tmoreau (1625) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on tap at the brewpub bar, and poured black/brown, with modest, creamy, dark tan foam that remained just a short time until turning into a ring and light film, surrounded by some light spots and streaks of lacing. The aroma was roasty, with coffee and secondary baker’s chocolate notes, and a hint of smokiness. Ditto on the flavor, with average hop bitterness, light body, low carbonation, but somewhat thin and watery texture. Okay, but was looking for more.
thedm (4773) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUN 23, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized light brown colored bubbles that were long lasting and left behind a no visible carbonation opaque black colored body and a very good lacing. The mild aroma was of roasted malts. The thin mouth feel was weakly tingly at the start and at the finish with a mellow roasted malt aftertaste. The watery flavor contained notes of roasted malt and brown malt. Not one that I would likely buy again.
danielcurtis81 (1511) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Flossmoor. Pours a nice black with a creamy brown head. The flavors and aroma are full of rich smoke, cocoa powder, and some grainy mouth characteristic. A solid dry stout.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station pre-DLD.
Pours darkest brown in color with a small off-white head.
Aroma is decent - anise and roast, maybe a hint of coffee.
Flavor is pretty weak and strange. Roasted malt, coffee, licorice, earth, and an odd plasticky note.
Mouthfeel is watery - not nearly as full and smooth as you’d expect for an oatmeal stout. The "full bodied" descriptor is way off.
Overall, not good. The high ratings on this one really surprise me. Maybe the guy who served us this gave us the wrong beer or something, although I did ask again to confirm this was Iron Horse.
j12601 (5609) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours a ruby hued dark brown, clear, with a medium tanned beige head. Soft cocoa and roast, hints of espresso. Very nice toast and roast notes. Very thin, watery and a bit of acidulated malt, somewhat tannic and tart. Big dropoff from the nose. Finishes with some light roast.
dm9831 (1515) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black, creamy tan head slightly lacy. mild malt nose, trace of roastiness. light roasted malt flavor, reminiscent of coffee. medium bodied, lightly bitter finish. a pretty good dry stout, not one of my favorite styles. on tap at flossmoor station brew pub.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had one or few of these at the mug club tapping and since. Nice looking pour, a seriously dark brown body with a creamy cocoa head. The aroma and flavor had milk chocolate, roasted barley, coffee and cream, and a satisfying dryness. This is far from my favorite style, but Bryan and Richard created a tasty session brew here.
msante79 (2124) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the station. Pours dark brown with billowing tan head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Flavors of lightly roasted malts, chocolate, light coffee, and maybe a bit of caramel. Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Reminds me of Guinness but better. Extremely drinkable stout. Seems like I took two or three sips and it was gone.
TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at the brewpub for the Hi-Fi release (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a near black opaque pour, brownish edges that let some light in, a creamy nitro-esque light brown head. Aromas are a dry stout by definition, creamy sweetness, irish soda bread, vanilla, cocoa of a sweeter slant, a touch of roastiness and coffee. Initial is lighter bodied, typical dry soda bread feel, light roast and coffee, the sweetness dies down, a creamy cocoa and vanilla bit. Roasty malts and coffee stick to the backend, a bit burnt. Good flavors, roasty, but ligh bodied enough to session. Solid, but typical of it’s style, a bit forgettable.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very attractive deep chocolatey brown pour with dark tan head that billows and cascades impressively. The foam explosion releases an intense chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley malt aroma that sets you up for a taste. Flavors are likwise chocolate/coffe forward, with roasted grain, cream, vanilla, and powdered cocoa. Very impressive version of an Irish dry stout.