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RATINGS: 316   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
8/10/12. 12oz bottle from cbfobes! Dark brown pour with a nice khaki head that lasts. Big citrus, dank, and fruity aroma with hints of chocolate. Nice citrus and hoppy flavor as well with lingering milk chocolate and a hint of roast. Delish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (7758) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2013
12fl.oz.-bottle. Toller hopfenaromatischer Geruch. Der Antrunk ist toll aromatisch, gepaart mit röstmalzigen Tönen, die zum Hauptteil hin stärker werden. Dazu angenehm herb. Der Hauptteil ist toll ausgewogen zwischen der hopfenaromatischen Herbe und dem malzigen, röstmalzigen Körper. Der Nachgeschmack ist toll-aromatisch, schön ausgewogen. --> super tolles Bier! 14/12/15/15

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottled. Poured medium-deep brown with garnet highlights and a creamy, well-retained beige head.. looked great in the glass! The aroma picked up pine, grapefruit, and some floral hoppage over biscuit and chocolatey malts.. the hops were fresh, vibrant, and enjoyable. The flavor found spicy and citrusy bitterness over mostly chocolate malt.. touches of vanilla down there too.. just a hair astringent in the end, but otherwise very tasty. Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation on the palate.. balance was very good.. I’ll drink more of these.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7489) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at GABF 2013. Pours a watery brown with some foamy, beige head. Nose of rubber, toast, pine, orange peel. Flavors of brown malts, toast, crackers, orange. Clean finish. Solid.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2012
12oz bottle: pours a barely transparent blackish mahogany with a spotty-lacing beige head. Has a lightly sweet dark caramel malty nose with some fresh resiny piny hops. Starts with good fullness and dark malty sweetness with lots of fresh resinous hop flavor and clean bitterness finishing slightly drier and bittersweet. True to style and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
bottle, black pour, medium bodied. more roasty than hoppy. chocolate malts, heavy roast, medium citrus pine hop presence, pretty good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle given to me by thebaldwizard. Dark brown pour with a thick beige head. Aroma of spicy and grassy hops with some roast. Malty and roasty flavor with a grassy hop finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (6942) - Aurora, 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..

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6727) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 30, 2013
Bottle - thanks madbeerbaron! Pours clear burgundy-brown with a medium creamy tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, pine, roasted malts. Flavor is the same, light sweet, light bitter. Medium body, bubbly carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6599) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2012
Bottle:   Root beer in color, moderate to large sandy head, nice lacing.   Seems a shade lighter than others.   Soft roasted malts, also soft citrusy/pithy hop on the nose.   Pale roasted malts, slight pith on the tongue.   Seems a very light Black IPA.   Seems more like a Black Pale Ale to me.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Clean finish, but not bitter, not terribly roasty either.   Its like its starts out (aroma) as a Black IPA, but quickly seems to be lesser than that.   If you want something very roasty, this aint it.   If you want something very hoppy, this is not it either.   If you want a lighter example of the style this will be the one you want.



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