LilBeerDoctor (3958) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2014 DrnkMcDermott (3104) - 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. 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.
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 the brewpub. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla. Flavor of sweet malt, chocolate malt, roasted malt. A little artificial tasting and sweet. Ok stout.
7/4/5/3/11 (3.0/5) stoutchap (423) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
A very nice stout. Dark brown with thin brown head. Light roasty nose. Smoky malt character with traditional stout notes. Lighter mouthfeel with low carbonation. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2014
[Tap] Black pour with no head. Almost flat, with very low carbonation. Nose is of charred malts, bakers chocolate and light smoke. More smoke is apparent in the flavor. Ash, licorice, dark chocolate, mocha and light vanilla notes round it out. Not overly heavy, which is nice. Block (2842) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - APR 3, 2014
Another robust beer. This beer had a nice malty and chocolate flavor. I think this beer could have supported a higher alcohol content which would have reduced the creaminess but added some body and power. napdynmite (91) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2013
Very low carbonation. Creamy head. Nice dry mouthfeel. Not much aroma. Flavor is light and lacking bitterness. Weak chocolate notes.
Patrickctenchi (6624) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2013
Pours black, dark brown head.
Aroma is roast, smoke, chocolate.
Taste is bitter, dark chocolate and ash.
Light and a bit thin, but good. shrubber85 (11448) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft. Dark chocolate, cherry, and coffee aroma. Black with moderate head. Sweet chocolate malt flavor. Light ashy finish. Solid. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
Draft @ brewery. Peaty roasty malt aroma. Black brown with a small creamy tan head. Peaty roasty malt and slightly lactic flavor. Medium creamy body, soft carbonation. crossovert (13078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
A really solid beer. A suped-up guiness with cocoa and peat notes but a smooth delivery. ROGUE (2215) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 10, 2012
On tap at Brew Pub. Pours a deep brown color with two fingers of thick, creamy tan head. Smell is mildly sweet and a bit roasty. The taste has notes of roasted malts, cocoa powder, light molasses, brown sugar, and toasted oats. The body is medium, with light carbonation and a very smooth feel.