mhoster56 (34) - Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2006
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap. Now, I know this rating severely counters many previously listed scores, but I feel this beer is not nearly as solid as its unadulterated version -- Iron Hill Pig Iron Porter. This beer is simply too sweet to enjoy. The vanilla flavor is very very strong and overpowering. The wonderful coffee flavors of the original porter are all but lost, as it tastes like one potentially stirred pure vanilla extract into sugar water and served. Additionally, the alchoholic taste seemingly soars after being aged in the Jack barrels. This beer reminded me of drinking, instead of chugging, an Irish Carbomb -- simply too sweet.
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On cask in North Wales. This was the most flavorful I.H. brew I think Iíve ever had. Poured dark brown, close to black with a light brown head. Aromoa was so oaky with lots of coffee and bourbon. Flavors were mostly light bourbon w/o the alcohol burn at first with a smooth oaky vanilla roasted malt taste smoothing out the finish. Highly recommended!!!
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro-draft at North Wales...
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 youíre a bourbon fan that is.
Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, with a mild bit of oilyness that resides. Carbonation seems fine, considering itís 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.
9er (62) - Maryland, USA - NOV 1, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A good mellow drinking experience. Very smooth, with a vanillla aroma and taste. The head is a beautiful creamy, rich tan colur, but did not interfear with the imbibement. The body is a dark amber brown with very slight viscosity. The smooth and robust sweetness is crafted well enough to be subtle and appears late on the palette without any major aftertaste. The light carbonation allowed the beer to dance briefly on the toungue as well as allow the alcohol to come forth slyly and compliment the refreshing presence of an appealing and mild bourbon.
MIBRomeo (2461) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
jet black nice tan head good lace. Big roasted malt aroma hints of coccoa and vanilla. Full creamy buttery mouth feel. Buttery flavor roastd malt bourbon and alcohol.. a great porter.
ARMed (576) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
An absolutely sensational complex brew with a truly memorable flavor and taste. Powerful and potent blast of porter with a smooth trace of bourbon lingering in the palate. Not overbearing or not too pronounced. Smooth as a velvet stout. Deep thick black brew with a high viscosity. Imagine a Bells Porter mixed with a shot of Kentucky Gentleman! Wow!
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2005
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at West Chester. This one is nitrogenated, with a dark burnt sienna pour and a super creamy head. Big aroma of malt, vanilla, oak, bourbon, caramel. Tastes very complex, with a super smooth finish. Lots of flavors intermingling here, including malt, oak, some chocolate, licorice, and berries, and finishing bourbon, oak, vanilla, and subdued rauch elements. If you live within 2 hours of an Iron Hill, do yourself a favor and make a visit. Their beers just keep getting better and better, and the food is out of this world. Hats off to West Chester brewer Chris LaPierre. Yeah, man!
desurfer (1186) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a typical nitro, opaque black with a creamy tan head. Aroma loaded with vanilla bean and whiskey notes. Honestly, I couldnít taste much beer going on, it basically tasted like whiskey cut with vanilla liqueur. Not impressive at all.
sloth (2341) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
KSBF 04,Small tan head, quickly fades. Hazy brown color. Vanilla nose with smokey notes, chocolate also.. Medium body. Plenty of vanilla and whiskey flavors, light roast and some chocolate. Fairly dry finish. Lightly fruity.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 On tap at the 04 Kennett Square BF. Poured a dark black with an off white head. Oaky, bourbon and smokey aroma. Chocolate and light vanilla in the taste as well. Smells a little better than it tastes. Thinner body. 9 4 7 3 16
Had this multiple times and each time I enjoyed it more. Increased the numbers. Nice wood, vanilla and bourbon mix!