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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrallen34 (3497) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
bottle... dark brown body, a bit lighter on the fringe, a big light tan head, creamy with great retention, good looking beer... this aroma is really solid, bursting with soapy hops, grass, and rounded roast... tastes good but the finish is dead and a let down, could drink several of these

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 13, 2011
Bottle to glass. Picking up notes of pine and citrus. Some dark malt notes as well. Black/dark brown color with white head. Has a sweetness to it, but also has a very nice bitterness from the hops. I love this beer. This is an awesome black IPA. This is a good template for black IPAs

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LamarBurton (376) - California, USA - NOV 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2011 Bottle from Jeff, thanks! Pour is a dark black, with an off white head that fades to decent lacing. Sticky. Aroma is all about pine: Spruce boughs, juniper, white pine resins. Some roasty malt in there as well. Taste is again pine forward, with some light floral aspects. Lots of burnt roasted malt on the back end mixed with spruce. Not bad at all, but with the heavy pine I canít see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting. EDIT: I lied. After the initial pine bomb, this really grew on me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryanfolty (2068) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Date: November 11, 2011 Mode: Bottle Source: MN Gathering @ Skyview V Brown pour, hoppy aroma and similar taste with some malty flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (7959) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Darker brown pour with a slushy off-white head. Aroma was fresh hops, nut, and vegetables. Medium palate. Taste was caramel, nut, hops, and malt. Decent brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Hazy brown body with faint off-white head. beautiflly hopped aroma. Bitter, fresh. Smells like fresh green hops. Thereís a faint, dark malt flavor at the beginning of the body but the hops quickly take over.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reggiedunlop (3449) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head...great lacing. Aroma has spicy and citrusy hop notes balanced with roasty malts...just a hint of chocolate. Flavor has good roastiness and nice spicy hop notes...underlying bitter cocoa. Mouthfeel is lively and and the finish is roasty, slightly bitter, and dry...lingers.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4769) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one as a bonus! Cheers, Adam! Pours a light stout brown with an off-tan head. Nose is pine hops with a hint of grapefruit that take most of the aroma followed by slight roast. Flavor is similar- nice and hoppy. A good bit of pine followed by floral and slight citrus hops. The end yields a bit of roast and some chocolate malt. Nice black IPA overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (12453) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Thanks to Guerde for this great ale! Pours really dark brown with a 2 finger creamy tan head. Itís got that evergreen/citrus/herb aroma. Near full bodied. The flavor starts with a sweetish floral/citrus/evergreen - sort of leaving malt in the background. Then it gets into evergreen. Finishes far from sweet with lots of smooth non-harsh hop. Following with chocolate pine needles. Keeps changing flavor aspects. But pine is always there. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
12oz bottled 229th day of 2011--thank you Colin for the bottle! Clear deep ruby with a two finger light tan head, great retention. Big pine hop nose, some grapefruit pith and rind right behind. Toasty and chocolate malt are present, with a little roast supporting. Flavor follows suit, where the pine hops come together with the toast and light roast quite well with the chocolate sweetness. Not burnt at all in the dry finish, bitterness peaked at a 3. Smooth light to moderate carbonation with a medium body. Even at new styles (and ones Iím not a big fan of), Dan is still fantastic.


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