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RATINGS: 301   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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We invite you to discover this newest beer style Black IPA. Political debate rages over the origins of this jet black beer as both coasts feel they deserve credit. Our Black Top is a pleasant road connecting Villages and Communities statewide on a ride of Black IPA discovery. Expect this beer to pour a hop forward jet black glass brimming with aromatic bitterness. Brewmaster Dan skillfully weaves molasses and chocolate malt undertones with a soaring rush of clean citrus and pine hop notes, to deliver a drinkable Black IPA. Savor Black Top, like Wisconsinís miles of licorice ribbons of ink that meander through armies of corn and bovine mowed fields. Enjoy the journey on a road less traveled.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Deep black color as the thickest stout, light creamy beige head with some cling to the sides up the glass (duvel glass out of a 12 oz bottle). Aroma of hay, pine, citrus, coffee, and molasses. Flavor of toffee, dates, then some pine and citrus works through that. Medium body, creamy finish with contrast of bittering hops at the same time. Very enjoyable and complex, pair with a full ripe blue cheese and its heaven.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle from my main man CanIHave4Beers. Pours a really lovely near-black with a pillowy, soft and foamy light tan head. Nose shows licorice, pine resin, chocolate and some orange bitters. Taste adds sweetness and a bit of bitterness. Donít love this style but this one really grew on me.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rubbishystuff (1846) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Again New Glarus delivers a winner. Decently hopped but has enough other stuff going on to make it interesting. It also knows when to pull back. Found love from some friends that donít even like IPAs. Serving: Bottle

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (305) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2012
Pours a murky dark brown with a nice light tan head and lots of lacing. Nose is citrus, pine, hops, chocolate, caramel, and malts. Taste is citrus, lemon, black pepper, hops, caramel all perfectly balanced with some faint chocolate. Creamy palate with light carbonation. Finish is dry with a nice citrus taste that lingers. Another winner from arguably Americaís best brewery!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1936) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Dark brown pour with a medium beige head. aroma is nice roasted malt, chocolate, citrus. Very light and a bit thin on the palate in the front. Wanting a bit more depth of roasty flavour here. LIght roasted malt flavour with a thin herbal hop presence. Dissappointing from NG.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (793) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Smell citrusy. Tastes sweet with bitter finish. Very smooth mouth feel. Excellant black IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JStax (2997) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2012
Poured from a refrigerated bottle received from weihenheizen. Thank you! Pours a darker amber to brown color with a large, everlasting head of beige foam. The aroma is very malty and sweet with just a touch of piny hop presence. Taste is mostly sweet with some bitterness coming through mid finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
weihenweizen (1737) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a shaker. Pours tranlucent dark brown with small off-white head. Good thin small bubble lacing, medium body, smooth texture, and pine aroma. Taste is pine, some roasted malt, and some herbal hops. Not bad, just not my thing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
haukur (1306) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - SEP 7, 2012
Interesting stuff, malty aroma along with the hops, more malty than I expected. Some bitterness but slightly easy. Obvious hops but also some burn and malt. Balanced but was expecting a bit more

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - SEP 7, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2012 Bottle from pack rat vinny. Cheers! Aroma citrus/dark fruit. Black/ brown body. Molases provides great mouth feel and sweetness. Citrus upfront then pine which echoes then subdued by malt/chocolate finish. A very inspiring ale indeed.


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