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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.


3.4
   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 doesnít quite belong. Hops are again citrus based, leaning heavily towards grapefruit pith, with secondary pine. Itís 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 (72) - 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 Iím starting to cry in my beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (725) - 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 (135) - 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 (782) - 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 (8440) - , 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3351) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
12 oz bottle. Deep, clear cola brown with a beige head. Nose is pine, grapefruit, orange peel and faint chocolate. Resiny medium body with an airy tingle. Taste is bitter orange pith, burnt pine needles, mocha and molasses but not quite sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Bottle shared by sloth: Pour is light black in color. Nose of some nuts, hops and roasty malts. Taste isnt super hoppy as I was expecting. Lightly hopped, decent roasted maltiness, lots of nuts. Body on the light side, wish it was more full bodied. Overall: mehhhhh, just ok. Thanks bert!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2488) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Medium sized off white head with fair retention and lace. Clear, Dark amber hued ale. Nose is light with pine and caramel malts. Med/Light bodied, soft carbonation, light resin. Light roasty malt flavors blended well with a citrusy, piney hoppyness though all pretty mellow. Tastes more like a Brown or Amber Ale. Dry finish, light roast. Easy drinkin brew though i would,nt say it was really a BIPA in style. Bottle from MOTORTODDHEAD. Thanks much bro!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bookman10 (641) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours a dark, almost reddish-brown. Malt and hops in the aroma. Hop bitterness, coupled with malty sweetness. Some hints of coffee, chocolate, even licorice in the flavor. My first sip was very alcohol-heavy; after that, the booze flavor settled down quite a bit. This is an interesting, flavorful beer.


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