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RATINGS: 314   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mikem409 (1736) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUN 15, 2012
bottle. pours a light black with big tanish head. hoppy aroma and a very nice earthy hop and roasted taste.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JMerritt (1856) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Bottled. Very dark chestnut in color that would look darn near black in low light. Head is very large, frothy, off-white and mostly lasting. Bright spruce aroma with light biscuit, leather and white pepper. Moderately bitter with a slightly sweet citrus peel highlight. Finish has a lot of pumpernickel bread on top of light nuttiness and plum. The hop aroma definitely tapers off quickly allowing some light roast to show. Quite interesting - the flavor profile takes you on a nice ride from hop forward IPA with brief stops at English pale ale, old ale, porter and more.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2217) - Lakeside, California, USA - JUN 10, 2012
12 oz bottle courtesy of Zach. Thanks. Pours a nearly opaque black color with a small beige head that soon recedes to a film. The aroma is bold with mixed citrus, particularly oranges and grapefruit, and a bit of pine. The flavor is hops forward with bitter grapefruit nicely backed up by smooth creamy chocolate and a bit of roasted barley. The palate is creamy, thick and almost chewy, the carbonation is soft. Finishes medium in duration and dry. Overall: This way exceeded my expectations, nice brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thomas15 (689) - USA - JUN 4, 2012
Solid citrus and pine hops on aroma. Some slight malt on nose, slightly sweet roast. Pretty black brown dark red when held up to the light. Taste is thoroughly pine hops with spots of citrus brightness coming through. Gentle malt roast is expressed side by side with hops with some elegance. Not too heavy handed for a black ipa. very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5085) - Olympia, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2012
Craft Brewers Conference 2012 - Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice dark malt and hops forward aroma. Dark roasty malt flavor some light licorice lingers in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcwattsrugger (11310) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2012
CBC 12oz bottle-pours dark brown with a rich tan head. Aroma is resin/citru. Taste is resin hops, 2nd dark malt-roasty. Medium body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerKurve (509) - - MAY 18, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2013 Surprisingly potent piney hops followed by a blend of chocolate, licorice, burnt malts and coffee. Interesting flavor alone makes it worth checking out, Overall a pretty good IPA

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoePeesie (897) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really don’t find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. I’m not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. It’s different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 6, 2012
Bottle from Woodman’s Madison. Pours a brown black with a tall creamy head and the aroma of pounds of hops. Citrus, mango, pine, tropical aromas with some of that chocolate malt hidden beneath the hop goodness. Sweet tropical pine flavors first hit the tongue followed by the chocolate light black patent malt background. Though malts overtake the initial hop flavor a clean citrus bitterness lingers. Really good stuff. I love this brewery, I wish I had bought a case of this stuff.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
Originally reviewed: 1/30/12. Pours a dark Cola-like ruddy black with light edges. Inch worth of beige head on top, of the creamy sort, leaving gobs of lace in its wake. The nose on this beer is phenomenal! Aromas of pine needles, citrus, faint whisps of roast, damp trail. I dipped my nose in, and it never wanted to leave. Nice hefty body holds up well with the ABV and bitterness. Carbonation is moderately low, which is no complaint. This being a fall-release, I was a little worried that this beer lost too much of its character. I never had this one "off the press," but I find it hard to believe it was much better than it is now, because this was fantastic. Big hoppy flavors abound. Sharp and flavorful. Semi-sweet finish. Mild dark maltiness noted, but the hops take over. Superb beer.


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