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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
82
good

1,917 Ratings
THE BROS
70
okay

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Ratings: 1,917
Reviews: 652
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 144 | 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 hopfacebrew
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

12oz can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Very dark with a solid 2 finger head and favorable lacing.

S: Citrus hops and roasted malt.

T: Very strong citrus hop flavor upfront. Bitterness of the hops follows which compliments the roasty malt flavor well. Not as much roast as I would expect but decent.

M: Well carbonated and rather full.

D: Extremely drinkable.

Overall Back in Black is a good representation of the style. I would recommend to a friend.

Serving type: can

Reviewed on: 01-13-2011 17:21:59

hopfacebrew, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of jondeelee
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back in Black comes straight out of the can smelling mainly like an IPA, heavy on the grapefruit and pine notes, the emphasis being primarily on a more sugary version of the grapefruit notes. Hints of lemon and lime add extra citrus zest to the nose. All this lies atop a darker bed than is normally found in an IPA (this is a Black IPA, after all), which brings black malt, ash, and tobacco to the mix, albeit in far lesser proportions, compared to the hops.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a good shock of hops, here the flavors moving more toward grapefruit zest and pine than the sugary notes found in the nose. Again, lemon zest brings a heavier citrus burst. The beer isn't particularly bitter--only 65 IBUs--but the hops bring good flavor. The "black" part of the IPA--that is, if the hops were removed or lessened to only showcase the malts--tastes much like a weaker, watery stout geared almost exclusively towards ash, coffee, tobacco, and black malt flavors, though toasted pecans also come into play. Some sugars play in the background, and a few fruit esters (apricot, orange) peek their heads around the corner meekly. Late the in mouthful, especially if the beer is held on the tongue long enough, the ash and tobacco flavors largely take over. The aftertaste is mainly ash and tobacco, with a remaining runnel of grapefruit hops and pecans, and lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is good beer in terms of flavor, the hops and malts each bringing a good series of tastes, and all of which meld together fairly well. At times the ash and tobacco flavors can slightly outshine the rest of the beer, and the medium-light mouthfeel is strange, given the potency of the flavors. Still, this is a far better-than-average Black IPA, and worth trying.

jondeelee, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes, 7-24-2010

A - deep mahogany/black body, thick tan head with good retention

S - spicy hops and a hint of toasted malt

T - mild malts, light on the hops. Supposed to be an IPA?

M - dry, medium-full body

O (D) - not that great, but still very enjoyable.

ColdPoncho, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dsshuck, Oct 16, 2013
Photo of sendsilk
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 sixerofelixir
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. My first can of craft beer! The mostly black can has a sweet picture of a patriot on a motorcycle.

Beer pours a very dark, almost opaque brown. A nice billow of tan head sticks to the glass. Smell is unique, high-pitched malts combined with an herbal hops. All-in-all sharp, but very nice. Taste is nicely complex as well. Dark, toasty, campfire malts meld into a pleasantly bitter finish. Feel is nicely carbonated, and deceivingly dry and thin at the end. The only drawback is that this beer is so "varied" that I could only have a few at one sitting. For that though, a good beer, and a great introduction to craft beer in a can.

sixerofelixir, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +8.4%

mbs11, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Jeffrey2310
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Jeffrey2310, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Beeradelphia
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Beeradelphia, Oct 15, 2012
Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +8.4%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JimmytheSaintPSU, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jrfehon33, Jul 04, 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 Ego
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 DerrickW
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

DerrickW, Nov 13, 2013
Photo of azdback
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ridgeline23, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 dubdrop
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dubdrop, Mar 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

mikefuski17, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Artjsantos, May 10, 2013
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a rich deep black with a lasting tan head, good lacing. Aroma and Taste of rich lightly roasted dark malts, yeast, with some floral piney hops bitterness. Palate is a medium to full body with mild carbonation. Finish is sweet roasted dark chocolate malts, some light dark fruity notes ending is a sweet malty floral piney hops flavor. This brew was not overly hopped ( bitter ) but more dark malts. Overall it was a good drinking and tasty brew, enjoyable to drink.

Samp01, May 23, 2012
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 1,917 ratings.