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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,118 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,118
Reviews: 677
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.28%
Wants: 49
Gots: 252 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 11-23-2008

ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU
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Ratings: 2,118 | Reviews: 677
Photo of KevChiTown
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this one. I'm not totally gaga over black IPAs but this one pulls it off very well. Balanced is the best way to describe this one.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer but very average overall. Will not buy again.

Medium brown color, big, persistent pale tan head.

Hints of malt, but mostly unattractive bitterness, with hints of unripe pine. Long, piney finish with distinct chemical and asphalt notes.

Feels pretty good. Slightly rich, tastes unfiltered.

Nope.

Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can - pours a dark caramel/black color similar to cola, with 2 finger beige head with moderate lacing. The smell is roasted malt with slight coffee notes and faint earthy pine hops. The taste is like the nose, roasted malt upfront with small amount of coffee finished with mild bitter pith and semidry. Definitely hides the 6.8% alc well. Light to medium body and low to medium carbonation. Overall not bad but not mind blowing either. Nice to have if you want something a bit different and I like cans.

Photo of Tronicity
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special, had an odd aftertaste for me. Could be an old can, but regardless nothing exciting.

Photo of rdheaney
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smoky, nice malt balance with the hops.

Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, Enjoy by 05/15/15
A - fluffy tan colored head tops a cola colored ale; great head retention
S - earthy, tea-like, faint chocolate and citrus
T - nice complexity with well balanced flavors: chocolate, pine, tea, earth, grapefruit rind, roasted barley
M - medium body, a bit resinous, nice roasty bitter finish
O - one of the better American black ales I've had. I really like this style, and this one is solidly good.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I thought this ale was a mess. It looked good in the glass and that was about it. Medicinal taste, off-putting. And I really like black IPAs. Maybe I got a bad batch.

Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. Aroma's mainly hop with a hint of malt. Appearance is excellent with a huge, long lasting, tan head, lots of lace, and a clear dark garnet color. Taste is similar to nose, good balance between malt sweet, hop bitter, & carbonic tang. Good body. Finish falls fast at first and then tapers very slow at the last. Fairly drinkable beer; wouldn't mind another.

Photo of jimcody
2.36/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a full bodied as expected.

Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always if in liquor store, grab this BIPA. Just wonderful, fruity, caramel, toffee, chocolate, bitter, plenty of carbonation, dark dry finish. Thumbs up.

Photo of SierraFlight
2.34/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Can into pint at Rocklands. Pours cola dark with tan foam that dissipates quickly. Smells of roasty malts and piney hops. Flavor is bitter, smokey, sweet malty. Thin body, dry finish, porter-esque.

Photo of dbl_delta
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like Hop Crisis and other offerings from 21st Amendment, but this one was underwhelming.

Photo of dsnyder61
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this black ipa beer

Photo of mrlafay
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Interesting beer. Tobacco and vanilla taste, good head.

Photo of CJNAPS
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Love the IPA's from 21st, but didn't care for this one to much.

Photo of brother_rebus
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Great dark hue with deep amber tinge and a slick vanishing porter-like head. Cola-ish scent. A bit dull on the way in, but carries nice carbonation across the middle of the tongue, and leaves a malty trail down the back of the pallet as it deposits slight tones of tobacco and vanilla. Not all its hyped to be, but would order one at a bar on a crisp winter evening.

Photo of jbredbeard
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow. This looks like a stout but is all west coast style IPA. Very piney aroma folllows into the flavor with a medium-strong hippy bitterness that is very refreshing. Pleasantly surprised.

Photo of msante
2.4/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Its dark...to malty for me .

Photo of JLSIV
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass…beautiful pillowy head with great retention and lacing. dark coffee like brown color

Aroma was basic holiness, but seems more malt to me…not the best attribute of this ale

Taste was very mild for an IPA, some cocoa, walnut, with a little alcohol in the back. Some lingering bitterness, but not unpleasant

Mouthfeel was medium to slightly full bodied, excellent carbonation, almost stout-like in its feel, some astringency and a little off at the finish

Overall, a pleasant enough ale, with a lot going for it at the start, it finished a little bitter for me, but nothing to bad. Not my favorite, but a solid decent ale.

Photo of aranheaney
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Thoroughly enjoyable hybrid IPA

Photo of PayDay
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

An unusually nice day for November in Oregon yesterday, so I picked up a bargain growlette at Plew's to give this a try with some grilled burgers. It was very pleasant, with a nice bitter back to complement the roasted malt, and it went really well with the mushroom and onion burgers.
I'd definitely buy this again sometime.

Photo of Jimisyourdaddy
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

A hoppy, refreshing choice that's affordable and tasty.

Photo of Manbear
4.5/5  rDev +22%

My favorite from 21 Amendment. Love the can design/usefulness.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoy By: 01/22/15

A: Pours a near black color with 2+ fingers of tan head that very slowly fades down to a nice fluffy cap that leaves some nice lacing

S: Nice and hoppy along with a decent amount of roast up front. Hops are lightly citrusy and piney, with a bit of earthiness. Also get some dark chocolate in there, made a little sweeter from the crystal malt

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malts and citrus and pine notes. This is followed by some mild sweetness and earthiness. Finishes with a moderate bitterness and more roast

M: Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation. Very smooth, nearing on creamy

O: A very drinkable and enjoyable black IPA. Not over the top with bitterness or hops, it is extremely well balanced and does a great job getting the most out of both malt and hops. A nice surprise

Photo of moundbz
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tastes like a decent IPA, not to smokey or black qualities

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,118 ratings.