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Black Iron - Milwaukee Brewing Company

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Ryan011235 on 10-22-2012)
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Photo of croixed
2/5  rDev -45.7%

croixed, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of NicholasOfMKE
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

NicholasOfMKE, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Ryan011235
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 10/21/12

Dark, inky brown; pretty close to black in the glass. Ample two finger head dissipates slowly. Swaths and trails of lace remain (quite a lot of lace at by the end of the glass).

Aroma-wise, this is straightforward: pine, roasted dark grains and bakers chocolate. Earthy notions drift about. The taste has modest pine hops, though there is a lot of rough coffee and dark cocoa bitterness. There isn't a lack of roast or dryness here. The taste starts off ok, but the finish has an odd metallic/vegetal combo; kind of dirty, too. The body is thin and easily overrun by the vigorous, prickly carbonation.

Overall impression: Black Iron failed to impress me. Sure, there are worse beers out there, but this is kind of boring. It's not so bad as to dump the glass, and I reckon I enjoy it more with warmth.

Ryan011235, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Lewdd
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Lewdd, Nov 22, 2014
Photo of akylles
3/5  rDev -18.5%

akylles, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Satan70, May 13, 2013
Photo of cmwilliq
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

cmwilliq, Jan 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

BarrelAgedG, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of AmandaSchaefer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

AmandaSchaefer, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jplopez21
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jplopez21, May 07, 2013
Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

thinwhiteduke, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Fcolle2
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Kunstman, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Hendrick24
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Hendrick24, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of Reddawg55
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Reddawg55, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Zachtheporter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of NateSharpless
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

NateSharpless, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

jzlyo, Jun 17, 2014
Photo of guityler83
3.79/5  rDev +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 Yankeejw
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

Yankeejw, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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 WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

enelson, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of ceeman
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +8.7%

Alchris2, Jul 08, 2013
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Black Iron from Milwaukee Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.