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RATINGS: 317   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.3
dinkle50 (1477) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Deep red pour with a thin head. Some lace. Medium bodied. Aroma of pine, molasses and roasted grain. Bitter hops & grass in the flavor. Very clean taste.

4.1
ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Bottle. Just learned a valuable lesson. Sitting in a hotel room and just rated this beer using a glass from the room. The beer looked and smelled off, and the beer tasted quite awful. I made the comment that the beer tasted like you’d expect asphalt (black top) to taste like. Then, reading others’ comments figured there had to be something up. So I dumped what was left in the glass, washed the glass, and tried again. Huge difference. Night and day. The large bubble head that looked like a glass of coca-cola, turned to a nice, tight bubble, creamy head. In short it looks like a beer and not a soft drink. Lesson: unless you’re at a 5-star hotel, never assume the glasses are clean. Still creeped out but glad I’m at least drinking something that tastes like beer, a really good beer. A nice balanced flavor with sweetness and hops. Chocolate notes evident. A really nice hop profile.

3.2
3fourths (9347) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2012
bottle.
dark brown body, off-white head.
cocoa / chocolate / old coffee / roast nose.
light egg shell sulfur.
mild hop aromatics (grassy, citrusy).
medium-light body, watery late.
mostly smooth carbonation, lightly coarse graininess.
easy to drink but somewhat muddled and unexciting.

3.7
Ratman197 (14842) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting craemy tan head. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, earthiness, light grapefrui and light pine. Palate was bmedium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, earthiness, grapefruit and light pine with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering roasty finish.

3.1
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. It’s 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 don’t know what to think of this "Black IPA" style. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-17-2011

3.7
rxeight (3084) - Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Very good black IPA. Has a strong hop aroma and taste. Nice dark roasted malt as well. Easy to drink.

3.9
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 IPA’s, and this is a well made example of the style. Easily drinkable and something I would definitely have again.

3.9
ccex (1313) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown, almost black with a pillowy tan head and some lacing. Aroma has citrus hops, licorice, and some hay. Medium body and creamy mouthfeel. Slight bitter finish. Overall a very interesting well-balanced beer.

3.8
frpilz (111) - Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Deep black color as the thickest stout, light creamy beige head with some cling to the sides up the glass (duvel glass out of a 12 oz bottle). Aroma of hay, pine, citrus, coffee, and molasses. Flavor of toffee, dates, then some pine and citrus works through that. Medium body, creamy finish with contrast of bittering hops at the same time. Very enjoyable and complex, pair with a full ripe blue cheese and its heaven.

3.7
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bottle from my main man CanIHave4Beers. Pours a really lovely near-black with a pillowy, soft and foamy light tan head. Nose shows licorice, pine resin, chocolate and some orange bitters. Taste adds sweetness and a bit of bitterness. Don’t love this style but this one really grew on me.


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