shadey (1886) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle purchased at Pick ní Save outside of Milwaukee. Pour is black with almost no head. This beer reminds me a lot of another Wisconsin favorite - Sprecher Black Bavarian. The fantastic mix of chocolate and toasty malt blends with the sharp bitterness and piney character of a top-notch IPA. This beer does really shows off the potential of black IPA by combining the best of both worlds in a mix that is better than either beer separately. Very well done.
mediamarv (3) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hops balance with malt flavors, satisfying finish. I had more than one and enjoyed the second one just as much. Curses that I canít get this in CA on tap... not yet any way!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to Justin for this one.
Pours dark mahogany with some copper hints around the edges under a big creamy beige head that leaves nice lacing.
Aroma is fantastic. Tons of citrus - oranges, pineapples and white grapefruit, not to mention some pine hints. The black roasted malts are subtle but noticeable.
Taste doesnít quite bring the citrus like the aroma with the initial taste having some oranges but there are equal parts chocolate malts and roasted notes. Finish is lightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with strong carbonation.
Another excellent brew from New Glarus, a very balanced hoppy black ale in a style where subtlety and balance are not often appreciated.
SPDickerman (941) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red with a large tan head. Smells of grapefruit and caramelized or candied fruits. Taste is bitter with hints of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and and mild mouth-carbonation, New Glarus Black Top finishes with some bitterness.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Three Cellars. Pours dark brown with light tan head. Aromas of piney and earthy hops, roasted malts, and some chocolate. Flavors of pine, hop bitterness, light citrus, chocolate, and some roast. Very well balanced which is rare for this style. Expected nothing less from New Glarus.
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle given to me by thebaldwizard. Dark brown pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of spicy and grassy hops with some roast. Malty and roasty flavor with a grassy hop finish.
Dogbrick (7959) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Rogueone for sharing a bottle. Dark brownish-black with a touch of red around the edges. Medium tan head that dissipates steadily, and stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt, pine and hops. Medium body with a resiny hops character and notes of grapefruit and caramel malt. The finish is very clean with a moderately bitter piney hops aftertaste. Solid Black IPA overall.
ChiefBeer12 (81) - Irvine, California, USA - JUL 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Light nose, some hoppiness. Jet black pour, with thin light tan head. Love the taste. Well integrated hops with coffee and maltiness - nice black ipa that isnít over the top. Good palate, lingers nicely.
jcartamdg (1942) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours jet black with a thick white head. Aroma of smokey malts and bitter hops. Taste borders on a hoppy stout, very nice not over the top just a well crafted beer
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Ibrew2or3 (6846) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle courtesy of GhostFace. It pours up brown with clear amber edges and a tan head that leaves behind light spotty lacing. The aroma offers up a pleasing rich load of pine hops and dank to spicy hops mixing with dark roasted malts. The taste is very similar where the hops take the flavor lead with a blending of dank to spicy hops to resiny pine hop goodness. Well behind the hops are murmurs of dark roasted malts and faint chocolate malts that grow a tad and then linger into the finish. Darn tasty, this.