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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,860 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,860
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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4/5  rDev +8.4%

dizztracted, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Yabev15, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

russwbeck, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

Adamostella, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

THECPJ, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

thebouch01, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Beer is pitch black with thin slightly foamy tan tead. Was able to swirl up about a half a finger of foamy head after I had a few sips though. Some light lacing that quickly slid back into the beer. A few bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass, but can't see much through the opaque beer.

Nose was a bit weak and one dimensional, just mainly dark roasted malt that starts to give off hints of milk chocolate. As it warmed a little, there is a hint of citrus hops, but it is very light.

Taking a sip, more of the same from the nose, though the touch of citrus is at the front of the tongue, before underwhelming dark roasted malt flavor. Finish is medium, some residual sweet chocolate flavors and bitter burnt malt on the back of the tongue.

Medium body with some good smooth carbonation that helps contribute to a creamy mouthfeel. While the flavors are one dimensional, the beer was pretty tasty. If the beer was listed as a black IPA like I had originally thought this was, I would have probably dinged the flavor and aroma scores a little more.

nataku00, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

vanessa27, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

wyatt, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

JRod1969, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Kenyont2, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jeffthepony, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

TerryGarcia, Nov 14, 2011
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

caninedevotion, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brownish black with a hint of ruby red. Lots of bubbles and a big five fingers of light tan foamy head with very good retention. Lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: Aroma of citrus and piney hops up front with hints of grapefruit, mango, and lots of pine resin. Solid background of dark roasted caramel malts with some toffee, chocolate, coffee, and bready biscuit. Hops stand out the most.

Taste: Big taste of citrus and earthy hops throughout. Notes of grapefruit, mango, and orange with a hefty dose of pine resin. Also some floral hops lingering around. Dark malts are noticeable towards the finish with hints of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and coffee. Doesn't taste quite as dark and roasty as I expected.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Fairly smooth and creamy for a hop forward beer. Finishes dry.

Overall: This is a solid IPA but it could of tasted more black. Dark malts are too subtle and tend to get lost in the hops. Still a good tasting IPA.

MattyG85, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of Kranders
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To go along with some MNF and NBA Jam, my cousin brought over a fantastic beer-in-a-can, Back in Black from 21st Amendment. I love black IPAs for many reasons, and this particular beer is no exception. A quick look and you'll expect a big robust stout, but as soon as you drink it's totally different. This beer has a great sweetness that's cut perfectly with a punch of hops, and it does so in a way where it's not overpowering.

Kranders, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip

Pours a dark mahogany with a fluffy khaki cap that rises to fill the glass. Some delicate lacing left behind. The aroma is of pine needles, orange rind and cocoa nibs. The flavor profile follows the nose. Fresh cut pine off the bat before a rush of chocolate and a slight bitter finish. The feel is a little thin and very undercarbonated. This has some good qualities but falls short in some of the finer points. Above average.

ColForbinBC, Nov 05, 2011
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3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Black color. Just under two fingers of tan, dense frothy head. Retention is about average and a small ring of lacing is left. Some sediment at the bottom of glass.

4.0 S: Good mix of hops and dark malts. Hops are floral and citrusy with some earthy notes and pine. The malts offer a good bit of chocolate, a touch of roast, and some sweet molasses.

3.5 T: This is the first black IPA that I've had in a long time that has a well balanced taste. The hops do not make the beer overly bitter and for that I'm quite happy. Earth and citrus from the hops. The malts aren't as strong as I'd like, but there still is some chocolate and molasses to go along with the soft roastiness. Despite being balanced, it's still not much better than average.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy, but I'd prefer a thicker body.

3.5 D: Not bad for the style, but not that great overall.

DavoleBomb, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of mithrascruor
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a nice black color, with a bit of visible carbonation. Nice, foamy off-white head has good retention and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not a strong aroma, just a bit of roasted malts.

Taste: Roasted malts, and hints of cream. There's some bitterness at the finish and aftertaste, but it is from the roasted flavors, not hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium-bodied, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, good taste.

An enjoyable beer, but not really an IPA, I hardly taste any hops.

mithrascruor, Oct 30, 2011
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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with an average amount of off-white head. Nice lacing on my glass. Nose has piney hops, but not the awesomely fresh hops I've become accustomed to as of late.

Pretty straightforward taste: hops linger over a roasted malt backbone. Lags noticeably behind its peers in both execution and complexity. Not a bad beer, but there are many better Black IPAs on the market today.

brystmar, Oct 30, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a 14oz. flute from a can.

Appearance: Looks good. POurs into a super dark brown almost jet black with a 1/4 inch tan head....settles prettyl quickly into a almost to zero head.

Smell: Probably the best feature of this beer, smells of hops which really holds into your nostrils.

Taste: Unfortunately I have never had the luxury of having back in black on tap so my review is strictly reflected upon can.That is where the problem lies, in the words of my father it's like eating aluminum. Beer is hoppy but maybe served better in a bottle, for whatever reason it is back in black "canned" just sticks to strictly to hops and metal.

Mouth: Sticks to your cheeks but because of the taste your want to water it down quickly. Medium malt carbonation but texture is built well to go down super smooth.

Overall: pretty MUCH 21ST amendment needs to tweak this recipe if it's going to served in a can...I am fiending to find this on tap or bottle. The metallic taste is what is the worst just leaves you with an after taste wishing you could taste before you buy.

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of gskitt
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can , very dark, stout like with a coffee colored head. Smelled strongly of roasted malts, hops scent is present as well. Taste was more hoppy than expected, but a nice balance of the both. Some nice bitterness and a creamy mouthfeel with some bite. Overall, an enjoyable offering.

gskitt, Oct 24, 2011
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.