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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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2,034 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,034
Reviews: 665
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 45
Gots: 190 | 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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3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown with a creamy brown head, surprisingly clear and brown for something with black in the name. Nice retention and lacing.

The smell is mild with a bit of dark chocolate and green hops.

The flavor is very malt forward with sweet chocolate notes mixing in with some light blackened burnt malts and a hint of smoke, the hops show up in the finish with a bit of piney bitterness mixing in with the black malty sweetness along with a touch of astringency.

The mouthfeel is chewy and resiny with a touch of dryness and a powdery finish.

A decent black IPA, a little maltier than I would like and needs more dry hopping, but still worth picking up.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker pint. Head is 1 - 1 1/2 fingers tall. The color is light tan and it's fairly creamy. Color of the beer is a deep, dark, murky brown nearly black. I can also see some sediment floating around. Head dies down slowly and leaves a little lace but not much.

The aroma is of resinous hops, citrus, grapefruit and mango, floral notes, sweetness, big roasted qualities, caramel, cocoa, and chocolate malts, and hints of coffee as well (similar to porter type coffee notes).

The taste is of big bold resinous hops, citrus, grapefruit, sweetness, caramel, cocoa, bitter/dark chocolate, plenty of roasted malts, and some coffee notes. Nice tasting, different take on an American Black Ale.

The consistency is silky, carbonation is medium (maybe medium-high), the body is on the slightly heavier side of medium as well, and the finish is a bit long and wet (almost sticky) but not in a bad way. Feel is really just above average for me. I think it might be that it leans a tad too much towards the heavier side of things.

Overall this is definitely an American Black Ale that does it's own thing. Pretty different from the other examples I've tried of the style. Not my favorite, but certainly one I'd drink again and glad I got a 6 pack of it.

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3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into small glass.

A - Poured dark black non-transparent color with huge tan head that slowly dissipated leaving moderate lacing around the glass.

S - Citrus fruits and floral hops dominate with light scents of malts.

T - Starts off a little sweet with malts, brown sugar and caramel followed by citrus fruit flavor and a bitter hoppy finish.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

O - Very good Black Ale that's a blend of porter and IPA. I would recommend it.

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