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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Back In BlackBack In Black

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2,056 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,056
Reviews: 667
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 49
Gots: 209 | 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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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a clear tulip glass.

Poured into small glass.

Appearance: Deep brown color and nearly opaque with creamy tan head that slowly dissipated leaving good lacing.

Smell: Citrus and floral hops dominate with light sweetness from the malts. Smells clean and crisp.

Taste: Starts off a little sweet and malty, with brown sugar and caramel. Then the hops kick in with a good crisp pine and citrus bite. Finishes semi-dry. Not as hoppy as many Black Ales or IPA's, but that's not a bad thing. Well balanced.

Mouth Feel: Medium bodied with good carbonation.

Overall: A good Black Ale or IPA, and very good for a canned beer. I would drink this again, especially in a situation that called for canned beer (camping, fishing, etc.). A good beer, and one that has convinced me to try some of the other 21st Amendment canned beers.

Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of TangTKE402
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured form a 12oz. can into a pint glass. Pitch-black in color with a reddish hue on the outskirts of the glass. A thick, creamy, 1-finger ecru head emerged, lingered for about a minute, then dissolved into a thin veneer left on the surface of the beer. Some thin, wispy lacing.

S: Deep, rich notes of wet wood, toasted caramel malt, rich hops, chocolate, molasses, pine tar, and some slight citrus rind.

T: Dark toasted-malt notes up-front, with a rich, molasses middle, and a bone-dry finish. The flavor profile is consisted throughout, if a touch thin. Notes of grass, chocolate malt, burnt molasses, earth, and pine. A nicely balanced, hoppy-enough winter beer.

M: The mouthfeel comes in slightly lacking, with a silky presence that borders on watery, and a slightly chalky after-feel.

O: All-in-all this is a fine example of a good black IPA. It doesn't take many risks, but that's ok, as it has some very rewarding flavors, and is pretty much what you would expect.

Photo of FalconA
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of de322
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of bfife
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of CP20
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of DocJ87
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dr. pepper color from the can is black in the vessel with little to no head. Some agitation formed a spongy, khaki head that was short lived.

S: The aroma was boozy scotch-pine moderate in strength.

T: The flavor was oily coffee roast, citrus and pine. Some boozy scotch alcohol. Think scotch and cold coffee. Decent level of bitterness, oily hops with a wet smooth roast kiss on the finish. If I didn’t know better this tastes almost bal-aged.

M: oily coffee roast, malty body with some sotchy booziness lingering about. Good carbonation detection.

O: Overall the alcohol seems to both contribute some uniqueness while distracts at times. Strong scotch alcohol notes, good level of bitterness and a wet, oily coffee roast backing makes for a good pairing. Big alcohol flavor though may limit drinkability taking a back seat for multiples.

Photo of nannotwo
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of lccrunchy
5/5  rDev +35.5%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with ruby tones. The head was bone-colored and thick. It left some nice lacing down my pint glass.

Relatively mild hop aroma with some rich, earthy malt notes.

Light, roasted malts and very faint chocolate tones in the taste with some bite in the bitterness (from the grains?). Bright on the tongue (perhaps from the alcohol).

Liked this one very much overall. Not a standout classic IPA example (it's lacking somewhat in the aroma hops), but taking in the fact this is a black IPA, it fits the black ale profile quite well.

Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of allouez86
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of cwj14
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kizyle
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of HopDr
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a can into a mason jar.

A- It's dark. Black. Not much else to say, it has a small pale brown head.

S- It's nice, floral citrus hops with just a small touch of dark malt sweetness.

T/M- Moderate hop flavor and bitterness, although it could use more of either or both to really define it more I think. The malt also is kind of faint in the flavor and the feel is pretty thin with low-moderate carbonation. The malt flavor that you do get has a touch of roastyness to it but it faint.

O- I did enjoy drinking this, it was certainly a nice change and a style I have only had a couple times. I think I have a bit of the problem of expecting an aroma, taste and mouthfeel from what I see, but then getting something completely different. Nice for a bit of a change from the ubiquitous American IPAs I drink too many of these days, I probably will try it again.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of jmarklan
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thin black that shines red when held up to the light. Very dense head, excellent retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and slight pineapple from the hops are well balanced by cocoa malts.

T: Very slight citric hoppiness up front leads into roasty but mellow dark malts, chocolate and grain. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Neither the hops or the malts assert themselves very much at all.

M: Very smooth, not very much carbonation. Light/ medium body, slightly watery.

Overall: Not nearly as hop-forward as a black ale should be. It seems more like a watered down version of a russian imperial stout. Not a bad brew but not one i would try again.

Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 2,056 ratings.