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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,768 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,768
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 37
Gots: 96 | 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

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this one not too long ago at The Blind Tiger, NYC. Poured black, with less than a finger of off-white head; average retention and lacing, and modestly visible carbonation. Smelled of citrus hops; piney and bitter peel, though not overly pungent. The taste was surprisingly thin in flavor, starting on a citrus note, and then devolving to a thin, modestly dry finish. Very thin texture in general too, with a hint of carbonation. Aside from the well-hidden nature of the alcohol content, I found this to be a lackluster example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2010 00:16:07 | More by donniecuffs
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-16-2013 22:56:10 | More by dsshuck
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

02-09-2014 00:19:28 | More by psoriasaurus
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

04-18-2012 15:18:38 | More by yergermeister
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4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can

A: Black body under a medium sized tan head. Good lace and retention. Good looking beer.

S: Toasted and chocolate malt mixed with some grapefruit/pine hops. Pretty balanced.

T: Some chocolate, toasted, mildy roasted malt mixed with some grapefruit and pine hop. Bitterness is about medium, and balances very well.

M/D: Medium to full bodied, carbonation is a touch high. Drinkability is very good. Overall, a very solid beer.

Serving type: can

09-26-2010 00:11:37 | More by NCSUdo
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-24-2012 22:19:46 | More by abcramer
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4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I served this one into a shaker pint.

Appearance- The pour is a little lighter than expected, like a bright auburn. The head, however, is a two and a half-finger monster of ashy-beige that looks very compacted.

There is a nice smattering of tiny bubbles on the smooth and velvety lid. And retention is solid, leaving sheet lace in it's wake. The body is so close to opaque with only slight ruby highlights showing in random spots of the glass.

Smell- Dark malts that smell a little of toffee, roast, and chocolate greet the nose readily. The hops are really, really subtle behind the sweetness, and come out a little piney and grassy.

Maybe even some slight lemon now that I have taken a couple more sniffs. I really like this! Usually black ales lead with the hops and you get a mingling malt character, but it is opposite on this beer.

Taste- First impression is that this is not a "big" black ale. All the flavors kind of slowly seep their way into your taste buds. Hops aren't jumping around and ripping at your tongue; the malt is pretty laid back.

There is a slight resin feel in the finish that comes from the hops, but I could not find hop notes anywhere else on this thing. Just some pine that lingers long into the finish.

The malt itself is the star of the show, and man is it good. It is a nice combination of biscuit and chocolate malt, with just a little bit of earthy roast. Overall the impression is sweet, more so than roasted, however.

Mouth feel- Very, very creamy, that is all you need to know about the feel. The carbonation is pitch perfect. It is a little dry, but not surprised as this is a black ale.

Overall- I enjoyed this black ale in every facet of grading. The smell is a little weak, but with the malt being so strong that is going to be the case.

Generally, if you like your black ales to be very hop forward, this will probably be a disappointment, but I still think it will be hard to say it is not a great beer.

Serving type: can

12-11-2011 21:24:57 | More by Pintofbrown
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

05-12-2014 16:42:33 | More by neckbeered
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3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2011 02:38:19 | More by sendsilk
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-04-2012 02:58:51 | More by ohtheguilt
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3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a black body with two fingers of tan, super-sticky, ultra-glass-lacing foam. Aromas are more subdued than those of other Black IPA, and fairly straightforward: I get notes of charred pinewood that full of resin, with a distant hint cocoa nibs. Flavorwise, the char comes out with guns blazing. I was initially taken aback by its intense smokiness. Except for rauchbiers, this is as close as beer gets to tasting like the aftermath of a forest fire. Fortunately there's a lot more happening here. A pine needle bitterness is strong on the mid-palate and chocolaty sweetness comes out on the finish. This is tasty, indeed, but the strength of the charred flavors make me reluctant to follow one with another. I think this would work well with Southern BBQ or as a last beer with a chocolate or chocolate and berry dessert.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 11:06:30 | More by droomyster
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3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice black color with some faint brown hues around the edge. Big frothy root beer float looking head that leaves sticky lace. Smell of toasty black malt. Taste is sweet up front with a font smoothness to the finish. Sweetness is somewhat unbalanced and overpowering. Overall an ok brew and the cans are convienent but lacks much of a punch. Somewhat dissapointing.

Serving type: can

03-17-2011 01:49:04 | More by beermanbrian
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Mother Earth tulip glass.

Appearance: Poured very smoothly, looked very similar to the appearance of a Coca-Cola. Very dark, but you can see some ruby colors towards the bottom when put to a light. Very nice tan/khaki head which dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

Smell: Roasted malts, darker chocolates, black coffee aromas. You get just a pinch of floral hops, but the smell is definitely more malty than hoppy.

Taste: Plays off of the smell pretty well; you get a little more hop bitterness in the taste, but you still get the abundance of coffee and dark chocolate. Some caramel notes thrown in as well, enriching the malty flavor of the beer. Medium to light bodied, very easy to drink.

Overall: Personally, I could see this being a good session beer. While dark in nature, it is not heavy whatsoever, and malts/hops accentuate each other very well. Nothing too fancy, but definitely worth a shot!

Serving type: can

09-15-2012 23:56:09 | More by hellhammermario
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very dark chestnut brown, almost black, with a medium-sized, thick, foamy head that slowly diminishes to a lasting film. Nice lacing.
S: Floral and lightly resinous hop tones that are nicely balanced out sweet malty aromas. Dark crusty bread, coffee, light molasses and a hint of charcoal.
T: Initial zip of bitterness when it hits the tongue, then a huge amount of sweetness takes over. Cherry, molasses and dark fruit are notable. The bitterness works its way back into the mix toward the finish.
M: Med-full body, dry texture and moderate-low carbonation
D: Perplexing at first and pleasantly different. The dark sweetness of a porter in the hoppy ale. Worth a try for sure. Only complaint is that I wish there were more hops in the nose.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 15:31:26 | More by ski271
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

02-09-2012 22:20:45 | More by Bdel34
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-26-2012 14:54:44 | More by Envelopes
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-10-2013 16:36:55 | More by Artjsantos
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-29-2011 02:14:45 | More by rxthree
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-16-2011 00:18:13 | More by beerman999999
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear deep brown almost black with two fingers of mocha colored fine bubbled and silky textured head that lingers nicely and leaves a ton of creamy lacing on the glass
S: very nice floral hop notes and also deep caramel malts and roasted malts really even it out
T: hmm, begins with the nice malt character and then moves into the nice citrus hop notes which linger and become more floral on the palate long after the initial sip
M: smooth, gentle carbonation that is a bit brisk, leaves the mouth every so slightly dry but very nice
O: typically im not big on black IPAs but this one was positively fantastic, so well balanced and just wonderfully drinkable, well done!

Serving type: can

02-01-2012 00:22:31 | More by BigPlay1824
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4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly lighter than black. Huge frothy tan head with superb retention.

S: Spicy slightly floral hop fighting it's way through a dark roasty malt.

T: Hop is very beat down by the huge chocolate toasty malt. Big lingering chocolate dry taste with a slightly bitter finish from the hops. Porter meets IPA.

M: Smooth and slightly sticky.

O: Nice brew, I'll have another.

Serving type: can

08-29-2010 00:59:37 | More by bundy462
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5/5  rDev +35.9%

01-11-2012 23:26:41 | More by lccrunchy
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4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, not black. HUGE head and lacing on the glass. That part is impressive

S - A lot of hops in the nose. Citrus, dried fruits, tangerines.

T - Nice hoppy flavor, dark malt backbone. Very well balanced.

M - Creamy. Full bodied, very well carbonated.

O - A very good beer, but not amazing like some of the other 21st Amendment brews I have enjoyed.

Serving type: can

02-26-2012 01:45:01 | More by BeerDawgs
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-23-2012 22:20:43 | More by mikepcarney
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3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first "Black IPA" Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

A: Big two finger light tan head. Very dark brown color, almost Black. Nice sticky lacing.
S: Big roasted malt up front. Touch of sweetness, not much hop at the nose.
T: Big roasted malt again. This might be an old can because I am still not getting a whole lot of hops. Earthy bitterness to finish. If I didnt know any better I would assume this is a Stout.
M: Mouthfeel does not resemble a stout... Thin and watery.
D: This is just okay. I will finish the 12 oz can but do not want another.

Would like to re-review fresh on tap... Until then this was pretty bad.

Serving type: can

01-19-2011 23:13:02 | More by jmich24
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