Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company
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4/5 rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Thanks to Duff27 for throwing this in at FFF XV.
Served in a tulip.
The beer pours a very dark brown, and appears black whilst in the glass. There's a shimmer of reddish-brown light that poked through in the glass. The head was about 2 fingers and was just slightly off white. It dissipated to a sliver quickly, and left moderate lacing. Lovely looking brew.
The beer has a big hop aroma - tons of grapefruit, lots of pine, some peach, and a little pineapple. I also get some dark malt character. There's a bit of coffee, some bittersweet chocolate, and a little roasted malt. There's a smidge of some alcohol in the nose, but it works well with the other aromas. This beer is an awesome smelling beer!
A little milder than the nose would suggest, this beer still has some wonderful complexity. The front of the tongue is greeted with some tropical fruits, citrus notes, and melon. The middle of the tongue has some nice coffee and a little chalky bittersweet chocolate. There's some slight bready character, and overall the beer is more balanced than it is bitter. This beer isn't sweet, but has somewhat of a roasty fruit flavor which is very pleasant. It's more like an IPA than it is like a porter or stout, but the dark malt adds a little layer of complexity to add to the beer's hoppy notes.
Black Top is very easy-drinking. It starts off with a bit of body, then finishes wonderfully dry and crisp. The carbonation is somewhat low, which works in this beer.
This is a really nice "Black IPA". The beer is complex, yet not fussy on the tongue. Everything is extremely balanced. This beer is incredibly well made, and would be a beer that one could enjoy several of throughout the evening.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2011 02:12:30 | More by MaxSpang
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