3fourths (6948) - StraŖgiech, Bavaria, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich coffee and dark, smoky chocolate aroma. Mellow and dry up front, bitter at the end. Rich and creamy. Brown soft head above a typical dark body.
BBB63 (5406) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep brown hue with golden highlights, produced a medium sized tan head and okay lace. The aroma hints of burnt dark malts, hazelhut, coal and smoke, grassy and floral hops, mild sweet fruits (plum and raisins) and a coffee ester. The taste starts moderately sweet (oats?) and fruity but then a good dose of bitter hops and smoky tones come rushing forward. The finish is coffee toned and lingers more toward a dry stout styles. The mouthfeel is bold enough, dry, crisp and yet full. Confusing, is it a dry or a sweet. get both characteristics but get muddled midway through the glass. Not has good has the Imperials I have had from them, but it may be a case of apple vs oranges. Okay to try once.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black with little carbonation. Thinnish body. Not all that roasty or bitter. The addition of oats provides a slight infusion of distinctiveness, but oats aren't generally all that noticeable to me. The finish has some lingering bitterness. Decent dry stout.
CaptainCougar (7093) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served around 60F. Pours a deep, dark, mostly black with a thin tan head. Aroma is mostly roasted black malts. Body is smooth with a decent thickness and nice balance of sweet and bitter. The finish is bitter and dry with lingering hints of dark chocolate. A good dry stout.
DrnkMcDermott (2621) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 Draft. Itís been hard to catch this Iron Horse at the station. Thereís only so much brewing capacity, and this take awhile to make, so this is usually the tap that suffers (but we usually have the Eclipse or Dark Star as compensation). I was there yesterday while the US Open was going on nearby, and it was flowing pretty freely.
Brown head kicks up a few larger bubble than an average stout, and fizzes away quickly, I had no lace. It has that watery but substantial mouthfeel you usually get with a good hand-pulled English beer. Taste reveals complex coffee and coca notes, a subtle suggestion of whisky, and a warm oatmeal feel. It gives one that feeling only those who have become acclimated to a slightly oily stout can enjoy. Itís bitter, but not hoppy-bitter. Iím left with an impish grinÖ or am I just puckered up?
Additional note, 10/30/06: Iron Horse is back after nearly 18 months. Matt was trying out just about every other style of stout known to man in the meantime, though. He says this recipe is not changed from the original. But this particualr batch didnít ferment all the way through and stuck at 5% abv. But I do not find a noticable sweetness here, just lots of roasty coffee and chocolate malts. Oatmeal barely makes a dent in its flavor. I also catch a bit of tart cherry, like soured Guinness, toward the end.
Racegoer (345) - Indiana, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Wow yesterday was an exceptional day of beer drinking. 3 Floyds and then ending up at Flossmoor with Jokes, Jaymobrown,Marinaro500, The LazyAss, he is not a ratebeer member yet but he will be. Nice way to finish of the day. Stout was dark, thin,chocolate,good one to finish off the day. Good food, Good Beer, and Good Times.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a pretty good dry stout. Not my favorite stout sub-style, but I found this better than average. Certainly roasted and full of chocolate. A decent mouthfeel and plenty drinkable, but I wasnít blown out of the water. Thanks to Marinaro500 and jaymobrown for taking me to get this.
jaymobrown (1508) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Traditional dark colored stout. Big roasted malt flavors, caramel and chocolate. Reminded me of fire roasted oatmeal and hot cereal. Very warming for a cold dark night.
Terminus (2891) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 9, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not as flovorfull as I thought. Pleasent taste thats is not too stout-like. Good sipping beer though.
JoeM500 (1900) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
While not as big-hearted and tasty as their Imperial Eclipse stout, the Iron Horse is black as coal, a bit oily with an oily thin (but lacy) head. Aromas of cocoa and what I can only describe as dry breakfast cereal, the kind that you pour hot water over. A real roasted, satisfying flavor. Glad to be within 20 miles of this place!