gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Had this on draught at the brewpub in Flossmoor, Illinois. Opaque, dark brown pour with a sweet nose of chocolate. Light and very smooth, bitter and chocolaty throughout, with nuts toward the finish. Excellent! Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Sampler flight at Flossmoor Station. Pure black opaque. Thick and long-lasting head. Maly, malty nose with hints of coffee. LIght and smooth for a stout. Mild flavors of coffee and bitter chocolate. zizzybalubba (1891) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2010
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours black with a khaki head. Aroma of roasted coffee, chocolate, and light floral hops. The flavor is dark smoky malts, dark espresso, and milk chocolate. Full-flavored but not heavy. Excellent overall. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2002
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! jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 15, 2002
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.
DrnkMcDermott (3176) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2006 Draft. It’s been hard to catch this Iron Horse at the station. There’s 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.railcat1 (706) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - APR 30, 2007
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. It’s bitter, but not hoppy-bitter. I’m left with an impish grin… 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 didn’t 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.
On tap at brewpub.I love my stouts and this did not disappoint,Matt is a great brewer and he did a good job.Taste of roasted malts and a hint of coffee.a little sweet but not bad .CHEERS! Roonai (319) - - FEB 26, 2011
On tap at the brewery during hi-fi release. Pours black with a rosy brown head. Smell is roasted coffee and chocolate with some faint barnyard (earthy) backing. Taste is similar with the roasted chocolate really coming out thanks to the smooth creamy texture. Pretty delicious