blipp (5967) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Pours near black with a beige head. Roasted malty aroma with light coffee and light chocolate. The flavor has lightly roasted malts, and some light sweet malty notes. Pretty good.
markwise (4429) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Seven Bridges in Jacksonville. Pours a dark stout brown with a tan head. Nose is a nice amount of roast, dark chocolate, hints of black coffee, and earth. Flavor is similar with dark flavors all around- dark chocolate, roasted malts, and hints of earthy coffee. Medium in body for a stout with such low alcohol, and nice overall.
rougeau13 (1977) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black, with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate with a little coffee. Taste is fairly rich, roasty and malty sweet with a mild bitterness. Pretty full bodied. Nice stout.
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 (3321) - 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 (1051) - 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 (585) - 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 (3631) - 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 (5539) - 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.