Big River Grille Iron Horse Stout
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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
A two time medalist, this opaque black stout is boldly aggressive with a roasted flavor stemming from rich UK malt. Iron Horse Stout was awarded the top medal in the 1998 World Beer Cup Competition in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and the bronze medal in the 2000 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2003
Nice black in color with big creamy tan head. Nose of mostly coffee with roasted malt. Smooth and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4864) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2003
Draft-Big River-Chattanooga, TN. A smal sized tan head that was creamy and smooth and contained fine-small bubbles that mostly dissipated. This beerwas uncarbonated and it had an opaque body with a black hue. It had a malty and coffee nose and a sweet and mild coffee flavor. The mouthfeel was smooth, watery and thin and light bodied. This beer had a good lacing to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2003
TheDM and Hotstuff vacation brew 11. This draft brew was enjoyed at the Big River Brewery in Chattanooga Tennessee which was hosted by a pleasant accomodating staff. This brew poured a small head of finely sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a good lace and an opaque black body with no visible carbonation. It had a dark malt and coffee aroma. The mouthfeel was initially smooth then finished with a slight hop bite. It was an OK brew, but not a great one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2003
Pours a nice black with a medium light tan head. Aroma and flavor are full of chocolate, coffee, nuts & malt. Average for a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (7333) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2007 Had on tap at the brewpub in Jacksonville. Best of the sampler that I had - very solid brewpub stout. Good lacing with a mocha-colored head on top of a charcoal black pour. Sweet chocolatey aroma. Solid coffee stout flavor without the chalkiness and a bit of chocolate undertones to round it off. Perfect level of acidity - melts in your mouth.
Earlier Rating: 5/26/2003 Total Score: 3.5 (Combined on 1/16/07)
Had at their Chattanooga location. Jet black appearance, nice, decent sized mocha colored head. Had a bit of a smoky aroma to it. Had a nice bitter chocolate flavor to it - does not bitter out near the end like some brewpub stouts tend to do - as I took a long time to drink this down! Overall a quality brewpub stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
haddon90 (1617) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 5, 2003
Deep, dark color with a thin tan head. Just like jeremy (jgb9348) said, since I had it with him. Aroma of coffee and some roated malt. Strong coffee flavor with somewhat of a bitter aftertaste. Overall not bad though!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5681) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2003
Dark brown colour with some slight ruby highlights. A thin tan head tops the beer. Aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Medium-bodied; Strong coffee flavour with some caramel sweetness and roasted malt all being major players. Aftertaste bittered from the malt. Overall, a pretty good Stout and fairly representative of the style. I had this on draught at Big River (owned by Gordon Biercsh) in Chattanooga, Tennesse on 26-September-2003.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2003
The body is nicely black with a good lasting head. The aroma and flavor are BIG chocolate supported by charcoal and roasted malt. This isn't harsh, but soft, the bitterness of both the dark malts and the hops are very low. A bit sweet, but not cloying. This is a good easy-drinking stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dogbrick (11508) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 27, 2003
Part of a sampler: Pours almost black (but not opaque) with a medium thin light beige head. Aroma is very roasty, with a hint of dark chocolate as well. Medium to full-bodied with a strong roasted coffee flavor that weakens toward the end. There are also malt, chocolate and hops notes in the flavor. Finish is weaker than I would have liked, but this is a passable Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mogo (38) - California, USA - APR 30, 2003
An excellent stout. Full balanced flavor, a touch of sweetness, extremely smooth.

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