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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,911 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,911
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 143 | 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%

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
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Lovely85, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

addiwilliams, Aug 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

PaulsBrew, Aug 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

meltroha, Aug 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

tazzman, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

icehawk, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Cynic-ale, Aug 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

johnny29er, Aug 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ADTaber, Aug 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

mpalestino, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Stout_Combo, Aug 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Budinetz, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. can, canned 04/22/13.

Appearance: Very bubbly head, firmly latched on to the glass. Deep dark brown body with blood red tinges and thick rings left behind.

Smell: Resiny, creamy coffee, pine needles, some roasted aromas.

Taste: Pine, oatmeal, mix of sweet & bitter, roasted coffee, bit of grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Good full body, stick, lip smacking, rolling bitterness.

Overall: Decent stab at the style.

papat444, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

nstroup, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

EatonHops, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alstrom's, I always read them, but every now and then, they need to re-review a beer to do it justice. Back in Black is such a case, it's a delightful 4.0 beer.

A: Can poured into a .5l cylinder named Spaten. Results in dark walnut clear brew with large tan head, and tons of retention and lacing. A sticky cola like pour. A beauty.

S: aroma is nicely balanced between citrus, hoppy, leafy, and floral set against a malty base malt of dark caramel, chocolate and black bread.

T: Like it smells but better. Well balanced, slightly sweet, plenty hoppy, never over done. Definitely want another, definitely want to find a case.

Paired with garden tomatoes, cukes, peppers, mozz, with truffle oil and balsamic, multi grain toast points. - Perfect August dinner!

M: medium bodied, creamy with a zesty finale of carbonation and bitter on the tongue.

Overall: accessible. If you love porter and you enjoy hops, try this. Love the depth, sweetness, and originality. I don't feel this beer has lost it's way, it's just a "good herb" like its namesake home.

I 100% agree with the reviewer NeroFiddled (PA) who wrote:
"Rich and smooth, 21st Amendment packs the strength of an IPA (6.8% alc./vol.), all of the bitterness (65 IBU's), and quite a bit of hop flavor and aroma (65 IBU's) into one really nicely balanced, chocolatey/roasty ale."

When in SF, try visiting 21st Amendment!

Act25, Aug 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Hoptoudrop, Aug 01, 2013
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,911 ratings.