Pig Iron Porter | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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196 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
ironhillbrewery.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-20-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
196
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.92
pDev:
11.22%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
25
For Trade:
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of mempath
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Kilroy55
4.71/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bgildea
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Lanstrum
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of mdillon86
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of sammyt728
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Honeycutt
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +14%
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

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Photo of Jarod
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jhammel01
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

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4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillyB
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of kernalklink
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jancona
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect porter - pours a dark copper color with beautiful khaki foam. Smells of roasted malts and the flavor is a perfect balance of sweet and roasted malt - a touch of Melba toast, bitter chocolate and Nilla wafer. So happy to have this locally!

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Photo of bierbear11
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked how smooth yet rich this porter was with no harsh flavor or aftertaste. Very drinkable. I don't always like porter when they taste too strongly of burnt coffee but that was not the case at all. Assertive but balanced and smooth is how I would describe it and it pared very well with the red pepper and flank steak sandwich.

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Pig Iron Porter from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
3.92 out of 5 based on 196 ratings.
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