patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
Bottle. 12 oz. Split with Tom and his buddy. Pours very dark chestnut brown, almost black in the right light, with a fat, frothy, creamy one-finger head. Nice spotty lacing. Aroma is pungently floral; lavander, resnious, jucicy pine and citrusy hops, creamy oats and malt. Tastes like a dead perefect hybrid of a juicy single IPA and a clean brown ale. Notes of orange, pear, and sweet, roasty malt. Body is very, very mild with a clean, smooth, soft palate. Finishes with a bit of chalkiness and some rich, yet subtle chocolate and peanut butter notes. Dang, what a great brew. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
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. knickskicks (1162) - - SEP 7, 2014
Dark brown pour, tan head. Nose is piney, roasted malts, hop resin, slight veggies. Taste is pine, a touch of coffee, roasted malts. Creamy mouthfeel with a dry bitter finish. ARH (1124) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 5, 2015
On tap, poured into a sampler glass. Itís 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. Itís 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 thereís bitter rind and licorice at the finish. The aftertaste is dry with a bread crust flavor.
SpongeRuiner (1114) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Pours very black with a slight fruity pebble aroma. A lot of dark fruits and hops. Pretty good for the given style.
bookman10 (1112) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours a dark, almost reddish-brown. Malt and hops in the aroma. Hop bitterness, coupled with malty sweetness. Some hints of coffee, chocolate, even licorice in the flavor. My first sip was very alcohol-heavy; after that, the booze flavor settled down quite a bit. This is an interesting, flavorful beer. vikingguy (1101) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2011
Black w/ tan head. Fresh piney aroma. I like this. Itís an IPA but itís not an overwhelmingly hoppy IPA, which I liked. Pronounced yet mellow citrus hops balanced with a solid caramel biscuit malt baseline. Full bodied; texture is fairly creamy. Solid and unique. Another fantastic offering from New Glarus. mnmike (1086) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2012
Great beer. Pours about 85% black and has a surprisingly clean and crisp palate. DasBierChef (1083) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2011
Pours a jet black with eggshell head. Aroma hits like a brick to the face and is full of citrus, pine, and hoppy goodness. The taste is remarkably hoppy, but smooth and easy drinking. A bit of maltyness comes through right at the end. Very nice. Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Very interesting and tasteful. Black pour with some ruby highlights. Soft heat. Aroma of molasses and caramel. Taste is a smooth blend of caramel malt, cocoa, molasses and finishes with a pine hops bite.