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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,749 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,749
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 35
Gots: 90 | 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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Duvel

North Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

03-08-2013 14:40:20 | More by Duvel
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-07-2013 20:13:44 | More by orangesol
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark black with a half-a-finger nail off-white head.

S: Grapefruit, burnt malt, smoke, coffee, pine, oil.

T: Smoke, grapefruit, gum, coffee beans, dark fruit cake.

M: Medium and dry

O: A pleasant beer, nothing wrong or great. It has a nice aroma and the flavor is a good combination of some grapefruit hops quickly overshadowed by malt. The finish is bitter and dry like espresso beans. It works well with a beef stock based soup.

Serving type: can

03-03-2013 23:50:57 | More by ianjsullivan
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Mcallaghan04

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-03-2013 01:22:59 | More by Mcallaghan04
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-02-2013 02:02:19 | More by muskiesman
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kevanb

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours a cola brown color, noticeable amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice off white head, about a finger high rises to the top of the glass, moderate retention with a fair amount of lacing left behind. Aroma is of roasted coffee and piney hops, a bit of citrus is detectable but sweet, rich dark grain is the big finisher here, very simple aroma and not that hop forward. The flavors are of toasted grain, burnt coffee, resinous bitter hop, pine, dirty grass with some sweet alcohol in the finish. The body is a bit thin, and heavily carbonated for the style, could be a bit richer and smoother, nice dry crisp finish.

Verdict: Decent at best. It has all the hallmarks of a good Black IPA, but the balance of flavors really poor and the malt and roast really dominate what could be a nice earthy hop forward beer.

Serving type: can

03-02-2013 02:02:10 | More by kevanb
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magictacosinus

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass from a 12oz can.

The color isn't necessarily what I'd dub as "black," but rather a relatively darkened reddish-brown color overall. Decent amount of carbonation, and a half finger of foam that holds on pretty well throughout its sitting. Good lacing on the glass, and faint streaks of bubbles glide up the glass. Decent alcohol leggings, and despite its murky, off presentation, not a bad looking beer by any means.

Still not sure how close to style this is in terms of being a black IPA on the aroma... There's faint, yet refreshing, floral hops that come in, combined with a light toasted character and a little bit of grains. Somehow the roasted grains aren't playing so much of a part here, but definitely honeysuckle and warm citrus zest permeates, if only so lightly. If I was blindfolded I'd never be able to tell that this used darkened malts. The hops are definitely making themselves noticeable, which is good. It smells pleasing overall, but definitely isn't too complex.

The flavor fortunately reveals a bit more of the beer's intended roasted character, complete with a bready rye darkened nature, and a combination of grassy and floral bitterness at the finish. The hops and dark caramel characteristics of the malts are well balanced here. They're not explosive by any means (although the hops provide pleasant astringency in the aftertaste), but definitely well put together. There's a bit of lingering graininess, but nothing too distracting from the beer's intended flavors. No alcohol can be found here, which makes this easy to drink overall.

Definitely not the best example when rated to style, but this is still a good beer with a decent hop profile, despite muted roasted flavors. I do think it's the most balanced and drinkable offering by 21st Amendment that I've had so far, and would definitely have another if offered one. I'm still on the road to finding the ultimate black IPAs, however, so it may be later than sooner.

Serving type: can

03-01-2013 05:59:16 | More by magictacosinus
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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-28-2013 16:34:18 | More by Travcofarms
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TimRex

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-28-2013 16:20:50 | More by TimRex
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FLBeerGuy

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-28-2013 02:16:48 | More by FLBeerGuy
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smcnulty1981

Rhode Island

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

02-27-2013 01:24:15 | More by smcnulty1981
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Adkins1203

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-27-2013 01:05:50 | More by Adkins1203
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-26-2013 23:40:49 | More by williamjbauer
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Wiedemann

Rhode Island

5/5  rDev +35.9%

02-26-2013 17:03:31 | More by Wiedemann
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StevenK708

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-26-2013 02:25:28 | More by StevenK708
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georgiaboy8686

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-24-2013 20:19:03 | More by georgiaboy8686
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PoolFishGolf

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-21-2013 02:40:11 | More by PoolFishGolf
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Mangstarr

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-19-2013 00:24:07 | More by Mangstarr
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-18-2013 19:01:41 | More by DIPAFAN
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soroka24

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

02-18-2013 10:54:33 | More by soroka24
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SadMachine

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-17-2013 19:36:51 | More by SadMachine
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-17-2013 03:42:16 | More by Sludgeman
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Bill235

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-16-2013 18:40:23 | More by Bill235
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adkieffer

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

02-16-2013 18:39:25 | More by adkieffer
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The “CANNED ON” date printed on the bottom is “08/13/12.” It seems this can is a little ripe.

Appearance: Poured a luscious dark, ruby/caramel brown. There is a ton of sedimentation (perhaps chunks of congealed protein since the beer is so old). Two fingers of medium tan head settled slowly to leave a spotted, buttery lacing and trails of foam along the glass.

Smell: Very sweet and candy-like, much like licorice, though it definitely is beer. Sweet caramel, red and black licorice (the black, I think, is most prominent), molasses, toasted malts, dark and exotic fruits, citrus, and a little pine or spruce.

Taste: The hops have mostly fallen out due to the age of the can, and overall it is a sweet mess. But it is still drinkable. Much like the aroma, it is very sweet and candy-like. Sweet caramel, red and black licorice, molasses, toasted malts, and the remnants of grapefruit citrus and pine. It does have an adequate and bitter aftertaste — where the citrus and pine are most notable — but I am sure it is nothing like it was when the beer was fresh.

Drinkability: It is still a decent brew even after six months. However, I will need to revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 05:35:52 | More by TheQuietMan22
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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