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RATINGS: 316   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 Wisconsins 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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22685) - , Essex, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2013
10th November 2012
Opaque dark brown - black beer, good pale tan head. Palate is crisp and dry, turning softer. Minerals. Mild dark malts with a touch of bitter licorice and malt cream. Nice candy fruits towards the semi dry finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (15268) - , New Jersey, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with off white head. Nose/taste of cocoa, dry dark malt, old citrus, molasses, resin and pine. Some off notes in deep background. Dark roast finish with some resin. Medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2012
Bottle in Hotel Room, Chicago - Special Thanks to Derek. Black - offwhite head. Burned malts, light sweetness, nice roasted, light caramel, fruity, ok hoppy, grassy, chocolate, citrus, piney, nice bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (15010) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
12 oz. bottle, bonusd to me by ekoerper (thanks Ed), pours a deep dark brown / black with a medium foamy beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, spruce trees, and citrus and piney hops. Flavour brings out caramel and roasted malts upfront, a bit of chocolate, and a solid but slightly underwhelming citrus hop backing. Well-balanced, though perhaps slightly weak on the hop profile, or maybe Ive become jaded by these over-the-top black IPAs - it seems like more of a hoppy brown ale. Whatever it is, its well-constructed and highly drinkable. Great stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14334) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2011
Thanks to Guerde for this great ale! Pours really dark brown with a 2 finger creamy tan head. Its got that evergreen/citrus/herb aroma. Near full bodied. The flavor starts with a sweetish floral/citrus/evergreen - sort of leaving malt in the background. Then it gets into evergreen. Finishes far from sweet with lots of smooth non-harsh hop. Following with chocolate pine needles. Keeps changing flavor aspects. But pine is always there. Nice!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13658) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13439) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
12oz bottle, thanks nuplastikk. Small but persistent tan head atop clear cola-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, some milk chocolate, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, grapefruit, some roast. Light-medium body, some effervescence, fairly smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (12843) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2012
(12oz bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a medium beige head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, pine, and roasted malt. Flavor of caramel, grass, earth, roasted malt, pine, and chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (12470) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2011
12 ounce bottle from cbfobes. Thanks! Pours a clear dark ruby color with a medium sized creamy tan head. Good head retention and nice lacing. Aroma of floral and resin hop notes with roasted malts and a bit of chocolate. The taste is big roasty notes, citrus and resin hop notes, some caramel sweetness and just a faint bit of soy. Medium bodied with a lingering hop bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12330) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle shared by dkachur. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, long retention with great lacing. Aroma is roast, earthy and minty malt, chocolate malt with prunes and raisins. Flavor is roast and chocolate malt, light coffee, prunes and raisins, earthy hops with fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.


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