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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,901 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,901
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 141 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

JeremiahBullFrog, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Michael_DaBeers_IV, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

bird22, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dwtyler, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Profchaos20, Jul 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

kristougher, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dgherm, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

johnnyboy76, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

psuscott1, Jun 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

JordanPP, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

2Xmd, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, not porter dark brown, but close…head is minimal, just off white and thins rather quickly…I could use a touch more that’s for sure…easily the least satisfactory part of this brew…(3/5)

Smell: Roasted malts up front, but they are light and fresh smelling…an airy, citrus hops quality is also readily apparent…I’m catching whiffs of oatmeal, dark fruit sweetness, very light milkiness and a subtle hint of coffee bitterness…a nice smelling brew that’s watering my mouth…(3.75/5)

Taste: Yum! Roasted malts and piney hops collide creating a fantastic flavor in my mouth…very fresh and vibrant…malts are strong but not over powering, balancing the strong IPA flavor that exists within…subtle flavors of oatmeal, citrus hops, coffee bitterness and touch of toastiness also picked up…a very balanced brew, that’s for sure…roasted malts and piney hops are a hell of a combo! (4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: A light medium body…the carbonation is medium to lots, bringing a nice tasting cloud of roasted malts to the palate…everything is balanced well, after malts fade, I get a hoppy/coffee bitterness lingering well after I swallow…slightly robust, mildly chewing and easy drinking, this is a strong point for this brew…(4/5)

Overall: Fantastic! I’ve been digging the black ales lately and this is one of the better ones I’ve tried…while the malts are strong in flavor, they don’t overpower the hops and work well in complimenting one another…it’s maltiness doesn’t stop its drinkability as I surely could have a few of these while hanging out and be very happy…I’ve heard of 21st Amendment before, but this is my first sampling of what they produce and I have to say I’m impressed…it’s no wonder they are distributed widely…easy to recommend, this brew would do well on the disc golf course, at the poker table, around a camp fire or while watching your favorite local sports franchise…scoop up a sixer of this and you won’t be disappointed…be warned, others will like this as well, so sharing is done at your own risk! (4/5)


SerialHiker, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

cjac, Jun 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

petermethot, Jun 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Danimal1101, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of MistahBeah
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Black or a very dark brown. Khaki head with good lacing. Lots of carbonation

Aroma: Roasty chocolate and toffee notes. Earthy hops. Caramel

Taste: Chewy roasted chocolate and some bitter coffee flavor. Resiny earthen hop bitterness. A little citrus. Bitter but not overly so. Ironically this was more bitter than their IPA. A tad salty in the finish as well

Mouthfeel: Creamy and chewy. Lingering bitter finish

Overall: Not bad by any stretch but nothing I would strongly recommend. Decent

MistahBeah, Jun 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TimHitchings, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Localdrinklax, Jun 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jspaner, Jun 21, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours damn near black with about a half finger of light chocolate/dark tan colored head. Retention is so-so the lacing is strong.

S - Slightly roasty malts and a very earthy hop presence. Roasty chocolates/toasted caramel malts , minimally grassy and resinous hop qualities.

T - Roasty malts and citrusy/earthy hops are definitely at the forefront initially. Roastyness really lingers and along with the hoppy astringency (quite astringent) blocks out any sweetness from malts. Astringent hoppy flavors definitely linger and there's a hint of malty and citrusy sweetness for a split second at the finish. 3

With time and warmth the astrigency is much less devastating and much better balanced - although roasty and earthy hops w/ mildly sweet finish is really all im getting out of this. Simple but much better than initially thought. Aftertaste doesnt linger too much bit is bitter earthy hops. 3.75

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, but somehow very carbonated (for the style). I kind of dig it but the overpowering astringency makes it difficult to gauge anything else. I don't think it's the fault of the mouthfeel, and I rather like it - although it does seem a little confused as do the flavors. 3.5

Over time, like taste, the mouthfeel becomes a bit less confused and better gauged as the astrigency has died down. Still pretty well carbonated, although not as much so as initially thought, still very smooth, medium bodied. 3.75

O - Not awful, but as others have said, and i believe it described it perfectly - This seems to be a very confused beer (especially in regards to taste and mouthfeel). A lot going on at once, seemingly blocking everything else. 3.25

Over time my opinion of this brew has definitely improved, im about half way through as I re-review parts of this and the beer is probably around 55 degrees 3.75

MacQ32, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

BigGingDrinker, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

squack, Jun 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

themegamancave, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Nayr, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

wonothesane42, Jun 19, 2013
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,901 ratings.