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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

875 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.78%
Wants: 61
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
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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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2011 03:16:24 | More by brandoman63
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jenray

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

11-29-2011 03:22:55 | More by jenray
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Jerktookmyname

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-28-2011 17:35:57 | More by Jerktookmyname
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barnzy78

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

11-28-2011 05:14:48 | More by barnzy78
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DoctorB2B

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-28-2011 04:00:30 | More by DoctorB2B
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Viciousknishs

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-28-2011 00:47:39 | More by Viciousknishs
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supercolter

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-27-2011 08:58:53 | More by supercolter
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

11-27-2011 04:26:11 | More by thewimperoo
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smogfood

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-26-2011 20:29:11 | More by smogfood
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assman79

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-25-2011 20:17:23 | More by assman79
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sjstraub

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-24-2011 03:54:08 | More by sjstraub
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augustgarage

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited at the chance to try this (thanks to a generous relative) - poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Bistre body with burnt umber and chestnut highlights capped by a fist of thick buff foam. Dense ropes of lace; superior retention.

Very fresh evergreen and citrus notes in the nose - malt backed, but bursting with hops. Vague suggestions of rye as well...

Pleasing complex grainy malt bill with hints of cocoa and molasses (as suggested by the description) - bittersweet and dark flavors blend perfectly with the bright full hop elements. Fresh and rich flavors throughout. Increasing earthy/herbaceous/rooty complexity as the ale warms. Finishes dry but free of astringency or any burnt qualities (a common excess of the style in my experience).

Very well carbonated with a full but not heavy mouth-feel.

One of the better examples of the style - unique and expertly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 02:45:58 | More by augustgarage
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spoonhawk

Iowa

3/5  rDev -26.5%

11-23-2011 23:24:41 | More by spoonhawk
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wallrock

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-23-2011 16:19:08 | More by wallrock
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cradke

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black with dark brown hue when held to the light. Small, fine head that diminishes quickly.

Smell: Lots a pine notes. Very nice, clean hop profile.

Taste: Very pleasant hop profile. Intense pine hop profile up front with very little taste of alcohol. Very pleasant and extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Mild to medium carbonation. Smooth and pleasant texture.

Overall: A great IPA and one of the best black IPA's I've had. A great pine hop profile that doesn't overwhelm but pleases. There is also a great balance with the malt and while 7%, very little alcohol taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 22:38:00 | More by cradke
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thetomG

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-22-2011 17:01:47 | More by thetomG
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a 6pk of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $6.99 in Fall 2011.

Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight fluuf off-white head. Scent has chocolate malts, molasses, and bitter hops in the mix. Basically the taste is a more robust version of an IPA. It still has a bitter taset throughout but is nicely complimented by the sweet tastes of chocolate and molasses. A very complex beer that overloads the taste buds at first making for a great sipping beer. A great brew using a more unique style that you just don't find too many of in your local beer store. A must try!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 05:15:15 | More by Lemke10
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KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-21-2011 22:35:08 | More by KC9LDB
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ChiPool

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the open, BT smelled like the NG IIPA (which i really enjoyed). I wasn't sure what to expect, withthis being my first "black IPA". The benefit is that I have no benchmark...just experience the beer.

Pretty well balanced between hops & malt. The hop presence is piney. Almost no presence of booziness: super smooth. I really think the key to NG beers is to appreciate the subtleties. I know this isn't a "holiday brew"' but i was just able to get my hands on this A few days before T'giving. As a hophead, I prefer this to many of the spiced holiday brews.

Nice, almost sessionable balanced IPA...

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 02:13:43 | More by ChiPool
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%

11-20-2011 14:37:09 | More by denimdemon
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jkrgrs

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-19-2011 14:32:58 | More by jkrgrs
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johnhenryconway


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-19-2011 05:10:57 | More by johnhenryconway
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I2uss

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2011 17:43:29 | More by I2uss
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jjheinrichs

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -2%

11-18-2011 04:42:41 | More by jjheinrichs
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mklinger

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-17-2011 23:18:35 | More by mklinger
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.