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Black Iron - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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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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Photo of BeerFMAndy
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.

BeerFMAndy, May 29, 2013
Photo of KS1297
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

KS1297, May 19, 2013
Photo of wattershed
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

wattershed, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a deep brown almost opaque with frothy foam that laced. The smell carries pine and grapefruit with roasty malts and touch of espresso. The taste is very similar to the smell with the roast dominating more than the hops. The body is a light medium, with a smooth carbonation and a generally decent body. Overall, this beer turned out to be one of the a good black IPAs. I would drink this again.

WoodBrew, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +9%

enelson, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ceeman
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks exactly like you would expect an IBA to look, black with an off-white head. Nice taste that manages a solid roasted aftertaste to balance the strong hop flavor, The only complaint is with the mouth feel, it comes off a little on the watery side and could use a little more of a malt backbone. It's no New Glarus Black Top, but it's still a very good beer.

ceeman, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of Alchris2
4/5  rDev +9%

Alchris2, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of GeePee
4/5  rDev +9%

GeePee, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4/5  rDev +9%

Rand_ale_Thor, May 09, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Maybe it's just me, but this beer sounds like it would be an entertaining blaxploitation film... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a couple o' fingers of cream foam. The nose comprises bright pine needles and grapefruit zest floating within a sea of darkly-roasted malts and coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine seemingly dropping out...until it returns all dramatic and whatnot near the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, this beer turned out to be one of the better black IPAs I've had in a long time. Not bad at all.

TMoney2591, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of pk18
4/5  rDev +9%

pk18, May 27, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
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.

mfnmbvp, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of guityler83
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Two finger head with good sustain poured from the bottle in a darker khaki color and laced the side of the glass with a thick coat. The beer, opaque black in color, no light shines through even when held to a light source, only a dark dark red brown hue.

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.

guityler83, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Kunstman, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Hendrick24, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Reddawg55
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Reddawg55, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

jzlyo, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of Fcolle2
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark black with a 1.5 finger tan head that has great retention. Looks decently thick.

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.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied with moderate carbonation and some slight roasted bitterness and hop bitterness. Velvety and smooth.

Fcolle2, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

jplopez21, May 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

thinwhiteduke, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of akylles
3/5  rDev -18.3%

akylles, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Satan70, May 13, 2013
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Black Iron from Milwaukee Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.