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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,829 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,829
Reviews: 647
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 41
Gots: 125 | 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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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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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Can to DFH signature glass. Thanks to mdaschaf for both!

A- Basically you can say it pours black like a porter. When held to light the dark acorn browns really light up around the edges. Instant two finger fluffy off white head that recedes almost as fast as it grew. Lacing is exquisite.

S- Faint piney tones, grapefruit and strawberries. Sweet roasted malts, coffee and milk chocolate hints as it warms further.

T- Very faint hop presence, pine and lemon zest. The back of my tongue is getting the toasted malts, slight bitter coffee and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Bitter and dry aftertaste.

M- Thin but a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, not heavy like a porter, and not overly enamel stripping of an IPA. Good balance. 1-2 in a night would not be asking too much I think.

09-17-2010 00:39:10 | More by korguy123
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vfgccp

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

A - Deep black brown body with red brown highlights. Nice bone white head. Fine bubbles. Nice lace and great retention.

S - Soft pine, light roast, and sweet chocolate.

T - Herbal hops over coffee and a nice roast grain. Slow ramp-up of bitter chocolate before a shock of woody hops in the center. Malty finish.

M - Medium/light body

O - Low end of the hop spectrum for the style, but still a great offering.

08-26-2012 20:11:44 | More by vfgccp
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DocJitsu

California

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a huge, fluffy dark taupe head. Average head retention. Cola-ruby glints are noted around the bottom edges. Aroma is characterized by chocolate, roasted malt, and cherry. Mouthfeel is thin for a stout style, but they call this a black IPA, in which case it is more true to style. Carbonation is a bit on the low average side. Very mild flavors, given the appearance, of chocolate covered cherries and some coffee acidity late. There's a mild sweetness throughout. Some of its hop character expresses itself about midway. It still drinks a bit more like an English stout. The 65 IBUs likely put it in an IPA category. Otherwise, it should be in an English stout category.

10-27-2012 06:10:44 | More by DocJitsu
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Back in Black comes straight out of the can smelling mainly like an IPA, heavy on the grapefruit and pine notes, the emphasis being primarily on a more sugary version of the grapefruit notes. Hints of lemon and lime add extra citrus zest to the nose. All this lies atop a darker bed than is normally found in an IPA (this is a Black IPA, after all), which brings black malt, ash, and tobacco to the mix, albeit in far lesser proportions, compared to the hops.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a good shock of hops, here the flavors moving more toward grapefruit zest and pine than the sugary notes found in the nose. Again, lemon zest brings a heavier citrus burst. The beer isn't particularly bitter--only 65 IBUs--but the hops bring good flavor. The "black" part of the IPA--that is, if the hops were removed or lessened to only showcase the malts--tastes much like a weaker, watery stout geared almost exclusively towards ash, coffee, tobacco, and black malt flavors, though toasted pecans also come into play. Some sugars play in the background, and a few fruit esters (apricot, orange) peek their heads around the corner meekly. Late the in mouthful, especially if the beer is held on the tongue long enough, the ash and tobacco flavors largely take over. The aftertaste is mainly ash and tobacco, with a remaining runnel of grapefruit hops and pecans, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer in terms of flavor, the hops and malts each bringing a good series of tastes, and all of which meld together fairly well. At times the ash and tobacco flavors can slightly outshine the rest of the beer, and the medium-light mouthfeel is strange, given the potency of the flavors. Still, this is a far better-than-average Black IPA, and worth trying.

10-16-2011 15:28:55 | More by jondeelee
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prototypic

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Back in Black is a dark mahogany color. Looks a bit like cola. It's not opaque, and has strong burgundy highlights when held to light. A tan head caps it and rises to about a finger and a half in depth. It dissipated somewhat slowly. A very sticky coat of lace lined the glass.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice hoppy punch. Citrus grapefruit and pineapple are in the mix. Pine is secondary to the citrus scents, but is noted. Dark malts are notable. Smells mostly like roasted malts to me. There might be a touch of cocoa or chocolate, but not much. Alcohol is buried pretty well. All in all, it smells good. It's fairly simple, but good nonetheless.

Mmmm. This is tasty stuff. The dark malt base works very well with the hops. It does taste like roasted malts to me. A little cocoa is here, but it's mostly just a nice roasted flavor. Hops add a ton of flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are delicious. A hint of pine rounds it out. It is bitter, but not all that much. I wouldn't mind a little more. Alcohol isn't noticeable at all. It finishes hoppy and a little dry. It's not perfect, but it is very good.

The body is somewhere between light and medium. Carbonation seems quite active and is a tad buzzy. It's not quite smooth. Drinkability is quite good. Back in Black is tasty beer that goes down easy and is quite refreshing. Good stuff on a hot day.

This is my first beer from 21st Amendment Brewing, and I must say I'm quite impressed. Back in Black certainly has no shortage of flavor and is a very enjoyable beer. I'll nitpick and say it would be a little better with more hop bitterness. It's very good stuff as it is though. Cool can, too. Definitely recommended.

07-25-2010 00:48:30 | More by prototypic
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

A - Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with puffy 2 finger head.

S - Some bright hoppiness, grapefruit and pine. Good amount of malt in the background.

T - Much more malty in the taste. Almost drinks like a porter, some rich toasted malt, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. A little bit of hop kick on the end.

M - Smooth, good amount of carbonation present.

Overall - Not a bad beverage at all. Definitely more malty than an IPA (even a black IPA) would suggest, but I found the flavors present good.

05-06-2012 17:20:39 | More by BeerBuckeye
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m1ked

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Picked up a loosey from WF Bowery beer room.

A- poured out of the can into my Stone 11th Anni glass (coincidence?) and immediately noted the huge 3-4" off white meringue like head that didn't allow me ti finish my pour. Dark ruddy ruby brown edges when held up to the light. Lives up to the name at least.

S- Earthy bitter hop aroma with a touch smoke(?). Pretty low aroma overall though.

T- starts off with a nice caramel maltiness that quickly morphs I to the earthy grapefruit pithy bitter with a splash of pineapple. I hate to even bring it up, probably power of suggestion, but I get a tinny note weaving throughout. I enjoyed it overall.

M- light to medium. Good crisp carbonation.

D- beer has come a long way/full circle. Drinking a black IPA out of can...cool. Drinking good beer, very cool. I enjoy this style, and this is a good example

09-19-2010 02:37:02 | More by m1ked
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ForWhatAlesYou

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

On tap into a pint glass

A: Deep black, small off white head. Decent lace.

S: Initially I get a really fresh hop note but that gives way to some darker characteristics (smoke, chocolate).

T: I am glad this is listed here as a black ale instead of an IPA. The hop from the aroma is nearly non existent in the taste. The flavors are still good but not as punchy as I would have wanted from a brew labeled as a "Black IPA". This is a bit like Guinness' evil cousin. Good.

M: Thin but I think that this helps with the drinkability factor.

D: Worth a shot. I would be happy to drink again but certainly wouldn't seek out fervently.

12-21-2011 19:01:38 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
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Mosstrooper

California

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from 12oz can into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Not quite black, but more of a darker coloa color. Large, foamy off-white, slightly tanned head dissipates very slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Prevalent cascade hops backed up by buttery and roasty malts.

Taste: Begins with a buttery sweetness and a light hop flavor, finishing with intense (though not overly bitter) resiny hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable and sessionable IPA. Nothing outstanding, but still very solid all-round. This is a beer I would enjoy drinking again and would recommend to others readily.

10-18-2010 23:01:27 | More by Mosstrooper
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Bogforce

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

A: BLACK. Two finger head that goes away slowly after the first drink. Decent amount of lacing.

S: Smells like an IPA mainly, can tell it has the dark malts in it.

T: Pretty decent mix between an ipa and dark beer at first. Finishing taste is an ipa

D: Probably wouldn't drink this a ton but it's a pretty good beer

11-30-2010 03:59:55 | More by Bogforce
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Very dark with clear, coppery brown edges and a fluffy tan cap. Good head retention with spotty, clumpy lace. Hoppy aroma, lots of grapefruit and citrus pith. Chocolate notes, some brown sugar, slight alcohol. Sharp, piney bitterness, juicy grapefruit flavour, malty sweetness and cocoa towards the end. Very creamy texture with fine carbonation, but the body felt a bit light. I liked it and I'm glad I picked up a six-pack.

07-23-2010 00:00:17 | More by DrJay
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ujsplace

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured into an oversized tulip.

This brew is black with a thick, frothy two-fingered tan head. Nice lacing and a thin, wispy layer is left as the head is reduced to a chunk sitting in the middle of the layer.

Smells of roasted malts and citrus hops with a piney resinous smell in there as well.

Initially tastes of big citrus hops that is balanced nicely with a nice maltiness that is like dark chocolate, coffee and nutty. The finish is an astringent pine-like hoppiness.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

An easy drinking brew that definitely doesn't let you forget that this is an IPA. Would easily buy a case of this stuff. This is a very sessionable brew.

09-25-2010 23:43:38 | More by ujsplace
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Deep brown with a muted whitish head. Layers of lace. Looks pretty compelling, and a good way to begin the evening.

Piney/greenery hops on the nose - but with a knowing undercurrent of malts.

Subtly hoppy - can't decide if that's balance or watery. It's refreshing though that the hops aren't overwhelming - they're composed. The malts are even less so, with a bit of burnt toast on the tongue.

Highly drinkable - I enjoyed this beer more than I thought I would.

01-20-2011 02:56:26 | More by mdcrouser
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bpw28

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Appearance: Two finger off white shaving cream thick head, Deep Mahogany (about a 35 SRM), Very Nice Lacing

Nose: Heavy Roast, Big Citrus, Floral, Yeasty, A little funkyness (A very good thing, reminds me of belgian funk), Big Coffee, Fig, Bittersweet Chocolate

Taste: Hm. Well, it seems to hit in this order- Citrus-Floral-Pine ipa, Roasty-Coffee-Caramel-Bready dark malt, Spicy-Floral strong hop bite end. This one comes in layers, which of course is nice. A little light on the mouth fullness though.

Final Thoughts: I really like this one. I don't know if the lack of body is so it's more of a "session" if you so choose to have it that way. There's mouthfeel, but it isn't to what I would expect. It's my only qurk, and its pretty small really. Great beer (had the monk's blood from 21st, amazing.) certainly worth the buy and I'm glad that 21st has been kicking the can phobia alot of people have into to the gutter.

Food Pairing: Meat, Sausage, Grilled Items, Smoked Items, Medium Cheeses, Ham, Lamb.

05-31-2011 15:54:34 | More by bpw28
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

This is one of the 3 canned 21st Amendment beers available in my area now. It pours a dark murky brown colorm fairly opaque, with a thick light tan head that laces in dried chunks on the glass. It smells like wet resiny hops and roasted malts, and the taste is no different. I'm not the biggest fan of black IPAs in general but this one is pretty good. The hops take enough of a lead to keep me happy. The body's kind of light but this beer goes down easy. This beer will work in a pinch.

09-13-2010 00:15:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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trxxpaxxs

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

A: Pours a super deep brown, verging on black, with a full finger of khaki colored head. The foam takes forever to settle. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is dark chocolate, caramel, citrus, pine, and roasted nuts. There isn't one standout scent, it's a pure blend of all of those things.

T: Starts out sweet like caramel, mixed with some burnt toast. Citrus hops shine through right after. The middle is mainly malt. The finish is a blend of char and bright citrus.

M: Medium bodied beer. Tons of flavor, nice malt and hop play. Nothing lingers for too long.

O: Solid. I'd drink this again if I saw it.

06-27-2012 20:37:11 | More by trxxpaxxs
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JRed

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Dark brown with frothy off white head that lasts. Roasted malts, earth, hop spice in the nose. Tastes of cocoa, earth, hop spice, roast, slight medicinal, hop bitterness and a echo of citrus. Medium body with medium carbonation. Roast and hop bitterness lasts in the palate. Well balanced between hops and roast.  

05-30-2011 03:19:58 | More by JRed
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Pencible

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

A: This poured a clear black ruby, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry milk chocolate and oranges, with some earthy roasted coffee and copper hops.
T: It tasted like creamy milk chocolate and sweet oranges, with some coffee and copper. It had a very clean, bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice black IPA, almost bordering porter with more prominent roast character. Still very nice scent and taste, with ok body. Finish was so smooth it was tough not to chug. Not the best of the style, but very enjoyable and session-able.

02-01-2012 21:59:53 | More by Pencible
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Back in Black, 21st. Amendment, American IPA brewed with rich, dark malts, 6.8% abv, 65 IBU.

It's dark alright, really black. And really fragrant, a buoyant bouquet of fruity esters, hops, etc. Lush, creamy head, long lasting, lovely,
Cream cocoa nose, sweet and bitter met well.

Taste: hoppy up at the top, goof bitterness, mixed with roasted malt, as well as the sweetness. Intriquing. Grapes and berries, lime and grapefruit. Tasty as heck.
Quite drinkable, too. Yum, I have to say, yum, I am compelled to report.

08-22-2010 07:52:27 | More by feloniousmonk
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%

Very dark brown beer with a deep purple light passing through. Light beige head formed at a height of over two inches. The foam looks dense and dry. Excellent head retention. Laces in blankets in properly dried glassware.

Earthy and piney hops in the nose exhibit dryness and heartiness with the added char of roasty malts. Some citrus notes include tangerine rind and grapefruit pith. A dry anise-like aroma cuts in from the direction of the malt.

Spicy pine notes with substantial leafiness and copious amounts of floral notes deliver with true whole hop cone flavor. Very bitter and gruff. Lots of intensity driven by the spicy hops. Malts are nicely roasted with an earthy appeal. Lots of herbal flavors going on with rooty vegetable and leafy astringency. Hint of fennel. Good beer.

Dry feel with residue of dried foam carbonation and spiciness from the alcoholic presence. A little frothy. Body is medium. There's some good chewiness.

A solid beer. One of my favorite, easily-accessible black IPAs.

12-26-2013 15:50:15 | More by thecheapies
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Pous like a stout , light cream head that decides to coat the sides of my pint glass with each sip. Aroma had dark roasted malts with herbal hops going on more like a hoppy porter or a stout than other black IPAs I've come across. This is the popular style of the moment everybody is making a dark hoppy beer nice to see some variation, not overly bitter in anyway. Flavor was creamy dark roasts a mix of dark chocolate and light coffee tones with blasts of herbal slightly citric hops, goes together ncely a good balanced blend. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is smooth and easy going I can't complain it's actally silky texture. Drinkability overall a nice blalanced hoppy dark beer I can't really call it a BIPA compared to other more aggressive versions but it was enjoyable.

08-13-2010 16:42:10 | More by WVbeergeek
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

I wasn't afraid to order a pour of this on a whim, as Southern Tier introduced to to the "Black IPA"

A: Upon it's arrival there was a big 3 cm soapy off mocha head with a kind of bistre colored body. The lacing resembled glue, really stuck to the glass making it look eternally frosted. Active carbonation had to see with such a dark colored body.

S: The first thing I pull out is the hop profile. The hop profile is piney with a slight citrus twang, this is underneath the malt bill that 21st Amendment used. There is roasted malts, delicate chocolate and sugar. A trace of alcohol is also present.

T: The taste and nose match up like biological twins. Albeit not identical, but very similar in so many ways. I am sort of conflicted with this style, but this one does it right. Resiny hops + roasted chocolate malt. In this particular instance it works as the malt bill isn't gigantic. The primarily resinous hops are enjoyable and lead way to chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter finish.

M: Ample bodied with enough carbonation and slight oily texture.

D: This particular batch does the black IPA justice, but not a style that I particularly love.

01-19-2010 20:21:13 | More by MPLS
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

Sample size: 12 ounce can.

Pours a nice black with brown accents on the edges of the glass. Less than a finger tan head on top with decent carbonation.

The nose is quite citrusy, obviously different than the appearance would indicate (the interesting black IPA). Quite citrusy hop aroma coming off the top of the glass.

Flavor is sweet up front, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. This gives way to bitter hops, ending on a burnt graham cracker flavor that lingers on the tongue.

There is nice balance in this beer. I like the mix of chocolate malts and lots of hops. The style is interesting, visually ironic. Back in Black is a good, drinkable beer that has some interesting characteristics within the can.

12-26-2010 13:28:29 | More by movingtrain
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rootbeerman

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours dark brown, black in glass. head look creamy and in is just about a finger and a half thick, decent amount of lace as well
S: mostly light grapefruit hops, with a touch of pine as well. dark malt in the background.
T: tastes like an IPA and a porter had a kid. grapefruit and pine hops, with coffee and light bitter chocolate. hops do not over power the malt sweetness. the coffee and hop bitterness lingers for a good while
M: smooth almost silky but not quite. low to medium carbonation
D: easy to drink, flavors are good and last. brings me to like 21stAB more.

07-22-2010 08:12:45 | More by rootbeerman
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