PhilDBrewer (50) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep, dark brown - not really black. Aroma is phenominal - grapefruit, pine, citrus. Medium bodied. Tastes of grapefruit and pine hops coupled with roasted malts. This is incredibly enjoyable - one of my absolute favorite beers and, in my opinion, the benchmark for what a black IPA should taste like.
mediamarv (3) - California, USA - AUG 6, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice hops balance with malt flavors, satisfying finish. I had more than one and enjoyed the second one just as much. Curses that I can’t get this in CA on tap... not yet any way!
ChiGuy68 (536) - Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a 12oz. bottle. Poured a rich dark brown with a lasting, frothy, light brown head . Big hop aroma and taste. My favorite New Glarus beer to date.
Erzengel (7548) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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!
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours to a deep garnet hued brown-mahogany body with a thin, creamy, off-white head. The aroma has a metric boat load of juicy fruity hops. Grapefruit, oranges, tangerines, fruit zests, and balanced with some spruce or pine hops. It’s been awhile since hops have been this nice in a beer. The flavor actually works really well. I am not normally a huge fan of Black IPAs. Most often, the malts really don’t work with the hops. In this case, it works really well. Bright citrus and pine hops with a lightly bitter chocolate and sweet brown sugars/molasses. The palate is crisp and refreshing and yet moderately bitter. Very balanced with a moderate carbonation. I will be buying more of this beer.
drpimento (3079) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 25, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pretty good beer. Generally I don’t care for dark hoppy brews, but there are exceptions and this is one of them. Poured a lovely, light tan, thick, foamy, billowy head that lasts a long time and lots of lace. Color is a very dark, clear garnet with some bubble trails (seen with a flashlight). Aroma is very hoppy with pine, citrus, and pineapple predominant along with malt. Flavor is similar to nose and I don’t pick up much of the roastiness that I expected. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is fairly long, ending with fresh hop. Good drinking beer.
SPDickerman (1163) - 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.
TChrome (1448) - Bedford, Texas, USA - AUG 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my sixth bottle of this beer and I have love every one. Beer pours dark brown color with a retained tan colored head. Aroma is very pleasent with chocolate and fresh pine also some toast. Taste is a beautiful amalgem of sweet and bitter, somewhat like dark chocolate. Another awesome New Glarus brew. Amazing!!!
jhp40219 (445) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a murky dark brown with a nice light tan head and lots of lacing. Nose is citrus, pine, hops, chocolate, caramel, and malts. Taste is citrus, lemon, black pepper, hops, caramel all perfectly balanced with some faint chocolate. Creamy palate with light carbonation. Finish is dry with a nice citrus taste that lingers. Another winner from arguably America’s best brewery!
Lemke10 (964) - 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 don’t find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!