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Cozy Sweater - Iron Horse Brewery

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.39%
Wants: 4
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: goatxpower on 11-25-2010)
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Photo of harrymel
1.93/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

So, I'm a little confused....I was told at the brewery this summer that this years edition was going to be a "gingerbread stout". This is not true. The beer is labeled as "vanilla milk stout"

2012 vintage.

Pours opaque near black with a rim of light tan foam. Pretty disinteresting look. Smells of vanilla and sweet milky lactose. A bit of toasted malts and a hint of leather. Tastes like a milk stout with too much lactose - makes me feel like a weird sort of bovine. Lots of vanilla flavor and a bit of coffee and seasoned skillet. Medium bodied with low carb and a numbing finish. Not a fan.

harrymel, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Poured a dark brown with ok carbonation leaving a small dirty white head. Not many bubbles.

S: Coffee and grains

T: Sordove simple, average and misleading. Where is the vanilla? Low carbonation, lack of vanilla, coffee and hints at cocoa

M: Flat and thin, has some carbonation issues. 4.5% ABV on such a sweet stout makes me wonder how much of what and was not used ot get a bigger sweetnes for a milk stout with vanilla.

D: Average

barleywinefiend, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Nice extra from bespin15.

A - Dark brown to black. Very little head formation, even after a decently vigorous pour. What little there was, it was a yellow brown tinge.

S - Strong vanilla, some roasted coffee and distinct malt

T - The vanilla is the most prominent flavour, as expected. However, it is a chemically tasting vanilla, like they just poured some extract in. The lactic taste was okay but didn't quite mesh well with the vanilla and sugar sweetness. The malt had a nuttiness to it that was okay but the vanilla keeps coming back and dominating the palate.

M - Too thin, could be creamier, which is surprising for a milk/sweet stout. Soapy chemically vanilla aftertaste, meh.

D - It is easy enough to drink but that chemical vanilla is just too much sometimes. A great idea, but could have been executed better, in my opinion.

OakedCanuck, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of Seattle_Suds
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Seattle_Suds, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Bookseeb
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is dark almost black holding up a moderate head that dissapates easily leaving sparse lace. Smell of coffee, raisons, roasted malt. Taste has the upfront dark roasted malt, dark fruits, coffee having a mild hop that makes it go down easy. Mouthfeel a little thin on the full side with mild carbonation. A little much on the roasted malt for me, could be more balanced to bring out other flavors.

Bookseeb, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of craigreed
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a dark brown almost black color. Ok carbonation that left a very small dirty white head that quickly disappeared

Nose: Smell chocolate milk right away. Creamy with a coffee noted backend.

Taste: Smell is a bit misleading, because it does not have the taste of vanilla I was expecting seeing as that it is a "Vanilla Milk Stout." Not very complex overall with more of a coffee flavor than I expected.

Mouthfeel: Very thin on my tongue, much thinner than I like with a stout. Disappointed with the lack of carbonation as well, came off a bit flat.

Drinkability: High level of drinkability seeing as it is only 4.5% ABV. Not sure I would want to put down more than one in a sitting however. Not a beer I would seek out however. Would be interested to see them do an bourbon barrel aged version.

Serving type: glass

craigreed, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of snaotheus
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a very large snifter

Pours with very little head, but it's dark brown, some slow active carbonation. Smells of chocolate and coffee. Roasted malts.

Taste is mild, and not very open, a little bit of sweetness, a little bit of roast malt bitterness, but overall fairly boring.

Mouthfeel is thin, very easy to drink beer.

I had this on tap a few weeks ago, and it was actually quite good. From the bottle, this is only mediocre.

snaotheus, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Beerme5
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Beerme5, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of beertunes
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Served in straight pint glass. According to the brewery, this years version is 5.2% ABV. The poured a nearly solid black color with just under 1/2 inch of tan head that decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was pretty much what's expected, sweet malts, light grains and just a hint of hops. I seemed to pick up a nice bit of vanilla as well. The taste was also pretty typical, soft malts, a bit of grain and a touch of sweetness. The vanilla was a bit more notable on the tongue.

The body was nice, smooth and even, with just a bit of a sweet finish. Drinkability was good, you could easily have a few of these. Overall, a pretty solid beer. Nothing special or notable, but worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, Feb 22, 2013
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a mug.

A pours a black color with an off white head.

S sweet milk chocolate with some vanilla ice cream.

T more sweet milk chocolate with a bit of vanilla ice cream. Along with a lactose note.

M very thin for a stout. A huge weakness.

Overall this is a pretty good milk stout. It's sweet but far too thin.

beerandcycling88, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Review from 12/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a very dark brown; appears black. Thin light tan head leaves a thin ring and no lacing. Nice chocolate and coffee aroma. Thin bodied with a light chocolate, very light malt and nice vanilla flavor. Finishes astringent with lingering vanilla. Vanilla is nice, but not quite a memorable milk stout.

LiquidAmber, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of bespin15
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bespin15, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of BeerNW
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BeerNW, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of adkieffer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate and lactose, with some roasted malt and cream thrown in. The flavor is similar, with the chocolate and roasted malt standing out the most. There is also a cream-like character in the flavor. Thin to medium, sightly watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of goatxpower
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- dark dark dark. very little head

S- Huge vanilla and chocolate milk aromas

T- taste doesn't quite live up to the smell. Little bit of roast. Prominent vanilla. Little hop bitterness. A little bit of sweetness, but I wish there was a little bit more. faint chocolate/mocha.

M- thinner then I like a stout with very little carbonation

D- all in all this beer is tastey and easy to drink, but I don't think that I would go out of my way to drink it again. They should do a bourbon-aged version.

goatxpower, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with coffee brown edges and a small tight caramel colored head. Solitary drops of lace scatter down the sides.

Pleasant vanilla and roasty chocolate with a touch of sweetened milk.

Sweet vanilla and roasty chocolate. some caramel and sweetened milk. Bitter roasty aftertaste. Not overly sweet. Touch of herbal/pine in the background.

Lighter body than anticipated and desired. More like a dark ale, lighter porter in body and feel.

This was enjoyable, but could've been great with a fuller silkier body or on Nitro.

CHILLINDYLAN, May 23, 2013
Photo of mtwentz
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've read that Iron Horse creates a new cozy sweater each year. this is for the 2010 vanilla milk stout.

I really enjoyed this beer, though it is/was my first sweet stout.
It pours think and stouty, nothing unfamiliar. I just poured a warm one from a 22. minimal head, if any, it quickly dissipated. leaves a thin halo of white/tan bubbles around my pint glass. Theres alot of vanilla smell, and a vague stickiness therein, right off the top. a vanilla caramel thing wafting out that I didn't notice off my first pour weeks ago. but now, i see that it smells fairly sweet. That sweet smell leads the sip. Tastes like vanilla milk, giving way to slight coffee tones and caramel malts I'd associate with a stout. Very drinkable. I've got a few stashed.

mtwentz, Dec 28, 2010
Photo of suncrust
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured to a snifter.

A- Thick black, dark coffee hue with a light eggshell colored head. Moderately sticky lacing that lasted throughout.

S- Nose of raisin, chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee and a little salted caramel. I was surprised at the saltiness of this smell, as well as the darkness. As it warmed I kept getting notes of mild smoke and charcoal, dark fruit, and finally some vanilla.

T- Dark coffee and roasted malt textures that finished with a mild sweetness and lactose in the back of the throat. Vanilla extract with roasted nuts (almonds). Taste overall had mostly a sweet milk chocolate character with a hint of raisin and a little cream.

MF- Texture at first was a bit like cocoa powder, with a thin but drinkable mouthfeel. Not as creamy as I would have liked for a milk stout. Very small amount of charred / burnt toast textures that lingered on the tongue. Dry, coffee like astringency in the finish.

O- One of the more balanced beers Iron Horse makes. Definitely less weird and much more straightforward. Pretty tasty, nice sweetness and malt balance. Not sure why people aren't liking this one more.

This beer would be awesome bolder though, maybe aged in oak?

suncrust, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black color. One and a half finger mocha head with great retention and awesome lacing.

S: Vanilla and lactose. Toasted malts. Chocolate and some light coffee. The vanilla is a touch off. Like a little cardboard smell.

T: Roasted malt upfront. Chocolate and vanilla. The vanilla has a much better flavor than the smell. Very milky finish.

M: Light body. Low carbonation. Slick. Good mouth coating.

O: A good milk stout. Not a huge fan of the style because of the light body, but this is definitely worth trying.

doughanson78, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

GIft from a buddy. Opened on 1.5.13

A - Pours a very dark brown with a small dark tan head with good retention.

S - Lots of coffee and some vanilla. All pretty muted.

T - Creamy smooth chocolate, coffee and a nice touch of vanilla.

D - Low carbonation with a heavy body and a smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - Nice chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. I was pleasantly surprised.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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Cozy Sweater from Iron Horse Brewery
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