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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
knickskicks (873) - - SEP 7, 2014
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is piney, roasted malts, hop resin, slight veggies. Taste is pine, a touch of coffee, roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2012
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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nero55 (864) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 3, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown with medium tan head. Strong aroma of citrus and pine hops. Light body with hop bitterness upfront, notes of molasses and roasted malts, and some malt sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hammy78 (860) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle picked up in Madison, Wi. Pours a super dark brown, virtually black, with about a finger of khaki head and layers of lacing. Nose is a perfect blend of hops, and a touch of malt. Tastes quite sweet and a mix of both pine and citrus hop bitterness. Really good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dlbeer (845) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2012
Bottle. Dark brown pour. Smell citrusy. Tastes sweet with bitter finish. Very smooth mouth feel. Excellant black IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTStiles (825) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 6, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2012 pours black with a lasting beige head and some lacing. aroma is sweet dark malt and some hop acidity. taste is bitter dark malt with piney hops. finish is juicy and bitter. a rare beer whose last sip is its best.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (808) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (806) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. Itís rather citrusy (a bit unexpected for a black IPA) and grassy, with only a slight roasted note. Later, toffee starts to dominate and a light coffee and bread crust emerge to join the citrus and grass. Itís a deep and dark, but clear mahogany color, with a very light, near-white, tan, dense head that leaves an abundant dense lace and retains a webbed surface and medium ring. The taste is a medium high bitter and medium sweet. The beer is a crisp beer, with a light fizz carbonation, an oily and a bit sticky texture, and a medium full body. There are burnt notes on the palate along with molasses, toast, raisin sweetness, and thereís bitter rind and licorice at the finish. The aftertaste is dry with a bread crust flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (799) - 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...


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