bluesandbarbq (33) - Oak Ridge, Tennessee, USA - MAY 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Chattanooga. Pours a mahogany black with a nice head and good lacing. Big toasted malt aroma with some cocoa and coffee. Taste is creamy and smooth with a good dose of semi-sweet chocolate and some coffee malts then a bit of hops and fruitiness. This is the best of the Big River Brews - should be their Flagship Brand. Very nice.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I hate to say Iím surprised by the quality of this stout, since Iíve no qualms with Big River, but I am. Hereís why: over a decade ago, my friends and I would regularly visit Chattanooga, and would inevitable end up getting snockered at Big River off their house beer. However, over the past few years as Iíve become a horrendously unapologetic beer snob, Iíve learned that pretty much everything I drank in my college years was utter crap. So Iím very, very pleased that Big Riverís Iron Horse Stout is so damn tasty after such a long interval between trips to this restaurant/brewery. Sufficiently bitter and roasty with a smooth, chocolatey middle, this beer never gets mired in the metallic fruitiness that plagues so many smaller American stouts. Plus, you get rich stout flavor without a daunting ABV, which is always welcome. And I have no clue when it comes to beer-and-food pairings, but this stout was pretty good alongside my meatloaf.
BillKismet (3163) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber hue, nearly black, and with a dark, tanned head. Warm, nutty, malted roasty aroma. The body is candi-malted with sweet burnt caramel, and bubblegum chewy perforations. Decent, but atypical for a stout.
MmmcKay (1038) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iím not a big fan of Big River or their beers. Itís not that they are bad. Itís just that Iíve never had a particularly good beer or meal there. The Ironhorse Stout is probably my favorite beer so far at Big River. Very drinkable and maybe even too light. This guy is smooth and actually fun to drink. Typical stout coffee and roast notes. Not as much fruit as some, but unique enough at least by Big River standards. I dig it.
nathan30533 (458) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like a tootsie roll. darker head and good lacing. Finishes chocolate. Good overall.
nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 24, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Opaque with a little ring of foam. Nose of chocolate and light ash. Flavor of caramel, chocolate and coffee. Medium body is smooth. slightly to the sweet side, and drinkably watery.
badlizard (5520) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUL 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black with a creamy tan head. Roasted grain aroma and taste with notes of coffee and subtle smoke.
beernovice39 (3037) - Montana, USA - JUL 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. A black beer with a tan head. Roasted malts in the nose. Roasted coffe taste. Best beer at 7 Bridges imo.
Pookie9121 (122) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured at the Charlotte Rock Bottom Brewery. Pours a beautiful dark. Light off white head. Tastes of malt. Slightly bitter. Very smooth. Good beer. Recommended.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - APR 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on tap at Big River Grille in downtown Chattanooga. Poured to dark brown color with a thin tan head that stuck around to mid-glass and left a little lacing. Both the nose and taste were predominantly chocolate, with just a tad of roasted nuts and coffee. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and almost chewy sweet, but enjoyable, with a finish that was long and somewhat sticky.