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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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 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 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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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