Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.4/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Pours a dark brown, not quite black color, with a creamy two inches of beige head. Head coats the glass very nicely and keeps well too.
Smell is surprisingly bland and somewhat soapy. Just not much going on here at all. Some roasted malt and a bit of sweetness. Digging deeper gets me some nutty aromas and chocolate. Not much in the way of hops.
Taste is more flavorful than the nose let suggested it might be. Some sweet dark caramel and chocolate, plus a bit of roasted malt form the base. This is probably the least hoppy 'American Black Ales' I've yet had. There is some earthy hop flavor and a touch of citrus, but not much. Doesn't deliver a whole lot of flavor; pretty boring to be frank, although pretty easy drinking.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and does have a nice creaminess to it. It's soft and smooth. Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of the beer.
This is not a particularly memorable beer, nor a very good one. Mediocre in just about every regard. Bland on the nose, bland on the palate. Only plus is that it comes in a can.
Serving type: can
03-31-2011 02:16:07 | More by number1bum
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3.84/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours very dark like black walnut with a crimson hue deep within the beer. A fat khaki head of foam falls slowly and leaves lace. The nose is bright with grapefruit. Really tart smelling and earthy with a bit of the peel. Some toasted sugar comes forward as it warms and a bit of dark malt scent like coffee. The taste is excellent. The mouthfeel is thin and has the quality of a good light IPA. The malt takes center stage in the drink as it comes forward with a touch of bitter roast and some weak coffee. A light caramel and some citrus take up the mid palate where the grapefruit has been tamed but still very much present. Finishes dry and roasty with a bit of the malt sweetness and a hint of char to linger at the back of the throat with a bit of the bright citrus peel. What it does not do is blast away at the finish with hop bitterness and that lets those roasted malts linger a touch with the citrus as a gentle compliment.
I really liked this one and this style can be somewhat elusive for me. I usually find that the stout like qualities of the malt clash and are too heavy alongside the citrusy IPA flavors. Not so in this beer. The malt is as light as it could possibly be and still be roasted almost black. Light and drinks lightly I love it!
Serving type: can
07-10-2014 17:48:45 | More by utopiajane
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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