Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,164 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,164
Reviews: 692
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 51
Gots: 283 | FT: 1
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
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,164 | Reviews: 692
Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, nearly black but lifting to the light reveals a little translucence, 1 inch khaki head, good lacing

S: Dark malts, floral hops, both equally present

T: Sweet malts, caramel, bitter hops in middle, floral, chocolate comes through on back end, maybe a little coffee

M: Medium to full, velvety carbonation

O: I love this style and this beer is not the best representation Ive had but still hard to beat. I love how the chocolaty dark malts mix with the astringent hops. Glad my growler shop picked it up.

Photo of jzlyo
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is piney hops, mild grain sweetness and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is citrus hops, dark malts and some fruit/tartness/acidity in the finish.

Photo of TopherBreski
2.28/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Black with red shade. Smells like light coffee and cherry. Tastes about the same. I don't like stouts that much but this isn't too bad.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i agree with the criticism of others here in that this might not be quite hoppy enough to fit the black ipa bill, but i dont think thats as big a negative here as it has been deemed to be by the masses. as a porter, even a hoppy one, i think it excels. nice dark look to it, not real thick, but quite impenetrable to light, and holding its head well. nose is a hint of pine hops, maybe cascade or centennial, something similar, there isnt any of that oily sweet hop resin that maybe people were looking for. in the taste, there is a really nice dryness, one rich with cocoa powder notes from the malt, and pleasant bitterness from the roasted barley and the hops in communion. the body is medium but not heavy, fluffy and well carbonated enough to drink quite a bit of it, but you have to drink it fast, it warms up not so well, with a tannic sharpness coming out of nowhere. well built beer, lighter on the hops than many, but is serves its purpose well in my book, i really enjoyed this one.

Photo of RasAli
4.48/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great all around black IPA. Still carries the hop without the roasted malts taking over.

Photo of Hardsell
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first and only other black IPA I've had so far has been the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous IPA, which is easily one of the most fascinating beers I've tried. Back in Black's somewhat simplified flavor has both advantages and disadvantages, mostly directly related to this simplification on both accounts. The most notable difference is just how much the stout-esque quality shines through in this beer. It creates an aftertaste that is almost akin to a cola, and it makes this beer somewhat less profound but definitely more sessionable. Not a beer I could get lost in, but I could certainly have a few and not get sick of it.

Photo of crobtay
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a very pleasing beer. I don't know why it's got average ratings but I believe it.s most recent ratings tell the story. Delicious.

Photo of Soxandtuggy
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Nah to much of a charcoal burnt taste for my liking...

Photo of ordybill
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Malt, chocolate and some citrus
Appearance- A reddish black color with a tan head. Looks real good
Taste- Has a roasted malt flavor that also includes cocoa and some citrus
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation
Overall- A real good brew, I will drink this again.

Photo of smbslt
2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Color lacked depth.
Taste improved as it warmed but had too much of a smoky, charred quality.
Overall - just not enough there to like.

Photo of Krinkle
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome killer i likey lots

Photo of Alejandrolikebeers3445
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

really tasty and good beer

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is different I would classify this as a dry hopped porter S: cocoa and bread T: I'm getting cocoa nibs with some hops O: I enjoy this I love Porter' s and ipa this taste like both

Photo of pablogrande
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ehhh. I would rather drink a standard IPA or a porter. This straddles both, but excels at neither.

Photo of Webbydag1
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice hops, dark maltyness and bitter finish

Photo of KevChiTown
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was really surprised how much I enjoyed this one. I'm not totally gaga over black IPAs but this one pulls it off very well. Balanced is the best way to describe this one.

Photo of Jeffsta1
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer but very average overall. Will not buy again.

Medium brown color, big, persistent pale tan head.

Hints of malt, but mostly unattractive bitterness, with hints of unripe pine. Long, piney finish with distinct chemical and asphalt notes.

Feels pretty good. Slightly rich, tastes unfiltered.

Nope.

Photo of KM_Seahawk
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz can - pours a dark caramel/black color similar to cola, with 2 finger beige head with moderate lacing. The smell is roasted malt with slight coffee notes and faint earthy pine hops. The taste is like the nose, roasted malt upfront with small amount of coffee finished with mild bitter pith and semidry. Definitely hides the 6.8% alc well. Light to medium body and low to medium carbonation. Overall not bad but not mind blowing either. Nice to have if you want something a bit different and I like cans.

Photo of Tronicity
2.71/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nothing special, had an odd aftertaste for me. Could be an old can, but regardless nothing exciting.

Photo of rdheaney
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Smoky, nice malt balance with the hops.

Photo of barnzy78
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can, Enjoy by 05/15/15
A - fluffy tan colored head tops a cola colored ale; great head retention
S - earthy, tea-like, faint chocolate and citrus
T - nice complexity with well balanced flavors: chocolate, pine, tea, earth, grapefruit rind, roasted barley
M - medium body, a bit resinous, nice roasty bitter finish
O - one of the better American black ales I've had. I really like this style, and this one is solidly good.

Photo of Loveyourbeer
2.56/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I thought this ale was a mess. It looked good in the glass and that was about it. Medicinal taste, off-putting. And I really like black IPAs. Maybe I got a bad batch.

Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. Aroma's mainly hop with a hint of malt. Appearance is excellent with a huge, long lasting, tan head, lots of lace, and a clear dark garnet color. Taste is similar to nose, good balance between malt sweet, hop bitter, & carbonic tang. Good body. Finish falls fast at first and then tapers very slow at the last. Fairly drinkable beer; wouldn't mind another.

Photo of jimcody
2.36/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not a full bodied as expected.

Photo of ta_hagen
5/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Always if in liquor store, grab this BIPA. Just wonderful, fruity, caramel, toffee, chocolate, bitter, plenty of carbonation, dark dry finish. Thumbs up.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,164 ratings.