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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,788 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 39
Gots: 106 | 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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

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

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

07-22-2010 08:12:45 | More by rootbeerman
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thegodfather1076

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. can dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - 21st has some cool modern ideas on the cans and this one is no exception.

Appearance - Poured a dark brown color with a light tan 1 finger head that dissipates quickly into a frothy covering. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Smells of citrus piney hops. Grapefruit and piney aromas prevalent. Nice nutty matly scent too.

Taste - Tastes of grapefruit and citrusy hops with a nice toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation lead to a medium bodied feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable if this is your type of beer. Excellent complex flavors.

I really enjoyed this as it was my first Black IPA. Very different from any IPA that I have ever had. I would recommend trying this.

Serving type: can

06-25-2011 13:37:22 | More by thegodfather1076
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in color with a deep brown hue around the edge of the glass. Pours with a thick beige head that leaves lots of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Looks like it would be thick and chewy, but is surprisingly medium bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted malt and coffee aromas with a faint hint of citrus and dark fruit. Flavors are similar to aromas, with roasted malt and coffee flavors in the front, a bit of tangy citrus in the middle, and a dry finish with a slight piney hop finish. Pretty unique combination of flavors. Although I enjoyed it, I probably wouldn't be having 3 or 4 of these at one sitting.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 01:17:35 | More by IronLover
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matttttYCE

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker pint. Head is 1 - 1 1/2 fingers tall. The color is light tan and it's fairly creamy. Color of the beer is a deep, dark, murky brown nearly black. I can also see some sediment floating around. Head dies down slowly and leaves a little lace but not much.

The aroma is of resinous hops, citrus, grapefruit and mango, floral notes, sweetness, big roasted qualities, caramel, cocoa, and chocolate malts, and hints of coffee as well (similar to porter type coffee notes).

The taste is of big bold resinous hops, citrus, grapefruit, sweetness, caramel, cocoa, bitter/dark chocolate, plenty of roasted malts, and some coffee notes. Nice tasting, different take on an American Black Ale.

The consistency is silky, carbonation is medium (maybe medium-high), the body is on the slightly heavier side of medium as well, and the finish is a bit long and wet (almost sticky) but not in a bad way. Feel is really just above average for me. I think it might be that it leans a tad too much towards the heavier side of things.

Overall this is definitely an American Black Ale that does it's own thing. Pretty different from the other examples I've tried of the style. Not my favorite, but certainly one I'd drink again and glad I got a 6 pack of it.

Serving type: can

11-24-2011 00:09:01 | More by matttttYCE
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - First thing I noticed was the incredibly foamy and large brown head, which has excellent retention and great lacing. The actual beer itself is a black that turns a dark brown around the edges when held up to the light.

Smell - Sweet rich chocolate, surprisingly strong floral hops, toffee and burnt malts. It's not a particularly strong smell, but it's a decent one nonetheless.

Taste - Sweet dark Chocolate, Mocha Coffee, Burnt Roasted Malts and floral hops. It's like a dark ale but with a strong hoppy kick to it!

Mouthfeel - Very light and creamy thanks to the low amount of carbonation and lightness in body!

Overall - Fairly hoppy for a black ale, which is worth checking out itself! Aside from that you have a decent black ale that is worth checking out!

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 04:10:22 | More by NuclearDolphin
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biggerboat88

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, this is a very dark IPA with a thick topping of light brown head. You get mostly sweet malts with some slight roasted aromas on the nose. The sweet malts come through first, I noticed some earthy undertones before the hops come through. There is a lingering bitterness that interplays with the malts as you continue to drink this one. The head faded rather quickly but left some considerable lacing on the glass. Another decent addition to the "Black IPA" family that seems to be quite popular right now. Very smooth and drinkable with an enjoyable little hop-bite.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 18:27:13 | More by biggerboat88
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Black in color with garnet highlights, and a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint roasted malt, citrus hop notes
Taste-Roasted malt, faint coffe and chocolate notes, a nice citric hop bite for balance.
Overall, pretty flavorful, if a bit thin-bodied, but not bad at all, especially out of a can.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 21:44:34 | More by hosehead83
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patpbr

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Black Ale is black in color like the name states. The smell is malt and some citrus. A roast malt character smokey and coffee. Then it finishes like an an IPA with a bitter and lingering feel. This is an interesting brew. Its well worth a try.

Serving type: can

12-06-2012 00:58:08 | More by patpbr
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and chocolate

Taste: burnt malt, chocolate, nut, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body, sweet with a bitter backbone.

Drinkability: Delicious. One of my favorites from the brewery. There is a nice mix of malts and hops in this one. I am glad I picked up a six.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 16:10:48 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, with quite a bit of pine from the hops.

The flavor is bitter pine with some lightly roasted malt. I also get a touch of chocolate and maybe some coffee, but it is fairly faint. Low bitterness and the beer is very dry.

Thin, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: can

10-16-2010 22:37:42 | More by Mora2000
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reviews for 21st Amendment Back in Black seem surprisingly low for what I thought of it. The beer is definitely not black, but a very dark brown. There is fantastic lacing and a head that stays almost full for the entire lifespan of this beer. The nose has a distinctly chocolate graham cracker aroma with a touch of resinous and grapefruit hops. The beer is has a definitely dark chocolate and roasted grain taste, which is a bit more than expect for a beer of this style, which tends to be more restrained in its roasted profile. The beer is slightly sweet with a good bitter kick in the finish. The hops are restrained but in balance with this beer. This is definitely a more malt-forward and chocolately black ale, but still delicious. A different interpretation of the style, more like DFH India Brown Ale than Stone SSR.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2011 06:00:02 | More by Soonami
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment- Back in Black

A- Deep dark ruby red/ brown with a solid lacing head.
S- Sweet sugary dark roasted choc. malt with a dose of pine hops.
T- Sweet roasted choc. malt, molasses, charcoal, dark roast coffee beans and a mild oily pine hop presence.
M- Thick sweet malt with a mild bitter hop touch in the body. Finishes off with a nice chewy malt and bitter hop balanced finish.

Overall- Solid throughout. Sessionable and hopefully will become more plentiful in my area.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2009 21:46:32 | More by NJpadreFan
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tastybeer

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive beer...close to black with an inch high pile of dense foamy goodness on top. Looking carefully I see little bits of sediment around the bottom edge of my glass. Good lacing as the head fades too. Aroma is a pleasant mix of dark, caramelly malt and pine/citrus hops. Toasty bread, cocoa, vanilla, and a minty kind of pine. Taste matches rather well, and there's nice play between sweet and bitter. The texture reminds me of melted chocolate. I like the residual bitter hop dryness that lingers after the finish. This is a very likable beer.

Serving type: can

02-26-2012 00:28:26 | More by tastybeer
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack cans from Roth’s Sunnyside Store.S.Salem. $7.99. Very dark mahogany almost black ale with a tremendous frothy billowy tan head. Suprising ly hoppy i dunno why i was but it surprised me more than any other CDA i have had,]floral.citrisy style hops.,slight malty nuttiness in the back. The taste swings back to the malts..were dark coffee, roasted barley malts predeminate..the citric hops come back at the end. I liked the feel of this in the mouth..not thin but substantial while still very quaffable. Overall a good enjoyable beer..cans tilt the balance in its favor.

Serving type: can

06-18-2011 16:52:34 | More by Reidrover
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mgironta

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a two finger fluffy tan head. It looks almost exactly like a stout. The body was a dark brown, almost black. As a result, there is no visible carbonation. The head takes awhile to dissipate and leaves significant lacing on the glass. The nose has a hint of smoke or toastiness (maybe a little nuttiness?) and some hops. This is different from a normal IPA. There is definite hoppy bitterness on the taste, but there is almost a roasted nutty taste to it. This isn’t what I expected at all, but then again, I never had a black IPA. The finish lingers with a lot of nuttiness, moreso than the hops. I would have this again, probably after I had another black IPA to compare it to.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 22:53:19 | More by mgironta
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Paincane

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour from can into pint glass. Two inch creamy tan head with moderate lacing. Roasted malt aroma and hops in surprisingly medium-bodied beer (for its color). I certainly expected it to be heavier and bit on the head fake thrown by its appearance. Ver nice mouthfeel with little if any aftertaste. A clean finish. Moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty brew.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 03:35:04 | More by Paincane
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 21A

A: The pour is reminiscent of cola in terms of the color with a dense off-white head and some spots of lacing.

S: The nose is primarily of roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate. A moderate citrus hop aroma of grapefruit and orange peels. Not quite as hoppy as your usual black IPA.

T: The hop character is mild, especially in terms of the bitterness. Fairly sweet and chocolatey with a decent grapefruit flesh and peel flavor, though.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Not exactly what you think of in terms of the black IPA, but still a good beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 21:07:28 | More by womencantsail
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, black in color, two finger head, great lacing.

Smells a little piney, a little more hoppy, and has caramel malt aromas as well.

Taste is pretty darn good. Its smooth caramel malts and ample hops are accented by a touch of sweet fruitiness and a bit of pine.

Feel is quite rich and almost full bodied, with smooth, silky carbonation, leaving a lightly bitter and slightly fruity aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice beer that I'd like to drink again. It's in cans too, which is a plus.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 20:08:37 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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ardeano

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can.

A: Didn't have a glass :(

S: Hard to smell it through the wide-mouth!

T: Roasty with a great 'hint' of the hops. I was expecting more hops but the malt breaks through more - I like darks so I was good.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy (it is straight from the can).

D: If you prefer darks but are a closet hophead you'll dig this. I love the style (best of both worlds for me) and found this to be a tad bit more on the malty side with a great hop finish...

I really like the can too - pretty cool!

Serving type: can

01-14-2011 00:52:23 | More by ardeano
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting thing, this Black IPA. This is my second tasting of one and I think I get what it's all about. Cool little novelty - who knows how long it'll stay hot.

This ale, at first, drank like a mix between a porter and an IPA - or a hoppy porter. I'd say this one worked. I enjoyed it for what I suppose it is. The pour left a rather magnanimous 2+ inch head, khaki-colored, breaking up in a most unique way - from within - leaving a dense, spider-web formation and somewhat generous lacing. The liquid shows dark brown initially but later reveals a deep ruby color. Very porteresque qualities burst forth in the aroma - mild sourness, light acidic pungency. The hops start to come through after a minute or so - piney and flowery - a strange contrast against the slowly increasing rounded bitter roast aromas emanating with time. That not-quite-sharp sour bite maintains a lead role in the taste throughout, poking out through a thin, depth-deprived porter flavor (a porter profile which reminded me of Yuengling Porter - which I dig). An intriguing fruitiness and Belgian dubbel characteristics show up after about 5 minutes and fill in nicely what starts off as a fairly tasty yet somewhat two-dimensional beer. It drinks equal parts light/smooth and biting and the fruitiness lingers for quite sometime. Overall, worth trying. Not sure if I'd session this, however.

Serving type: can

11-12-2010 05:23:30 | More by Bouleboubier
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