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Black Top | New Glarus Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by cdkrenz on 08-27-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a rocky dark creme colored head; foam is about one and a half fingers in size; good amount of lacing formed and the head held pretty well; body is dark dark brown, almost black; no visible carbonation

S - Licorice; dark roasted malt nose; some graham cracker; cinnamon; dark fruit; some pine; chocolate

T - Beer has a pretty good dark roasted, slightly burnt, malt taste; dark fruit taste, like fig, very light though; sightly hoppy; very light lingering bitter aftertaste; cocoa and chocolate

M - Light effervescent feel on the tongue; body is pretty thin for a stout; leaves behind some nice licorice flavor; some leftover bitterness

D - Very good stout (says on the label), even though it is considered to be an American Black Ale; dark roasted flavors come on strong at the beginning and disappear pretty quickly, leaving behind a pleasant reminder of the good beer you just had

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh, boy. A winner.

Appearance: Very dark, but a bloody red if held up to the light. Good carbonation.
Smell: roasty, piney, sooty. All good. It's as though the Palos Forest Preserve was on fire.
Taste: Hints of citrus, licorice, chocolate...gosh, what have they done?! So good.
Mouthfeel: Defies solid description. Just a wonderful beer with super complexiities. I will say that enjoy the roasted bitterness in the middle with a dry, but NOT bitter, finish.
Overall: Wish I had some more of this stuff!

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Dark brown, couple shades darker than the brown bottle with a massive 3 finger khaki head. Retention is magnificent, with thin cap that remains. Leaves behind large swaths of lacing. Perfect looking Black IPA.

S - Roasty malts, some grain, earthy and floral hops. Mild scents of light roasted coffee and citrus.

T - Earthy and floral hops up front that blend into the light roasted malts. I get some mild coffee and citrus notes. It goes together nicely like breakfast coffee blends that have citrus notes. and a nice light bitter hop finish.

M - Carbonation is ideal, medium bodied, with a richer quality and a slight astringency.

O - One of the best Black IPAs I have had. All the flavors blend well and it is quite a treat. If you have never had a Black IPA it is hard to find one better than New Glarus.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: piney hops and roasted malt

Taste: expresso, roasted malt, and piney hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium-high carbonation, slightly bitter

Overall: A good not great black IPA. I do like the piney hops. I would not turn this one down, but there are others in the style I would go to first.

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.35/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is nice and dark, with good red tints (that turn to beautiful wood-browns as you go through it), nice dark IPA. Head is decent, doesn't stay around long but leaves a very nice lacing.

Smells of citrus, on the grapefruit side of things, but most interestingly is a slight floral smell alongside the pine hints. Really interesting, I like it a lot, goes well with the charred malts--did I mention those?

The taste is piney, but the citrusy smells give way here to the strong malt flavors. This is where the IPA stops and the dark comes in. Not much bitterness, almost seems sweet at the pull. There's a lot of blank taste coming through this--watery.

The beer feels odd in the mouth. Not crisp, not creamy, not slick. Lots of carbonation that leads to more of a stomach-feel than mouth-feel. Doesn't work for me.

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


Thanks! Cracked this to celebrate the 15th of August. In keeping with tradition, I poured it into my Woodshop 7 snifter.

A: Very dark in color with an inch of beige foam that lingers for half a minute

S: Perfumy floral aromatics with resinous pine. Citrus is pronounced, redolent of tangerine, peach, and orange. There's a dash of dark malt. Nice aroma.

T: Light roasted malt presence with a whisper of chocolate but only a little of sweetness. There's a smooth moderate bitterness with ample pine resin, orange, and grapefruit. Nice citrus flavor. Dry hop forward finish.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice dark IPA from New Glarus. The malt provides color but not too much flavor.

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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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