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Pig Iron Porter - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Pig Iron Porter
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87
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 65 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by one4thegutter:
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one4thegutter

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

12-03-2013 11:43:38 | More by one4thegutter
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csmartin6

New York

3/5  rDev -22.9%

06-05-2013 23:45:50 | More by csmartin6
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -29.3%

09-12-2012 14:16:22 | More by wattoclone
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-30-2013 10:30:14 | More by Cynic-ale
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briandaube

Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

06-29-2014 14:16:19 | More by briandaube
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-03-2013 16:45:12 | More by LXIXME
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-20-2014 21:54:20 | More by Griffith
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BillyB

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Excellent porter sampled at Iron Hill Brew Pub in North Wales on Nitro Tap.
Poured a dark brown, opaque, almost black color, with a thick creamy tan head.
Smelled and tasted sweeter than the non-nitro version. Also was much creamier and a much thicker head than the CO 2 version, due to the smaller nitrogen bubbles.
Light smokey aroma and taste. Overall very drinkable. I prefer the nitro version over the regular CO 2 keg.

01-03-2006 21:11:08 | More by BillyB
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +24.2%

had a sample while waiting for my pint of something else.

wow. dark, coffee black-hole color...smells of nuts...has a nice roasty, nutty flavor. maybe the best porter i've had. maybe i got lucky.

thick mouthfeel, but not in a chewy sense. which makes the flavor spread evenly with the low carbonation held at bay.

very drinkable. challenging and not bitter in the least. what a balance. glad i live 1.2 miles away!

07-31-2009 18:41:45 | More by mempath
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Mpenders

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

06-29-2014 19:25:11 | More by Mpenders
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avisong

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-13-2012 03:14:48 | More by avisong
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

On-tap at the brewpub.

Comes off like a tasty American brown porter in that it's on the lighter side and has clean flavors. The taste has a nice brown sugar undertone with cocoa and dark grains. It felt maybe a little undercarbonated, but was very drinkable and seemed like a great session beer.

01-25-2008 03:38:18 | More by tempest
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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-03-2012 03:01:30 | More by troegaarden
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

11-22-2011 17:42:15 | More by Kegatron
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PaBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10%

02-03-2012 20:25:48 | More by PaBeerLover
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Lanstrum

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-27-2013 20:53:52 | More by Lanstrum
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-03-2013 14:17:43 | More by KTCamm
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

10-17-2009 17:49:48 | More by beerthulhu
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Served on cask with coffee infused at the Lancaster brewpub.

A: The porter is a mahogany red color, full enough to be brown/black. The hand-pulled brew has the cascading head that is rather stunning while it lasts.

S: The nose is mostly coffee with light chocolate below the surface. The coffee is not in-your-face, just generally present throughout.

T: The coffee isn't as dominant as you'd expect. This isn't a coffee bomb, rather it is the porter with a nice twist. Coffee is mild, with a full flavor that doesn't overtake the porter. The handpull has created a smooth, creamy body that seems best for the pig iron (I am not a fan generally). Porter flavors are chocolatey with a toasted finish.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth, aided immensely by the cask conditioning. Coffee isn't the dominant aspect, willing to share the spotlight with the porter.

D: A decent ale, not quite like the imperial coffee of a few months back, but drinkable enough.

05-16-2009 19:31:47 | More by akorsak
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Jredner

Florida

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

Muted roastiness and chocolate malt notes. Deep black body with a decently firm and lasting thumb thick head. Roasted coffee beans int he fore followed by toasted and burnt bread and some mild chocolate notes int he finish. Finish is dry and coffee tinged Great classic porter.

01-20-2006 17:48:14 | More by Jredner
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-25-2011 01:18:23 | More by mdillon86
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Kayaker

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.8%

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buzzy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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Mudawg

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

02-20-2012 01:35:09 | More by Mudawg
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DavidHume

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2.8%

07-14-2014 14:55:44 | More by DavidHume
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Pig Iron Porter from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.