Vicious Disposition
Ironfire Brewing Company

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Porter - Imperial
Ranked #285
Ranked #16,576
3.94 | pDev: 13.71%
Ironfire Brewing Company
California, United States
Very Good
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really dark brown color. Aroma has roasted malt, a bit of smoke and peated whiskey. Taste is really roasty, bitter, coffee beans and dark malts. Not bad at all but it's quite one noted.

Aug 20, 2016
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johlac66 from California

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured black as night with a thick dark khaki head that hung around awhile. Like a horse thief at the end of a rope.
Roasted chocolate aroma with a hint of honey.
Taste follows with a slightly charred dark chocolate finish. As it warms, that locally harvested avocado honey does the trick to smooth it out quite nicely.
Low carbonation and a bit more than medium mouthfeel. I haven't had this one in over a year. A welcome return to my palate!

Aug 18, 2015
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BDeibs from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black beer with a roasted smell on the nose. The taste is a smooth and delicious porter (one of my least favorite styles) the avocado adds a smoothness and a richness to the taste. It has a touch of the honey and avocado flavor. Overall a nice imperial porter that I enjoyed

Aug 12, 2015
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Totalpackage411 from California

4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very smooth for a porter. One of the best ones I've tried. I'm starting to really like the beers from this brewery. I havnt had one yet I didn't like. Anyone who enjoys dark beer will probably really like this one.

Feb 09, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and smoke flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with straightforward but solid roast and cocoa characteristics all around.

Serving type: on tap.

Nov 22, 2014
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KineticKill from California

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pours heavy and dark, with a slight reddish hue. Brown foam that laces the glass. Smells like your typical porter: coffee, chocolate, malt... The taste is a lot like it smells, but the avocado honey stands out more than the chocolate. The aftertaste has quite a bite though, so I'm not sure I'd drink this regularly, but it's a worthy, flavorful effort from this Brewery. Still, I prefer their Six Killer Stout to this.

Jun 18, 2014
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Alaskan 25 year tulip glass, not sure when it was bottled. Pours pitch black with a two inch brown head, that slowly settles into a thick layer of foam and covers the sides with thick lace. Smell is roasted expresso, vanilla, honey, some tobacco, little smoke, and molasses. Taste is really complex, everything from the nose, roasted expresso is the main event. The body is medium large, perfect amount of life, on the dry side, and hard to sip because it is complex and delicious. I am impressed and depressed! Beer on the wall was supposed to send 2 and either they ran out or forgot to put in the second:(

Dec 28, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow there are some big beers coming out of Temecula! I first had the privilege of trying Black Market's Black Hole Sun now I get to try Vicious Disposition from Ironfire. Another big black beer, lots of big flavors and roasted aromas. Not quite as big as Black Hole Sun but still not for the little guys.

The addition of avocado honey adds a nice little twist and flavor to this great beer.

Dec 10, 2012
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mactrail from Washington

2.23/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Black color in the glass with a modest head. Tastes seriously of alcohol. Then that brutal dregs of the coffee urn taste takes over.

Huge and harsh slash of wood. So bitter as to be nearly undrinkable. This is like some kind of sludge from the flooded basement with pine smoke pouring in from the chimney fire. If there is malt and hops I leave it to others to try to taste them. I can't imagine what is going on in the brewery, but I guess it's the "too much is never enough" school. IBU is 71 according to the stats, with avocado honey as the surprise ingredient.

I also tried the cask version made with Crown Royal oak chips. You get a temporary reprieve with the sweet, boozy flavor but only for a while. On tap at Local Habit along with the IPA, Outcast Dead Red, an eye-watering stout, and the best of the bunch, the Synner Pale Ale.

I have to add that a beertender at Slater's 50/50 said he loved this stuff, so hopologists may take this review as a total recommendation.

Dec 03, 2012
Vicious Disposition from Ironfire Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 50 ratings