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RATINGS: 300   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 Wisconsin’s miles of licorice ribbons of ink that meander through armies of corn and bovine mowed fields. Enjoy the journey on a road less traveled.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcnielsen (2042) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 20, 2012
Bottle. Thanks to bnielsen13. Pours a black color with light cream head. Piney, grassy, roasted aromas. Malty, grassy flavors.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STL_Drew (153) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 19, 2012
Nice brown head with a balance of hops, chocolate, and something fruity. This is an enjoyable beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (6152) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin off white almost tan head, aroma brought notes of slight mineral, grass, roast, some earthy and pine notes but mixing well with some cocoa, coffee notes, very interesting but I wonder how old this bottle is. Taste is some grass, slight soapy/floral/mineral notes, touch of cocoa powder, hints of earthy grain, some touch of roast and coffee, finishing fairly bitter, slight dryness as well.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3804) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2012
Aroma is spruce/piney hops and a mild hint of the dark malts. The flavor is heavy and fresh grapefruit, citrus, a hint of lemons, an undercurrent of malts and a tangy/tart finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pepsican (1444) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Black, juicy hops, toffee, coffee, caramel, citrus, clean, light sweetness , good carbonation, new glarus

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2838) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2012
A nice run of the mill black IPA. Nothing special here, though better than a lot that I’ve had. Aroma was decent. Hints of chocolate malt and coffee with a decent hop aroma, though smells a little stale. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger near tan head. Taste was very grassy and earthy. The pine and citrus hops play with dark bitter roasted malt The bitter flavors of the two don’t really get along, but battle for dominance (as most in the style IMO). Nice carbonation. Decent beer

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2012
12oz bottle: pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel malty nose with some fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and dark malty sweetness with lots of fresh resinous hop flavor and clean bitterness finishing slightly drier and bittersweet. True to style and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (735) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 pours black with a lasting beige head and some lacing. aroma is sweet dark malt and some hop acidity. taste is bitter dark malt with piney hops. finish is juicy and bitter. a rare beer whose last sip is its best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours black with a thick frothy head. Nose is hoppy. Fairly creamy on the palate, the taste is predominately hops with dark roasted malt providing the backbone. Fairly dry finish. A real treat for hopheads and an enjoyable beer for all others. Try it with pastrami and rye.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
arkotramathorn (41) - Eau Claire, USA - JUL 4, 2012
Pours a blackish burgundy with a light tan sticky head. Aroma is very inviting, almost sweet smelling hoppy aroma with almost no scent of bitterness. A very nicely balanced taste, the maltiness is perfectly in line with the brightness of the hops. It ends just a little toasty. Rated highly because of how surprised I was by it.


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