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RATINGS: 299   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 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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (5800) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
On tap at GABF 2011. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet citrus and pine with a malty chocolate background. Some bitter pine hops and sweet oranges, very light chocolate malts and toast. Quite nice, smooth and easygoing.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
RyanMM (411) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pours black, medium head that quickly fades. Piney hops dominate the nose. It’s all aroma, though. On the palate, chocolate and roast dominate, but instead of being full and rich, it’s dry and bland. Odd stale aftertaste. Good body and mouthfeel though. Calling this one a miss.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
12 oz bottle thanks to Kan. Cheers! Pours a roasty blackish brown hue, decent haze as the edges throw a glowing ruby reddish hue, light, not an opaque beer, just darker, more brownish with a moderate cakey brownish head atop. Dies to a decent layer, laces well enough. Aromas are a melange of citrusy grapefruit and floral hops, lemons and roasty malts come into focus, some biscuits, touches of pine dance on the nose. A good deal of grapefruit, yet letting the malt body kick the tires a bit. Initial is medium bodied, perhaps a touch lighter, leaving a nice impression of floral and citrusy grapefruit hops up front, some touches of mango and melon, dancing into roasty malts, biscuits, and toast. A gentle appeal, the flavors work well together. A rich hop presence with pine and roast, lingering citrus and florals dancing into the backend and lingering on the palate. Gentle roast, a touch of cocoa and toast, nice hopping. Simple, yet the hop profile is prolonged and fairly complex. The malt body doesn’t get too big, instead remaining quite light and drinkable, how the style should be. Lingering toast, roast, firm fruity and citrusy hops which temper into that earth and more gentle pine in the back, playing well with the darker and roasty malts. Pretty damn good. I like a wide variety in this "style", but prefer a lighter malt body girth with fruity hops, not just pine. So this works well for me. Just a hint of anise further in..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilligoose (3220) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 9, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 bottle. quite roasty, with a pleasant floral citrus hop bite. touch of grainy chocolate. chawky cocoa. dry. tasty. liked.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2011
bottle. pours black with foamy off white head. a big juicy fruit aroma, not really an interested hop character here, subtle sweet beechwood smoke, chocolately malts are undertones. flavors are rather sweet, dulled ashy chocolate mess, juicy fruit hop notes, citrus, licorice finish. med body. just not digging this take on a black ipa.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2128) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Nice floral hoppy aroma. Brown in color with a khaki head. A bit thin-bodied, dry hoppy. The hops really linger on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Black pour with garnet hints. Every facet of this beer is dominated by grapefruit. And evergreen-citrus. A hint of roast to round out the style. Awesome!

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Ruby brown with a large slowly dissipating brown crown. Aroma of pine and resinous hops, cat pee, some dark malt, mild chocolate. Taste is hoppy up front and sweeter in the middle with a mild bitter finish that grows a bit. Pine, citrus, caramel, peppery yeast and notes of alcohol along with roasted malt and sugar round out the bill. A bit of artificial sweetness on the finish as well, the beer is almost too sweet. Much better than non descript moon man.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle shared by dkachur. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is roast, earthy and minty malt, chocolate malt with prunes and raisins. Flavor is roast and chocolate malt, light coffee, prunes and raisins, earthy hops with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8184) - San Diego County, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
355mL thanks to dkachur. Pours a deep brown to black with a rocky, thick, tan head. Awesome retention and big lace. Nose is very melon and tropical fruity with jackfruit, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Taste is bitter, tropical, melony, tropical. Very intense and very fruity hop nose. Pink grapefruit intensity. Excellent Black IPA.


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