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 (2635) - 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 (1881) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’m a huge fan of bourbon conditioned porters and stouts. Iron Hill’s 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.
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 I’ve 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 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.
9er (82) - 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 (2569) - 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 (613) - 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!