Iron Hill Ring of Fire Porter

 
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Formerly brewed at Iron Hill Newark
Style: Porter
Newark, Delaware USA

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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Crafted as a blend of Iron Hill’s Pig Iron Porter and a batch of Lodestone Lager which had been aged in a TABASCO® pepper mash oak barrel. This is a libation that will please beer and barbecue lovers alike.

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3.6
dmac (6646) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2008
Draft at BCTC 2008. This is one interesting brew. I love hot stuff so I probably like this more then the average person because the heat on this one is very noticable especially as you exhale. Aroma was more of a classic porter with lots of rasted malts and chocolate with only a slight hint of pepper. The initial flavor is also in line with a traditional porter but the pepper is a little stronger then the aroma lets on. Then there comes the strong heat build up after you swallow and begin to exhale. Wow was this interesting but it is a beer that I think I can only have one of due to the strength of the heat.

3.1
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 28, 2008
(13oz bottle, thanks TurdFerguson) Medium beige head atop murky brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate, some juicy pepper. Taste is medium sweet, hot pepper over the top of cocoa and light roast. Smooth/burning medium body.

3.6
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle shared at Columbus tasting. OK, so, I really liked this beer. Sure, it seems a little like a novelty, and an intimidating at that especially following the legacy that Ed’s Cave Creek Chili beer leaves behind, but I thought this to be very well done and a perfect accompaniment to pizza or nachos or BBQ. I did ingest some foam and got instant heartburn, but that aside, the aroma here is not nearly as indicative of the spice of the beer. Aroma is a nice blend of chocolate and roasted malts. It’s like an average chocolatey, roasty porter that is poured atop cayenne peppers. One time, at Quaker Steak and Lube, someone dared me to eat the hottest wings available. I did, and they blistered my mouth. In trying to find something to soothe the gaping sores on my tongue, someone handed me a bottle of Hershey’s syrup. I’m not going to say it was the best flavor. But it was memorable.

3.5
Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 25, 2008
Bottled. The cork and cage are somewhere in my garden or the neighbor’s yard.. gushed out the whole way. Poured cloudy deep brown with a well-retained cap of tan head (once it settled down). The aroma picked up semi-sweet chocolate and graham crackers with a definite measure of spicy Tabasco sauce.. drier and well presented. The flavor wasn’t as good for me.. charred sweet and darker chocolates paired with tobacco.. building Tabasco spicage as it progressed, leaving an impression for a good couple minutes after the swallow.. the components just didn’t flow too well. Medium-bodied with way too much carbonation on the palate.. OK use of the barrel, but I didn’t care for the malts as much when it got to the flavor.. still solid overall.

3.6
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Thanks to Sam for sharing. Opens with some light explosion and some moderate foaming. Pours mostly head at first, then fades. Good peppery spicy aroma with light roasty hints and chocolate malt character and cinnamon red hot candy like. Buffalo sauce flavor, but light at first, very porter like but the Tabasco and pepper comes on strong towards the end and you can start feeling it in the back of the throat. Spicy, jalapeno, and cayenne character with some BBQ sauce throughout.

3.6
DocLock (11236) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2008
Pours dark brown with a huge tan head. Nose is roasty malt, chile pepper, jalapeno oils, mild cacao and coffee notes. Tastes roasty dark malty, with pronounced chile/jalapeno pepper flavor matched with chocolate and some spicy yeasty notes. This went amazingly well with a handful of cool ranch doritos.

3.7
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2008
Bottle, from axilla. Thanks Jon! I quite enjoyed this one. The bottle foamed up quite a bit when i opened it, but I was still able to get out 6 or 7 good pours for my fellow ratebeerians. Aroma had some nice roasted malts, hot pepper, and a bit of smoke. Flavor was spicey on the tongue but it did not totally mask the original base porter. Pretty darn good for what it is.

2.8
pintsize (1041) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
7-11-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to hopdog
Dark thick brown with little bubbly fizzy off-white head. Smell is tobasco, pine and oak. Flavor is interesting. It has a hint of that weird vinegar flavor with a burn of tobasco too that stays on the top of the tongue and the inside of the lips. Not too drinkable. Causes an instant heartburn. Weird, strange and creates a burning sensation - I am glad I got to try it.

3.4
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 14, 2008
"13oz bottle, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of TURDFERGUSON. Thanks, Sam." The great thing about following ken is that he seems to enter his ratings quickly!!! Brown, hazy, LARGE white head. Aroma is malty, with some of the hot pepper. Flavor is pretty much all tobasco, which isn’t bad, but a bit of a palate buster. Very spicy flavor, and there was some kind of malt in the background, but the tabasco took over on my taste buds.

3.7
3fourths (9381) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Huge, heavy carbonation pushes dusty, brown foam out of the bottle, and pours a three inch head on one inch of muddy brown beer. Damn it looks ugly but I kind of like the look. Nice smoky, tangy and spicy nose that mixed some smoked malt, some roast/char and some chile peppers. Spicy, peppery wood and mildly hot chile peppers hit the tongue in a wonderfully delicious performance of roasted malts, dry wood, sharp peppers… damn good all around. A great idea executed very well.


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