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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,851 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,851
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 41
Gots: 131 | 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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Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

IronLover, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of mikepcarney
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mikepcarney, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +8.4%

speedvagen, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of polopaul20
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

polopaul20, Apr 05, 2013
Photo of MNBeer1017
3/5  rDev -18.7%

MNBeer1017, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ambruns1979, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of Ego
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

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

Ego, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ridgeline23, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jrfehon33, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%

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.

VaTechHopHead, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of hayesjw
4/5  rDev +8.4%

hayesjw, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of DerrickW
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

DerrickW, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of psoriasaurus
3/5  rDev -18.7%

psoriasaurus, Feb 09, 2014
Photo of M_C_Hampton
4/5  rDev +8.4%

M_C_Hampton, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of PGVG
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

PGVG, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Artjsantos
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Artjsantos, May 10, 2013
Photo of azdback
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

azdback, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

WYVYRN527, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of sendsilk
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%

Received in a recent trade.

A- Very, very dark with a decent head and some nice lacing.

S- Not too much in the line of hops on the nose, fairly malty in the smell.

T- Not great, not too bad. Pretty sweet though with a lot of malts. Let's face it, these black IPA's are just hard to quantify. It's not a bad beer, just not really an IPA IMO.

M- decent.

O- Not too bad but nothing to write home about.

sendsilk, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of jriggins6
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jriggins6, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Risser09
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%

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.

Risser09, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of ZachKelly
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ZachKelly, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,851 ratings.