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Pig Iron Porter - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Pig Iron Porter
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132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.48%

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A classic porter, dark and full of roasted malt flavor. Chocolate notes are well balanced by a slight bitterness.

37 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002)
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Photo of RblWthACoz


3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A smooth porter with a minimal amount of bumpin' flavor touches. Consistent and nice. I think that's where its strength lies is in its consistency and not so much in any unusual flavor settings. Carbonation and the bubble is high and biting. Pleasant enough.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2013 04:14:59 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of tobelerone


3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

Pours a very deep brown, nearly black color, with a cream colored head that settles slowly and nice lacing. Very traditional in the aroma; very roasty, charred malt, with hints of espresso, and a bit of herbal and floral hops underneath.

Traditional and old-school in flavor as well; it’s all about the roasted, slightly burned malt flavor, with suggestions of black espresso and bittersweet chocolate, and a subtle floral hoppiness lending additional bitterness to the picture. Buried underneath but slowly emerging as the beer warms is a hint of sourness not strong enough to be disconcerting, but that nonetheless feels like a slight flaw. The modest sweetness of the beer dries up almost completely in the finish.

Medium bodied and carbonated, with a decent amount of smoothness on tap that elevates the mouthfeel above many other bottled porters of this type. A solid and dependable example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2012 03:07:54 | More by tobelerone
Photo of micromaniac129


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this down in the Noth Wales store.
A nice looking beer with a deep brown color, a tall deep beige head, plenty o' lacing to go around.
Carbonation, who knows.
Aromatics were good but basic. Had a good malty aroma.

Taste was full flavor with a good roasted malt bill and some flavors of chocolate.

Felt smooth and almost velvetty on the palette with a bitter, but not too bitter finish.

As for a chain brewpub it was a standard beer with nothing really standing out. It was good and I liked it and thats the important thing.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 17:25:07 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of kylehay2004


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half finger head on a near jet black body and excellent lacing. Aroma consists of dark chocolate, roasted malts, espresso and earthy hops. The flavor follows this perfectly which each of those same notes echoed in the flavor. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very nicely flavorful porter and may be one of their better brews.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 22:28:15 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of drtth


4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a dark brown, almost black, with a ½” head of light tan foam. The lacing coats the side of the glass and sipping leaves some lacing for much of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is full of chocolate with traces of coffee and a hint of some sort of dark fruitiness.

Taste: Flavor lightly sweet chocolate or cocoa with touch of dark fruitiness. The hops are mostly citric and provide a nice light counterbalance to the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has some enjoyable prickly carbonation. The finish is medium to long and starts with a touch of the chocolate sweetness that slides into a crisp, almost citric bitterness that spreads throughout the mouth and complements the faint taste of roast to the end.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: Definitely a beer for repeated sipping as one chats with friends. In addition the 2nd went very well with the salad and soup chosen for dinner. My overall impression is that this is an excellent, well made porter well suited to be one of the house standards for the chain. I’ll certainly be revisiting this one again and can see why it has won a few medals.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2012 19:12:47 | More by drtth
Photo of Kegatron


3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ Iron Hill West Chester on 11/20/11. Served in a goblet.

Pours a near black, with a ½ finger of off-white froth. This maintains a creamy richness, which soaps the sides of the glass with heavy swathes of lace. The aroma smells of chocolate and roasted coffee, along with some green leafy citrus notes and even a touch of spice.

The taste is cocoa and caramel up front, which is quickly cut off wall of green feeling hop bitterness. The malts return in the finish with a dry, burnt, and roasty finish, which really gives this some character that hangs on the palate for a while. Those fresh citric hops really drive this for the most part though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm and prickly feel up front that lays some sharpness down on the tongue, but then works itself into more of a crisp smoothness as this rides along the back of the throat. This is easy enough feeling.

This is definitely my favorite of the staple beers from the Iron Hill chain and is honestly one that I should be drinking more of. This glass today wasn’t the best that I’ve had from the different locations but it was certainly good enough. A fine American Porter.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2011 17:42:15 | More by Kegatron
Photo of jlindros


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

Dark molasses brown color little head.

Nose has sweet dark malts, chocolate, coffee, light roast, creamy caramel porter aromas.

Taste has more sweet roasty malts, chocolate, dark chocolate, light coffee and toffee, caramel, nice bitter spicy hop bitterness, creamy mocha like taste.

Med body with decent carb.

Overall nice, good flavors, nice malt profile, bit of earthy hops, a bit light on the body though for the taste and malt profile.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2011 00:13:35 | More by jlindros
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super dark black / brown with amber highlights when held to light. Creamy and tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

A- Rich malt smell. Dark Chocolate on front end. Hints of vanilla on middle. Finishes with a slight almond and caramel note.

T- Bitter chocolate front end. Roasty malt middle end. Finish is slightly less bitter with hints of smoke and char.

M- Bubbly tang and acidity n front end. Coating and think feel with a biting acidic finish. Kind of dry as well at back end.

O- Thicker than most porters. Great looking beer with great taste characteristics. Superbly drinkable and smooth taste. Acidic bite is refreshing and helps round out the thickness.

Serving type: growler

08-03-2011 17:52:46 | More by vfgccp
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Iron Hill Phoenixville. Pours black hue with a thick, tanned head. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee and hints of dark fruit. Medium, smooth body. Coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malt and molasses fill the mouth. Long, bitter-sweet finish. Everything what should be in a good Porter is present in this brew.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 15:59:54 | More by mikeg67
Photo of Rifugium


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Hill, Media, PA

A tasty porter. Poured dark brown to black with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, and roasty malts, just the way a porter should be. Similar in the taste; malts came across a bit smokey almost, smooth chocolate and coffee notes retained. Full bodied and drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-12-2011 13:33:32 | More by Rifugium
Photo of pburland23


3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Iron Hill Media.

Opted for a pint of porter to finish up Friday night dinner while my wife ate her dessert.

Beer pours a dark brown, not quite opaque, a little reddish mahogany around the edges when held up to the light. Fairly nice, thick egg-white head that slowly faded into some moderate lacing.

Nice smelling pint...roasted malts and chocolate. Taste is similar. The roasted flavor dominates but there is some trace hops bitterness that compliments the malt flavor. I've always enjoyed the taste of this porter. It's full-bodied, robust and well rounded. The carbonation is good and the drinkability is quite high. It's a nice way to end a night at Iron Hill.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2011 20:22:10 | More by pburland23
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pig Iron Porter @ Iron Hill West Chester

Pours a dark brown/amber with ruby highlights, short livid off white head. Smell has alittle roast, light cocoa and a bit of vanilla. In the taste, roasted malt, light coffee flavor but alittle watery. Mouthfeel also a bit on the thin side. Still the flavors work, just alittle light and the feel could be stronger. Not one of the most impressive offerings Iron Hill has.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 05:51:57 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of afksports

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm enjoying this one on tap with a couple of good old friends. I
surprise it's not higher rated on here, because this 2010 vintage is a solid example of a porter.

Appearance is well laced and headed with a dark robust brown to black look. It's got a strange smell to it
in addition to the typical coffee chocolate and burnt malt elements. Maybe a cream or some type of soap coming through. It's not bad, just different. Adds an intrigue. The Tatar is standard porter. True to style but not exceptional. Follows the nose and stays rich without being too much.

I can't argue against this one. It's a beer I remembered from long ago and still held to form. Cheers, iron hill. You didn't disapoint.

I'll be back. Also for nachos.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 3 W Gay St, West Chester

12-28-2010 03:48:12 | More by afksports
Photo of jmdrpi


3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had on-tap at the Media location, served in pint glass.

dark brown almost black in appearance, with thin white head. smell and taste are roasted malt, a little bitter. not much in the way of your typical coffee and chocolate notes typical of a porter.

mouthfeel was on the thinner side, medium carbonation. fiarly easy drinking and smooth.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

10-24-2010 21:21:16 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of BARFLYB


4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flowing from the firkin at The Grey Lodge pub in Philadelphia.

A- Pig Iron Porter looks creamy, the hard whisp of cream colored with tan foam on top tells me this is one healthy looking beer. (disclaimer, I experienced a clearly infected porter from one of the Iron Hill locations but that's neither here nor there). The liquid wasshoe shine black and pretty hard to see through although some red spots poke through up to light.

S- Roasty robust roasted malts (say that one ten times fast) underneath a creamy almost milk like scent with some cocco and small chocolates. Some burnt coffee and a dry appeal as well. Some hops off in the distance.

T- And, it's good. Pig Iron is roasty indeed with a slight smokey effect to itself. Getting some char and coffee and creamy milk in the middle finished off by some dry hop attributes almost like a extremely faded or aged storm king in terms of hops, yes those hops. Chocolate is there in spirit as well as some nutty appeal, this one is all about the roast.

M- It's off a firkin, the body is nearing medium and is not that watery. OK it seems like it's on the verge of being watery but not really, the body remains strong. Easy feel out da firkin. Smooth and creamy, yet not that creamy, the hops towards the end take away from it, but add something in their own right.

D- I really liked this porter and wish I had a firkin of my own for the upcoming winter time blues.

Serving type: cask
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

10-16-2010 18:03:46 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of larryi86


4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler poured into a snifter

A- Dark brown with a two finger tan head.

S- Sweet roasted malts, coffee, and dark chocolate.

T- Very close to the smell, coffee and chocolate stand out more, with a different, some what hoppy bitter finish. The finish has taken me a few sips to get use to but I do enjoy it now that I know what what is coming.

M- Not as light as a light beer, but I feel that it would be better if it was thinker and heavier.

D- Easy to drink and enjoy. I think drink a whole growler in one sitting is a lot, but if you have someone to share it with it is good.

Serving type: growler
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

09-19-2010 02:42:20 | More by larryi86
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my favorite porters, if not my favorite (for good reason!)

Pours a deep smooth looking black. Plenty of carbonation with a nice creamy off white head.

The scent of this beer is intense. Heavy smoke, dark chocolate and coffee esters.

Taste is nice and smooth, creamy, dark chocolate, coffee. Well balance with a little hop bite in the background. Finishes with a bit of slight caramel and tons of roasted malt.

Such a good beer. Love this one!

Serving type: growler
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

09-13-2010 02:01:03 | More by jhammel01
Photo of tubdog13


4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pig Iron Porter
A - 1/2 inch head that dissipated slowly, nice lacing (good clean glass), nice dark amber color, looks very inviting
S - roasted malt and cocoa smell 
T - sweet malt with a light dryness/bitterness, very well balanced sweetness with the bitterness coming late  
M - dry cocoa feel on the tongue, leaves mouth a little dry(not a bad thing) 
D - very, may have to have a few more through dinner, think this would be a porter for a newbie to try

Starting to think there is not a bad beer out there if you sample and do some research....

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

06-18-2010 02:56:03 | More by tubdog13
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown almost black in color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: easy to detect the roasted malts and chocolate tones by the nose.

Taste: roasted malts, dark chocolates, prunes, and a mild bitterness make up a straight forward porter.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Smooth throughout. Aftertaste is long lived as the flavors linger in the mouth a while.

Drinkability: this beer hits the spot when you want a porter. You won't be drinking this beer fast, but it isn't a slow sipper either. Nice flavor profile will have you looking for another pint.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

04-29-2010 23:55:21 | More by Gavage
Photo of zoso1967


3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark reddish brown that light hardly penetrates. Beer has a nice tan head that has average retention and lacing. The aroma is malty and roasty with some nice caramel coffee notes. Very nice full porter aroma. The taste follows suit with a great balance of both roasted malts and caramel malt character. I also am picking up some molasses, cocoa, and an astringency that is not at all unpleasant or out of place. Not much bitterness or hop character, but they are detectable in the background. I tend to prefer a little bit less coffee/roasted malt character in my porters, but this one is well put together and I do not mind it so much. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky finish. Quite drinkable and still my favorite offering from this chain pub.

Serving type: growler
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

04-03-2010 18:32:23 | More by zoso1967
Photo of garuda


3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap, dispensed into a pint glass, dark ruby brown, almost black with a finger thick, creamy, off-white head with good retention and some lacing. Smell is a little faint, but is mostly roasted malts, and maybe some coffee. Mouthfeel is pleasant with a medium to full body, and low carbonation. Very smooth across the palate with just a hint of hops in the finish. Lots of roasted/ sweeter malts, dark chocolate, and some coffee in the taste. Overall a beer thats true to style, nothing special, but delightful to drink on a cold night.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

02-28-2010 13:56:20 | More by garuda
Photo of bgildea


4.7/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Great looking dark beer, with slight brownish head.

S: Smell great, nice dark roast smell.

T: AMAZING, perfect balance. Great dark beer with hints of coffee, nuts, and a tasty finish.

M: Great hearty feel in the mouth, but lighter than you might expect.

D: Extremely drinkable, I could drink this beer all night... and I have.

Overall: Best beer that Iron Hill serves on a regular basis. Best microbrew porter I've ever had. This beer keeps me going back to Iron Hill whenever I'm in Media.

Serving type: growler
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

02-18-2010 22:44:00 | More by bgildea
Photo of prodgerm


3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good basic porter had both regular tap and cask conditioned. Rich color with low carbonation, especially the cask condition. Both a bit thin bodied. Roasted smell and flavor comes through but not over powering. The 5% alcohol makes this a good session beer. (Also had Baltic Porter see review)

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

11-29-2009 12:44:18 | More by prodgerm
Photo of lionking


3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft in Newark, DE.

Draft beer in the glass with a suprisingly weak half finger head. Nice pitch black body.

Smell and taste are of chocalate and roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I was expecting given the appearance and smell. As for drinkability, i would rate it favorably. A little higher alochol content than what you taste when you drink it.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

11-27-2009 14:33:48 | More by lionking
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a flat black in the glass with a 2 finger sandstone/tan colored head that was creamy and well lasting while leaving a thick, sticky full sheet coating.

S: The nose was lighter then expected with soft roasted barley, black coffee with a light presence of burnt pine woodiness.

T: The flavor was bittering with dark roasted malt, black coffee with hints of dried creamer. A very earthy minerality (wet charred wood) with a exceptionally smooth roasted bitterness that is quick off the tongue. The finishing fade finds a bitterness of freshly brewed black coffee.

M: silky smooth, with a good amount of carbonation giving this a fine tuned texture and a good lively tingle on the tip of the tongue.

D: good with a smooth roasted bitterness that never overwhelms making this a silky smooth downer. Good drink, good enjoyment and growler approved.

Serving type: on-tap
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 30 E State St, Media

10-17-2009 17:49:48 | More by beerthulhu
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Pig Iron Porter from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
88 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.