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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,953 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,953
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 43
Gots: 154 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Murphey, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of cavedave
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for yet another great beer to drop on my sobriety courtesy of beertunes :-))

Pours a dark and thick black, as advertised. A finger of tan foam bites the dust pretty quick and leaves a permaring and oily legs.

Full aroma of chocolate and coffee, toffee a bit lighter note, some citrus and herbal bitter, even a hint of pine lightly behind it all. Yes!

Taste doesn't cash the aroma's check, but still a great taste. Starts with the bitter hitting into coffee and citrus, staying prominent as it peaks into a blast of bitter herbosity and roasty collosity. It is less balanced than the nose, designed to assault the palate with the range of hop high artillery and still be drinkable. As it warms it really starts to shine, moreso at room temp.

Highly viscous, full bodied, full of resin, intense finish, low carb., all spot on, but the negative is the cling couid be a bit cleaner.

Overall a beer that tries to do the impossible. Heavy roast and lotta hop attack. succeeds better than most, and gotta give em credit. Like strong flavors and a strong herbal dry finish? This is your brew.

cavedave, Aug 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

bpop23, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bwarren82, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BradShook, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ZachKelly, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Ilovebeer1549, Aug 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

seavercm, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

kushlash23, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

EigenBeer, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

pauldevay, Aug 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

JoshuaWagy, Aug 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jibjib513, Aug 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

rojapa, Aug 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

harsley, Aug 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

timjim1327, Aug 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Steelcitynsouth, Aug 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

RMoeNay, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

JosephHenaghan, Aug 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark brown with ruby highlights, creamy puffy light tan head

Aroma: roasty but not overly so, very piney, definite bitterness

Taste: roasty and piney, with a smooth but noticeably bitter finish (65 IBUs), a nice balance overall

Mouthfeel: creamy and rich, coats the mouth for a long finish, the creaminess also helps curb some of the bitterness, medium-full body

Overall: Very piney with dark roastiness to balance. A creamy mouthfeel gives this beer a nice texture that helps to curb some of the bitterness. Strong flavor with a long finish that leave you feeling quite satisfied. This beer would be great with smoked pork or beef.

dwren89, Aug 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

outoffocus, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

llamakinoodle, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of KVNBGRY
3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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!

KVNBGRY, Aug 11, 2013
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,953 ratings.