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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

903 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 193
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.27%
Wants: 67
Gots: 70 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: cdkrenz on 08-27-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

DbbC, Dec 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

zimmee66, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Black Top
New Glarus Brewing Company, Wisconsin
---from bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Very dark brown, dark ruby around the edges. Thick creamy looking head. Great lacing.

Smell
Roasted malts, dark chocolate and a little citrus seeping through.

Taste
Oh man! Espresso-like malt right away, followed by sweet/bitter hops.

Mouth-feel
Maybe over carbonated for this beer. Sticky and bitter – but very drinkable. Flavor profile changes in between sips.

Overall
More hoppy than I thought (when is that a bad thing?) Carbonation seems to cover the malt flavor a bit. That being said, I really enjoyed this beer. Espresso flavor is always welcome, day or night. Hop heavy dark beers aren’t common, so this is a treat. Opening another soon.

Post review addition - Just learned from a fellow beer aficionado that this beer is in fact a Black IPA

Kevin-Wieken, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. The brew appears a dark brown to mahogany color with lighter brown around the edges. A tan cap rests atop fading slowly leaving some spotty lace.

The aroma is dank and herbal with a roasty earthen coffee undertone. Somewhat weedy with hops that blends to more fruity and floral as it is smelled more.

The tastes has some bready grain, biscuits and chocolate. Quite roasty like coffee with a bitterness that seems to come from the kiln of the grain instead of oily, resinous hops. Somewhat dank and weedy hops are more present towards the back.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. Very easy drinking and enjoyable with a solid mix of character. I would drink this again.

stakem, Dec 09, 2013
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4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark brown and almost black color with some clarity when held up to light and bubbles can be seen coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing as the beer was drank too.

Smell: Pine, smoke, roasted malts, chocolate malts, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste: The citrus flavors stick our the most. There is also ash, roasted and chocolate malts, pine, and some mild lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, mild bitterness, and low to medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid and tasty black ale. A nice hop and malt blend that rolls off the tongue. 6.9% too. A trip to Wisconsin is seen in the immediate future to get more.

Flounder57, Dec 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Shawner, Dec 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Black in the glass but clear deep ruby around the edges, one finger off white/tan head.

S-Very roasty, some burnt notes, dirt, some hops.

T-Like the nose; roasted malt in the beginning. Dark chocolate and coffee later. Tad bit of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation though, tad watery.

O-A good Black IPA, not sure of the freshness though.

rlee1390, Dec 01, 2013
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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%

DemoniChris, Nov 29, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Thefonz1988, Nov 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

thinwhiteduke, Nov 24, 2013
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.