jonjon (22) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Iron Hill Wilmington.
This beer is dark like mud. Cream colored head, minimal retention, not too much lacing.
Coffee and chocolate notes on the aroma and flavor. A little bitter for my taste.
Mouthfeel was too thin, and you could certainly taste the alcohol.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Good beer not amazing. Poured dark brown with tan head. Basic aroma chocolate and roast. Flavor was much the same. Just an average porter though. Need a little something special in there.
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft. Iím not that big of a porter fan but this one was great. Very nice smell with a roasted presence. Very full bodied and well balanced. Nice as dessert. Good porter.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 *Damn hidebound authoritarians. OK, well Iím adding this for the regular pig iron porter. Aroma has more raspberry, less fruit cornucopia, and less presence. Lighter on the chocolate, stronger on the coffee than the cask version. Appearance is the same. Flavor is per aroma, almost berry dominated, with a coffee finish. smooth and flavorful. nice.
*Served hand pumped and room temp from the cask, real ale, I gave it the following rating: 4.4 (10, 4, 9, 5, 16). Splendid, delightful arom of raisins, grapes, dark chocolate, figs, nuts, a fruit cornucopia. Reddish deep brown beer with faint tan head. Chocolate coffee and all those fruits, plus a hint of cherry and tobacco. Extreme smoothness with a nice lasting roast finish. Completely solid and enjoyable beer, one of the best I had here and really raised my opinion of this place from what Iíd been led to believe. I had the regular tap pig iron porter right next to this, and there is no comparing them. The cask is far superior and had all sorts of flavors and palate qualities totally missing in the regular porter. It is without a doubt in my mind a far different nd far superior beer this way. The special people in charge here moved this into the same beer. It is not the same beer and I donít see how other cask beers get separate ratings if one that tastes this different does not.
Sammy (11076) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sourish and oaky, with coffee grinds. Good dark colour, overcarbonated. Roasty aroma.
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 brownish black with a thin tan head...smell is roasted coffee and cocoa...taste is strongly roasted coffee...nice, but sort of one sided...
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 31, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2005 Update on Cask: Even richer aromas and flavors with a creaminess that was enjoyable. Bumped the aroma, mouthfeel and overall each up one. Cherries disappeared on cask. Pours a dark brown color, short of black, though. Nice medium body that isnít too thick. Head is tan and substantial and the lacing outstanding. Flavor is initially coffee, followed by some cherries and a smooth burnt and dry after taste. Not a bad beer.
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At North Wales location. Best of the bunch for their regular brews. Bitter chocolate, coffe nose and flavor. Thin body, but tasty.
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2006
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
on tap-pours a tan head. Color is brown/black with red. Aroma is coffee, dark malt, chocolate. Taste follows, almost chewy. Not my taste, nicely done.
muzzlehatch (4650) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught sample, Wilmington DE location. Near-opaque dark brown (not really close to black) with a bit of lacing and a tolíble little tan head, well retained....gorgeous, immense roasty nose with plenty of black malt, chocolate, licorice and faint hints of grape skins, an absolute pleasure to keep working on, and noting cherries and dry almonds as it warms...the mouthfeel and flavor donít quite hold up, but there are pleasures in the robust, dry, toasty tastes, with burnt caramel and some ashy tobacco character, and cherry pits....a bit on the thin side for a porter, but not ruinously so....easily the best of the samples I had, very well done.