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Cozy Sweater - Iron Horse Brewery

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Exiled, Nov 25, 2011
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 Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Hopmodium, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

sharpski, Feb 15, 2012
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 RJLarse
4.16/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I bought a bottle of Cozy Sweater in a bottle shop, poured in to an Iron Horse Brewing Company pint glass,

Pours an opaque black walnut color, with a bubbly beige head.

Smell is a strong smokey coffee aroma.

Taste is a bitter charcoal flavor upfront with coffee notes along side, and then a mildly sweet chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a thick but silky smooth texture.

Overall a really tasty milk stout.

RJLarse, Dec 23, 2013
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 bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

bernat1971, Sep 15, 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
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 chumba526
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears black color with a large light brown head.

It smells initially of creamy chocolate, smooth vanilla, sweet malts and coffee. It has a stereotypical milk stout smell besides the addition of vanilla.

It tastes much like it smells. Initially there is a semi-sweet milk chocolate smell. A smooth creamy natural vanilla flavor soon follows. The vanilla is very present but it is not overpowering. There are undertones of mild coffee and a semi sweet malt flavor. This is a bit sweet but it is not overpowering. Iron Horse did a fantastic job making the vanilla flavor present but not to overpowering. This is like a liquid dessert, though. A very good milk stout: not over the top and not overly sweet.

There is a moderate carbonation and a smooth creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty good though due to the nature of the beer one would be good for me.

Overall a nice seasonal beer that has a bold flavor yet is not over the top.

chumba526, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of bespin15
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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

adkieffer, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of DaveRinn
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

DaveRinn, Jan 10, 2014
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 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 beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +11.1%

beefandbean22, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of BeerNW
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

BeerNW, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Seattle_Suds
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Seattle_Suds, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Beerme5
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Beerme5, Dec 12, 2013
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Cozy Sweater from Iron Horse Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.