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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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troegaarden

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +28.5%

12-03-2012 03:01:30 | More by troegaarden
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DaleB50

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +28.5%

04-06-2012 15:05:43 | More by DaleB50
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TheDarkKnight

Delaware

5/5  rDev +28.5%

11-27-2011 04:04:34 | More by TheDarkKnight
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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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RBorsato

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

11-13-2012 20:52:07 | More by RBorsato
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bgildea

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +20.8%

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.

02-18-2010 22:44:00 | More by bgildea
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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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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

11-25-2011 01:18:23 | More by mdillon86
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sammyt728

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

10-20-2013 03:23:24 | More by sammyt728
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Honeycutt

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

10-13-2012 03:17:56 | More by Honeycutt
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staticmaneuver

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

05-24-2012 03:29:16 | More by staticmaneuver
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark, but translucent brown color and a modest head that leaves a few splashes of foam against the pint glass

Smell: Fudgy chocolate with hints of berry fruit

Taste: Rich chocolate flavor, up front, with a burgeoning raspberry fruit flavor arriving by mid-palate, along with a touch of bitterness; after the swallow, the chocolate returns to the forefront but the raspberry re-appears in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A supurb porter - love the fruity character and thick body

07-18-2009 23:17:53 | More by brentk56
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Jarod

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

This beer poured into the glass a very dark brown color. The head was very creamy and tan/beige in color. Lace was present and dragged on the sides sparingly. The aroma had hints of chocolate, coffee, and hops. The taste was smooth and just like the aroma. You could taste coffee, chocolate, and a small amounts of hops to break up the flavors. Very nice. I liked this beer allot. Simple flavors but memorable. Also a good beer that as it warmed it got better and the flavors became more prominent.

12-06-2002 09:26:23 | More by Jarod
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jhammel01

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

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!

09-13-2010 02:01:03 | More by jhammel01
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Imstillthegman

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

This is my usual go-to beer when it's just the normal offerings on-tap. Had it again last night. Pours a dark, opaque black with a tan head that leaves good lacing. Aroma has roasted coffee, caramel, and some dark fruit. The flavor profile is the same, with everything sharing almost equal space. Nothing really overpowers the others. Fuller bodied, nicely carbonated. Very easy drinking porter and easily one of my favorites from IH.

08-10-2007 17:29:56 | More by Imstillthegman
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

A very dark brown body with just a hint of ruby hues around the edges. Small, tan head that leaves a bit of lacing behind. Decent retention.

A bit of malty sweetness, some coffee and a bitter roasted aroma.

Up front a pretty strong coffee flavor comes through, followed by some malty sweetness that reminds me of toffee and molasses. The finish has a touch more coffee, some bitterness, and a good roasted flavor. Coffee and roast flavors stay with you in the aftertaste with just a hint of sweetness. This Is a great tasting porter.

Mouthfeel is between medium and full for the style with moderate carbonation; very well done.

Goo drinakability for sure. This is a great porter.

07-16-2009 22:20:42 | More by Hojaminbag
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whartontallboy

New York

4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours out a dark brown with a thin tan head, which may have been more a function of the conservative pour than anything else. Some light coming through lighter-brown parts at the edges.

The smell is pretty workmanlike for a porter, but with lots more chocolate and roastiness in it. A light hoppiness is there as well, but it's got a little caramel in it, too.

The flavor is quite sweet, even by porter standards, with a plum-like quality on top of lots of caramel and cocoa chocolate. It's a lot of fruity sweetness as it hits your tongue, but it mellows out a bit and lets some roastiness in before finishing with a big roasted barley and chocolate flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy and medium.

Overall: A great brewpub porter. Seek this one out!

10-18-2005 02:29:51 | More by whartontallboy
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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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kernalklink

Arizona

4.28/5  rDev +10%

Had this brew at their Newark location- poured dark with a thick head and lasting lacing. Aroma was dried fruits and roasted malt, with a hint of hops. Very refreshing coffee and chocolate flavor, with a mouthfeel that was light, though balanced and substantial enough for a porter. A light hop finish just as the sweetness of the brew fades. Very drinkable, and pairs well with most of their food.

11-11-2006 14:16:27 | More by kernalklink
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +10%

How I Amuse Myself, Third Iteration.

Now what? Let me guess. Handpump, right? You know, you can be a real pest, Woody! Hmmm. I've heard that somewhere.

This was such a rare opportunity (to have one beer three different ways) that I could not pass it up. It was presented with easily two fingers' worth of thick, foamy, deep-tan head with excellent retention. For a cask beer, I do not know if it was her expertise in pouring (pulling, actually) or Paul's brilliance as a brewer, but this was fantastic! The color became darker and denser with each pour. On this one, I noted some ruby highlights at the bottom of the glass, along the rim, but otherwise it was straight out of The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Even the white bits were black. The nose was MUCH more muted. It was slightly malty, but beyond that, it was anyone's guess. Here, the mouthfeel was medium-to (dare I say it about a cask beer?) thick with a much smokier taste than I had experienced on the previous two pours. The finish continued with a lightly smoky flavor. IMHO, this was the best of the lot, although none of the different pours were any slouches.

06-11-2008 15:11:55 | More by woodychandler
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BeerMick

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

09-17-2013 11:28:34 | More by BeerMick
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Steinberger

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

08-25-2012 01:59:58 | More by Steinberger
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Durandal_777

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

05-08-2014 22:35:28 | More by Durandal_777
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Woodysbeard

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

08-15-2012 14:18:07 | More by Woodysbeard
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Gww1864

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-06-2013 17:57:43 | More by Gww1864
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Pig Iron Porter from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.