Bourbon Porter
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant

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American Porter
Ranked #558
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3.84 | pDev: 10.68%
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
United States
Very Good
Notes: Our award-winning Pig Iron Porter aged in bourbon barrels with whole vanilla beans. Roasty malt and pronounced bourbon flavors with a nice vanilla aroma. Served on nitrogen.

40 IBU
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4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brownish black with a fluffy tan head that is left around the glass.
Smell is of oaky bourbon with cocoa, vanilla, and perhaps a touch of mint and anise.
Taste is of the same. Pretty wonderful...if you're a bourbon fan that is.
Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with a mild bit of oilyness that resides. Carbonation seems fine, considering it's a nitro draft.
Overall, I think this is a great brew. Captured the whiskey oak barrel aging nicely and it compliments the chocolatey flavors of the porter.

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Photo of akorsak
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro at the Lancaster brewpub.

A: The porter is black, dark and enigmatic. The black color stands in stark contrast to the the white nitro-driven head. The foam is densely compacted, frozen in time. As I drank the porter, the foam clinged in strata to the sides.

S: The nose is heavy on the bourbon and not so much so on the porter. The bourbon is tangy, with vanilla and booze notes. The alcohol is well-restrained, making the best IH Lancaster bourbon-barrel offering (see tripel, braveheart and RIS, barrel-aged).

T: The nitro has smoothed out the bourbon, reducing its strength and vastly improving the drinkability. Vanilla and pepper flavors manage to appear through the nitro creaminess. Chocolate and darker malts solidify the taste and remind you that this is a porter. An enjoyable brew.

M: The bourbon is relaxed, present but not in your face like some earlier bourbon offerings. I'd love to sip this on a regular draught.

D: Under 6%, this is a barrel-aged beer that won't knock you out. The best Iron Hill Lancaster barrelled brew.

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3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has stayed on since the winter. The nitro tap kills the stout/porter taste and all you are left with is corn bourbon from the barrel. A drop of mid-sip vanilla. Corn sweet finish. I could have poured water from that same barrel to get this taste. Or iced tea.

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2.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served as a very dark brown colored beer with moderate tannish head.
Smell is loaded with whiskey, which overshadows any other sensations.
Taste is also loaded with whiskey, which overshadows any other taste sensations.
Finish is all about whiskey, and nothing else.
For someone who does not enjoy bourbon whiskey, this beer is undrinkable

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4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Transcribed from undated notes.

This was the last of the evening for me and I was anxious after the less-than-satisfying Trippel. It came with a thick cap of light-tan head with decent retention. The color was a deep dark-brown with low light penetration. The bourbon nose was accentuated by the vanilla, really making my mouth water! Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a very pleasant intermingling of the bourbon and vanilla sweetness on the tongue. Finish had a nice mellow flavor, not at all hot or overly sweet like some that evening. Mellow ... mmmm.

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4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clearish, dark brown body with a teeny, tiny ring of beige-colored bubbles.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, chocolatey aroma full of dark maltiness and all the obligatory bourbon notes of wood, vanilla, brown sugar, and shaved coconut.

Taste: Rich, dark malt taste with a medium sweetness. Milk chocolate malt balls - like a mouth full of Whoppers. Again, all of the expected bourbon aspects, all of them expertly blended; nothing overbearing or obnoxious. Sweetish finish with a fair amount of wood.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Iron Hill sure does get these bourbon beer

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3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark, dark brown with a tan head. Tiny bubbles here, and drinks incredibly smooth. The aroma is of smooth bourbon and mellow chocolate grains. The flavor is a balance of the vanilla bourbon, oak, and the dark, cocoa and toffee flavors. While it's very easy to drink, I found the flavor a little too mild for this to be a great beer. The balance of bourbon and malt was there, but there wasn't enough of either flavor. That said, I'd still recommend this tasty treat.

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3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown with cola edges and a creamy cocoa film.

Smells of a swift astringent sting of fresh bourbon, O.J. and a dry leaf tang with some marshmallows roasted over a campfire.

Tastes fo a smooth but potent raw bourbon. A little too fresh here, I might add. There's a base of half and half and a distinct creamy coffee. A little toffee too? Not much balancing the bourbon, but it's still good.

Feels present and slick with a welcome dryness.

Not much balance here, and a little too much to drink out of a mug, but still a tasty beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice nitro tap head and mouthfeel, brew looks great in the pint glass. Slightly toasted malts and toffee come through in the aroma, the taste is chocolatey malts, a hint of vanilla bean and the very obvious bite of the bourbon, a slight warming effect on the throat. Very satisfying, but heavy; nonetheless its a good example of the style.

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3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the Pig Iron Porter aged in a bourbon barrel. I think I tasted vanilla beans, but I could not confirm.

a: This was dark brown bordering on black. It was served to me with a short, long lasting, creamy white head.

s: Smell is a little out of balance. I got bourbon and plenty of vanilla. I couldn't find much porter.

t: Same as the smell. The boozy vanilla was pleasant to drink, but their wasn't much porter. As it warmed, I could taste some oak.

m: It's a small porter, so it is a little watery. The nitro-tap creaminess is wonderful though.

d: I enjoyed this, but only because I like bourbon. Maybe this beer was too small for the barrel.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brownish black with 2 fingers of creamy tan head. Nice retention and lacing lines. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and light alcohol warmth. Tastes of roasted malt, vanilla, coffee, chocolate, floral hops, and bourbon. Medium in body, smooth and creamy with a good roasted feel and a slight bitter finish. Not as bourbon-y as I would like, but a very good porter, great on nitro.

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