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Afternoon Delight | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Brewed by:
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

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.

Added by Kegatron on 12-06-2008

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4.07/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.92/5  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.

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3.64/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev -21.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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3.01/5  rDev -21%
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.

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2.24/5  rDev -41.2%
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.

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3.66/5  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.

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4/5  rDev +5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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4.42/5  rDev +16%
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!

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Afternoon Delight from Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 49 ratings
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