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 harrymel
1.97/5  rDev -45.3%
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.

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Photo of sharpski
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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

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Photo of OakedCanuck
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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.

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Photo of Seattle_Suds
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Bookseeb
3.12/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can from Brewers Haven. Maybe it's the fact that I just drank Son of a Baptist, but this seems kind of light. Milk sweetness evident in taste, but all around seems kind of weak and thin. Woody aroma, thin body, overly sweet taste.

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Photo of craigreed
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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

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Photo of casapy
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerme5
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of snaotheus
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of beerandcycling88
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of bespin15
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BeerNW
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of dd53grif
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spw109
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of adkieffer
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of goatxpower
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of gouettn
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

2013 edition, 22 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful, opaque, black color with a quarter of an finger of chocolate/caramel-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with strong notes of coffee, roasted malt, caramel and vanilla, imparting aromas of biscotti.

Taste: Strong coffee notes up front, mellowed slightly by some caramel-like sweetness and some faint notes of vanilla, but not enough in my opinion.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied to slightly chewy and extremely smooth, as there is no carbonation present, what-so-ever. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty tasty stout, but a little disappointing in that it’s advertised as a vanilla stout, but not getting much in the way of vanilla. If the intent of the brewery was to create a stout that imparts flavors of biscotti dunked into coffee, they fell a little short. The beer got the coffee flavors spot on, and pleasantly so, but it needs more vanilla or almond flavor to get the biscotti flavors. Stout fans who like coffee flavors in their beer should like this but fans of sweeter stouts might not.

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3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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