1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

Not Rated.
Back In BlackBack In Black

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

1,860 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Back In Black Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,860 | Reviews: 650 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Stephen_Purdue
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Stephen_Purdue, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of p-wagz
4.5/5  rDev +22%

p-wagz, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of stephens101
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First beer I can recall having from this brewery, which is always a fun thing and foments a sense of adventure.

Dark brown with dark red edges. The tan head settles gently, leaving a swaths of lace behind.

Deep roasted malts mingle with some piney hops, and generally get along all the way to the nose.

More roasted goodness floats across the tongue, followed by a lingering, earthy bitterness, a hint of grain and caramel and a slight dark fruitiness.

A medium-bodied and quite flavorable ABA

stephens101, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of B_Gabler
4/5  rDev +8.4%

B_Gabler, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of LauraHorn
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

LauraHorn, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Klebe
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Klebe, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of Necronomad
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Necronomad, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

smithj4, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of risc2000
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

risc2000, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of CrummyLuke
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

CrummyLuke, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of ramrod666
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ramrod666, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of WesMantooth
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Smells of hops and slight roasted malt. Tastes pretty much like the aroma. A little bit of hops up front with some nice balance from the roasted malt. It is pretty thin and easy drinking. Not real hoppy and not a ton of flavor, but nicely balanced and well done. I would call it a slightly hoppy, light bodied Schwartz. At 6.8%, you could get in trouble with these! Overall, a good beer that I would buy again and would be a nice offering for non IPA people.

WesMantooth, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of pxc13
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

pxc13, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of kehlah
4/5  rDev +8.4%

kehlah, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Scrapss
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip at cellar temps.

A: Black, pitch black. Nice rocky head dissipates ultimately to a 1 mm solid disk. No lacing to speak of, wispy at best.

S: Weakly malty with a hint of hops. Neutral yeast indicators, not pronounced. Mild.

T: A kiss of hops up front, slightly bitter and very mild. The malt is definitely roasty and good. Just wish the hops were a little more pronounced. This reminds me of a slightly hoppier Schwarzbier, too. Lemony finish so there's some hops doing something kinda back-sliding in at the finish.

M: Thin. Very poundable and dangerous given the ABV. Light on the palate. Chocolatey finish. Like bitter, ephemeral chocolates.

O: I like it for what it is, a very smooth, quaffable brew that is kind of true to the style, which I consider an ANTI IPA style. Like "hey, we're calling this IPA but really is a hoppy Schwarz". Regardless I like it.

Scrapss, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Mlarz2100
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Mlarz2100, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of allenm8
3/5  rDev -18.7%

allenm8, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of scottford
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

scottford, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of avwrite
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

avwrite, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of LakerLeith
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

LakerLeith, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of SlothB77
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

SlothB77, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

whatname, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of ridgeline23
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ridgeline23, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown with a light tan head. The head has moderate retention but leaves some soapy lacing on the glass. The aroma is very roasted, much more reminiscent of a schwarzbier, with only a hint of hops. Its a nice aroma, but not very IPA-ish. The taste is equally close to a schwarzbier. Delicious, but not really an IPA. There's a nice feel to the body and it's nice a smooth. If this weren't billed as an IPA, I think it would get a much higher rating. It has a great flavor but it doesn't even closely resemble one.

delta490, Jun 09, 2014
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.