

Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate and spices. Nice malty aroma was very inviting.

Taste was rich and creamy, with strong malt flavor. Also tasted dark chocolate with a slight bitterness and spices that I assume come from the rye.

Mouthfeel was clean. The malty sweetness finishes with a slightly dry aftertaste.

Drinkability is very good. I could see having several of these in a row. A solid porter overall.

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Photo of tronester
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very dark brown in color with a creamy tan head. Aromas of light cocoa. Taste begins with a bit of coffee, and some chocolate. Next was some sweet grain, and a hint of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a quite good porter! The spiciness of he rye works well here.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass. Deep, dark brown body, with a creamy two finger mocha head. Some light lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Light aroma. Mostly getting a little roasted malt and sweet molasses.

Chocolate. Cool. Wasn't really expecting that. Excellent blend of flavors including some toffee, coffee, malt, with just a hint of rye at the end.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. This beer is well done. One of the best offerings I've had from Yazoo.

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Photo of puck1225
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.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks go to UncleJedi for his bottle.

Pours a dark brown with some lighter mahogany around the edges. Thin head of tan bubble quickly faded to a ring.

The aroma is a little smokey and nutty with nice roasted malt, rye and bakers chocolate background. I get a hint of charcoal in there, too.

The flavor has the bitter chocolate, burnt, lightly smoked malts up front with the rye coming in right behind them. I get a quick shot of sweetness at the end, but I can't quite peg the flavor.

Nice, smooth fuller body with this one. Enjoyable and easy drinking. This would make a nice autumn beer for the cooler nights out on the deck. Thanks, Jim!

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Photo of andrewjraab
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.

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Photo of sisuspeed
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to abuliarose for sharing this with me.

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. A big, foamy, off-white head forms at first, but quickly dies, leaving behind a thin film on top of a dark brown, almost black body. Light lacing.

Smokey and roasty malts on the nose, followed by a pinch of rye and some bittersweet chocolate. A burnt caramel aroma lingers as well.

Bittersweet chocolate malts, other roasted dark malts and a nice addition of rye make up the majority of the flavor. The rye definitely adds a welcomed dimension to this beer, but beyond that there isn't too much else going on. A fairly normal porter profile.

The body is smooth with small, tingly, carbonation. Slightly on the watery side, yet maintains a touch of creaminess.

Drinkability is probably the best thing about this stout. It goes down quite easily and the ABV makes it sessionable. With rye you stay somewhat intrigued, which is good.

Overall, a decent beer from Yazoo. Nothing overly exciting, but still a fairly drinkable porter. Easy to enjoy a pint or two.

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Photo of zachary80
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in March of this year.

Pours a dark brown body with a small light tan head that has low retention. Lacing is on the sparse side.

Aroma is like (black) peppery chocolate. Somewhat simple but enjoable.

Flavor is good - chocolate comes through with a mild rye complexity on the backbone. Finish is too short and somewhat...empty.

Mouthfeel is decent for a porter, carbonation might be a little high.

Overall I enjoy the Sly Rye Porter and would not hesitate to pick it up again, but it isn't incredible. I've had a couple other Rye porters that I prefer, but they are almost impossible for me to get.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours very dark, almost black with a thin tan head that dissipates immediately.

S-Some chocolate, roasted malt, and hint of dark fruits

T-Dark fruits along with a hint of chocolate and coffee, and a touch of roasted malt

M-Syrupy and somewhat thin

D-One could drink this all day long, no problem. A true session beer.

Overall, this beer was great. It was unlike any other porter I've had before because it seemed much more dark fruit forward than roasted. It was semi-sweet, but no where near too sweet. I'm glad I tried this while in Nashville.

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Photo of malty
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 2nd wk. of Sept. Received this as a bonus in a trade from unclejedi - thanks man!

Poured into my old school stemmed Busch Bavarian Lager dimpled chalice an opaque root beer color with a settled 1/4" light beige head. No lace to speak of.

Smell is deeep dark chocolate with a woody note at the end. The smokey element is very prevalent but is still masterfully integrated with the chocolate notes, balancing it out very nicely. I'm getting some vanilla, ALMOST like from a bourbon barrel aging - but I know this beer is not barrel aged. very nice nose indeed.

The flavors come in big waves. First, the chocolate swells and starts to break just as the spicy rye creates the white water. A huge hit of shoe leather splashes about as the faint dark fruit creates the undertow. The smoke flavor calms the surface, just in time for the next wave (or gulp) takes place.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lovely leather/cocoa/vanilla/wood smoke aftertaste lingers long. The carbonation is level is 5 out of 10 and is finer than normal.

Drinkability is very good. I'd have no problem sessioning this with a warm fire and good friends. Or warm friends and a good fire.

Overall a highly complex porter without any smugness or fakeness. This baby screams Northern Michigan, even though it's brewed in Nashville. I really like how balanced and still 'offset' this ale is. Good job Nashville!

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Sly Rye Porter from Yazoo Brewing Company
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