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Afternoon Delight - Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

Afternoon DelightAfternoon Delight

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BA SCORE
85
very good

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 14.47%


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

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A full-bodied version of our Pig Iron Porter, infused with a cold steeping of locally roasted Nicaraguan and Sumatra coffee beans.

(Beer added by: Kegatron on 12-06-2008)
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ZagZagg

Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into goblet glass

A: Rich black colored beer that appears to have a pretty smooth, lighter-body from a lower visible viscosity. Low carbonation in the appearance, one and a half finger head that has a mocha hue in its frothiness, Mild to low retention with little lacing – Completely opaque

S: Coffee is big and very forward, bitter smelling, dark chocolate followed by notes of cola and roasted malt. Chocolaty and tangy, faint notes of anise – sort of spicy, but is a baker’s spice feel. Smells delicious.

T: Forward with chocolate and roasted malt, meager smoke character. Coffee bean and bitter baker’s chocolate find their way into the middle mouth transforming the profile. Repressed/nonexistent hop presence, most of the balancing bitters come from the dark chocolate and roasted malt. Cola comes out in an elusive way interwoven with toffee and scant caramel. The finish is a bit milk chocolaty

M: Shy of the body I like in the style, but still nice. Very low very fine carbonation fills the mouth with an airiness, almost fluffy. Aftertaste is light and sweet – a continuation of the finish.

O: Really quite nice, one of the better porters I’ve had. Decent execution of the coffee infusion, but like many other porters, I wish the body were bigger. I’ve had a few of Iron Hills beers on tap, this is the first of their bottled offerings. I would like to drink this along side of Iron Pig. Nice coffee styled American Porter.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 22:06:35 | More by ZagZagg
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dtivp

West Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark brown with ruby hues, half of a finger off white head that dissipates quickly into a thin ring, very light lacing.

Aroma of dark coffee and malt with hints of a pepper spiciness.

Taste has a good dark coffee, roasted malt flavor with a very strong pepper and spiciness.

Mouth Feel is medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and slightly creamy with a pepper and spice bite. Alcohol is well masked.

Overall a little disappointed with the intense pepper and spice. Not the solid porter I was expecting from Iron Hill.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 20:04:37 | More by dtivp
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Opens with a cork shot. Pours brown with thin head. Nose is heavily coffee forward with sweet malts and dark chocolate. The taste is detracted by a high champagne like carbonation. Coffee is very present and tastes nice, the base beer is sweet. Mouthfeel is effervescent and somewhat thin for the style. Overall, tasty beer with very high carbonation. Tons of coffee which is incorporated nicely.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:10:25 | More by homebrew311
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Florida9

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown. Forms a modest light tan colored head. No lacing.

S: Aroma is strongly of coffee. Some roasted malt and a touch of smoke, but the coffee dominates.

T: The taste is not quite as good. Thin and sweet. Coffee, roasted malts, and light brown sugar.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Mild bittterness.

O: Unfortunately, I had this one right after a FB Maple Bacon and it just tasted thin and weak. Not a bad beer, certainly a lot of coffee, but just feels thin.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 00:07:07 | More by Florida9
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Tighthead Oktoberfest shaker pint glass.

Thanks to jyoung for this bottle!

Had this back-to-back with Ron Burgundy, just ti maintain a theme of awesomeness. This stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a half-finger of khaki foam. The nose is a blast of coffee, though some mild notes of roasted malts and cocoa trickle through every now and again. It may be one loud note, but it's played quite well. The taste is pretty much the same song, but a reprise of a good song isn't something to be scoffed at. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel (though the fluidity at times elicits a feeling of thinness). Overall, a splendid application of coffee to what I assume to be at least a decent base porter.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 17:37:50 | More by TMoney2591
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billab914

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive the other night. It poured dark brown in color with a thin, frothy head to it.

The aroma has kind of a strange vegetable like flavor mixing in with the coffee. I get a little hot pepper and green bean like flavor to it. Coffee is roasty and bitter and pretty good with some modest chocolate notes coming out as well. It has some good flavors, but then some strange and not so good flavors as well.

The taste is thankfully all about the coffee. Roasty, bitter flavors come out and mix with some rich dark chocolate in the finish. The pepper and vegetable like flavor I found the aroma to have is a little noticeable in the taste but not that bad.

The mouthfeel is way over carbonated making it feel thin and bubbly. Overall a decent beer at times but the good flavors can't overcome the over carbonation and strange aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 19:34:29 | More by billab914
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.25/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From 750mL C&C bottle to Portsmouth glass on 5/16/12
*From notes

-- Bottled purchased at the Newark, DE location on 4/14/12 --

A: It kinda looks as it should: dark and robust. Yet it's a bit too cloudy, the sediment mixes in from the beginning of the bottle. A standard pour yields a massive and bubbly head that gives the appearance of an infection. The head fades in time to a bubbly collar. No lacing to speak of.

S: Not good. Lots of pimento, green pepper and Mexican kitchen spices. If the coffee's there, it's coming off in a really odd, offputting kind of way to say the least.

T: Dark, raw and charry cocoa, caraway seeds and a boatload of green coffee. When I say green, I mean really, really green. This isn't balanced in any way. Luckily I don't get any signs of infection, as both the appearance and feel would suggest.

M: Waaayy too effervescent. It feels like a gueuze or some sort of Wild Ale. Where's the creaminess? Where's the viscosity? Such a strange and unlikable little beer.

O: What the hell was that? I've now sampled plenty of Iron Hill's suds, and this is hands down the worst I've come across. Not a single facet of this beer is worth the $18 I spent on the bottle. Hugely disappointed and not recommended in any way, shape or form.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 16:58:53 | More by Rhettroactive
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benetoh

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a corked bottle on 2/28/12. As a note, the cork needed a cork screw to get out; it had no give to it.

A: pitch black. When poured, it had a moderate head, which quickly settled to look like espresso with a thin layer of foam.

S: coffee, of course. No hops. Pleasant but mild.

T: quality dark roasted coffee, no hop bitterness, just a touch of coffee bitterness. Like drinking black coffee with just a tiny bit of sugar.

M: smooth and creamy.

O: a well balanced coffee beer; not as strong as wake n bake; or quite as rich as the flying fish imperial espresso porter (for those of us who are lucky enough to have tried it). A solid beer, worth trying, but beware of the price of around $16.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2012 03:31:45 | More by benetoh
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Served in a goblet.

A: The porter is dark, a deep cola brown color that is black everywhere except at the edges. An off-white head, almost half a finger, quickly winds down to a thin band.

S: Rich java and lactic smoothness. Chocolate notes along with the coffee aromas indicate a warm coffee addition (hope I'm right on that). Nuttiness and graham scents round things out nicely.

T: Roasted malts indicate that the porter is alive and well. Coffee follows, not as rich as the nose would indicate. A touch of sourness runs through the center of each sip, definitely out of place. Acrid flavors follow the sourness, a reminder of the roasted malts and the bitter coffee. The coffee aspect is nice, the bitterness gets a little old.

M: The aromas create an unattainable expectation. The porter is decent; the nose is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 18:34:29 | More by akorsak
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spdyfire83

Ireland

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

52nd Review
Bottle to snifter

From notes. Shared at the DL Variant + Others Tasting in Chicago (October 2011).

A: Deep brown; looks like a cup of cold coffee. 2+ fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Hint of toffee and vanilla.

T: Coffee, molasses, chocolate, caramel, and roasted malts. Not overly complex, but there is a lot going on here. I like the fact that a non-coffee drinker (me) can enjoy the coffee without saying “yuck”. Very robust and bold. Just how I imagine a proper cup of Joe tasting!

M: Bitter, but in a good way. Full-bodied and heavily carbonated.

O: Solid beer all around. I like the robustness and bold flavors coming through sip after sip. Well-balanced malt character with a strong coffee presence. I’d consider starting to drink coffee after this, but I just can’t stand how caffeine makes my heart palpitate. As such, I’ll stick to drinking my coffee in beers like this!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 20:56:44 | More by spdyfire83
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a murky dark brown color. The head and retention aren't too bad here, not much lacing though. The smell of the beer had a premium coffee aroma, not too much else really. The taste of the beer is again coffee aftertaste some more mocha flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth and kind of light, not much of an imperial. Overall this beer is pretty good but I feel the complexity is minimal and the beer could have used more body. It's drinkable and probably worth trying but I wouldn't pay for it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 01:48:03 | More by Knapp85
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JAXSON

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Cork explodes out of the cage in a terrifying bomb-like attack, much worse than Blauw and probably the most frightening opening of a bottle ever. Doesn't gush, somehow. Nose is quite a bit of roasted coffee beans, some milky qualities, toasted malt. Flavor profile is very pleasant, with a focus on coffee/espresso, fairly rich malt, some smoke. Very thin on the palate. Mouthfeel is the obvious weakness of this. It's very nice, but it's not really very novel, or as malty as most of Iron Hill's bottled reserves, so I'm not sure why they chose to bottle this. Still, good enough. Of course not worth the $16 or whatever though.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:35:13 | More by JAXSON
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womencantsail

California

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is very dark brown in color with a bit of reddish hue to it and a couple fingers of brown head.

S: Lots of coffee and coffee grounds. There's a strange note to it, though. Cayenne pepper? A distinct spiciness exists, that much I am sure of. Overall, the aromas are quite burnt/charred, which isn't very pleasant.

T: Intensely spicy and heavy on the coffee ground flavor. Lots of that peppery character with tons more burnt and charred flavor that is quite off-putting. Sort of astringent as a result.

M: Medium in body with a surprisingly high level of carbonation.

O: Really a let down. The strange spiciness and overall burnt nature of the beer was not something I wanted to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 02:48:16 | More by womencantsail
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge pop, non gusher, corked and caged bottle. The sheer amount of explosive carbonation in this bad mama jamma was scary. I could barely get in 3/4 of it with liquid before I feared for an overflowing mass of froth. Tons of carbonation seen around the periphery. Like aquatic oxygen supply for your home fishtank amounts of bubbles all around the base and probably in the center. The LED flashlight doesn't penetrate, but reveals the black liquid to really be minorly creamed coffee blackness. It has that murky, split pea green tinge, to an otherwise deep brown. For having such a "gy-normous" cap of gently toasted bread coloration, there is no lacing to speak of. Very dissappointing in that regard.

Smells fantastic! Tons of roasted hits. Some meatiness to it. Is that cocoa sweetness? I just keep inhaling over and over again. The simplicity of the roasted grains paired with those just out of reach aromas keeps me begging for more. As it warmed up I did start to pick out some burnt hits... a bit of charred wood... oak possibly.

Opens sweet, malty sweet. Transitions quickly into a cocoa presence that lingers in the middle and morphs into milk chocolate on the finish. Its the perfect hot chocolate flavoring for me. I love the subtlety of it.

Some other interesting middle hits are a bittering flavor. Its mostly on the backend/back edges and its more like crusted meats. The overcooked almost burnt bitterness. Finish has the prickliness of this, but it really can't overwhelm the chocolate from before. There is this roastyness going on as well. Not always there, but when it is there it is what I imagine coffee smoke tastes like. Pretty different for a smoke flavor, but truly enjoyable.

After letting it have some time to breathe, it really really really needed it, the beer presents itself in a shy manner. Creamy, crisp in the last fifth of the tasting of it. For such a smooth medium bodied concoction, it has great retention. The lack of lacing threw me for a loop. Its sticky and sneaky.

I'm really impressed with this beer if I let it burn itself out in the over-carbonation category. Some type of milk stout is my guess. I don't think its high alcohol at all. It truly is like drinking the best hot chocolate I've ever had in my life, along with the other characteristics a beer brings along with it.

Reveal is... Afternoon Delight!!!!

Awesome.. an imperial coffee porter that no way in hell tastes like the 8.7% alcohol it claims to be. Doesn't even feel like it. Insanely drinkable. In fact I may have drank 2/3 of the 750 just typing this review up. Holy cow.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:59:51 | More by Khazadum
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Gfunk720

Connecticut

3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

A- A creamy looking dark chocolate milk. Very cloudy. Bubbly tannish head, fades quickly.

S-Nice dark coffee aroma, some malt and chocolate.

T- Primarily coffee and chocolate flavors. It is creamy like it looks, and has a nice lingering afertaste.

M- This one was wayyyy too fizzy till almost 2 hours after we opened it. After sitting it was more tolerable, but the high carbonation was a turn off.

D- It's pretty good, but the carbonation prevented us from drinking it. The aftertaste was one of my favorite parts of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:13:20 | More by Gfunk720
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StormKing47

Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shared by petesuphi with Jwiss22 and reviewed from notes and it ended up like this...

A- A deep brown color with a mahogany hue. Has a ton of carb that leads to a light brown, fluffy head. Infected? When swirling it continues to be lively with carb and even sounds like pop rocks.

S- Not really impressive has a bitter coffee smell with some faint sweet bitter chocolate aroma. In the very back with some warming a faint sweet aroma of caramel is picked up. Not what I was expecting, but there were no sour cherry smells that would say it's infected.

T- It's really, really bitter. There is a rush of bitter coffee and bitter chocolates, virtually no sweetness and is definitely over carbed. Can't get any hops, no sweet chocolates or sweet malts not even a subtle roastiness. Very let down especially because they are pricey bottles.

M- A supremely thin bodied mess. It has a ridiculous amount of carb that's tingly and prickly. There's no syrupy feel or coating and it doesn't leave any finish but a dry bubbly disaster. This one may be past the prime and may have an infection taking over.

D- Hell no it's too much carb for the style way to dry of a finish and the coffee has no sweetness to balance the over bitterness. On top of that they are expensive as shit.

I usually like Iron Hill's brews, but this one is definitely pushing an infection. If you have one drink it now my second bottle I had I just opened because the cork pushed the cage off and it almost blew the cork off. Drink them before they turn.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 05:58:52 | More by StormKing47
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for sharing this with me on 12/19/10. From a corked and caged bottle purchased at the Lancaster Iron Hill location. The cage was removed and the cork loudly popped and flew into the ceiling.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a muddled dark brown with 3 fingers of erupting tan head that dissolves fairly fast. Spotty lace appears on the glass along with constantly rising bubbles of carbonation that hardly provide any support for the head.

The aroma of this brew is citrusy with the scent of coffee beans, roasted grain and a milky sweetness. As the brew warms it picks up more scent reminiscent of chocolate meshed with coffee.

The taste is citrus coffee beans and hops. Dark roasted grain with coffee and bitter chocolate. A musty grain touch persists in the mouth along with some tangy alcohol notes and warmth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is excessively carbonated. It is quite bubbly and fizzy on the tongue. For almost 9% it hardly tastes like that but has the warmth in the back of the throat to let you know it is there.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 17:02:23 | More by stakem
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, provided by Hophead101. The beer is a dark murky brown with a huge cascading head that forces several pours to fill the glass with liquid. As the glass empties you can see yeastie sediment in the nearly opaque depths.

The aroma is all coffee, rich and delicious smelling. Subdued roasted malts behind the coffee. The coffee flavors come through well in the taste, now joined by cocoa and malty sweetness. Very nicely put together, the coffee and porter support each other well, at least as well as coffee stouts like Founders Breakfast Stout.

Loght bodied for a stout, but then again just right for a porter. No sign of the alcohol in taste or aroma, surprising to see that this is 9.5% ABV. Excellent stuff, love to have it on tap.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 02:31:44 | More by TurdFurgison
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oregonskibum

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Review from memory.

Bottle was caged and corked. THere was no 'pop' on opening.

A: Color was a dark, rich brown. Poured with a very thin tan head that disappated very quickly.

S: Huge coffee flavors overwhelm the smell. THere is some cocoa and roasted malts in the background, but this is all about the coffee. There's was also another smell, something that was a little out of place, but I couldn't identify it.

T: Taste follows smell, with lots of rich coffee on a nice porter base. Rich and smooth, the coffee is very in your face, but not overwhelming either. Unfortunately, there is also a dark fruity flavor that kind of interferes with the taste. It could be an early sign of infection, as I don't see any other mention of a fruity flavor in this beer. Finishes with some roasted coffee bitterness. Nice, although I wish the odd dark fruit flavor wasn't there.

M: Medium to full bodied, far from cloying or sticky. About perfect, actually. Carbonation was a little on the low side, but not quite flat.

D: I like good coffee stouts and porters, so this was good and I think would be really good if not for the off flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 00:05:02 | More by oregonskibum
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark brown color with moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, and light chocolate.

t - Tastes of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, and vanilla.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A very nice coffee porter than smells and tastes great. Would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

09-18-2010 15:24:46 | More by mdfb79
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tpd975

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pourus a nice rich deep black hue with a tall mocha head. Nice retention and some spotty lace.

S: Simple yet great aroma. TONS of coffee, fresh and aromatic. Hints of deep roasted malt and bakers chocolate.

T: Taste is very much the same as the aroma. I love coffee beer and this is one of the better ones. Tons of fresh dark roasted coffee. Light acidic coffee bitterness that blends well with the nicely toasted malt. Hints of dark chocolate and notes of mildly sweet brownie mix.

M: Medium in body, average carbonation.

D: Drinkable, coffee forward, damn good!

Serving type: bottle
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

06-05-2010 20:48:36 | More by tpd975
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Afternoon Delight Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Huge thanks to mikereaser for this one!

This one pours up a super dark brown color which could almost pass for black. Two-fingers worth of dark brown foam makes the head. The retention is okay and the lacing is good, but very slippery.

Good notes of roasted beans. Dark, malty and earthy. Very subtle hints of dark fruit sweetness. While the nose is quite nice, it is also much more muted than expected form an 'imperial' coffee porter.

Mmmm, much better than the nose. This is definitely for the coffee lovers, which I, fortunately, happen to be. Dark roasted amlts form the base. Lots of roastiness and dark chocolates. Light trace of smoke. Loads of dark roasted coffee notes are all over the top of it. A light, milky, sweetness of lacto or creamer. Mild touches of bitterness/burnt notes. This is all very much 'in balance' which each other and makes for a smooth and enjoyable flavor.

This has a nice, almost full, body. The carbonation level is medium-to-high. I'd like to try this one with bottle conditioned carbonation. I think that the force carbonation is just a touch too sharp. Still very good, but I think that it could be even better.

Very smooth and nicely balanced. Great presence of coffee flavor. I think that I could drink this one at anytime of the day...or year.
Very nicely done, Iron Hill!

On a side note, I'd like to add that this is one of my favorite labels ever. They really captured that '70's feel/vibe with this imagery. Congrats to Jeff Schaller, who did the artwork.

Serving type: bottle
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

03-09-2010 20:22:21 | More by coldmeat23
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younger35

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this from both BeerTruth and Gibby. I'm a huge fan of anything with coffee in it and I've enjoyed most brews I've tried from Iron Hill. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.

Appearance- Glugs out of the 750mL bottle a dark ass brown or black with a beautifully fizzy yet creamy one finger head. Thin collar remains along with no cap and no lacing.
Smell- Plenty of coffee and cream with a nice light char and chocolate tones. Almost an earthy sort of background with a mushroom like mustiness that hides. It's not bad or anything, just different. The coffee really dominates though and chocolate smells dry and raw.
Taste- Full of rich intense coffee that is powerful enough to fill my morning coffee crave. Fudge batter leaves intense bits of milk chocolate and cream. Obviously a nice dark char is evident but it's not overly bitter or astringent. This was done right. The finish is full of more of that chocolate and tons of coffee.
Mouthfeel- Fairly thick and silky with a light tingly carbonation that could be a bit softer. All in all though pretty nice.
Drinkability- Pleasantly surprised by this one. The coffee is pretty damned intense and mixed with that chocolate; it's one damned good beer. Thanks much Adam and Jeff! You generous bastards!

Serving type: bottle
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

02-01-2010 03:20:37 | More by younger35
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joepais

Maine

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan for sending me this one.
Bottle poured into a tulip glass consistently produced a two finger tan head, that trailed off to nothing after a while. The body was a typical black porter in color.

The aroma was a little light in the coffee department for a coffee porter. I was expecting more of an espresso note on the aroma. Maybe they should have not included the word imperial in the title. It was spot on in flavor, great coffee flavor with a little sweetness thrown in. It had a good medium to light feel in my mouth with a slight carbonation.

I easily finished the bottle while enjoying a night with some friends. The drinkability is fine. I would say I don't think this brew translated well to the bottle compared to other coffee stouts and the review I see of others who tried it on tap. I thought it was an average coffee porter, again not anything Imperial in my book.

Serving type: bottle
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

01-10-2010 17:56:01 | More by joepais
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Popkas

Colorado

4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with a good finger of caramel head that settles to a thin ring around the glass.

S: Strong dark roast coffee and malt. Just great.

T: Similar to the smell but with bit of smokiness. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice full chewy feel to it. Plenty of carbonation.

D: Very enjoyable. Had no idea the abv was so high!

Serving type: bottle
@ Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, 781 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster

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Afternoon Delight from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
85 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.