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RATINGS: 305   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.


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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2012
Big thanks to BeerFMAndy for getting a box of New Glarus out to me. Served in a New Glarus taster glass. Pours very dark brown with a nice two-finger off-white head. Good retention and some sticky lacing as it falls. The nose has some nice pine and roast, plus backing citrus. Flavor meshes the hops and the backing roasted malt quite well. This is how an ABA should be done. Body is medium with a touch of acrid roast dryness plus hop bitterness cutting through. Quite good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 5, 2012
12oz bottle from yet another unremembered trade. Roiling black pour with some faint brownish notes amidst the considerable carbonation. Nose is sticky licorice and dank malts, with ripe hop notes bubbling up from the core. Some tangy rind, a bit of bitters, and chocolate. Mouthfeel a bit too sticky, but that seems to be a problem I have with the style in general. The intense hops do tend to blend well with the molasses and the pine finish redeems much.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (13779) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago - Special Thanks to Derek. Black - offwhite head. Burned malts, light sweetness, nice roasted, light caramel, fruity, ok hoppy, grassy, chocolate, citrus, piney, nice bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Fresh 12 oz. bottle. The pour yields an extremely dark cola-mahogany body with an initially thick, spongy head of beige foam. The head settles slowly to a thin, bubbly sheet that never fully recedes, giving dense, solid rings and tattered splotches of lacing to the glass. Aromas are based in black patent malt, baking bread, and mild, dry cocoa. Juicy citrus hops suggest of grapefruit mostly, with perhaps a nod to lemon. Flavors follow suit, quite dry and roasty for a black IPA, touching on pumpernickel toast and dry cocoa. Yeast is prominent, even spicy at times, sticking its nose where it doesn’t quite belong. Hops are again citrus based, leaning heavily towards grapefruit pith, with secondary pine. It’s well balanced. The palate is a bit overly assertive when it comes to carbonation, and perhaps a hair overly attenuated for the style. Still, I like it dry, and this brew sits well with me. Not outstanding, but solid.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
alassio (73) - USA - MAR 5, 2012
I just finished my last bottle discovered at the back of the fridge and just had to doff my hat in praise. The gentle hops in this one are set off so brilliantly by the sweetness/tartness of its blackness that it is incredibly balanced and supple. I normally go for extreme beers, but this one is so extremely perfectly flavored, and the flavor dynamics are so multifaceted, that I’m starting to cry in my beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (747) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2012
Bottle. Nice black IPA. Nose and taste very similar with nice balanced hop profile, chocolate malt, and molasses. Light on the palate yet nice body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerInHeaven (151) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Pours a rich brown with a decent tan head. The aroma is very nice. Strong but pleasant, biscuuity. Great taste. Long finish with pleasant aftertaste. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - FEB 26, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a thick murky dark brown with an average sized (1-2 finger) light beige creamy head that had decent retention and some good spotty lacing. The aroma was of a pine hop, a roasted grain malt and a mild moldy yeast with notes of caramel, coffee, a bit of chocolate and licorice. The taste was mildly sweet and acidic with notes of caramel and licorice at first and then became lightly bitter with a note of coffee and a piney hop finish. The flavor only stuck around for a short while with the taste fading rather quickly, leaving behind a mild piney bitterness. Mouthfeel was just a bit under medium in body with a dry texture and a medium carbonation. Overall a mildly hoppy Black IPA that was very easy going down, and had an enjoyable aftertaste...

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8897) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of cocoa, dry dark malt, old citrus, molasses, resin and pine. Some off notes in deep background. Dark roast finish with some resin. Medium body.


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