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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,852 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,852
Reviews: 649
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 41
Gots: 132 | 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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5/5  rDev +35.5%

justiceavocado, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of ortie
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ortie, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Kyrgyzbrewer
2.28/5  rDev -38.2%

C- Dark Brown almost black

A- Very hop forward

Taste – Surprising malt start to the taste that ends with a strong hop finish. There are some strong roasted notes.

Overall – My first sip made me think cough medicine. The more I drank, the better it gets. The odd thing is that it seems like I get different flavors with each sip. One sip will be overwhelming, and then the next will be relatively soft. Black IPAs are the new vogue beer style, and that is certainly a good thing. The problem for this beer is that there are so many brewers doing it well it is overshadowed by better competitors despite throwing a ton of flavor.

Kyrgyzbrewer, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

BeerDawgs, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Attractive beer...close to black with an inch high pile of dense foamy goodness on top. Looking carefully I see little bits of sediment around the bottom edge of my glass. Good lacing as the head fades too. Aroma is a pleasant mix of dark, caramelly malt and pine/citrus hops. Toasty bread, cocoa, vanilla, and a minty kind of pine. Taste matches rather well, and there's nice play between sweet and bitter. The texture reminds me of melted chocolate. I like the residual bitter hop dryness that lingers after the finish. This is a very likable beer.

tastybeer, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +8.4%

NickyDee21, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

abcramer, Feb 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bvdubn, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of JustinQ
4/5  rDev +8.4%

JustinQ, Feb 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

rowingbrewer, Feb 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

eorwar, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ninjaberg, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Crstumpf
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Crstumpf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

A-dark brown black color with tan head and some lacing

S-dark roasted malt and bitter hops, burnt aromas

T-strong dark roasted malt flavor with almost charred flavor and dry hoppy finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation

O-a decent black ale but lacks some depth of flavor enjoyed in others

MDDMD, Feb 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

woolybully67, Feb 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

hinghamhawkeye, Feb 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

weaselchew, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of poopsmitherson
3/5  rDev -18.7%

poopsmitherson, Feb 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

DocAJ, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Bockerdoppel91, Feb 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

BMart, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Lucasrj
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Lucasrj, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of Zorro
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Clear dark brown colored beer that appears black without back-lighting. Very small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of patent malt. Coffee and a little chocolate smell. Little bit of grapefruit hop scent but not much. All in all it smells like a Porter.

Starts out strong on the patent malt with a good amount of bitterness. Strong roasted grain flavor with an charred edge to it. Substantial bitterness at least as much from the malt as the hops. Hop type is had to determine, the hops have combined together to give this a taste that is best described as "Carrot Sticks."

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. It tastes stronger than it is. The taste is pretty much that of a Porter hopped to hell.

Zorro, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

DonFrap, Feb 11, 2012
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,852 ratings.