Rebel Rye Porter Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

SKU: U0830

Breaking the mold with a bold, powerful statement born of stubbornness, Rebel Rye brings the fight to your brew kettle. This is a beer that knows little of balance, let alone restraint. Rye whiskey piles upon an already dense malty rye base, emboldened by undertones of hazelnuts dipped in chocolate. A pile of Anglo hops lurks underneath, providing enough earthy herbal elements to restrain the full force of revolutionary rye.

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From London to Kentucky and all points in between, porters have been a perennial favorite of beer lovers and brewers for most of modern history. And for those of us who can’t get enough rye in our beers, our new Rebel Rye kit takes it to a whole new level.

Like our renowned Bourbon Barrel Porter recipe, the Rebel Rye calls for the addition of American oak cubes soaked in whiskey added to the secondary. But here the porter is a rich, malty brown porter without all the sharp edges of its robust brother to obscure the inherent spicy, oily character of a healthy dose of rye malt. And that element is elevated with the use of rye whiskey instead of bourbon. The result is intense rye spiciness jutting out over subdued roast character and a dense malt base.

Additional Information

Beer Kit Yield 5 Gallons
Recipe and Instructions Click here!
Regional Style USA
Beer Style Stout/Porter
Color Dark
Original Gravity 1062
Total Time to Make 2 months

Customer Reviews

boozy Review by jason
This one has gotten better with some months in the keg. Overall if I were to do it again I would cut back just a little bit on the whiskey addition. It kind of over powers the porter. Great color and head retention for a beer with some much whiskey. (Posted on 3/12/15)
A little thin Review by John
I got this kit for free during one of NB great promotions and brewed it during the AHA big brew day. All went well following the kit directions. I Kegged it added some decent bourbon and the oak about 4 months ago and left it to sit. The oaked bourbon flavor is great but the beer lacks the mouthfeel and body to go along with the big wood and bourbon flavor. (Posted on 9/22/14)
Freakin' Awesome Review by Tom
I've done about 15 beers in the last 10 months, mostly NB kits with some tweaks. Did this beer pretty much according to the instructions, but added an extra pound of pilsen DME. Used Jim Beam Rye, soaked the oak for about 48 hours and put that in for about 7 days before bottling. Best. Beer. Ever.
I tend to sample at every step. A sip when bottling had me nervous since the whiskey was super strong. Cracked a bottle at one week, and again, the whiskey was way up front, but the flavor was pretty darned good.
Long story short, after about 2 weeks in the bottle, this beer got better by the day. The whiskey started to take a back seat to the malty deliciousness. Tonight, about 5 weeks after bottling, and down to just over half a case, it's smooth and malty, with just the perfect hint of rye whiskey. I'm ordering another kit now, which is why I decided to write this, since I'm on the web site.... (Posted on 8/4/14)
Smooth - very easy to drink Review by Jeff
I was very excited to try this batch. I did encounter some issues with my initial fermentation and had to introduce additional dry yeast to reach the desired gravity. The good news is that it didn't seem to impact the final batch. After reading some reviews, I limited the oak exposure to 7 days. The end result was a very smooth beer with a little spicy bite. I'm not 100% sure if it is from the beer or the Rye whiskey but I like it. I used Sazarac rye which provided to be a good choice and it's modestly priced. I will definitely brew this recipe again in the future.

Interesting fact: I brewed this in parallel with the Bourbon Barrel recipe with Marker's Mark for a comparison of the porters with oak and whiskey infusion. I enjoyed both but preferred the the spicy zing of of the rye when compared to the sweetness of the bourbon.

You can't go wrong with either but I preferred the rye. (Posted on 1/7/14)
Rye Flavor is great Review by N Burd
I love the rye and oak flavors in every bottle. I will def be brewing this one again. (Posted on 11/13/13)
not for me Review by Ross
Neighbor and i did this one together and everything went according to plan. After 3 months in the bottle, it tasted like whiskey, a minerally tasting porter, and the wood chips we sweep up from or wood shop floor. After 6 months it was a smoother blend of the 3 things mentioned above. Not for me, neighbor liked it (Posted on 10/9/13)
Amazing full bodied porter Review by Kevin
Patience is key - I made this my last beer before the warm weather arrived. Let it condition 4 months - results are amazing. I used Bullet Rye Whiskey and the aroma when opening was amazing. Very well balanced, and has been very well received. One of my favorite beers. (Posted on 8/29/13)
not a porter guy until i brewed this Review by owlman
i am a hop head and wasn't overly enthusiastic about this until it was kegged. the first couple of draws were oakey and whiskey-ee, but thereafter, this was an amazing beer. sadly, i shut the mini-fridge door and it pinched the picnic tap and when i came home, 2 gallons of the beer were on the floor and a 10 pound co2 container was empty. there is an up side though: my houseplants are doing well and my floor is the best tasting floor ever. (Posted on 8/25/13)
Very Nice with Cacao Nibs Review by Alexander
I brewed this one again since I kind of screwed up the oak additions last time (way too long). I used 4 oz of cacao nibs instead of oak and after about 10 days the beer has a very nice flavor profile. It's a little bitter, slightly spiced from the rye and specialty grains, and has a good amount of cacao presence. I would definitely do this beer again with nibs, and I'm thinking about using it for a Rye IPA base. (Posted on 5/7/13)
great beer, oak flavor builds quickly Review by Alexander
I really enjoyed this beer, used the max amount if time in primary and secondary. Left oak cubes in for fourteen days which was a little long, but the flavor settled down after kegging. At seven days the oak cubes were much more subtle, I would suggest around 10 if doing this again. (Posted on 2/16/13)
Delicious... just be patient Review by Matt
This was a great beer to brew. I'm a bit of an instant gratification type, so I did my best to be as patient as possible with this beer. I typically stick to doing a pale ale or a wheat so that I can have my beer fairly quickly, but I decided to be a little different with this guy.

I ended up going almost 2 weeks in primary and a solid 3-4 weeks in secondary before adding the whiskey and oak. I used Bulleit Rye as my whiskey, which I think makes a huge difference. You can spend $10 on a bottle of rye, or you can invest a little more and get something of quality, plus there's some leftover at the end to enjoy yourself. I let the beer sit another full 2 weeks after adding the whiskey and before bottling.

I started kegging my beer a few years ago, so bottling was another thing that was difficult for me to do, seeing as I hate to be patient. I'm now at 3 weeks since bottling and tried one of the beers; it was amazing. I'm going to let them sit in the cool, dark basement a few more weeks/months, but this is going to be a brew to remember.

One thing of note, I only used half the recommended amount of sugar when bottling. When I tend to be impatient my sugar levels never drop to where they're supposed to be, so I get over-carbonation problems. I decided to play it safe and only use half... I'd rather have a slightly carbonated beer versus a glass of foam. (Posted on 2/6/13)
Great Brew Review by Albrecht_Ales
Amazing kit turned out fantastic. A nice spicy malt flavor with the undertone of the rye whiskey coming through. If your a whiskey lover, this kit is for you. I will be making this again.
(Posted on 1/4/13)
Just fantastic Review by J Strong
This beer really surprised me just how good it turned out. It's definitely on the spicy malty side, a really stellar mouth feel and just an overall great character. It came out really balanced in all its flavors. Neither of us could really detect the oak, but I will be honest that we are not yet that sophisticated in analyzing different notes.

When we brew this again, we'd probably use more oak, and perhaps a bit more whiskey, or something stronger than 42%.

My buddy and I are fairly new to brewing, and this kit was our sixth batch. We selected Michter's US-1 Straight Rye Whiskey for the whiskey addition and following the directions to the letter. We used Wyeast 1028 and prepared a 1800mL starter. We served at a temperature around 55 degrees to really bring out the whiskey's character. Any colder than that the contribution of the whiskey was really diminished.

Hopefully somebody with a bit more experience will post a more thorough analysis, I just thought it was sad that such a great kit didn't yet have any reviews! (Posted on 10/30/12)

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