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Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

886 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 64
Gots: 64 | 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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WJVII

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to BA bud CDKrenz. Been too long since my last review.

Poured into a pint glass this brew was a nice oil black color with a decent finger milk chocolate head. The aroma is bold and full of hops. Spice, pine, and strong citrus are all present in the nose. The taste is very crisp with a decent malt up front with hints of caramel and burnt grains. The finish is all hop. Most notably citrus almost to the point of over powering all the other flavors. Despite this the medium to light body and good carbonation round out this beer. A newer style with lose parameters this brew fits the bill and is a good example.

12-06-2011 01:30:37 | More by WJVII
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willseph

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours dark, but not black as the name might imply. Poured into a pint glass, little head, no lacing. Fresh floral and citrus nose, the smell is fantastic in fact. First taste was a complex arrangement for me, but subsequent sips made it easy to tell the sweet molasses, malt, and tart hops apart. Nice mix of both earthy and citrusy hops with chocolate undertones.

Overall, one of if not the best black IPA I've had. Well balanced, not too rich, definitely a go-to for me.

12-05-2011 23:17:33 | More by willseph
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rayj212

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-05-2011 02:38:26 | More by rayj212
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PlinytheFarter

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-05-2011 01:51:00 | More by PlinytheFarter
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Nachojon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

A- More of a deep, dark red than black. 1 finger head quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S- Hoppy aroma with just the slightest bit of chocolate in the background.

T- Very complex. Love the crisp hops combined with chocolate malt backbone. Usually a beer like this would end up too malty for me, but somehow Dan has found a way to let these flavors hit you one at a time. Nice coffee, dark chocolate flavors here.

M- Crisp and clean. Almost feels too thin at first but as it warms up it really gets a nice body that fits its flavor profile. Nice carbonation.

O- New Glarus is solid and this is another good one from them. Happy to get a chance to try this one, will try again.

12-04-2011 08:17:57 | More by Nachojon
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +3.4%

black pour with a big head of tan lacing; a near perfect balance of rich roasted malts, smoked notes, dark earthy, and piney hops. warming only brings the hops to the front even more and allows them to steal the show. quick hitting and bitter as the first sip hits your palate it was amazing how smooth

12-04-2011 01:57:08 | More by mikesgroove
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RievyRW

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-03-2011 23:12:45 | More by RievyRW
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wiscokid920

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-03-2011 20:20:34 | More by wiscokid920
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bergie331

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

12-02-2011 21:40:42 | More by bergie331
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TTGBrewing

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

12-02-2011 05:18:05 | More by TTGBrewing
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azdback

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured into my custom etched "dead man's hand" pint glass. Pours a very dark brown, but held up to a light it is pretty see through. I can see millions of tiny carbonation bubbles leading to a small one finger head that is creamy in appearance and tan colored. Lace is not to sticky at first and doesn't improve with time.

Smell is quite hop forward and mint pine heavy. It smells a lot like a great IPA. I am just getting a bit of roasted flavors. Mild roasted coffee and a bit of chocolate sweet.

Taste at first is a let down. It has the great fresh hop resin that I love in an IPA but initially the dark roasted flavors don't meld well with it. This one does improve as it warms and as the swallow gets farther down my throat. This is a very mild, but good, interpretation of the style.

Mouth is silky or velvety with creamy carbonation. Body is balanced and finish is average and wet.

Overall it took me a while to get into this one but after it warmed I really liked it. I am still looking for a Black Ale/IPA to knock off Stone 15th Anniversary as the best in the category. This one is a must try if you are exploring the style.

11-30-2011 05:05:17 | More by azdback
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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%

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.

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
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.