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Black Iron - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Milwaukee Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ryan011235 on 10-22-2012)
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a MKE tulip.
7.4% ABV, 48 IBUs, no date.

A - Pitch black in color, Black Iron is as menacing as they come, brooding with a tall mocha head which slowly collapses into the abyss, caking the tulip in thick sheets of chunky lace.

S - Torn every which way, my olfactory senses reel from roasted malt attributes of dark chocolate and coffee with dusty cocoa sprinkled in to sharp American hops, applying earthy pine notes and citrus undertones. Suggestions of a heat spice emerge as well, though not from addition but the combination of ingredients.

T - Heavy roasted malts continue to pummel the senses with dark chocolate and coffee notes, shifting from a (very) slightly sweet aroma to a full-on bitter flavor. Hops push fourth with bitterness adding sticky pine cone and lingering citrus nuances.

M - Black Iron is an enigma when it comes to the feel. One might think, based on the aroma and heavy flavor (ignore how dark it is) that it would be a really heavy beer. That's not the case though! The hoppiness and roasted malt qualities "thin" the beer out for a more medium-full feel that's easily drinkable without feeling full. Black Iron is smooth, however, really allowing the roasted malt and hoppy bitterness to come together for a delightfully dry, bitter finish.

O - One of Milwaukee's finest beers, Black Iron wonderfully captures the combination of heavy roasted maltiness and IPA-like hop additions with no ill-effects. It's nuanced if you want to dive into it but straight-forward and in-your-face if you want a bold beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2013 00:51:38 | More by BeerFMAndy
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3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Milwaukee Brewing Co. I think this might be my fourth beer from them. Expectations are less than excellent based on my previous run-ins.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a dark woodsy chocolate brown; opaque black in the glass with a finger and a half of thick fluffy mocha head. Decent head retention. Scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of dark barley malt roast, hints of chocolate, caramel malt, herbal spice rack notes, and some earthy / herbal hop presence.

T - Taste is of bittersweet chocolate / cocoa, hints of vanilla / cream, lactose sugars, coffee bean roast / bitterness, some burnt / char elements, and mild hints of earthy / herbal / piney hoppiness.

M - Feel is smooth and crisp, with some dark bitter roast lingering on the palate. Mildly sticky finish. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this offering from Milwaukee Brewing Co. Nothing extraordinary or groundbreaking, but a solid, well-made example of the style. Of all the beers I've had from this brewery so far, this one is probably the most likely contender for repeat drinking.

Milwaukee Brewing Co. Black Iron ---4/5.

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Smell is good Some chocolate like roasted malt give this a nice creamy character to it overlaying some more roasted malt, piney and floral hops.

Taste follows the nose with nice rich chocolate like roasted malt and a mild a spicy piney hop bitterness.

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S: Roasty and baking chocolate dominate the nose along sweet caramel/toffee malts. In the background sits some pine and earthy hop notes.

T: A strong chocolate sweetness washes over first with clean assertive bitterness. A piney, slightly tropical hop flavor balances out the sweetness in the middle, but the end it gets over powered by the chocolate and roasted malts. As it warms up the chocolate comes out even more making it more stout like than IPA/APA.

M: Thick and chewy with lower carbonation. Just a slight mouth drying affect when it warms up, but its not harsh.

O: What every you want to call it IBA, BIPA, BPA, ABA, the beer to me was more like stout with a more noticeable hop presence (but I guess that's the idea.) Not a bad beer but when I want a stout or and IPA I'll have one and not mix.. I may change my mind if I have a better example, but it was worth a go either way.

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Black Iron from Milwaukee Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.