Pig Iron Porter | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

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

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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 195
Photo of rodrot
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured nearly black with a solid 3/4 inch tan head that left a good layer of lace behind. I could just barely see the faintest light shining through the glass. Aroma was roasty with a hint of smoke in the nose. Taste was a nice combination of roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate and licorice. The finish was dry with just a touch of bitter hops. Mouthfeel was light to medium in the palate. This is a very tasty porter that is well balanced and easy to drink. Anyone who likes dark, roasty brews needs to seek this one out.

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Photo of boelker62
4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a virtually diminishing, off-white head with almost no lacing throughout. The body is a deeply red-backed brown to almost black body.

S - absolutely delightful. A moderately malty brew with hints of molassess and STRONG bitter coffee. There is alight hoppiness to balance it out, without being strong enough to pull varietal nnuances from it, but nevertheless there.

T - there is a brilliantly clean, smoky toasted cramell and coffee taste to this traditional brew. Really, quite full in palate and works differently all over your mouth. t starts sweet, then the bitter coffee hits you, and a SUPER long finish is a very intersting addition, cigars. (being a cigar smoker, I can appeciate this taste)

M - the soft carbonation and medium to full body, and just right wetness, lets you...

D - ...keep drinking this all day and night if you'd like.

No wonder why this is one of IH's year long brews, but I do wonder why it is not more celebrated.

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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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Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The roasted flavors come through strongest in this highly-drinkable porter, from the instant it hits your tongue to the aftertaste following the last sip from your glass. A nutty flavor plays a supporting role. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, and the brew is only moderately complex relative to other members of this category, but the trade-off is that the flavor is smooth and consistent, and the ABV allows you to drink more than one in a sitting. Overall, it's a really nice brew--well-made and well-balanced. I love easy drinking porters.

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Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Muted roastiness and chocolate malt notes. Deep black body with a decently firm and lasting thumb thick head. Roasted coffee beans int he fore followed by toasted and burnt bread and some mild chocolate notes int he finish. Finish is dry and coffee tinged Great classic porter.

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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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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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Photo of kaszeta
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Iron Hill brewpub in Newark.

Pours as a dark brown slightly muddy beer with a thin frothy head. The smell is mostly toasted malt, with some chocolate notes. Taste was a bit more bitter than you'd expect, similar to dark chocolate, with a malty finish. A bit light on the mouthfeel, however, and a bit dry. Not bad, and definitely drinkable, but not overly remarkable, either.

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Photo of BuckSpin
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of IHBC more well known offerings. Its almost opaque, with a deep cherry amber-ebony hue. Amazing how the darkness reveals such secrets. The tan head was slow, clingy, thick & foamy, lacing beautifully.

Nose was nice (as a good porter should). Hints of semi-sweet chocolates were the predominate aroma, with some light hints of hops.

Its rich on the tongue, with strong malt and chocolate-coffee undertones that played with a surprising sharp up front hoppiness. All of these swirled and blended into a nicely bitter finish that reminded me of that last sip of coffee. An excellent porter, well worth a try.

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Photo of maek228
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew cask conditioned which was quite a treat. I wasn't sure what cask conditioned was but now I have a good idea. Having had the regular pig iron porter and the cask conditioned version I am going to venture to say that cask conditioning accentuates the flavors and gives it more creaminess...kind of like a nitro tap. I'm not sure though

Appearance: A subdued black with jaw-dropping brown and white head that looked so creamy and frothy.

Smell: Not much here, smelled like your average porter. Weak coffee scents were all I got.

Taste: Like Guinness draught with some balls. Creamy as hell with expresso and arabian coffee as the upfront tastes. This then drifts into roasted malts and a modest hop kick. Awesome taste that easily deserves a "4"...I wanted to give it higher but it lacked the complexity to earn a 4.5 or 5 in taste.

Mouthfeel: Unbelievable. It just flats in your mouth....it is rich, medium bodied, and lusciously creamy.

Drinkability: It's ABV isn't that high and it goes down mad smooth.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice roasted malt aroma jumped out first but a canned vegetable aroma followed that was unpleasant.
The beer had a wonderful deep mahogany appearance and good head quality.
Nice rich malt flavors come through with some bittersweet chocolate notes adding just the right amount of balanced bitterness. Just a hint of alcohol warmth to entice you to have another pint.
Overall a very smooth and enjoyable robust porter. Good with a meal or to have on it's own.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A damn nice porter from the folks at Iron Hill. Dark chocolate brown in colour with a small espresso head of foam that lasts long enough. The aromas of this brew are pure porter. Coffee, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and subdued hops. The taste follows suit. This is a very nice beer that is coffee-like up front, roasty in the middle, and chocolatey in the finish with a twinge of near-green hops in there as well. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nice for a porter, and the drinkability is good as well.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this brew on tap at their North Wales location. This beer is a deep, dark brown color. It is hard to see light coming through the glass. It had a good creamy head that lasted. The smell was roasted malt. The taste upfront is very chocolately. Upon further sips a pleasant black coffee sensation surrounds the palate. This beer was balanced and satisfying. Definitely one I'd have again!

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Going to a chain pub like Iron hill, I wonder what the various beers taste like at the locations, and, with the word of mouth for this beer, it has piqued.

It pours abrownish ruby color, with enought ransperencey to see the rom and the light in the glasses relefction. Smells light a sweet, with hnits of chocolate. Tasting ti the chocolate and malts are there, with enough hints of hop to make it interesting. The tase does tend to stick in the back of your mouth, and, as our waiter said, makes it a nice desert beer. Finishes a little stickey sweet, but in a good way

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Photo of JimsArcade
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, Pig Iron Porter produced a significant three-to-four-finger dark-tan head which soon dissipated to a thin, coarse coating leaving little trace on the side of the glass.

In the nose, roasted malts and coffee dominate. Surprisingly, there is little extra when bringing the aroma into the mouth.

The first sip is all coffee with some hops. The above-average carbonation makes this brew more refreshing than usual for the style. As the beer warms, the carbonation starts to dissipate rather quickly. Roasted malts and coffee remain in the finish.

Of all the beers offered in a sampler, this brew easily proved to be the most interesting. If Iron Hill were to have a signature brew, this should be it.

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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 mophie
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at Iron Hill's West Chester, PA, restaurant. Dark brown, almost black, with a creamy, cask-conditioned head. Smells of chocolate and espresso. Nice, rich, chocolatey/coffee taste, very smooth. Goes down incredibly easy. This is a really good porter!

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