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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,991 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,991
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 45
Gots: 160 | 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:
ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU

(Beer added by: tpd975 on 11-23-2008)
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Photo of inlimbo77
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at Chelsea Tavern in Wilmington, DE. Poured into a simple pint glass. Interesting side note: heard the server actually say, "Good. Someone ordered that, we need to get rid of that keg." Not a good start.

A: Pours a deep, rich deep brown color. Not completely black, but more of a cola color. Minimal head that faded quickly. Off white head. Good lacing.

S: Mild hop aroma, but not much. More malty. Stout-ish smells....a bad stout that is.

T: I got mostly malts. Not the hops that I was expecting from an IPA. Not crazy hoppy at all. Unimpressed.

M: Not mouth coating. Surprisingly watery?

D: Easy drinking but would I want another....that would be a no.

Overall, disappointing brew. All around. Sorry 21st Amendment, probably won't try others from you line.

Photo of doughanson78
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Super dark black. A tad bit of light getting through at the edges. One finger light tan head with decent retention and good lacing.

S: Very floral hop aroma. Almost like incense. Not much else.

T: Very flowery. Again like an incense. Not digging it at all.

M: Light bodied. Slightly dry. Light crispness.

O: Have had this a few times now. Haven't cared for it any of the times.

Photo of SnacksMcBillings
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz can into snifter glass.

Aroma: Strong alcoholic smell. Mostly piney and spicy hop aroma. Hint of light caramel malts. Hop volatiles fade quicky as it warms. No esters.

Appearance: Light tan head, fades quickly. Deep brown color, almost black. Looks like a CDA.

Flavor: Initial caramel like sweetness, that faded as it warmed. Hints of roast malt appear as it warms. Alcoholic taste. Strong hop bitterness and spicy hop flavor.

Body: Light IPA like body. Medium-high carbonation. Prickly mouthfeel. Dry finish.

Overall: A hoppy drinkable beer. Mouthfeel and appearance is right on but flavor and aroma are lacking. Malt profile is one-dimensional. Higher dry-hopping levels could help aroma. Pitching more yeast and/or reducing fermentation temps could help with the alcohol thing.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,991 ratings.