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Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

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4.09/5
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1,072 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
newglarusbrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,264
Reviews:
205
Ratings:
1,072
pDev:
10.76%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
93
Gots:
128
Trade:
3
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4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BlueSpader
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of c014572
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm at a loss for describing this. Has a very hoppy aroma from what smells like dry hopping. I was expecting this to be a more bitter and heavily hopped beer but was taken back with how smooth and balanced this was. Exceptional offering.

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Photo of aleigator
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours totally black with a great, creamy beige head.

Nose is pretty muted, with a note of exotic fruits and a herbal layer becoming visible.

Has a smooth mouthfeel with a silk, refreshing medium body.

Tastes of roasty malts, mellow earth and herbal hops among bakers chocolate. Turns hoppier after the swallow with ripe oranges and juicy kiwi among more chocolate and a note of toffee. Finishes a bit smoky, dry with a bakers chocolate backbone.

Solid black IPA, which does not smell of much, but tastes of an intense interplay between fruity hops and sweet, earthy malts.

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4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black color. Thick velvety tan head dissipates somewhat leaving lots of sticky lacing and about a half finger of residual foam. Head re-constitutes even while drinking the beer. Gorgeous looking beer.

Smell has notes of roasted malts and some lightly citrusy floral hops.

Taste has notes of caramel and dark roasted malts. Light citrus and grapefruit notes along with some floral hops come through on the back end with a mild bitterness. There is a mint like flavor in here that I keep picking up on as well. Adds some lightness to the flavors.

Feel is medium bodied and coats the mouth. Mild carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall this is an outstanding black ale - one of the few I really enjoyed and would drink again.

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3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottling code B188

Appearance - Pours dark, cordovan brown with a light tan, finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds. Strong lacing with broken sheets and webbing making up the bulk of it.

Smell - Not picking up much. Mild malty chocolate character and a touch of underlying floral hops.

Taste - Fair notes of chocolate and roast. Mild hop spice bite. Mild citrus bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Slick, slightly silky texture makes it an easy drinker.

Overall - Not sure how old this thing is, but I'm not getting a lot of hops out of it. Actually not a lot of anything. I'm willing to bet this thing is old as dirt. A shame. If the bottling code means what I think it means, then this thing was brewed last February. Hmm.

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4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4.83/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.79/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.42/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Black Top from New Glarus Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,072 ratings
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