Sammy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The nitro tap kills the stout/portre taste and all you are left with is corn bourbon from the barrel. A drop of mid-sip vanilla
TomDecapolis (4340) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 18, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at North Wales via Nitro. Pours a hazy darker brown with a ruby red when held to light. Medium creamy ligtht tan head that obviously sustained and laced. Aroma of Kaluha, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, overall the aroma was lighter than the flavor. Flavor had lots of vanilla, wood, bourbon, some chocolate, roasty malts and coffee. Almost reminded me of a black and white shake with a shot of espresso and bourbon.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour is dark brown with a thin brown head...smell is roasty and sweet with some stronger notes of bourbon...taste is roasty, but slightly thin...sweetish...
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 25, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2008 I had this at the last HWOh and again at BCTC. I think eric brought both times. Pours a nice moslty clear deep brown with bright copper highlights and a nice head. Aroma is light bourbon mixing wiht the chocolate malts, some slight fruity esters and a touch of Diacetyl. Flavor is mostly chocolate malts with light tea-like floral hops, light wood and vanilla tannin notes-with the bourbon being very subdued and does not take over. Smooth palate. Very nice overall. Much better than the regular Pig Iron Porter. I see Frumpty brought to HWOH. Thanks to Eric and Ryan then.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 21, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL bottle shared by Egajdzis at BCTC í06, fresh out of the barrels, apparently.
Fizzy but somewhat lasting tan head is initially one-finger high and does manage to provide some lacing at the top of the glass. Recedes fairly quickly to partial cover. Body is a dark brown/coal with deep mahogany notes and a glowing ruby-peach tone on the edges in the light. Not the most hazy of beers, but certainly still a low clarity.
The nose has an odd mix of vinous notes from the barrel that slowly smooth out in to chocolate and vanilla bourbon notes (though I think the chocolate is coming from the malt actually). Certainly not overdone in the nose, the wood definitely being prevalent, but it is by no means a boozy, sharp, raucous aroma. An argument did arise (spurred by me) as to whether it was too barrel-influenced, my opinion being that though the bourbon was not overdone, the wood tannins still dominated the aroma a bit too much. Anyways, I guess I have a very high sensitivity to any barrel character that plays a major role in a beer. I did get some chewy chocolate-toffee notes, and a definite sweet malt feel, but it just seemed a bit drowned out by the barrel.
Dry barley notes, lightly roasty and vinous sit poignantly on the tip of the tongue, as the liquid slowly seeps in to the mouth, ushered on by light carbonation, creating a very wet feeling. Gooey chocolate peppered by wood tannins and drying vanilla notes all come to somewhat of a balance, but there is a high amount of ester/phenol activity throughout, keeping things dry and at the same time, very fruity. The combo of the fruitiness with the vinousness and then dry finish pushes this one a little out of sync with what I would like to see in a barrel-aged porter. While the body isnt watery, per se, I could stand a bit more to sink your teeth in to. But you canít deny the chocolate malt and great level of base malt extraction. And you could tell the filtration was low, so itís hard to be too critical. Certainly a well-done beer, I guess Iíd just like them to ease off on the barrel a bit more. Alcohol combines with esters lightly on the finish, but is otherwise not a factor. A moderately bready, dry yeast character is quite noticeable as well and adds a fresh depth to the flavor.
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Frumpty at the HW open house. Dark brown color with a small tan head. Nice aroma of vanilla, bourbon, oak and lightly roasted malt. Flavor of the bourbon is nice and mild, blending beautifully with the roasted malts and vanilla. Medium to full bodied. Very enjoyable.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 3, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A really good porter. The flavor is full of caramel and some roasted malts. It is very smooth and creamy. The bouron and vanilla are both very evident, and it just works really well in this beer. The appearance is like a cola, and the carbonation is similar more to a good root beer. Nice!
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from bottle at Heavyweight open house...thanks to whoever brought this one...Im really bad with names. Pours out a nice dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma is of bourbon and oak. Taste is very complex with some great notes of roasted malts, chocolate bourbon (well in this case sour mash) and some oak and vanilla. Velvety mouthfeel with a nice finish. Great brew!
JFGrind (1780) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iím a huge fan of bourbon conditioned porters and stouts. Iron Hillís Pig Iron Porter is an excellent base to build on. Bourbon oak aged nose, dark body and thin tan head. My palate was impressed with the chocolate, coffee, vanilla, malt and hop bitterness blend into a complex porter. Well done by Iron Hill, and maybe best kept as a small batch offering to maintain its full flavor.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
North Wales. Billed as "cask-conditioned", but poured a very creamy light brownish-tan head that looked suspiciously like nitro and served way too cold. Very dark red-brown body. Aroma of dark and fruity bourbon with light tobacco and smoke notes plus burnt cherry and vanilla. Flavor is like a bourbon-spiked robust porter with lots of chocolatey malt. Some roasted malt bitterness and lots of alcohol in the finish. Very creamy texture. The serving conditions were a travesty, but this is a decent quality beverage after it sits for 30 minutes.