Tmoney99 (15027) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Draft sampler at BRG. Poured black color with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate chocolate toasted malt & sweet coffee aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Full coffee, sweet malt flavor with medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid beer. zgaier (1965) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Earlier Rating: 9/11/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Draft sampler at BRB. Black color with a moderate light brown head that diminished slowly with good lacing. Moderate sweet stout aroma. Medium to full body with a creamy texture. Full coffee, malt and caramel flavor with medium sweet finish.
Earlier Rating: 3/14/2005 Total Score: 3.5
Had as part of brewery sampler. Black color with medium tan head. Aroma was medium roasted malt and flavor was malt with creamy texture. Finish was average with little or no alcohol finish.
On Tap. Pours pitch black with a brown head and aroma of chocolate. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee with a sweet and toasty finish. Solid stout. jjgmd (2264) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 28, 2012
On tap at The Boardwalk at Disney, pours pitch blipp (9776) - La Mesa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2012
Black with a nice creamy malty head. Aroma is all chocolate with
hint of caramel. Smooth taste , with hints of roasted coffee
and chocolate. Finish is mild, ok when your at Disney, and
you are surrounded by Miller and Bud. Quaff Score 6 / 10
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 (5450) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 10, 2012
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 (3227) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2016 Tap on the Disney Boardwalk. 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
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 (1789) - Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2011
I hate to say I’m surprised by the quality of this stout, since I’ve no qualms with Big River, but I am. Here’s 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 I’ve become a horrendously unapologetic beer snob, I’ve learned that pretty much everything I drank in my college years was utter crap. So I’m very, very pleased that Big River’s 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 (4145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2011
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 (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2011
I’m not a big fan of Big River or their beers. It’s not that they are bad. It’s just that I’ve 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.