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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 13, 2008
13oz bottle, sampled at the 1st Annual Shenandoah Beer Throwdown, courtesy of TURDFERGUSON. Thanks, Sam! Pours a murky brown color; light tan head with medium bubbled lacing. Good amounts of roasted malts, chocolate, and a touch of peppery warmth in the aroma. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy roasted malts, milk chocolate, and lots of hot, peppery hot sauce upfront; very spicy, but pleasantly so; nice mix of hot sauce and chocolate / roasted malts; good stuff. Lengthy, hot finish: pepper sauce, hot pepper, chocolate, and roasted malts.

3.6
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 13, 2008
375 ml bottle via trade with hopdog - The bottle open with a big pop of the cork and a small gusher of beer. We saved most of it. Poured a huge ass tan head which eventually settled. Very little lacing. Aroma is a spicey smoked malt. Flavor is mostly smoked malt and faint tabasco. The tabasco really kicks in as the beer lingers on the palate. Medium body. This was a fun beer to drink. Thanks Steve.

3.1
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUL 12, 2008
Hopdog is the man! this is a super crazy beer. The damn thing poured about 2000 fingers of head. It took forever for the foam to subside and show us the beer. The porter is nice and the heat from the Tabasco barrels is rather nice...at first. But what starts out as a really decent tasting porter turns into a throat burning and stomach burning drink. It makes you feel as if you have indigestion as soon as you have finished a third of the bottle.

3.5
lb4lb (2628) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Bottle in trade from hopdog. Thanks for the chance to try this unique beer!
Pours black with a large very foamy dark beige head. Very carbonated and was left to sit for a long while to settle. Smell is very nice however, and is of roasted malts, oak and a hint of spicy pepper. Taste is subtle, soft roasty malt, dusty chocolate along with a mild to moderate spicy kick in the finish. Nicely incorporated spice that isn’t too subtle or overwhelming either but is definitely noticeable. All in all a really fun and well done beer aside from the severe over carbonation. Thanks again for this one!

3.8
riversideAK (6265) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle from hopdog. Thanks man! Pours a murky light brown. Aroma of roasted malts, oak, light pepper. The flavor is a nice blend of roast, light sweet dark malts, a little oak, and a nice acidic spicy finish. I love spicy food, and the couple of well done hot beers I have tried, I enjoyed. Very creative and interesting enjoyable beer. I actually really liked this a lot!

3.6
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle from Hopdog. Or more like a bomb. Before the cage-holder was even unwound the cork and cage shot out like a bullet in one of the most impressive bottle explosions I’ve ever seen. Surprisingly, the beer didn’t gush much, but the head was completely ridiculous, and it took some 10 minutes of pour and wait before a bit of beer was even drinkable.

A tasty one this is, though, with nice porter flavors and only a mild spicy burn. The heat hits early in the nose and late in the finish but never in between. A bit thin but an enjoyable beer all around. I love spicy beers and would love to see more of them.

3.5
FlacoAlto (4240) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2008
Shared at the first, semi-annual Ratebeer-Tucson tasting
The cork just absolutely explodes as soon as I pull off the cage, it then proceeds to gush all over the place as I lose a couple ounces to the table. I end up with five-fingers of head in my 25cl tulip glass that is a dark tan color. The beer is a dark brown, approaching black color. Very toasty smelling with lots of smooth roast character thrown in to the mix. This really has a huge malt aroma to it with notes of cocoa, darkly toasted bread crust and a roast character that is almost smoky.

Sweet malt flavors hit my tongue up front, though it gets a bit thin feeling & acidic towards the finish. The chile then becomes noticeable in the finish as a light warm glow that sticks to the palate. This is quite roasted, with lots of toasted grain flavors, notes of coffee and almost a touch of salty peat flavors. The chile heat gets more warming the more I drink this beer, even migrating to my lips after a bit the heat never get hot though. This seems a bit thin at first, but does actually have some texture and heft to it. The lightness that was noticed at first seems to have been accentuated / driven by the excessive carbonation.

This is nice, perhaps a bit of a novelty beer, but I like that dimension that the warming chile adds to the deep, roast malt character.

3.5
pineypower (3352) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2008
Thanks to Miver for this one. Pours out almost black, lively rocky light brown head. Aroma was like smelling a porter next to a bloody mary. Taste is very interesting, some roasted malt, chocolate and Tabasco under tones going on throughout. I give an A for creativity....

3.5
highibus (823) - Vail, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2008
big time gusher. aroma is somewhat muted but seems to have a roasted chile aroma. flavor really dances on the tongue. it is disguised because a minte later it brings a little of the heat. a nice lingering finspish.

3.3
Miver (615) - Silver Spring, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 20, 2008
13 oz corked and caged bottle shared with Axilla at Lancaster location. Cool bottle. Poured hazy brown in color with a mega size brown head. Aroma of hot peppers and chocolate. Taste of roasted chocolate malts but quickly gets ran over by a peppery heat that nails you right in the back of the throat. There are not many times I’ll come home from work and crave a beer like this, but I’m glad I tried it. It’s original and well made for what it is.


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