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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

141 Ratings
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Ratings: 141
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

02-24-2013 15:55:05 | More by djrn2
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

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

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.6%

12-02-2013 04:24:12 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
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
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
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
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
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
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the night I visited the new brewery they had two versions of Pig Iron: the co2 and Nitro versions. I tasted a sample of the first, but opted for a pint of the second.

A - Appears like Bailey's it has so much gas making it appear like creamy coffee, but the slow cascade brings an off white head to the surface. It reminds me of a milkshade it is so smooth and it measures about 2 fingers atop the dark brown liquid.

S - Big fresh roasted coffee and roasted barley notes w/ a full nutty dry scent in the aroma. Rich toasted notes and light yeasty scents dominate the nose.

M - Smooth, full and creamy as expected in this nitro version. A gentle nutty roasted aspect appears w/ low carbonation in overall texture. Slightly dry in the finish w/ a gentle spiced quality.

T - Rich, sweet malt swirls 'round the tongue w/ a light chalky dry element as it warms w/ a very roasted flavor. Subtle full malty essence w/ a rich overoasteed quality that hints at a nut shop in the midst of roasting action. The flavor has plenty or malt and a bit of hops to keep it balanced. A basic porter w/ subtle boost of smoothness w/ the nitrogen.

D - I could probably drink several, but consider it an average porter in the scheme of things. Not highly drinkable, but better than average and I appreciate the chance to taste it in the nitro version. I suppose a fan of Guinness might like the mouthfeel, but it has more roasted character than sweetness. Not one I would return to often most likely.

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-02-2007 16:34:25 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy dark malt scent that boasts of black patent and crystal malts. The taste is good as well. It has a dry, dark malt flavor that boasts of chocolate and roasted malts; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carboation. This is a good porter. It has good flavor and aroma; a good drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2004 11:58:15 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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
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Gavage

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

04-29-2010 23:55:21 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: cask

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

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%

01-02-2012 01:08:00 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: cask

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

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%

11-16-2011 06:11:47 | More by orangesol
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duceswild

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

11-17-2013 22:39:59 | More by duceswild
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
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
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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

10-16-2010 18:03:46 | More by BARFLYB
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown with ruby highlights and a dense head. Thick tan lace was left on the glass. Good head retention. Plenty of roast/burnt/coffee aromas (with an emphasis on burnt) with malty cocoa and light, citrusy hops. Burnt, bitter chocolate maltiness with sweetness well balanced against a mild hop bitterness. Hop flavour grew towards the end. The carbonation was a little on the high side to really showcase the style, but the texture remained creamy. Medium bodied to start, but this lightened a bit towards the end. A satisfying porter that hits all the right notes.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2006 02:57:16 | More by DrJay
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
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
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +2.6%

04-14-2012 18:50:32 | More by Rhettroactive
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

11-13-2012 20:52:07 | More by RBorsato
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Pig Iron Porter from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
87 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.