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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,777 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 39
Gots: 100 | 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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baklo

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-12-2014 11:33:15 | More by baklo
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damndirtyape

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Single can poured into a shaker pint glass. I know the company is in San Fran, CA, but my can says made in Cold Spring, MN. Huh? Maybe they contract brew there.

Appearance: On the table, black, with a light tan foam with lacing all over the place. The foam dies down to a thin 1/16" head across the top, but the foam will be more persistent if you give it a hard pour. Held up to the light, the beer is a very dark ruby red. The artwork on the can is very appealing...I have to admit it was what made me decide to pick it up. Nice work to whoever came up with this one.

Smell: An interesting combination of grapefruit/citrus hops up front and roasted malts at the end. Nicely appealing.

Taste: The beer is an odd clash of flavors. Not bad, just kind of odd. The citrus/grapefruit collides with a roasted malt and bitter coffee finish (probably from the roasted malts). It's okay cold, and better when warm. For the blend of hops and malt I think I prefer the Indian Brown style. It's good though - just not "wow" fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Plenty of carbonation, but not too much on the tongue. Does stick to the teeth a bit.

Drinkability: Interesting, but a one at a time beer for me. I've had it by itself and also with a meal...but I don't think I've found the right food to go with it yet.

Serving type: can

08-15-2010 22:14:00 | More by damndirtyape
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Bockerdoppel91

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-15-2012 19:25:27 | More by Bockerdoppel91
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RMoeNay

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-17-2013 18:30:42 | More by RMoeNay
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Beer21

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

09-29-2013 01:18:03 | More by Beer21
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Ego

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
even on a careful pour the head froths forth into the glass, rising nearly three fingers it calms down into a craggy mess of large soap bubbles that are slightly off white, as the name implies this is black (not like steve martin). pretty good lookin' I must say...

nose...
the first sense is some subtle roast aroma, sweet cocoa lurks in the shadows underneath that layer, the hops are hard to detect but are there, a nice subdued bouquet

taste etc...
I wasn't expecting the carbonation as I forgot this is an "IPA"... the roast really threw me off, The carbonation sort of seems out of place but it does carry the bitter hops well... the roast kind of floats over the top of the bitterness. this feels slightly heavier than other IPAs, visually this throws me off but it really does drink like a tamer IPA with a hint of roast. The hops linger and gather as you sip this one down.. something about the carbonation really bothers me though... I really think less carb here would improve this beer.

verdict?
pretty interesting beer, definitely worth a look. I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered.

music: mindfunk - self titled debut

Serving type: can

12-04-2010 04:35:18 | More by Ego
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in color with a deep brown hue around the edge of the glass. Pours with a thick beige head that leaves lots of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Looks like it would be thick and chewy, but is surprisingly medium bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted malt and coffee aromas with a faint hint of citrus and dark fruit. Flavors are similar to aromas, with roasted malt and coffee flavors in the front, a bit of tangy citrus in the middle, and a dry finish with a slight piney hop finish. Pretty unique combination of flavors. Although I enjoyed it, I probably wouldn't be having 3 or 4 of these at one sitting.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 01:17:35 | More by IronLover
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-09-2014 23:36:29 | More by ridgeline23
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VaTechHopHead


3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Very rich dark chocolate brown with a one-finger tan head that last and deposits a fair amount of lacing. Just a hint of light transmission through the bottom of the glass.

S - Wonderful balance of toasted malts and earth-tone hops. Not much past that.

T - Starts out promising but then develops a tinny/sour flavor rather quickly. From what I can tell the beer has a nice malty flavor but not a very good hop presence due to the sour off-taste.

M/D - Medium to light body with a semi-sweet aftertaste. Low ABV not present. Smooth/creamy on the palate but the drinkability is low due to the strange sour off-flavor.

Beer had promise coming out of the can but fell on it's face when it hit the palate.

Serving type: can

12-08-2010 02:43:10 | More by VaTechHopHead
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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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kushlash23

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-22-2013 15:36:06 | More by kushlash23
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

08-04-2013 04:46:38 | More by Budinetz
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speedvagen

Ohio

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-06-2014 15:02:45 | More by speedvagen
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WYVYRN527

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a New Belgium stem.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with very little light shining through. Head is an inch thick and cream-colored. Lacing sticks to the glass and stays put.

S: Coming straight from the can to glass, there is a metallic hint at first, but it blows off quickly. brady, roasty malt is present. Hops seem a bit overly tangy on the nose, but floral and fragrant.

T: On the palate, the first noticeable trait is citrus, followed by roasty, coffe-like malt character. Hops soon show again with some grapefruit, fresh greens, and pine. Bitterness lends the beer a pleasant, dry finish.

M&D: While lighter than other black IPAs that I have tried, BiB still has some structure. It's silky mouthfeel also makes it a clean, easy drinking brew. It's a solid effort by 21st Amendment, and definitely wrth trying.

Serving type: can

07-29-2010 03:17:16 | More by WYVYRN527
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can into a tall pilsner - fridge - 2010

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, but not quite black color with orange highlights. The head is a towering 3.5" in my glass and shows great retention. Tons of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, probably from centennial is strong and clinging. A nice, toasted malt backbone of chocolate and sweet molasses. A nice balance.

Taste: A ton of flavor that results in quite a cacophony. Lots and lots of espresso, chocolate nibs and even a tannic astringency of bitterness. That hops are strong, bitter and lingering. This is too much for me.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, leathery, malty, bitter and lengthy. Medium bodied, ample alcohol and tons of malt.

Drinkability: This beer has it all, but at what cost? It's so confusing and clashing that I don't really enjoy it very much. I understand the attempt being made, but don't agree with the overall result of the flavors. I would leave this one.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 05:53:45 | More by Risser09
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ZachKelly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-24-2013 14:31:34 | More by ZachKelly
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utopiajane

New York

3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark like black walnut with a crimson hue deep within the beer. A fat khaki head of foam falls slowly and leaves lace. The nose is bright with grapefruit. Really tart smelling and earthy with a bit of the peel. Some toasted sugar comes forward as it warms and a bit of dark malt scent like coffee. The taste is excellent. The mouthfeel is thin and has the quality of a good light IPA. The malt takes center stage in the drink as it comes forward with a touch of bitter roast and some weak coffee. A light caramel and some citrus take up the mid palate where the grapefruit has been tamed but still very much present. Finishes dry and roasty with a bit of the malt sweetness and a hint of char to linger at the back of the throat with a bit of the bright citrus peel. What it does not do is blast away at the finish with hop bitterness and that lets those roasted malts linger a touch with the citrus as a gentle compliment.

I really liked this one and this style can be somewhat elusive for me. I usually find that the stout like qualities of the malt clash and are too heavy alongside the citrusy IPA flavors. Not so in this beer. The malt is as light as it could possibly be and still be roasted almost black. Light and drinks lightly I love it!

Serving type: can

07-10-2014 17:48:45 | More by utopiajane
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azdback

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Port Brewing Co. pint glass. Deep dark brown, not quite black but pretty dark. Head is a light tan color and a large one finger in size. Appearance of the head is light cream and just a bit thin. Lace sticks quite nicely all the way to the bottom of the glass in a ring and spotted pattern.

Smell is a fantastic dark roasted and wood soaked dream. I have smelled plenty of Barrel Aged Stouts and Porters that smell like this but not to date a Black Ale. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Charred wood, vanilla and some booze, maybe even some tart fruit, fig or cherry.

Taste is a huge let down. The flavors are all very watered down. They are there for a second, but it's like I sipped through a layer of flavor and ended up in water. Those flavors are just as the smell, dark roasted coffee beans, a bit of charred wood and some vanilla. There is some hop bitter here too but it almost is the culprit to it's thinness.

Mouth is smooth and light creamy. Body is delicate to light and the finish is average and just a smidge on the wet side.

Overall I really did enjoy this. I just wish it's taste and mouth were a bit more full and rich. A great interpretation of the style. I still search out a Black Ale that can dethrone the king-Stone 15th Anniversary. I'll keep looking and thanks to matttYCE for this sample. A must try.

Serving type: can

12-10-2011 04:15:31 | More by azdback
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Murchmac

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer 100 times before on tap at the brewery. Glad they're expanding and people like it.

Black with brown highlights

Roasty IPA smell, earthy.

Roasty, piney, bitter, sweet, chocolate notes.

A great representation of this style. A hoppy porter/black ipa.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 05:11:21 | More by Murchmac
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polopaul20

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-05-2013 19:31:34 | More by polopaul20
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass producing an very dark opaque brown/black with a big tan head.

Smells toasty with rich malt and aromatic hops.

Caramelized malts and brown sugar at first followed quickly by a solid flow of piney bitterness. Leaves a bit of a smoky char aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is a slightly thick yet smooth with even carbonation.

Overall I can dig this black IPA. Solid hop profile as expected from an IPA with a supportive malt background.

Serving type: can

10-22-2011 02:37:05 | More by TheMultiYeast
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ambruns1979

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-21-2012 12:03:21 | More by ambruns1979
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-10-2012 01:50:11 | More by M_C_Hampton
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leedorham

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-08-2013 00:44:52 | More by leedorham
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a near black brew, with some ruby shined through on the edges. Tan head with massive chunky head that settles to a lace island and has great lacing throughout. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells of hops, nutty malts. Piney hops, maybe even grapefruit, nutty earth malts. Decent smell.

Brew is smooth and on medium feeling, slightly thin and carbonated. Very good flavor balance; nutty flavors, piney and fruit hops. Brew finishes a tad bit bitter and slightly dry. Has a oily resin noticed as you drink. This is a very good tasting brew.

The brew is thin enough to session like crazy. I bought a case and I am very pleased. This will be gobbled up for a nice session, at 6.8% it will catch up with you. Very good stuff. My first from 21st Amendment, certainly impressed.

Serving type: can

09-25-2010 23:57:00 | More by magine
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,777 ratings.