satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma is well balanced dead chocolate and near metallic crack, then herbal grass cuttings and other savory fare. pour is opaque with airy soap suds head, lack of density and messy legs. flavor is initial fudgey roast with expected hop twinge to follow. hops begin as citrus then fruits begin to burst, hints of pine and rounder herbal note with mint at forefront. bitter roast closes. what a balance!
SPDickerman (1019) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark red with a large tan head. Smells of grapefruit and caramelized or candied fruits. Taste is bitter with hints of sweetness. Medium-bodied with a slick texture and and mild mouth-carbonation, New Glarus Black Top finishes with some bitterness.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
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.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I never really got into the whole black IPA thing. Give me one or the other. Still pretty good, though. Iíll update when I have another sitting next to me.
JoePeesie (909) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
better than good, short of great. Pours a nice black, with a tan frothy head. I really donít find this to be an IPA. Its got a heavy malt finish that I feel really dominates the beer. Iím not sure what I would call this but I think the malt profile is the dominate feature here. Itís different, its worth try or trading for, but I felt it was short of magical.
vikingguy (885) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black w/ tan head. Fresh piney aroma. I like this. Itís an IPA but itís not an overwhelmingly hoppy IPA, which I liked. Pronounced yet mellow citrus hops balanced with a solid caramel biscuit malt baseline. Full bodied; texture is fairly creamy. Solid and unique. Another fantastic offering from New Glarus.
SpongeRuiner (883) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours very black with a slight fruity pebble aroma. A lot of dark fruits and hops. Pretty good for the given style.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a FFF pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown with some dark ruby/blood orange hues around the edges where the light hits. A one finger light khaki head forms on the pour and stick around for a while and leaves some splotchy, sticky lace down the glass.
S: I definitely get some citrus hops in the nose balanced out with a caramel malt backbone and some light chocolate as well. Itís a nice smell, but definitely different.
T: Definitely a different taste. Quite the maze of flavors. Biscuit malts with some light toffee and cocoa. The citrus hops come through in the very end with a finish of slight bitterness. Tastes more like a blend of beer.
M: Between medium and light bodied with great carbonation. Very drinkable with a bitter finish.
O: Not too bad. I felt the flavor profiles were sort of fighting for dominance with the hops just squeaking out a victory. I still donít know what to think of this "Black IPA" style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-17-2011
Lemke10 (864) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight fluffy, off-white head. Scent has chocolate malts, molasses, and bitter hops in the mix. Basically the taste is a more robust version of an IPA. It still has a bitter taste throughout but is nicely complimented by the sweet tastes of chocolate and molasses. A very complex beer that overloads the taste buds at first making for a great sipping beer. A great brew using a more unique style that you just donít find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Cocoa brown in appearance with ruby edges and a strong off-white cap that leaves a few sheets of lace down the sides of the glass.
The aroma bursts out of the glass with roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and grapefruit citrus notes.
Each sip starts with a dark, unsweetened chocolate flavor, some coffee, and a generous amount of roasted malt. It is moderately dry from the start. Later on, the sip turns juicy when a strong grapefruit hop presence comes through. The finish is fairly bitter, with enough hops to make me forget all about the dark roasted beginning.
There is a gentle stickiness to each sip. A creamy carbonation retains enough aggressiveness to wash my tongue clean after each sip. The body is right in the middle of the spectrum.
I definitely enjoy black IPAís, and this is a well made example of the style. Easily drinkable and something I would definitely have again.