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RATINGS: 314   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   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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4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2013
Black with big, foamy, tan head / Bright nose of weed, cut pine, and citrus / Medium body, chewy, big hops but creamy and smooth, lots of fruit body, with excellent balance and bitter finish / Flavors of weed, cut pine, cream, orange, toast, and grapefruit / A terrific black ipa.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOSSbrewer (2255) - Arkansas, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Bottle at a BOSS meeting thanks to Goetz. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is some pine some roast and slight chocolate. Medium to lighter bodied. Really nice beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (2499) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2015
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of toffee, pine and citrus. Taste is resin and citrus with a hint of caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffbigD (89) - - FEB 3, 2015
Nice taste of hops with citrus notes. Medium carbonation with a solid after taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
bottle. Near black with one finger head. Malty base with very nice citrus hops that punch through. For the style, it’s quite excellent with solid flavor backbone.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrewHaMeister (222) - - JAN 8, 2015
12oz bottle pours a dark reddish brown with a light tan one finger head and nice lacing. Aromas of malt, light citrus hop, hints of fruit and caramel. Flavor is mild-medium bitter with a nice finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ARH (707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. It’s 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. It’s 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 there’s bitter rind and licorice at the finish. The aftertaste is dry with a bread crust flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3237) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2015
Bottle received in trade. Thank you hackobock! Pours dark blackish brown with a creamy beige head that leaves some sticky lacing and trace in the glass while dissipating. Smell is slightly malty, tiny fruity and tiny herbal with roasted malts, burnt caramel, grapefruit juice, freshly cut grass, pine needles, dark roast coffee, minerals and orange zest. Taste is bitter and slightly fruity with roasted malts, burnt caramel, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, dark roast coffee, freshly cut grass, pine needles, salty liquorice hard candy, moist soil, kumquats and lemon zest. Mouthfeel is crisp, dry, astringent and light to medium bodied. Finish is bitter with roasted malts, grapefruit juice, unripe mango, freshly cut grass, pine needles, liquorice, moist soil, minerals, ash and lemon zest. Rock solid Black IPA! An easy to drink treat!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hackobock (1977) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 31, 2014
December 30, 2014. Bottle at home, bottled on october 6, 2014.
Dark brown with a creamy dense off-white head. Aroma is sweet ripe pineapple, mango, red berries pine and faint roasted coffee notes. Taste is sweet ripe tropical fruits, light grassy and roasted bitterness. Finish is light bitter with light sweet fruits and light coffee. Medium bodied, average carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
delnoche (465) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2014
12fl oz bottle poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint. Very dark brown with two fingers off white head. Aroma is subtle candy and piney hops. Flavor is basically the same. The hops flavor intensifies for the duration of the long finish. A mellow good-tasting brew. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Bottle: Deep brown, chestnut body. Translucent at the edges only with a frothy khaki foam that plumps up nicely. Aroma of citrus & grapefruit peel, lightly bitter pines, & a deep undercurrent of semi-bitter roasted malts with a hint of dark chocolate sweetness creeping in the back. Maybe some very faint coffee grounds, too. Hint of char. Flavor has a nice balance of the roasted malts, mild ashiness, & burnt cacao bean blending with overtones of pine, grapefruit pith, & bitter citrus rind. Slight balance of sweetness on the back-end from the dark malts. Never swings too far one way, though. Balanced, albeit a touch mild overall. Still a nice, easy drink for the style, though. Not bad.


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