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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,058 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,058
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 49
Gots: 209 | 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:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 11-23-2008

ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU
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3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Santa Adam for sending along this treat. I poured the can into a Sam Adams pint glass and was greeted with a good two finger worth of tan colored head on top of a nice brownish black colored bodied brew. The aroma of fresh hops filled my nostrils. I also got a good amount coffee and a light touch of chocolate. The flavors mimicked the nose it was hop forward with a little bit of roast coming thru as well. It had a medium feel to it with ample carbonation. I think I liked Sublimely Self-Righteous a little more than this one but I would drink it again

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour at The Library, served in a standard pint glass

A - very thin, short-lived film floating on top of the glass...the beer is very dark brown/amber in color...settling becomes very soda-like.

S - lightly roasted and charred malt, earthy and piney hops with a touch of light grass.

T - starts off with roasted malts, some ash, earthy hops, wet pine needles. minor notes of bakers chocolate and some lightly roasted coffee grounds. good, just not as pronounced as other Black IPA's.

M - medium body with sharp prickly carbonation. a little drying from the charred malts and earthy hops.

D - eh, decent...just missing either some complexity or grace of others like it. I was ready to move on about halfway through this glass.

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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste from this brewery and it's a pretty good taste. Hop character is bright and vibrant at first that finishes in roasted flavor, resinous slow burn. The body feels a little bit thin on the palate but that seems to lend to a higher drinkability factor. Eyes closed I'd mostly think American IPA with roasted malt flavor pulses. When craving hops I might prefer a more traditional IPA but this definitely scratches an itch. I'd get this again.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 02/11/13 – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown that becomes even darker as it collects in the glass. A thick and stubborn dark khaki head produces over the body leaving behind some streaking ribbons of lace on the glass.

S: Smells of piney hops with a pronounced dark roast barley note. I get loads of fresh roast coffee in the nose which basically makes up the better portion of the aromas. Nice and a bit more roasty than I was expecting for a Black IPA.

T: Highly kilned malts of roast coffee bean and slight charcoal ash noted. Touch of piney earth and light spice. Very smooth with a low amount of bitterness and well integrated alcohol. Lots of dark malt coming through on this one. I like this but it is drinking more like a stout than say a Black IPA.

M: A touch thin and watery but with nice smooth creamy feel across the palate with a moderately low bitterness. Finish has a slight drying effect but it is fairly clean overall.

D: This is one of those Black IPA’s that drinks more like a hoppy stout. A little too heavy on the roast to let the hops play the part. Tasty none the less with good flavor and balance.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at a Pirates game a few weeks ago, reviewed from notes.

A- dark, dark brown but not quite black. Good tan head, but no lacing and the head fades.

S- really interesting semll, like no other IPA I've tried. Hops and grapefruit of course, but also vanilla, licorice, and chai.

T- Absolutely like the smell, it tastes really interesting. But the glaring problem here is that the carbonation here is quite low, which I do not like in an IPA. It makes this beer taste almost like flat soda. Even though I enjoy the flavor quite a bit, the mouthfeel ruins it.

O- Great flavor here but the mouthfeel really brings down the quality here. Still, if you like BLack IPAs this is a pretty cool one.

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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to armock for the extra!

First off, badass can. Back in Black pours nut brown and ends up a very deep brown with reddish hues. 2 fingers of light tan head sits for quite awhile before dissipating. Spotty lacing.

The nose is very clean smelling some crisp zesty hops are noticed along with some roasty malts. There is a sweet buttery scent that I havent yet smelled in a black ipa. Interesting. Pretty inviting.

The taste is very nice. The roasted malts are balanced nicely with some pine and citrus hop offering. The taste has a hazelnut undertone that is noticed after the hops have done their job.

The mouthfeel is crisp and smooth but a bit thin.

Overall, interesting brew. Im not sure how to classify it but it was quite a treat.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,058 ratings.