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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2009
A stout is beautiful. Dark, seductive, sensual, as soft as a velveteen sky and as complex as the cosmos it blankets within. There are those who are afraid of the dark beers, but I say nay, there is nothing to fear but fear itself. Well, that and a bad beer; that is beyond scary at times. When my beer line-up was brought before me, the two beers my eyes and my tastebuds gravitated to immediately were the stout and the special brew, Belgian-style golden ale. I am saving the special brew for last, so instead I am faced with my dark beauty, the Iron Horse Stout.
An abyssal black-brown, there can be seen very little discernable light struggling through her depths. A thick khaki head fades to happy scattered puffs while lace decorates the sides of my glass. Right away my nose is greeted by espresso, bakers and dark chocolate, hints of cream, and lemon rind. Well played. I wait for no-one when it comes to my stouts, supping greedily upon her dark brew. Her body and mouthfeel is surprisingly thin with hints of lemon in her dry finish. Light notes of cream remind me of skim milk while chocolates, espresso, and sweet raisins play with my tastebuds. Her finish continues to dry my mouth with lingering esters of bakers’ chocolate and lemon. Simple and clean, the palate is there but the mouthfeel is a bit on the weak side which detracts somewhat from my enjoyment of the Iron Horse Stout.
Overall, she is not a bad stout. The Iron Horse Stout from Seven Bridges would be a great starter stout for those who wish to dabble in the dark brews without being scared away. She lacks the oomph, but has the spirit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 17, 2008
On nitro tap at Rock Bottom Atlanta. Poured a dark brown with a thin, creamy brown head. Aroma of roasted malt. Flavor is bitter chocolate and roasted malt. Slightly thin for a stout, but a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Draught at RB Charlotte. Nearly opaque dark brown with thin light cocoa heads. Fairly sweet chocolatey with little roast character.Finishes with a mildroast malt dryness and is fairly thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2008
On tap at the Seven Bridges brewpub in Jacksonville, FL. Arrived at the table black with a luscious tan head that lasted through mid-glass and left partial lace. Mild aroma of roasted malt. The flavor is roasted malt with some light bitterness towards the finish. A little light-bodied and thin, more like a porter than a stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Draft at Downtown Chattanooga location Dark opaque pour with a nice tan head. Sweet stout up front, with a touch of licorice ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Side-by-side of the regular draft and the cask version, at the brewpub, pre-Noogfest. Pours blackish brown with tan head. The aroma is slightly roasty with some char and bitter chocolate, and the cask version sports a bit of woody sweetness. The flavor is roasty bitterness with some dry hoppiness and a little bit of root flavor. Lactose sweetness is more evident in the cask offering, as is a bit of vanilla and wood. Both are pretty drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
DKTN (110) - Mc Donald, Tennessee, USA - JUN 1, 2008
Draft. Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt aroma with coffee notes. Clean finish. What Guiness should have been.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Draft at Rock Bottom Atlanta. Pours a dense, thick black color. Two finger, light brown head. Roast malt aroma. Creamy body, very smooth. Chocolate notes, lightly sweet flavor. Dry finish with hints of bitter coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glennmastrange (2667) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
Tap. Heavy smells of toasted and espresso, and a light resin smell, with wood in the background. Head massive, thick, creamy, light brown, with excellent lacing and is fully lasting. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, creamy and has a soft carbonation. Also lacking a bit on depth, but mostly a well crafted stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAR 23, 2008
On tap at Rock Bottom Charlotte. Pretty good stuff here. This was introduced as the "award winning" beer, although it didn’t really knock my socks off.

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