Hawksfan17 (890) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Pours black with a rich tan head. Coffee and choco notes present in the scent. Can you say roasted? Wow, this was full of that, I couldn’t even drink it all it was so dark! I think this would have been better before I ate then after. BillKismet (4072) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Dark molasses appearance with a slight head. Warm, deep roast aroma moving into a strong coffee roast flavor with very deep notes and a dry, roasted finish with some grainy notes. An enjoyable winter beer with great depths of roast complexity. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Smooth, dark pour with light creamy head. Smooth aroma of chocolate and grains. Taste is nice - smooth dark chocolate, roasted malts. Nice finish. Best to let it warm up a bit. Mmmmmmmmmmm! beerBB (132) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2006
very dark, with tan/cream head. Coffee & caramel aromas. good coffee and roasted malt flavor. somewhat thin but still one of the better IH beers MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2006
dark brown pour tan head light lacing. Coffee roast malts and cocoa powder in the aroma. Avg pal. Flavor is burnt coffee tch of smoke roast malts.. pretty blah and not very good.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Cask version - Black, thin tan creamy head. Nose had very nice rich tones of caramel cream, soft roasted coffee, cocoa, and black currant. Flavor is similar with lots of cocoa, caramel and light coffee notes shining throughout. Medium bodied, soft smooth carbonation, roasty finish. Best everyday beer from them in my book. A well done porter without a doubt... jonjon (22) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 22, 2006
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 (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 7, 2006
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
draft. I’m 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
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 *Damn hidebound authoritarians. OK, well I’m 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 I’d 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 don’t see how other cask beers get separate ratings if one that tastes this different does not.