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Pig Iron Porter | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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3.87/5
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199 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#10,550
Reviews:
70
Ratings:
199
pDev:
11.11%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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1
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Ratings: 199 |  Reviews: 70
Photo of kylehay2004
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Knapp85
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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 LXIXME
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of chinchill
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewpub in Media, PA.
Pours with a red-brown body that has excllent clarity and highlights. Minimal head yet decent lacing.
Very good bitter-sweet balance. No sour or other off notes. Light smoke in the finish and aftertaste.
Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of jlindros
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Super dark black / brown with amber highlights when held to light. Creamy and tan head. Good head retention and lacing.

A- Rich malt smell. Dark Chocolate on front end. Hints of vanilla on middle. Finishes with a slight almond and caramel note.

T- Bitter chocolate front end. Roasty malt middle end. Finish is slightly less bitter with hints of smoke and char.

M- Bubbly tang and acidity n front end. Coating and think feel with a biting acidic finish. Kind of dry as well at back end.

O- Thicker than most porters. Great looking beer with great taste characteristics. Superbly drinkable and smooth taste. Acidic bite is refreshing and helps round out the thickness.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | 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. Medium bodied and drinkable.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 12/23/14 notes. Had on tap at the new location in Ardmore, PA. 4 oz. pour as part of a sampler.

Pours a deep brown, almost black color, with one inch of tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

Nose is awesome, sweet milk chocolate, roasted malts, bakers chocolate, vanilla, cream, toasted malts. Taste is a little more bitter, not as flavorful as the nose. Light body, a bit too thin, low to moderate carbonation evident.

Overall a nice porter with a great nose. A bit thin and the taste has more bitter dark chocolate, but would try it again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Pig Iron Porter from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 199 ratings
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