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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,104 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,104
Reviews: 674
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 50
Gots: 241 | FT: 0
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: 2,104 | Reviews: 674
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

Photo of Mongrel
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

More delicious than I remember. Plenty of juicy, piney hops, but not too bitter. Nice smooth brown/black ale backdrop that's moderately dry and chocolatey with some toffee notes. Not overly roasty like some black IPAs/porters. Malt backbone complements the juicy hops; doesn't clash with them.

Photo of fscottkey
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Notes: Best by10/29/2014. (consumed 10/8/14). Poured into a nonic pint

A: [4.50] Looks black in the glass but is a nice ruby red when held up to the light. I got 3-4 fingers of head. The head is off white and had large bubbles on the edges. The middle was a nice creamy head (I suspect there was residue on the glass causing the large head and different bubbles). The can lists the best by date 10/29/14) and the IBUs 65 and the ABV 6.8%(+1 for the trifecta!)

S: [4.00] Nice grassy smell on the nose. Some wafting sweet smells too.

T: [4.25] There is a nice hop presence up front giving some pine and grassy notes. Then there is sweetness from the malts. The finish is again with the hops and slight bitterness. There is also a spicy flavor that is very nice.

M:[4.50] The mouthfeel is excellent for a 6.8% ABV beer.. Nice and creamy on the palate

O: [4.25] Normally I rate Appearance, Smell then taste. But on the first sip I was struck by the velvety mouthfeel. I really like this beer. 21st Amendment puts everything you need on the can. Then they put everything I like in the can. Great Black IPA. It is not too bitter but still has some hoppiness.

Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice deep chocolate-reddish brown letting a little light in barely. Aroma is of pine resin, beautiful. Taste is hops, some citrus and bitterness. I am a hop fan, but this bitterness is kinda weird and slightly metallic. Feels ok

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,104 ratings.