1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Black Top - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Black TopBlack Top

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

878 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 878
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Black Top Alström Bros
Ratings: 878 | Reviews: 191 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bergie331
bergie331

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Arizona

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 05:05:17 | More by azdback
Photo of brandoman63
brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.5%

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Iowa

3/5  rDev -26.5%

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

11-22-2011 17:01:47 | More by thetomG
Photo of Lemke10
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
Photo of KC9LDB
KC9LDB

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2%

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

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +22.5%

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


4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

11-19-2011 05:10:57 | More by johnhenryconway
Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.