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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

2,034 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 45
Gots: 191 | 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:
Beer added by: tpd975 on 11-23-2008

ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark chocolate, but it black in the glass. Puts up a modest, thin, creamy manila head that leaves a fine coating of lace.

Has an aroma of light pine with some tea. Orange comes out with warmth.

From the hops, one can perceive pine tar bitterness in equal balance with roasted malt chocolate, all rather subtle. The finish returns after a moment to become much more prevalent with bitterness and a hint of tartness.

The body is medium to full with greater alcohol than expected. Carbonation is prickly and there is an oily texture and drying finish.

Enjoyed from a Dogfish Head snifter with salty snacks. This would be a fine beer for casual conversation as it is much more subdued than other examples of this style.

Photo of stakem
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for gifting me with a can of this. Poured into a snifter, this brew stream a clear dark brown color but as it comes to rest in my glass it looks closer to black. A finger of creamy tan head appears initially and fades to a thin film across the top. It leaves a wall of lacing effect on the glass.

The smell of this brew is fruity with hops. A bit herbal, catty and citrus-like before melding into the sweet scent of dark roasty grain. The combination of hops and dark roast form a scent more in line with raisins and alcohol. As it warms up, it picks up more of a roasty scent of the dark kilned grains and a hint of citrus-like coffee.

The first sip of this brew is quite unique. It is almost minty or methol-like with the way the hops intertwine with the roast of the grain and alcohol. The hop character is a mixture of herbal, fruity, citrus and pine-like flavors. This brew is mildly bitter from a combination of roasted malt and hops, it is enjoyably not over-done and blends together quite well with each unique flavor blending into the other counterpart. The aftertaste is a little bit like prunes but with an herbal edge to it.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. The feel was just right and the alcohol was fairly well integrated. I am not the biggest fan of the style but this offering was pretty decent. I dont know if I would have liked it any more or less if it was more fresh. As-is I might try it again but it wouldn't be my top pick if I had other choices.

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pretty hefty carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Deteriorates slowly and unevenly, leaving a full blanket of foam on the surface. Nice beer ring lacing.

S: Grainy and earthy tone. Cardboard and rye bread.

T: Pungent grainy tone, a little unsweetened chocolate, and black licorice.

M: Light, but full flavored. Mouth puckering pungency with something of a synthetic sweetness lingers throughout.

D: Not much resistance, but something of a malingering aftertaste.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice body, good head, and some decent lacing. Nose is earthy and pungent. Taste follows suit with a grainy, pungent tone. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kyrgyzbrewer
2.31/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of tastybeer
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of MDDMD
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,034 ratings.