Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
I think the thing that really strikes me on this beer is that there is so much caramel and maltyness to it. If this is a black ale, I would think there would be much more hop presence. There is a spice tone from hops, but I think the issue is that the caramel malt character is equal or greater to it, which doesn't work so well. And that sums it up for the beer: doesn't work so well.
08-07-2012 07:08:12 | More by RblWthACoz
4.45/5 rDev +20.9%
Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains floral hops, coffee, dark roasted malts and some citrus.
T: The taste starts with a strong but not over-powering burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by flavors of black coffee and a little bit of citrus fruit. The roasted malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice beer worth drinking for a long time.
04-14-2011 02:44:30 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
A - pours with a one finger head of light tan foam on top of a black body with a little but of amber light showing through at the bottom of the glass. The hwad settles slowly and leaves thick lace.
S - Rich caramel malt with a spicy, perfumw like note that reminds me of apples and cinnamon. Minor fruit and pine hops in the background.
T - Dark carmel and toffee malt at first with some light pine hops. Darker roast character comes in towards the middle and there is a bit more licorice here as well. The beer finishes with lots of red apple yeast and some pine and orange hops as well as moderate bitterness to balance all the sugary character.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - it is a pretty nice beer overall, right the aroma seems a but off. I get some strange fruit amf spice notes in the aroma that just seem out of place. This throws off the flavor at first as well, but it recovers in the middle and develops into a nice example of the style. Definitely a drinkable beer, this seems like one of the ones that is a but better when you don't think about it too much.
03-25-2011 01:47:19 | More by nickfl
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
08-13-2010 16:42:10 | More by WVbeergeek
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
12 oz can into a tulip glass.
Pours black with 2 fingers of stiff lighter mocha colored head. Swirling gets this up to a rich frothy near finger that leaves a sticky latticework of lace back. Hops mostly control the aroma, being floral and a bit dank, with some peppery spice and green citrus coming out. There is an underlying layer of smokey roast present as well, which has a touch of an acrid tinge to it that is bordering on metallic smelling at times. Hmmm...
The taste is chocolate and some sweeter caramel up front, with bitter fruit and earth filling out the middle portion of the profile, while some deeply lingering roast pulls up the back. I'm once again picking up just the tiniest bit of a sour acrid bite in the finish that has some metallic tasting elements to it. Not necessarily horrible or anything but it is noticable. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with an overall creamy and bubbly feel to the carbonation. This is maybe a bit too creamy though, as it feels pretty light in the body in spots. I will say that the alcohol is deceptively hid though which helps out with the drinkable nature of this.
This was decent enough I guess but I've certainly had better Black IPAs recently. Probably the lack of body hurt this the most but a little more depth to the flavors would have been welcome as well. I think one can here was good enough for me.
08-04-2010 17:16:08 | More by Kegatron
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
08-22-2010 07:52:27 | More by feloniousmonk
3.65/5 rDev -0.8%
These black IPAs are interesting.
Beer is black, lacing is high and carbonation is low. Head is thin and made up of brown bubbles (from the roasted malt).
The aroma smells like an IPA (mostly). Citrus hop aroma dominates. No detectable roast in the aroma at all.
Beer is a little thin IMO. And here is the roast. It mixes in the back of the mouth with the hop bitterness. Its not a terrible mix but it does seem a little out of place. Beer is a little harsh with all that back of the mouth bitterness with very little in the other parts of the palate to connect them. Drinkability and mouthfeel suffers.
11-24-2009 20:23:37 | More by drabmuh
3.9/5 rDev +6%
I appreciated tenderbranson69 sharing this can with me -poured chilled into a tulip.
A - A black as night opaque liquid w/ rocky light tan cap and frothy lace pattern that sticks well, the bead is tiny
S - The arom has a lot of pine from the hopping w/ a sweet malt accent and mild bit of roasted scnets to augment the fruit notes like prune. There is a gentle pepper elment for good measure
M - The feel is slightly bitter with light sweet tinged and hint of tart fruit w/ light pepper spiced and roast in the dry finish
T - The taste of bitter pine hops w/ mild toffee and sweetened coffee w/ light caramel tinge. The pine mixed with the roasted malt gives a light molasses flavor. the pine is augmented by a slight raisin and grassy tinge. The flavor is a good blend of both dark caramel malt and pine that lingers into the finish
D - A queer blend of flavors w/ black malt and bitter hops to me it is not the best of an emerging style, but I enjoyed for what it is
09-10-2010 18:49:53 | More by Slatetank
3.98/5 rDev +8.2%
"Because eveyone likes it in the can. Tasty cracked cans." as Niko likes to say. Another one from 21st A, which I've loved most of their beers so far. Here's another in the pipeline.
A: Wow, with a can I'm forced to pour somewhat aggressively and it comes out with a huge head that forces me to stop pouring, with a 50% head to beer ratio, which is fluffy and bubbly and fades semi slowly with a lot of lacing. The beer is a very dark brown, dark raisin brown with hints of light coming through around the edges showing that is it potentially clear.
N: An interesting blend of malts and hops. It has an earthy bitter hop aroma, more like an English bitter almost but adds the American spicy and piny hop aromas with that. There is also a darker malty aroma, with some crystal malts and slight chewy malt aspect.
T: Taste comes on just as strong, with lots of varying flavors. It actually starts with a slight citrus flavor, juicy hops and even juicy malts. Some darker malts and chewy malts line the backbone, with a slight sweetness and even a little sugary flavor. There is a nice bitterness that doesn't overpower, just adds the nice hit. Some spicy and earthy hops make their presence known, but not as much as the aroma. A slight caramel malt flavor starts to shine through later on the taste.
M: Medium body, slightly creamy too (creamy, really?), with tons of carbonation.
F: Still pretty bitter as it finishes. Some grassy hops come out at this point, and bring more slight citrus and pine but very light. A slight sticky syrupy finish but no real sweetness as it dries to a somewhat dry finish. Some lingering earthy and spicy hop pellet flavors, with late hop addition flavors. Not bad for a black IPA, doesn't go overboard in any category, and is pretty clean and tasty. Going on trips with this would be great, cause taking it in the can always works better.
08-02-2010 00:50:50 | More by jlindros
4.2/5 rDev +14.1%
The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice black and roasted malt scent along with a refreshingly bitter, citrus hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a killer, citrus hop bite up front laid over a bed of black and roasted malt flavors. It's dry and roasted with a fresh hop character that resinates in the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking black IPA. The hop character is outstanding; very fresh and flavorful.
09-22-2010 22:48:35 | More by WesWes
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
First had: on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA
One of my first Cascadian dark ales aka American black ales. Great "new" style. All the hoppiness of an IPA, but in a beer that could--colorwise--pass off as a porter or schwarzbier. Aroma is full of resinous hops and dark roasty malts. The taste follows the aroma well, with a definite roasty malt base that is dominated by a storm of piney hops. Medium mouthfeel, resinous, strong in flavor, a good introduction to the style.
04-28-2011 21:15:13 | More by Rifugium
3.9/5 rDev +6%
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.
10-16-2010 22:37:42 | More by Mora2000
4/5 rDev +8.7%
From 7/24/10 notes. Had at the cdc release.
a - Pours a dark black color with little to no head or carbonation.
s - Smells of roasted and toasted malts, caramel malts, and fruity hops.
t - Tastes of pine hops, roasted malts, and caramel malts.
m - Light body and moderate carbonation.
d - A pretty good black IPA, but seemed much mroe malty to me than hoppy. Would try again.
08-12-2010 01:45:06 | More by mdfb79
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Great rocky/dome-like head that leaves lots of chunky ring lace. Deep ruby color where muted light shines through.
Smell: More hoppy than dark malts. Pretty standard stuff for modified classic.
Tastes darker than the smell. The hop is milder than most IPA's, but the combination is appealing. The body is thinnish, the carbonation is good.
11-13-2010 02:28:00 | More by smcolw
3.78/5 rDev +2.7%
Appearance: dark brown in color with a short head that breaks apart quickly. No lacing develops.
Smell: little caramel sweetness and a hint of bitterness is barely detectable here.
Taste: light roasted malt flavor with some grapefruits, pine, and prune and brown sugar sweetness. Bitterness is nicely balancing here.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short-lived.
Drinkability: this beer had a nice overall flavor and qas considerably easy to quaff.
10-08-2009 23:42:29 | More by Gavage
3.18/5 rDev -13.6%
Pours pitch black and completely opaque with slight mahogany edges when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, light beige head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a thick lasting cap that coats the glass with rings and splotches of soapy mocha lacing.
Earthy hop aroma with hints of pine needle as well as some citrus fruit notes. This is balanced by a slightly smokey, roasted malt presence. Hints of pine, grapefruit and lemon peel countered by chocolate and caramel malt, smoke, burnt toast and roasted coffee bean.
Medium bodied with a bitter, earthy hop blast up front that is contered by a roasted, smokey malt flavor mid-palate and a bitter dry finish. The hop presence is prominent with a lot of earthy pine flavor that lingers throughout. The citrus notes from the aroma are faint if there at all resulting in a mostly bitter beer that has a nice malt backbone. The malt presence is more prominent than expected for the style with an acrid, roasted/burnt presence. Hints of roasted coffee bean, burnt toast and oatmeal with hints of sweet chocolate, nut and toffee.
This beer is an interesting experiment, but for me, there's too much of a malt presence for it to be a good hop based beer(IPA, Cascade Dark Ale, Black IPA, American Dark Ale, whatever you want to call it) and too hoppy to be a malt based beer. It's not bad really just kind of all over the place with it's flavor profile.
01-20-2011 02:42:45 | More by corby112
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Had this my last trip down to Maryland (haven't seen it around CT yet). Really liking this new hybrid style, the hoppiness of IPA's combined with tasty dark malts. Pours a deep mahogany color, nice cream colored fluffy head do it. Nice roasty aroma, taste is bitter and hoppy but nicely balanced by some caramel tasting malts. Great beer, would definitely purchase again and hope this style keeps growing and growing.
01-12-2011 22:08:53 | More by oriolesfan4
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Appears a dark brown with copper edges when held to the light. The head quickly fades into a gentle cap with spotty bits of lacing left all around the interior of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, piney, bitey, herbal hops, brown sugar, grapefruit, bittersweet cocoa, and rye bread.
Taste is of the aromas with more of a coffee flavor making it's presence known.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp from the carbonation, and semi-dry in the finish.
03-12-2010 01:28:36 | More by weeare138
3.83/5 rDev +4.1%
Purchased from Jackson Wines & Spirits in Lafayette CA, and brought back in my luggage to Australia to crack open with my bro, and my bro from another mo.
Pours a deep brown, slightly red-tinged, slightly opaque colour, with a fine-bubbled and rather firm head of beige-brown bubbles. Lacing is solid and pretty decent. The colour is nice, but looks a little light for a IBA; it makes me wonder where the roasted characters are going to come from.
On the nose, however, they are there and present. Certainly some dark grain, toasted bread, with a light citric hop acidity and a hint of chemical astringency, that almost certainly comes from the hops as well. More of the roasted character, and less of the hops than I've had from many an IBA, but it's pretty interesting.
Taste is odd, but again, it works. Slight nutty malt character throughout, just punctuated with some light citric hops, and quite a light finish, that doesn't quite have much roasted or hoppy bitterness, although the mingled combination of the two lasts for some time. Feel is thin, but smooth.
It's a nice brew, but I've had better examples of the style. This one falls flat in a number of areas, and while it still yields a nice package, it's far from the pinnacle of the style.
12-02-2010 09:44:05 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.4/5 rDev +19.6%
As The CANQuest (TM) approaches # 350 (!?!), I decided to give the nod to the Tallgrass people, but in order to do so, I had to insert a CAN of someone else's beer as either 348 or 349. This is number 348 on this journey. CAN you dig it?
The ol' Crack & Glug produced a solid two-fingers of deep-tan foam with excellent retention. It looked like the top of a root beer float. Color was NOT black, as a previous reviewer noted, but instead a deep, dark-brown with cola highlights. Nose was rich with piney hops. I have missed drinking IPAs with the preponderance of CANned beers coming in the form of AALs. I don't get a hop jones like I used to, but neither have I kicked the hop habit. Thank Bob that the chattering monkey on my back has gone away, though. Mouthfeel was medium with a solid hop bite initially followed by a roastiness in the mouth. Wow! What a brilliant way to play with the style. Finish was dry with a magnificent interplay between the hops and dark malts mentioned on the CAN. I am not sure that it would be terribly refreshing on the beach, but it definitely merits inclusion in the cooler in a limited quantity. Put it towards the back, on the bottom, next to the Ten Fidy for the end of the day. Great lacing throughout!
09-04-2010 20:45:04 | More by woodychandler
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from can into a pint glass the beer was pitch black. At first it was a lovely pairing that came off like dry Irish stout with dry cocoa malts and classic American citrus hops. Unfortunately, as it warmed up during diner a less pleasant (though not bad) molasses flavor came forward. I'm digging the style, and it's worth checking out if you are too.
08-03-2010 04:12:38 | More by tempest
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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