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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,837 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,837
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 41
Gots: 127 | 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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jaidenjb

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-25-2012 19:20:17 | More by jaidenjb
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Luv2hunt

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-24-2012 20:28:04 | More by Luv2hunt
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piclee

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-24-2012 17:43:56 | More by piclee
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syntheticwings

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-24-2012 03:17:49 | More by syntheticwings
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mwhite444

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

03-23-2012 19:07:52 | More by mwhite444
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Scout11

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

03-23-2012 17:46:09 | More by Scout11
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Jesstyr

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Can't really beat the jet black look of this beer - it looks like a stout, and definitely lives up to its name. Head is think and tan with nice lacing that lingers. Nose doesn't have the roast that it looks like it would have - it smells like your average IPA with floral hoppiness.

Taste has an interesting mix of earthy hops and smoky malts - a good balance, but lacking in anything that really stands out. Medium body is ideal for this beer, nice and smooth without too much lingering aftertaste. Overall a good beer for the style, but maybe lacks something that stands out.

03-22-2012 02:21:16 | More by Jesstyr
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ambruns1979

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-21-2012 12:03:21 | More by ambruns1979
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capolo2k


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-20-2012 04:53:17 | More by capolo2k
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KevinHenderson


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-19-2012 20:45:04 | More by KevinHenderson
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alwaysintense


3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-19-2012 17:21:01 | More by alwaysintense
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justinbrown

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-17-2012 18:31:58 | More by justinbrown
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Ryan1423

Alaska

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-17-2012 17:04:12 | More by Ryan1423
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derkfromwi

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

A: Jet black color, thick and frothy light khaki head, good carbonation and lacing

S: Hops and dark malts, nicely balanced

T: A little different than other black ales to me, some bitter hops and dark malts, a little more hops than malts

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, medium bodied

O: Above average Black IPA

03-17-2012 03:37:17 | More by derkfromwi
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chocosushi

Oklahoma

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

Hoegaarden Glass
A ~ Pours dark brown (Dr. pepper) w/ a Khaki colored head collapsing into a spitty looking cap. Reminds me of a darker Dogzilla, which is not a good thing. Decent lace.

S ~ Pleasant citrus notes & a little cocoa. No roast notes that I come to expect w/ Black IPAs, but it is an informal style so what the hell. It still smells pretty decent. Light astringency.

T ~ Citrus follows through with weak coffee & caramel close behind. Faint mango. Citrus zest on the finish w/ a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Bit of sweet baked goods. (Cinnamon Rolls)

M ~ Floral on the palette, but Heat is prevalent & that detracts a lot considering the ABV is not necessarily high. Needs more carbonation.

D ~ Was very very very happy to try this (a want for a long while) but to me it is more of a Hoppy brown ale than a black IPA. The roast just isn't very strong. I'm left wanting more in the end, it's very ho-hum. Thanks for the opportunity Crabbicus!

03-16-2012 23:07:31 | More by chocosushi
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-15-2012 02:58:39 | More by JohnK17
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Nage37

California

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-15-2012 00:09:47 | More by Nage37
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thegerm87

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-11-2012 22:03:45 | More by thegerm87
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BarrelAgedBarry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +8.7%

03-11-2012 18:07:19 | More by BarrelAgedBarry
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LBCaterson

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-11-2012 00:14:06 | More by LBCaterson
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OldTime

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-09-2012 03:39:09 | More by OldTime
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slash196

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

Appearance - Pitch black, two-finger head with good staying power. Lovely lacing as the head settles.

Smell - Heavy caramel and candy, almost no hops are evident at the pour. Smells much more like a porter than an IPA.

Taste - The malt is the star here, rich coffee mixes with a smooth creamy caramel. Hop bitterness balances the palate, but no citrus or pine really pops out; it's possible my can was a bit old. Finish is clean, though, unlike a porter, which counters the heaviness of the malt somewhat.

Mouthfeel - Clean and carbonated, this is the only sign that I'm drinking an IPA hybrid.

Overall - Not what I expected at all. It is much more reminiscent of an English Old Ale (say, Theakston Old Peculiar). Not a bad beer at all, but strays quite far from style. I may give this a second go if I can find a fresher can, but I still prefer the Otter Creek interpretation of the Black IPA.

03-08-2012 00:33:53 | More by slash196
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Fcip78

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.7%

The Alstrom Brothers state that "You know a beer style has made it when it has been canned." I could not agree more, however don't think that it is a knock. The fact that we can get a quality Black IPA canned is a greajt thing. Back in Black pours opaque and has light malt notes in the nose. Plenty of nice hop flavor throughout each sip. It's very smooth and a dry finish. It is a decent quality canned option.

03-07-2012 03:27:20 | More by Fcip78
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WestViewBrew


4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

03-06-2012 18:01:45 | More by WestViewBrew
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joshtrich

New York

2/5  rDev -45.7%

03-06-2012 05:27:33 | More by joshtrich
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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