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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,034 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 45
Gots: 190 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Tschnab
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
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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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.
Look: Pours black with deep brown around the edges. Thick tan head with huge gobs of lace.
Smell:Citrus and pine with some nice roasted malts.
Taste:Bittersweet chocolate and hops, tons of hops. Has a metallic/mineral taste in the finish that might be from the can, it isn't strong enough to be that off-putting.
Mouth: Seems to be about right for the style, maybe a little thin.
Drink: I've gone back for seconds and thirds since the review. I recommend grabbing a sixer, they'll disappear.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BostonHops
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

pours a dark, cola-like brown with 2 fingers of head... some decent lacing left behind. once settled in the glass it has a look reminiscent of a stout, so it's funny to take in the citrus and pine evident in the nose.

taste is, as you would expect, more malty than a traditional IPA with some roasty elements common of a stout or porter, but the citrus and pine notes are certainly present as well. not bad, actually. medium to highly carbonated with a velvety sort of mouthfeel. mid-range 6.8 ABV is not much of a player, as i could see having a few of these without much trouble. not un upper eschelon beer, and while typically i prefer keeping my roastiness et al confined to my stouts and porters while the big hoppy notes stay in my PAs, IPAs, DIPAs, etc, i'd still say that this one's worth keeping around.

original review on: 07-27-2010

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of mithrascruor
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color, with a bit of visible carbonation. Nice, foamy off-white head has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not a strong aroma, just a bit of roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts, and hints of cream. There's some bitterness at the finish and aftertaste, but it is from the roasted flavors, not hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, good taste.

An enjoyable beer, but not really an IPA, I hardly taste any hops.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- head monster. superhead. naturally this thing pours like a porter. it's black with some rosewood colored highs when held up to the light. the foam is amazing- it's big and khaki colored and unsettling an it leaves an unearthly amount of thick sticky lace behind.

S- huge aromas of mandarin orange and grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit over a mellow smoky malt background. some burnt caramel and burnt chestnut roastiness as well with hints of lemon and lime. columbus/centennial/simcoe always a great combination.

T- tastes like a hugely hopped smoky porter. nutty and earthy, pumpernickel, burnt peanuts, charred wood, burnt grapefruit peel, burnt... everything. very nice. well balanced and well put together. hops definitely stand forward perhaps thanks to the de-bittered black malt? roasted char flavor is everywhere while roasted bitterness is nearly non-existent. some flavors of cocoa and coffee, but not in the usual sense. more of the essence of the two, so to speak. finishes woodsy and hoppy with a long piney burnt citrus and sour malt aftertaste.

MF- slightly juicy, slightly resinous, but overall more of a medicinal oily one-dimensional mediumly carbonated glass of thin hop juice. kinda boring.

D- although it looks and tastes like a hopped up porter, in truth it's more like a hopped up schwarzbier. seriously hopped up to the point where any and all malt sweetness is pretty much eradicated. hoppy and earthy, easily drinkable and handsome. black ipa is an interesting style and i have a feeling that sooner or later most breweries will take a stab at it.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 14oz. flute from a can.

Appearance: Looks good. POurs into a super dark brown almost jet black with a 1/4 inch tan head....settles prettyl quickly into a almost to zero head.

Smell: Probably the best feature of this beer, smells of hops which really holds into your nostrils.

Taste: Unfortunately I have never had the luxury of having back in black on tap so my review is strictly reflected upon can.That is where the problem lies, in the words of my father it's like eating aluminum. Beer is hoppy but maybe served better in a bottle, for whatever reason it is back in black "canned" just sticks to strictly to hops and metal.

Mouth: Sticks to your cheeks but because of the taste your want to water it down quickly. Medium malt carbonation but texture is built well to go down super smooth.

Overall: pretty MUCH 21ST amendment needs to tweak this recipe if it's going to served in a can...I am fiending to find this on tap or bottle. The metallic taste is what is the worst just leaves you with an after taste wishing you could taste before you buy.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Well, it's not pale and not quite black.
smell: Hops and malt yes. Fairly well balanced.
taste: Again hops and malt and fairly well balanced. Almost like an IPA and a brown were mixed in the same glass. Not better than the sum of it's parts but not bad either.
average: Love trying new brews and bravo for the creative spirit. Won't be going back for seconds.

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.