Cozy Sweater | Iron Horse Brewery

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Cozy SweaterCozy Sweater

Brewed by:
Iron Horse Brewery
Washington, United States

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by goatxpower on 11-25-2010

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Ratings: 52 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Anew
5/5  rDev +38.9%

Photo of Cthulhusquid
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: 3 finger brown head, black body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Dark chocolate, nuts, mild roast, a note of vanilla. Slightly disappointed with how little vanilla there is.

Feel: Medium carbonation and body, dry yet with a mildly sweet finish.

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Photo of mndanika
4.5/5  rDev +25%

Photo of DaveRinn
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of kytashie
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at McGlinns. I gotta say right up front that this beer was delicious! Came to me in a Deschutes pint glass. Thick brownish black (to be expected from a stout). 1/2 finger head that reminded me of whipped topping that was tannish colored. Smells strong of Vanilla with a roasted coffee background and a hint of chocolate. Taste was delicious! Right up front is vanilla that dissipated rather quickly with a faint finish of chocolate. I don't seem to be drinking a beer...more like a mocha with a hint that it's spiked, but no real alcohol presence or maltiness...which I guess would be expected for 4.5 ABV. Smooth & silky. This is a very drinkable beer, but I dinged it a bit cuz I was really thinking that this would be a stellar beer with a bourbon or more of an alcohol finish. It needs a bit of "sting". Enjoyable and pleasant dessert beer.

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Photo of RJLarse
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of SamuelMiller
4.14/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken 02/23/17:

Dark brown to black, seemingly opaque. Dark brown for a head at least, fairly rocky and gelatinous throughout, with great retention. Smoky, roast sweetness on the nose, nothing too distinct beyond toast after it has sat for a while. Very roasty and smoke-tart beer, with rye toast and black coffee suggestions more subdued and vanilla flavor really only noticeable for me when sloshing it around until carbonation is reduced or in retro-olfaction (along with peppercorn) or saturated palate, but barely. Seems a fuller body, takes a while for CO2 to reach its full effect and even then it is only moderate and sparse though somewhat velvety. Highly astringent.

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Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of SirWilliam666
4/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

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Photo of beefandbean22
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HKUSPC40
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of vienna_mantrap
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of doughanson78
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of suncrust
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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?

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Photo of mtwentz
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Now in a can.

The beer offers rich amount of vanilla, not necessarily sweet upfront with a hint of extract action going on. Then with some milk stout sweetness, milk chocolate, then onto a roast quality of a stout/porter.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance-The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of cream colored foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is strongest of roasted malt smell mixed with some big latte smells. Along with these aromas comes some other smells of caramel and a bit of a chocolate smell. Overall rather enjoyable.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet latte flavor mixed with some other tastes of roasted malt and a little bit of vanilla. A bit of an extra coffee surge and some chocolate tastes come toward the middle of the taste, leaving one with a rather sweet mocha latte flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the lower abv. of the beer the feel is quite exceptionally and is more robust then I would have anticipated, which suits the darker flavors quite well.

Overall – Weighing in at only 4.5 % this beer packs in a good deal of nice roasty-latte like flavor. A great winter time-light abv. brew!!

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The label art on the can is absolutely outrageous and I love it! A skeleton wearing an ugly Christmas sweater and a Santa hat! You gotta love it!

A moderate pour from the 12 ounce can into a shaker pint glass produces a small tan colored head that dissipates quickly. The beer is quite dark with low carbonation.

It has a fairly subtle aroma suggesting coffee and a whiff of vanilla. The flavor suggests coffee as well, with only a hint of vanilla. Dark fruit notes are detectable also, and maybe a little pine in the background. It's moderately sweet, with low bitterness, and no overbearing flavors. The body is on the low side for a stout, yet the mouthfeel is frothy enough.

This is a decent beer, and works well as a lighter bodied stout.

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Cozy Sweater from Iron Horse Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 52 ratings.
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