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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 37
Gots: 97 | 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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

09-03-2012 04:54:58 | More by jnardone235
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

05-04-2014 08:07:05 | More by bernat1971
Photo of superdedooperboy


3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce aluminum can poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some glimmers of bronze showing through when held to the light. A fat creamy, foamy, bubbly light tan head shows excellent retention, sticking in patches along the walls of the glass.

The initial pour sends a wafting of grapefruity hop notes into the nose, though sadly the aroma fades away, becoming very subdued.

Medium-full in body with a moderate, prickly carbonation and a rounded mouthfeel. Kicks off with sweet caramel and molasses up front, leading into a showcase of hops all the way through: fruity, citrusy and quite bracingly bitter, melding with a bit of roasty malt character in the middle that leads to an exceedingly dry finish with a bit of lingering burnt brown sugar and spicy rye-like character on the back of the tongue.

Quite drinkable, this is definitely a showcase of the style that just happens to be available in a stylish package. No complaints here.

Serving type: can

07-30-2010 03:32:10 | More by superdedooperboy
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

03-03-2014 23:47:16 | More by abcdefghijkyle
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-04-2014 00:15:13 | More by jrfehon33
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-30-2012 05:00:28 | More by slimntubbs
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. I couldn't believe the head one this beer. It's a cross between off-white and light brown in color, it's like a volcano and it produces excellent lacing. I would have rated the appearance higher except it really wasn't that dark. It's more like a cola colored brown except you can tell it's looks thicker.

The smell is pretty good, very earthy though. Pine hops with maybe some very slight citrus zest to it. A few hints of caramel and chocolate burned malts and a slight smokiness to it.

The taste is a very slight step up. The earthy flavor is maintained. Again with the pine hops, citrus slightly stronger in the taste than smell. Malts are slightly tasted providing balance to the beer. Smokiness towards the end possibly some pete.

The mouthfeel is very good. Well balanced, and certainly full bodied. This is the best part of the beer in my opinion. What these beers are supposed to consist of. A full well balanced flavor that maintains strong aspects of both the hop and malts. This beer equally has very good drinkability. Could easily be a year round beer for all occasions.

Serving type: can

11-18-2010 00:18:53 | More by AndyAvalanche
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-13-2012 16:56:06 | More by Travisnin
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

06-20-2013 19:23:10 | More by BigGingDrinker
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-25-2014 02:49:36 | More by PGVG
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-02-2012 22:44:28 | More by briandaube
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

11-13-2013 01:04:15 | More by DerrickW
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 06:27:45 | More by ColSanders123
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-31-2013 15:28:40 | More by vicsju1991
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip pint: Three fingers of khaki head, nice & sparkly, over a body that I'd call black, save for the dark brown edges & deep, dim crimson highlights.

Smell is hops - straight, beautiful hop smell. Can't really liken it to any other foodstuffs, because it is just clear, fresh, unmistakable hops. I can suss out a little caramel & cola in the background, but the hops define it. Okay: grapefruity, a little woody. Seriously, smells awesome.

Okay, taste is lagging behind a ways. Plenty of black patent roast, tastes a little charred, with that kind of vaguely fruity, vaguely flinty tasty I get from canned extract a lot of the time. Still some pine & grapefruit bitterness, but I almost have to contort my mouth to taste it. Plenty of bitterness, but equally good & bad. Burnt aftertaste, too. Not bad, but a little messy.

Full-bodied, but the roast quality spills over into burnt & astringent territory. Nice lively acid character.

Again, not bad overall, but there are definitely bad *parts* in there. The smell was so great, I thought I'd be in for something exceptional, but that harsh roast just took hold & would not let go. I have to say, I might try this again just to get that smell, but I might be well-advised to split it with someone.

Serving type: can

01-20-2011 02:52:18 | More by OneDropSoup
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

07-31-2013 01:08:26 | More by MNBeer1017
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

04-28-2012 17:45:29 | More by hayesjw
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Fricso Grille in Columbia, MD (12/01/09) into a shaker pint glass at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a nice shade of blackish brown capped off with 1 finger of an off-white head that lingers for the duration of the beer and leaves thick lacing.

S: A pungent aroma of grapefruit and citrus, with a slight hop bittereness and hit of roasted malt.

T: The citrus theme continues onto the palate with a hefty dose of grapefruit and tropical citrus flavors. A layer of a roasty malt works it way in, but not to a great extent. For some reason both this beer and their IPA seem to have some sort of duck-sauce flavor according to my palate, that is certainly not off-putting, but rather unique and distinctive.

M: Creamy medium-body with a slight oiliness and smooth carbonation.

D: None of the 6.8% abv. shines through and frankly I was quite impressed with the overall balance of the flavors.

Overall this I find this to be a wonderful Black IPA and another strong offering from 21st Amendment. Recommended

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 16:41:46 | More by Lunch
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-27-2013 01:05:50 | More by Adkins1203
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-12-2013 00:08:29 | More by ChipMurray
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife bought this for me.

Appearance- black color, nice foamy head

Smell- hops, roasted malt

Taste- piney hops, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was really good. First Black IPA. I enjoyed it thoroughly.Definitely recommend this one

Serving type: can

09-07-2010 17:29:03 | More by jeffjeff1
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

11-17-2011 16:24:23 | More by chcfan
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for yet another great beer to drop on my sobriety courtesy of beertunes :-))

Pours a dark and thick black, as advertised. A finger of tan foam bites the dust pretty quick and leaves a permaring and oily legs.

Full aroma of chocolate and coffee, toffee a bit lighter note, some citrus and herbal bitter, even a hint of pine lightly behind it all. Yes!

Taste doesn't cash the aroma's check, but still a great taste. Starts with the bitter hitting into coffee and citrus, staying prominent as it peaks into a blast of bitter herbosity and roasty collosity. It is less balanced than the nose, designed to assault the palate with the range of hop high artillery and still be drinkable. As it warms it really starts to shine, moreso at room temp.

Highly viscous, full bodied, full of resin, intense finish, low carb., all spot on, but the negative is the cling couid be a bit cleaner.

Overall a beer that tries to do the impossible. Heavy roast and lotta hop attack. succeeds better than most, and gotta give em credit. Like strong flavors and a strong herbal dry finish? This is your brew.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 23:51:27 | More by cavedave
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-13-2011 21:43:59 | More by jriggins6
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12-13-2012 03:55:26 | More by pearljam118
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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