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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,859 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 133 | 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 Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Texasfan549, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kjkinsey, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of Cellach
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a stemless red wine glass. It is actually very nearly black, and completely opaque. The head is just off-white and not particularly emphatic. The nose is fascinating, with dark chocolate and roasted coffee working around bright citrus, pine resin, pleasant grassiness, and some tropical fruit. The palate shows more of the same, with the malts becoming more assertive. The layers of hop aromatics play a supporting role to the malty coffee, tobacco, and bitter dark chocolate, which is... interesting.

If a weird, though well-done, love child between an American IPA and an Imperial Stout sounds interesting to you, give this one a try. Prepare for some stylistic confusion. Overall, though, from what I understand the producer was going for, this is a well-balanced and compelling black IPA.

Cellach, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Sargully, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned On: 11/11/11

Very dark, opaque brown with a big, fat head of off-white foam that slowly deflates to a lumpy covering. Sticky rings of lace. Bright hoppy aroma over a nutty, cocoa malt base. Sticky pine and fruit with some caramel, sweet coffee, and brown sugar. A bit roastier in the mouth with chocolate malt giving way to a hefty dose of grapefruit and lemon. Medium bodied and dry, yet pretty slick and smooth with a lingering bitterness. This will find its way back to my fridge for sure...

wedge, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of keanex
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can, not freshness date. Poured into a shaker glass.

A: Looks fantastic only the slightest bit of garnet shines through the light, other than that it's opaque. Near 2 finger foamy thick, rocky looking head. It looks a lot like a stout actually.

S: Light pine or citrus hop notes with some other faint hints I can't pick up. Light roasted malt notes make an appearance too.

T: Slight roasty bitterness, a tad earthy. It's easy to drink, but it's not what I was expecting, more like a light coffee stout really. Not what I was expecting really, especially not when labeled as an IPA, not enough hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with some light sharp carbonation.

O: This is not what I was expecting, not enough hop presence here. I like it, but it doesn't seem to match the style.

keanex, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of mbarnes0
4/5  rDev +8.4%

mbarnes0, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Docer
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Nice rather dark brown/black brew.. certainly some yeast sediment floating around visibly in it. Off-white foamy head down to a spotty ring and thin blanket on top.

Smell: (3.5)
- Light roasty sweet grainy brew. Little coffee, but more bitter husky grainy notes. Light bitter grassy and herbal hops. Enough sweetness to really balance things out.

Taste: (3.5)
- Kinda close to a sweet stout really.. but has a little more hop kick. Sweet grainy dark malts, light roasted coffee, some cocoa, and earthy bitter hops. Little zingy grain touch. Not bad.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall a medium bodied creamy smooth Black IPA. Little dry, just a touch chewy, and a tad chalky. It's a solid feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- A good dark brew.. but doesn't flirt with the IPA style enough for me. It could almost pass as an American sweet stout. Certainly smooth and balanced, and reassures my opinion of this being my favored beer from the brewer. Worth having a few cans kicking around.

Docer, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
4/5  rDev +8.4%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of jam354
4/5  rDev +8.4%

jam354, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Bloodbuzz99, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

bigeyedfish89, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of MikeDATL
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MikeDATL, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of imbuckeye
4/5  rDev +8.4%

imbuckeye, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4/5  rDev +8.4%

TEAMHOLT, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one finger, tan head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus, pine and roasted malts.

T - It tasted of citrus, pine and strong roasted malt with some sweet toffee and chocolate.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good black ale. 21st Amendment continues to make great canned beer.

zeff80, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ShemRahBoo, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KimenTshom, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KuehneBe, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of therope
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

therope, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of LtCracker20
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a not-quite-black deep brown body with reddish hues. A nice 2-finger tan head that falls relatively quickly to a nice thick cap. It leaves some really nice lacing.

S- Chocolate up front, espresso, coffee, caramel malts, and slight citrus hops.

T- Hops play a more up front role in the taste than in the aroma. But, still, mostly chocoloate and caramel malts are the big players here.

MF- Almost a full body with a good amount of carbonation.

LtCracker20, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of TheEvilGenius
4/5  rDev +8.4%

TheEvilGenius, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of HWren
1/5  rDev -72.9%

HWren, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of rxthree
4.5/5  rDev +22%

rxthree, Dec 29, 2011
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.