Afternoon Delight | Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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Afternoon DelightAfternoon Delight

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Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States

Style: American Imperial 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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Ratings: 49 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by dtivp:
Photo of dtivp
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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Photo of BeerIsland
4.41/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunately, served off the hand pump into the mug club mug; one can't appreciate any of the visual enticements noted below. A wondrous whiff of malt and coffee made up for it. The cask fluffiness really helped this beer; even though at the shank of the evening, it was memorable. Gobs of roasted malt stiffened up with good coffee with the right splash of hops. Great job !

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Photo of Bwig218
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jh1982
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Mpenders
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of Kegatron
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at the brewpub on 1/23/09 during one of their always great Mugger nights here. Served into an over sized mug.

Pours a deep murky dark brown with several fingers of frothy and foamy mocha colored head that just leaves a massive coating of lace down the sides of the mug. The aroma is just so burnt, and rich, and roasty, with coffee, that I could just bury my nose in this for a good while. I'm also getting so underlying sweetness from the Porter but WHO CARES! THIS IS ALL ABOUT THE COFFEE!!!

The taste is just as awesome with a wonderful roasted coffee profile that just pops here on cask! There is some additional Porter notes of chocolate and caramel and unlike the aroma, these are very much needed, as they bring some much needed balance for making sure that this doesn't get too out of hand with the roast and bitterness. The mouthfeel, as you would expect, is just sooo mellow, smooth, and creamy, that it literally tastes like a mocha latte going down. And don't even get me started on how easy drinking this is for a 10% beer. Dangerous stuff!

I really enjoyed this on nitro-tap last month and it's hard to believe it; but this is flat out awesome on cask! It brought out so much more of the coffee flavor than before and even though the Porter isn't as pronounced, it's still there to back things up and bring the flavors home. I love it when my two favorite beverages come together like this!

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Photo of benetoh
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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Photo of akorsak
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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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Gfunk720
3.39/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Hill Farmstead tasting glass.

A- A creamy looking dark chocolate milk. Very cloudy. Bubbly tannish head, fades quickly.

S-Nice dark coffee aroma, some malt and chocolate.

T- Primarily coffee and chocolate flavors. It is creamy like it looks, and has a nice lingering afertaste.

M- This one was wayyyy too fizzy till almost 2 hours after we opened it. After sitting it was more tolerable, but the high carbonation was a turn off.

D- It's pretty good, but the carbonation prevented us from drinking it. The aftertaste was one of my favorite parts of this beer.

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Photo of StormKing47
2.55/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Shared by petesuphi with Jwiss22 and reviewed from notes and it ended up like this...

A- A deep brown color with a mahogany hue. Has a ton of carb that leads to a light brown, fluffy head. Infected? When swirling it continues to be lively with carb and even sounds like pop rocks.

S- Not really impressive has a bitter coffee smell with some faint sweet bitter chocolate aroma. In the very back with some warming a faint sweet aroma of caramel is picked up. Not what I was expecting, but there were no sour cherry smells that would say it's infected.

T- It's really, really bitter. There is a rush of bitter coffee and bitter chocolates, virtually no sweetness and is definitely over carbed. Can't get any hops, no sweet chocolates or sweet malts not even a subtle roastiness. Very let down especially because they are pricey bottles.

M- A supremely thin bodied mess. It has a ridiculous amount of carb that's tingly and prickly. There's no syrupy feel or coating and it doesn't leave any finish but a dry bubbly disaster. This one may be past the prime and may have an infection taking over.

D- Hell no it's too much carb for the style way to dry of a finish and the coffee has no sweetness to balance the over bitterness. On top of that they are expensive as shit.

I usually like Iron Hill's brews, but this one is definitely pushing an infection. If you have one drink it now my second bottle I had I just opened because the cork pushed the cage off and it almost blew the cork off. Drink them before they turn.

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Photo of jpmclaug
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of liamt07
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Rhettroactive
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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Photo of woodychandler
4.52/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Today (Thursday, 19 November 2009) marked the annual release of their winter seasonal and yours truly was on hand to sample this year's wares. Lucky me! The first iteration was cask, which I missed out on last year.

It arrived with a finger of foamy, deep-tan head with good retention. Color was a stygian black, black as night, black as the Ace of Spades it were. Even the white bits was black. Light penetration was nil. Nose was rich with a scent of freshly roasted dark coffee, like walking into Nicholas Coffee Company in Pittsburgh and taking a deep whiff. Mouthfeel was moderately full and silky smooth on the tongue. Taste was as equally rich as the nose, intermingling the darkest versions of both coffee and chocolate. Zounds! Finish began chocolaty and gave way to a definite coffee bitterness. Me like!

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Photo of TMoney2591
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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Photo of womencantsail
2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The pour is very dark brown in color with a bit of reddish hue to it and a couple fingers of brown head.

S: Lots of coffee and coffee grounds. There's a strange note to it, though. Cayenne pepper? A distinct spiciness exists, that much I am sure of. Overall, the aromas are quite burnt/charred, which isn't very pleasant.

T: Intensely spicy and heavy on the coffee ground flavor. Lots of that peppery character with tons more burnt and charred flavor that is quite off-putting. Sort of astringent as a result.

M: Medium in body with a surprisingly high level of carbonation.

O: Really a let down. The strange spiciness and overall burnt nature of the beer was not something I wanted to drink.

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Photo of oregonskibum
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Review from memory.

Bottle was caged and corked. THere was no 'pop' on opening.

A: Color was a dark, rich brown. Poured with a very thin tan head that disappated very quickly.

S: Huge coffee flavors overwhelm the smell. THere is some cocoa and roasted malts in the background, but this is all about the coffee. There's was also another smell, something that was a little out of place, but I couldn't identify it.

T: Taste follows smell, with lots of rich coffee on a nice porter base. Rich and smooth, the coffee is very in your face, but not overwhelming either. Unfortunately, there is also a dark fruity flavor that kind of interferes with the taste. It could be an early sign of infection, as I don't see any other mention of a fruity flavor in this beer. Finishes with some roasted coffee bitterness. Nice, although I wish the odd dark fruit flavor wasn't there.

M: Medium to full bodied, far from cloying or sticky. About perfect, actually. Carbonation was a little on the low side, but not quite flat.

D: I like good coffee stouts and porters, so this was good and I think would be really good if not for the off flavors.

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Photo of Khazadum
4.36/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge pop, non gusher, corked and caged bottle. The sheer amount of explosive carbonation in this bad mama jamma was scary. I could barely get in 3/4 of it with liquid before I feared for an overflowing mass of froth. Tons of carbonation seen around the periphery. Like aquatic oxygen supply for your home fishtank amounts of bubbles all around the base and probably in the center. The LED flashlight doesn't penetrate, but reveals the black liquid to really be minorly creamed coffee blackness. It has that murky, split pea green tinge, to an otherwise deep brown. For having such a "gy-normous" cap of gently toasted bread coloration, there is no lacing to speak of. Very dissappointing in that regard.

Smells fantastic! Tons of roasted hits. Some meatiness to it. Is that cocoa sweetness? I just keep inhaling over and over again. The simplicity of the roasted grains paired with those just out of reach aromas keeps me begging for more. As it warmed up I did start to pick out some burnt hits... a bit of charred wood... oak possibly.

Opens sweet, malty sweet. Transitions quickly into a cocoa presence that lingers in the middle and morphs into milk chocolate on the finish. Its the perfect hot chocolate flavoring for me. I love the subtlety of it.

Some other interesting middle hits are a bittering flavor. Its mostly on the backend/back edges and its more like crusted meats. The overcooked almost burnt bitterness. Finish has the prickliness of this, but it really can't overwhelm the chocolate from before. There is this roastyness going on as well. Not always there, but when it is there it is what I imagine coffee smoke tastes like. Pretty different for a smoke flavor, but truly enjoyable.

After letting it have some time to breathe, it really really really needed it, the beer presents itself in a shy manner. Creamy, crisp in the last fifth of the tasting of it. For such a smooth medium bodied concoction, it has great retention. The lack of lacing threw me for a loop. Its sticky and sneaky.

I'm really impressed with this beer if I let it burn itself out in the over-carbonation category. Some type of milk stout is my guess. I don't think its high alcohol at all. It truly is like drinking the best hot chocolate I've ever had in my life, along with the other characteristics a beer brings along with it.

Reveal is... Afternoon Delight!!!!

Awesome.. an imperial coffee porter that no way in hell tastes like the 8.7% alcohol it claims to be. Doesn't even feel like it. Insanely drinkable. In fact I may have drank 2/3 of the 750 just typing this review up. Holy cow.

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Photo of Popkas
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep black with a good finger of caramel head that settles to a thin ring around the glass.

S: Strong dark roast coffee and malt. Just great.

T: Similar to the smell but with bit of smokiness. Slight bitter aftertaste.

M: Nice full chewy feel to it. Plenty of carbonation.

D: Very enjoyable. Had no idea the abv was so high!

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep dark black/brown with a dense light tan head that never reduced and left nice lace.

S-Dark roasted coffee aroma and a hit of cream like sweetness.

T-Sweet cream initially with a strong dark roasted coffee flavour following. A subtle hint of chocolate in the background with a bitter finish.

M-Medium bodied and a bit thin in the feel This is not as robust as I would like. A saving grace is that it is very smooth.

D-Good overall. Tasty and smooth. Plus, I never would have guessed that this is 9.5%! A good first time attempt. This coffee beer thing is great!
and never gotten sick of it. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of stakem
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to Eric for sharing this with me on 12/19/10. From a corked and caged bottle purchased at the Lancaster Iron Hill location. The cage was removed and the cork loudly popped and flew into the ceiling.

Poured into a pint glass, this brew appears a muddled dark brown with 3 fingers of erupting tan head that dissolves fairly fast. Spotty lace appears on the glass along with constantly rising bubbles of carbonation that hardly provide any support for the head.

The aroma of this brew is citrusy with the scent of coffee beans, roasted grain and a milky sweetness. As the brew warms it picks up more scent reminiscent of chocolate meshed with coffee.

The taste is citrus coffee beans and hops. Dark roasted grain with coffee and bitter chocolate. A musty grain touch persists in the mouth along with some tangy alcohol notes and warmth.

This is a medium bodied brew that is excessively carbonated. It is quite bubbly and fizzy on the tongue. For almost 9% it hardly tastes like that but has the warmth in the back of the throat to let you know it is there.

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Photo of homebrew311
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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Photo of joepais
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Dan for sending me this one.
Bottle poured into a tulip glass consistently produced a two finger tan head, that trailed off to nothing after a while. The body was a typical black porter in color.

The aroma was a little light in the coffee department for a coffee porter. I was expecting more of an espresso note on the aroma. Maybe they should have not included the word imperial in the title. It was spot on in flavor, great coffee flavor with a little sweetness thrown in. It had a good medium to light feel in my mouth with a slight carbonation.

I easily finished the bottle while enjoying a night with some friends. The drinkability is fine. I would say I don't think this brew translated well to the bottle compared to other coffee stouts and the review I see of others who tried it on tap. I thought it was an average coffee porter, again not anything Imperial in my book.

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