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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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83
good

1,823 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,823
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 40
Gots: 120 | 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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pearljam118

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2012 03:55:26 | More by pearljam118
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kushlash23

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-22-2013 15:36:06 | More by kushlash23
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mtc23

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

09-23-2013 21:17:44 | More by mtc23
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PittsburghHopHead83


4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-28-2012 20:42:43 | More by PittsburghHopHead83
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JimmyFlatRock

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-04-2012 00:37:33 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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BeerNoobNC

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-08-2014 04:20:10 | More by BeerNoobNC
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

On tap at 21st Amendment on 7/13/09.

A - Deep brown with burgundy highlights and half a finger of creamy beige head that settled to a thin ring and patchy film, leaving some thin lace around the glass. This is one dark-ass IPA!

S - Hint of grainy and chocolate malts amidst a hop bouquet suggesting piney and citrusy hops. Some sugary caramel sweetness also emerges.

T - Opens with a citrus hop character suggesting grapefruit with contrasting sticky piney notes. Malt is grainy with a subtle chocolate presence, albeit very nonchalant. Subtle hints of alcohol also creep into the mix.

M - Medium bodied with a syrupy texture and moderate, somewhat bristly carbonation. Finishes with a touch of metallic bitterness on the palate.

D - Very good dark IPA overall. Surprisingly, there's not a whole lot of malt character. The hops definitely dominate this IPA, though not in an overwhelming fashion. Good stuff!

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"... kind of a sinkwater smell."

07-30-2009 22:31:07 | More by ffejherb
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jreindl

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-20-2013 04:21:09 | More by jreindl
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CummingsK21

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-15-2011 01:16:41 | More by CummingsK21
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Meerkey

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

A: Thick beige head. Dark raw umber with murky muddiness at edges against the light.

S: Smoky and meaty! Surprising. A little chocolately and hoppy as well. Nice.

T: Dark. Mocha. Hoppy. bitter and mellow.

M: Smooth. Nice. Pleasantly heavy on the tongue. Nice finish.

O: I enjoy this more than their IPA. I'd probably pick up another sometime.

09-16-2011 20:43:45 | More by Meerkey
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VulcanVader

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 20:31:53 | More by VulcanVader
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jeanphony

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-05-2012 02:42:21 | More by jeanphony
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Beers9beers

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-03-2013 16:03:13 | More by Beers9beers
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skriv

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2013 22:30:12 | More by skriv
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mjaggers

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-22-2011 01:10:20 | More by mjaggers
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mcphish22

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

05-18-2013 01:30:25 | More by mcphish22
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schnarr84

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-19-2012 08:46:50 | More by schnarr84
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KVNBGRY

Florida

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%

I'm surprised this rating is so "low". Maybe it's because it was my first 21A beer, but I thought it was great. I rarely write full reviews, but I felt compelled to say something. Appearance/aroma/taste were what I have come to expect from a cascadian dark ale. It was a little too "smooth" but that's not a bad thing... Notes of pine, oak, and grapefruit all came out in the nose and taste. As its not the best CDA I've ever had, it's far from the worst. Keep up the good work 21A!

08-11-2013 05:02:52 | More by KVNBGRY
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours a deep, dark brownish black with cascading cappuccino colored head similar to the way Guinness pours. Great head retention. Smells of roasted malt, citrusy hops, and faint alcohol esters. In the taste, citrus and piny hops battle the roasted and chocolate malts. Well balanced. Well hopped. Nice malt character. Rich, smooth, drinkable. A little thin, but refreshing.

A very drinkable, rich, dark beer. Very good take on the style.

09-10-2011 21:49:52 | More by tdm168
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Sky2625

Washington

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Poured from a can into a glass mug/stein (this review is from notes taken 7/11/11).

A - Poured a medium dark brown, clear and with a light body, almost like a cola. 2 finger cream-colored, tiny-to-medium bubble head with good retention and thick lacing.

S - Citrus/pine hop nose for the duration, with a hint of molasses at the end. Easy on the nose, not pungent but pleasant.

T - Coffee note to start, followed by mild pine, underpinned by a hint of molasses. Transitions to simultaneous sweet and bitter with dark roasted malt notes. Finishes with a flush of spicy heat, bitterness, and a note of dark unsweetened chocolate.

M - Light medium body, with a flash of carbonation fizz to aid the transition from coffee to pine flavor, and which sets up the flash of spice.

D - This beer is great. Light enough in body, not too spicy or bitter to be a single-order beer, but flavorful enough to slow you down and make you appreciate it.

07-18-2011 01:48:23 | More by Sky2625
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haywire77

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Brew poured a dull dark brown with very little light coming through only around the edges. About 1 inch of mocha colored head faded very quickly to a decent cap that left pretty nice lacing down the glass. Yeasty sediment can be seen throughout and in abundance in the bottom of the glass.

Smells of piney resin and malt. Sweet malt, almost like a good piece of hard candy that makes my sweet tooth show itself. Nothing over powering, but very mild in a good way.

Taste is a little off putting at first, but makes it's way in with a bunch of chocolate and/or caramel malts and almost no hops or bitterness at all. A touch of roasted coffee and maybe, just maybe a little hop tingle after you swallow. Not IPAish in my book at all. There is another flavor here that I can't figure out.

Mouthfeel is different also. Not creamy, not dry, maybe it's the carbonation that is dominant here.

Overall this is a beer that I could have a few of in one sitting, but nothing that really jumps out at me. I do like it better than the other offerings that I have tried from this brewery.

10-11-2011 20:59:59 | More by haywire77
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

"Because eveyone likes it in the can. Tasty cracked cans." as Niko likes to say. Another one from 21st A, which I've loved most of their beers so far. Here's another in the pipeline.

A: Wow, with a can I'm forced to pour somewhat aggressively and it comes out with a huge head that forces me to stop pouring, with a 50% head to beer ratio, which is fluffy and bubbly and fades semi slowly with a lot of lacing. The beer is a very dark brown, dark raisin brown with hints of light coming through around the edges showing that is it potentially clear.

N: An interesting blend of malts and hops. It has an earthy bitter hop aroma, more like an English bitter almost but adds the American spicy and piny hop aromas with that. There is also a darker malty aroma, with some crystal malts and slight chewy malt aspect.

T: Taste comes on just as strong, with lots of varying flavors. It actually starts with a slight citrus flavor, juicy hops and even juicy malts. Some darker malts and chewy malts line the backbone, with a slight sweetness and even a little sugary flavor. There is a nice bitterness that doesn't overpower, just adds the nice hit. Some spicy and earthy hops make their presence known, but not as much as the aroma. A slight caramel malt flavor starts to shine through later on the taste.

M: Medium body, slightly creamy too (creamy, really?), with tons of carbonation.

F: Still pretty bitter as it finishes. Some grassy hops come out at this point, and bring more slight citrus and pine but very light. A slight sticky syrupy finish but no real sweetness as it dries to a somewhat dry finish. Some lingering earthy and spicy hop pellet flavors, with late hop addition flavors. Not bad for a black IPA, doesn't go overboard in any category, and is pretty clean and tasty. Going on trips with this would be great, cause taking it in the can always works better.

08-02-2010 00:50:50 | More by jlindros
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

12 oz. can into glass pint.
40°F

$1.75 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body topped with a tan two finger head of fantastic retention that leaves generous lacing and a thick rocky head. Really nice.

S: Piny hops dominate the aroma with a hint of peach citrus and mild roasted nuts and coffee.

T: Strong coffee flavors blended with a posted deep roasted malt character. The hops are piny, and the beer in general comes off as a bitter porter. The aftertaste is mild, and does not accumulate. The beer is good, but I'm not really sure how to grade it with regard to style.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Very crisp.

D: Very sessionable for me, but it may confuse some. The body is light, the flavor interesting, and finish crisp. If nothing else you will have some fun talking about it!

O: The blend of a stout and IPA will either please people, or offend two different expectations. Interesting beer none-the-less.

10-02-2010 02:55:03 | More by dpnelson1978
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

A black IPA from 21st Amendment brewing, California based craft brews in cans. Found this on tap, however.

Appearance: Black as night with a light khaki colored head. Could be confused with a Guinness to the untrained eye. The lace show is pretty fantastic, webs of bubbly foam coat the glass with each sip.

Smell: Floral hops and some toasty malt give the beer a solid nose.

Taste: A very mellow IPA, dark and lightly roasted. I would call this a hoppy schwarzbier since it has that type of malt backing. Piney hops add some bitterness, subtle grapefruit tinge. Mighty tasty.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavy on the palate but still goes down smooth and easy.

Drinkability: Hell yea! Fond of this one for sure, a nice hybrid of styles but still maintains the IPA feel.

08-04-2010 18:34:30 | More by Stinkypuss
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notsoprobeer

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Color was dark brown--not quite black. It had a tan colored head with good retention. Aroma was mostly hops, along the lines of grapefruit. After it warmed up, I could smell the malts. The first flavors I noticed were some roasted malts and coffee. Then the taste of the hops came through and left a slightly bitter aftertaste, which was pleasant. There was a touch of sweetness, that I could have done without. Body was light. Carbonation level was nice. Very drinkable.

02-07-2011 07:42:14 | More by notsoprobeer
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