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Iron Horse Whisky Oaked Belgian Black

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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 3.8/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.31/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
The return of our people’s choice award beer (Washington Beer Commission Winter Beer Festival 2007). Why mess with a good thing? Because whisky and oak can only improve matters in our opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6650) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Draught @ Brouwer’s Café:   A darker shade of cola, large frothy light beige head, sticky lacing.   Pale toasted wheat malt nose.   Very minor sweetness.   Wheaty on the tongue.   This comes across as a sweeter American wheat with a good toasted malt profile.   Very pleasant, and easy to quaff.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, a little airy.   Not getting a lot of Belgian feel out of it, but its still enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2009
On tap at Uber. Pours a solid black with very frothy two finger head that lingered. Nice chocolate aroma and roasted nut aroma. Sweet up front, with a typical belgian thick body. A little earthy finish, but nice complex beer from Iron Horse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6731) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Black with a rocky tan head. Nice aroma is dry black lager malts with some spices and tart fruitiness. Rich, creamy mouthfeel. Flavor starts with yeasty, dusty black roasted malts , then turns a bit sweet with mild pit fruit and vanilla whiskey in the middle. Finishes with a lightly sour wet wood taste. Nicely complex and tasty brew here. Draft@ Uber tavern.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (7581) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 29, 2009 Draft at Uber. Pours jet black with a towering, sculptable, dense, creamy tan head. big tart nose; this yeast has plenty of estery tang to it. Deciding how much you like the tart candiness of the yeast will probably be the same as deciding how much you like the beer. Creamy medium body with roast, chocolate, bubble gum, and whiskey phenols on the mid palate. Weird mix. What’s here is working together, but not in perfect unison, ’cause the yeast is a bit of an 800 lb gorilla. Maybe time to mellow will help?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 26, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 27, 2009 Goblet is 2/3 filled with well-carbonated black body with brown underpinning and with a chocolate ice cream float head pouring out the top of the glass. Aroma is strongly of Belgian yeast with esters, wood barrel, a hint of brett. Light roastiness in body, some tinniness even though it is on tap. Light belgian yeastiness and some wood barrel sourness. A tad watery. It’s hard to detect the whisky or oak, which may be good as it perhaps adds subtle refined complexity. Somewhat akin to a Belgian-styled porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 poured black with light tan head. aroma of sweet caramel and smoke. taste reminded me of a smoked porter, with a coffee bitter twinge at the end. 8/4/7/3/14

re-rate. thick cream looking head, black body. slightly sweet and dry bitter. Really liked the palate. Rated higher this time around. 8/4/9/5/17

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2009 On tap at Naked City. Pours black with a decent beige head. Nose is surprisingly smoky, with some whiskey and roasted malts. Drinks smooth and smoke fades into the background. Lots of malt, oak, and whiskey. Nice thick mouthfeel. Awesome beer.

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