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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,061 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,061
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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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of chcfan
5/5  rDev +35.5%

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.

Photo of ZachKelly
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of hophugger
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice deep chocolate-reddish brown letting a little light in barely. Aroma is of pine resin, beautiful. Taste is hops, some citrus and bitterness. I am a hop fan, but this bitterness is kinda weird and slightly metallic. Feels ok

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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

Photo of dcloeren
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 carrollmel7
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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.

Photo of Knoxrb12
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.

Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of bschinelli
4/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Beer is pitch black with thin slightly foamy tan tead. Was able to swirl up about a half a finger of foamy head after I had a few sips though. Some light lacing that quickly slid back into the beer. A few bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass, but can't see much through the opaque beer.

Nose was a bit weak and one dimensional, just mainly dark roasted malt that starts to give off hints of milk chocolate. As it warmed a little, there is a hint of citrus hops, but it is very light.

Taking a sip, more of the same from the nose, though the touch of citrus is at the front of the tongue, before underwhelming dark roasted malt flavor. Finish is medium, some residual sweet chocolate flavors and bitter burnt malt on the back of the tongue.

Medium body with some good smooth carbonation that helps contribute to a creamy mouthfeel. While the flavors are one dimensional, the beer was pretty tasty. If the beer was listed as a black IPA like I had originally thought this was, I would have probably dinged the flavor and aroma scores a little more.

Photo of ramrod666
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of samie85
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours a pitch black color two and a half fingers of thick, stout-like head that leaves thick, sticky lacing behind.

S-The nose is very fragrant and floral with some tropical pineapple with some pine and grapefruit.

T-Slightly bitter pineapple and pine with a little orange, some chocolate and a tiny bit of roast.

M-The body is pretty light with low amounts of carbonation and a slightly sticky feel.

D-Drinkabiity is high but the mouth is a little watery and the falvor profile is a little underwhelming.

Photo of Pecan
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thrown in as an extra by wavers1 -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a dark burgundy brown wiht one finger of stiff tan head.

Smell -- Grapefruit, Pine sap, Smokey dark roast malt, a tinge of berry tartness.

Taste -- Grapefruit and pine up front with some earthy herbal hop character and burnt breadcrusts, red grape, tart berries, french roast coffee, .

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation. It would be difficult to better the feel.

Drinkability -- Not too shabby. Hop-forwardness + big roast flavor is a pretty interesting combination. Don't think this one was my cup of tea; the berry-like sweet/tart thing threw me off a bit. This 'Black IPA' avoids the pitfalls of many of its contemporaries by showcasing bitter roast malt character instead of using debittered malt as essentially food coloring. Good on 'ya, 21st!

Photo of NilocRellim
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer was poured from the can and into a pint glass. Very dark, almost black, in colour. Beer had a roasted, sweet malt nose which carried through into the flavour of the beer; tasting of dark roasted malts. No distinctive aftertastes or flavours.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

Photo of RMoeNay
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Hypersomnia
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Murrhey
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin khaki head with minimal retention. Spotty lacing. Mahogany color with no clarity.

S- Hoppy but with malty sweetness, seems like a porter. Interesting.

T- Strange chocolate flavors. Roasted malts, bitter hops and a kind of milkiness.

M- Creamy and dry. Unique to black IPAs I've tasted.

O- I like this beer less and less the more I have it.

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.