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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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
355mL thanks to dkachur. Pours a deep brown to black with a rocky, thick, tan head. Awesome retention and big lace. Nose is very melon and tropical fruity with jackfruit, cantaloupe, and pineapple. Taste is bitter, tropical, melony, tropical. Very intense and very fruity hop nose. Pink grapefruit intensity. Excellent Black IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BVery (9912) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle at MN Gathering @ Skyview V. Darker brown pour with a slushy off-white head. Aroma was fresh hops, nut, and vegetables. Medium palate. Taste was caramel, nut, hops, and malt. Decent brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9741) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
On tap @ the ber Tap Room in the Wisconsin Cheese Shop, Milwaukee. Very hazy medium brown, thick tan head. Light guava, light roast, a milder BIPA. Nice though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9706) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2012
12 oz. bottle as a local trade bonus. Pours an initially hazy cola brown that clears up, with a small tan head. Aroma of citrusy, earthy hops, toasty, roasty, and chocolate malts, pine, and herbs. The flavor follows the same tack, with chocolate, roast, earth, pine resin, citrus, and earth. A little metallic note, too. Light-medium bodied, with a fruity mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice BIPA.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 18, 2013
12oz bottle, big thanks to beerpig317! Code on bottle is 1112 06:12 . Very dark brown / red color. Appears near black. Thin tan head, some ropes of lace. Medium-plus body. Smooth, lighter, lightly soft carbonation. Kind of a more full, thicker body. Good chocolate, balanced licorice, light coffee notes. Some citrus and piney hop. Nice cocoa aftertaste. Moderate sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Good aroma, but not as crisp or assertive as other examples. A little soft, but still enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arminjewell (9423) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 18, 2012
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with thin off white almost tan head, aroma brought notes of slight mineral, grass, roast, some earthy and pine notes but mixing well with some cocoa, coffee notes, very interesting but I wonder how old this bottle is. Taste is some grass, slight soapy/floral/mineral notes, touch of cocoa powder, hints of earthy grain, some touch of roast and coffee, finishing fairly bitter, slight dryness as well.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9265) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (8664) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
On tap at GABF 2011. Pours a dark brown color with a medium tan head. The aroma is sweet citrus and pine with a malty chocolate background. Some bitter pine hops and sweet oranges, very light chocolate malts and toast. Quite nice, smooth and easygoing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (8358) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2012
12oz bottle courtesy of GhostFace. It pours up brown with clear amber edges and a tan head that leaves behind light spotty lacing. The aroma offers up a pleasing rich load of pine hops and dank to spicy hops mixing with dark roasted malts. The taste is very similar where the hops take the flavor lead with a blending of dank to spicy hops to resiny pine hop goodness. Well behind the hops are murmurs of dark roasted malts and faint chocolate malts that grow a tad and then linger into the finish. Darn tasty, this.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Erzengel (8174) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JUL 1, 2013
12fl.oz.-bottle. Toller hopfenaromatischer Geruch. Der Antrunk ist toll aromatisch, gepaart mit rstmalzigen Tnen, die zum Hauptteil hin strker werden. Dazu angenehm herb. Der Hauptteil ist toll ausgewogen zwischen der hopfenaromatischen Herbe und dem malzigen, rstmalzigen Krper. Der Nachgeschmack ist toll-aromatisch, schn ausgewogen. --> super tolles Bier! 14/12/15/15


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