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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,766 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 37
Gots: 95 | 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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ToddT

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Head falls slowly to a ring but leaves little bits of lace on the glass.

S- Subtle aroma, some hops, caramel malt, and hints of oak. For suck a formidable looking beer the nose is kind of tame.

T- Sweet malt and some oak notes, big swell of hops in the middle that is subdued in bitterness but still forward on the palate. Finish is a struggle between the sweet malt and the bitterness of the hops with the bitterness and dryness of the hops coming out on top.

M- Medium in body and good carbonation, thinner in body that what I was expecting.

D- Decent drinkability a little sweet for my tastes, but the 7% ABV doesn't show through anywhere. Could be session able if you like sweet.

Not my favorite style of beer but a decent enough effort. Worth checking out.

Serving type: can

10-15-2010 03:49:48 | More by ToddT
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into SA Perfect Pint.

A. 3 finger head. Color of head is off white. Nice retention. Color is very dark brown almost black. Pretty thick lacing.

S. Smell is hoppy and malty. Has something going on in the aroma that I can't quite put my finger on.

T. Taste is somewhat unique as well. Some sweetness from the malt and a roasty dark characteristics balanced against some hop bitterness. Black IPA's have characteristics of quite a few different styles. Almost tastes like a porter.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a bit of bitterness.

D. Drinkable. Black IPA's are somewhat new to me. Don't know if it is one of my preferred styles. As for this beer it is pretty good. Nothing exceptional in the aroma or flavor department but good.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 23:20:12 | More by siradmiralnelson
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Arenbeer

Connecticut

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can thanks to UncleJimbo for throwing it in as an extra!

A- Pours a really nice dark dark brown that appears black out of the light. On top is a decent 1 finger off white head that doesn't stick around.

S- Dark roasted malts with some coffee and maybe some sweet chocolate. Slight hop presence but not to much. Definitely some fruitiness in there as well.

T- Strong roasted malts and coffee, take the flavor with a decent hop bitterness and fruitiness in the background.

M- Medium body with a lot of carbonation and a decent bitter finish.

SkÅL!

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 22:02:44 | More by Arenbeer
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Florida9

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, approaching black, in color, but edges reveal a chestnut color to this beer. Forms a big inch plus of khaki colored head. Decent retention, but little lacing.

S: Coffee, cocoa, and roasted malts.

T: Strongly pronounced dark roasted malts. Some citrus, maybe a metallic flavor as well. Moderate bitterness. Roasted flavor lingers on the finish.

M: On the lighter side of medium with appropriate carbonation. Drying.

D: A good beer, though not the best. Too heavy on the roasted malts for my preference, but the lightness of the beer does lend to an easier drinkability.

Serving type: can

10-14-2010 01:50:06 | More by Florida9
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dudemuskie

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a single can at The Andersons in Toledo, OH!

Appearance- Deep brown with garnet highlights and a tall creamy, linger-n-lace beige head.

Aroma- Big, sticky grapefruit citrus nose with some grassy, herbal, and floral hop notes. Dusting of black malt hidden well below the blanket of hops with some biscuit-like maltiness also present. Very hop forward!

Flavor- Starts with nice bright citrusy hop kick that leads into a nicely balanced middle that mingles the big hops with a slightly sweet, fresh malt flavor. Finishes with a bit more malt complexity including the faint dusty black, almost chocolaty malt notes and a healthy dose of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, low-moderate CO2, nice balance but big hop presence. Low residual sugars and assertive hop bitterness makes this quite drinkable and almost refreshing, but the slightly bigger body might make this brew a bit filling after a full pint or two.

Overall- Mind bender of a beer because it feels like an IPA, with little other than color contribution from the dark specialty malt. I expected a lot more malt complexity/body out of this just eyeing it up! Well done black IPA and quite fun to drink!

Serving type: can

10-13-2010 12:32:19 | More by dudemuskie
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beerhan

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Beautiful thick head that just creeps towards the top of the glass. This has a real nice dark brown almost black color. A great blend of stoutiness and ipa. Smells very floral with a chocolatey feel. Tastes like caramel and grass. Interestingly enough an amazing combination. The only thing that this beer really loses points on is that I can still kind of taste can. I could drink this beer forever and it is quite cheap.

Serving type: can

10-13-2010 03:27:10 | More by beerhan
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yesyouam

New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

21st Amendment Back In Black is a clear, dim red-brown-black ale with a dense khaki head that has outstanding retention and lacing. It has a fruity and roasty aroma. It's pretty light bodied; a little watery and metallic with a pretty clean finish. It's quite bitter and dry; sharp and green. It's not very well balanced and not good for more than a pint.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 18:30:54 | More by yesyouam
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dragonWhale

New York

2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sometimes this is what happens when other people bring over. This should be better, though. Dark brown with rubies..Roast and sweet malt battle with grassy, floral hops. Fairly nice smell, though the taste is where it loses me.
Not bad, just doesn't seem like quite the right mixture of hops and malt. Too much roast/coffee? Perhaps just the wrong kettle hops? It's difficult to say what is off, but with this style, it just is a little hit and miss, and this one misses for me right now. Little metallic..
Hopefully the new brewer can put his stamp on this one. Or maybe this is his..

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 06:17:18 | More by dragonWhale
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly black in color with a deep brown hue around the edge of the glass. Pours with a thick beige head that leaves lots of wet sticky lacings on the glass. Looks like it would be thick and chewy, but is surprisingly medium bodied with lively carbonation. Roasted malt and coffee aromas with a faint hint of citrus and dark fruit. Flavors are similar to aromas, with roasted malt and coffee flavors in the front, a bit of tangy citrus in the middle, and a dry finish with a slight piney hop finish. Pretty unique combination of flavors. Although I enjoyed it, I probably wouldn't be having 3 or 4 of these at one sitting.

Serving type: can

10-12-2010 01:17:35 | More by IronLover
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ectomorph

Tennessee

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can that states it is an American IPA brewed with rich dark malts, so I'm expecting some roasty/chocolate and not an IPA colored with sinimar... Served in a tulip.

A - Very dark, almost completely black except for ruby on the edges when held up to the light. Standard light tan head retains well with decent lacing.

S - Citrus and floral hops with a slight hint of sweet chocolate and caramel. Very pleasant.

T - Ok there is a LOT going on here. Moderate initial bitterness with a fair roasted presence. Big citrus hop flavors of orange rind and pine are battling with caramel and chocolate sweetness. While I was expecting the roasted aspect, this seems muddled to me.

M - Medium boded, big carbonation (almost too much), with a tart aftertaste/bite.

D - Medium to low. The ABV coupled with the palate confusion makes me think again.

Serving type: can

10-11-2010 22:17:35 | More by ectomorph
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown/black with translucent ruby highlights.

Smell: Mildly roasted malt, citrus-lemony hop and earth.

Taste: Roasted malt and citrus hops. Subtle coffee and chocolate. Decent balance.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, smooth.

Drinkability: A mild black IPA that's unassuming, finishes clean, and is easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 15:57:58 | More by JackieTH
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zoso1967

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As one might expect, Back in Black pours a slightly transparent black. When I say slightly transparent, I pretty much mean only when held up to a bright light source does it show some clean motor oil like hues around the edges. The head is a surprisingly dark tan color, creamy, and stubborn in its staying power. It leaves some pretty serious lace on the sides of my glass. This is a beautiful looking beer.

It has a pretty powerful aroma full of slightly charred roasty malts and juicy citrus hops. There is also a fair amount of chocolate, and some pleasant bready malt sweetness. Everything is well integrated, and if you smell it without concentrating hard it adds up to just one singular and tasty aroma.

The flavor strikes me as much more complex. Right off the bat it is slightly smoky and leathery. Astringent charred malt comes in next, with roasty coffee and some bitter cocoa also making an appearance. Grapfruity citrus and pine are also there. If I was to describe the hop flavor in a picture I would draw a nice juicy ruby red grapefruit hanging from a pine branch. There is also a nice biscuity malt sweetness that combats most of the bitterness of this brew.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium. This is a smooth drinking beer that has a well crafted finish. This beer is neither too dry nor sweet and the slightly sticky aftertaste is chameleon like in its nature, vacillating between roasty, malty and hoppy.

This beer is fairly drinkable, but is one of those beers that I drink slowly just to appreciate all that is going on. The India black ale is still a young style, and the different interpretations I have had are all quite different, but one thing is for sure, this is one of the better examples I have tried thus far.

Serving type: can

10-07-2010 22:27:31 | More by zoso1967
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very thick head of rocky light tan foam, like that you'd see atop a root beer float. And the liquid is definitely black in the glass, after having poured out in a stream that was more like a glassy, oily dark brown. Some dark reddish tones are pulled out in the light. Immense lace stick, like webs of styrofoam. My god what a ridiculously good looking beer!

Nose is a roasty, toasty, even slightly burnt bit of malt. Like burnt popcorn and charred toast, with a coffee-like edge and a hint of steamed milk. Hops shine through all that darkness with a citrus-like brightness. What a contrast.

Taste: Charred/burnt malts are in control and not overpowering the palate, while a fruity, bright citrus spark flashes by, over and around the burnt stuff. It's a flavor that takes awhile to get the taste buds around, but here, in Back In Black, it very much works. It exhibits a healthy balance between two seemingly opposite poles. Dark, rough and dirty versus bright, tart and sweet.

Neither watery nor at all thick, the mouthfeel is one that is slick and slippery; round and present although subtle enough to let the delicate balance of the flavors take most of the attention. Almost reaches the creamy heights of the mighty Iniquity, but only almost. Very much does the job, is what it does.

This is my third can of this in as many days, and the first time I wasn't totally feeling it...the second go-around I started feeling more clued in to its secrets...and this third time I just totally get it. It helps that I really like this emerging style, and while this is no Iniquity, it can definitely stand as a good representation of the style.

Serving type: can

10-06-2010 21:50:23 | More by Metalmonk
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robwestcott

Indiana

2.65/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from the can to a sun king shaped pint glass a dark cola color with a full finger loose bubbly mocha head leaving lace up the side of the glass.

strong aroma of floral hops and sweet candy.

sweet, tart and tangy, a very strange tasting brew. pungent floral, not at all agreeable.

thin, highly carbonated.

drinkable ?

Serving type: can

10-06-2010 01:18:57 | More by robwestcott
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: As it pours into the glass it's a brown color. However it sits in the glass opaque black with only brown highlights. A billowing and rocky head, light khaki color, sits on top that last forever leaving an amazing amount of lace.

S: A strong floral and citrus hop aroma balanced with sweet roasted malts. Very earthy smell.

T: A crisp flavor of floral hops with a citrus bitterness. Light chocolate malts are evident with hints of espresso.

M: A medium body beer with light carbonation. Creamy texture, yet dry finish.

D: Love this beer. Easy to drink, good price, great taste... all around- a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 23:54:08 | More by BrewCrew2010
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. can into a standard pint glass
Black in color with garnet highlights, and a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint roasted malt, citrus hop notes
Taste-Roasted malt, faint coffe and chocolate notes, a nice citric hop bite for balance.
Overall, pretty flavorful, if a bit thin-bodied, but not bad at all, especially out of a can.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 21:44:34 | More by hosehead83
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biggerboat88

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass, this is a very dark IPA with a thick topping of light brown head. You get mostly sweet malts with some slight roasted aromas on the nose. The sweet malts come through first, I noticed some earthy undertones before the hops come through. There is a lingering bitterness that interplays with the malts as you continue to drink this one. The head faded rather quickly but left some considerable lacing on the glass. Another decent addition to the "Black IPA" family that seems to be quite popular right now. Very smooth and drinkable with an enjoyable little hop-bite.

Serving type: can

10-04-2010 18:27:13 | More by biggerboat88
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rtepiak

Poland

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the pour of a nice porter without any cloudy body. Nice mocha head. Simple lemon zest nose and floral soapiness. Brisk feel but rather simple but mild malt notes. Seems like color and not reinforcing the bright hop. Very subtle earth bitter and a hope for dimension. Simplistic jean backbone.

Serving type: can

10-03-2010 06:25:33 | More by rtepiak
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with little light passing through with off white head. It resembles a cola.

Smell is citrus hops with a light roasted malt. Not very aromatic.

Taste is citrus and floral hop profile with an addition of burnt malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and crisp. Slightly bitter.

Good drinkability. A decent black ipa.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 22:17:27 | More by Vonerichs
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on 2010-10-02 in Columbia, PA. This is my 200th review.

A - Dark brown with a two-finger, tan head

S - Dried plums, mild roasted grain and mild licorice.

T - Not my cup of tea. Initial sour mash followed by sour rotted fruit, metallic, meat, then dried plum sweetness and significant bitterness.

M - Light body and medium carbonation

D - I'll pass on this one.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 20:41:31 | More by Tucquan
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Risser09

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can into a tall pilsner - fridge - 2010

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, but not quite black color with orange highlights. The head is a towering 3.5" in my glass and shows great retention. Tons of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, probably from centennial is strong and clinging. A nice, toasted malt backbone of chocolate and sweet molasses. A nice balance.

Taste: A ton of flavor that results in quite a cacophony. Lots and lots of espresso, chocolate nibs and even a tannic astringency of bitterness. That hops are strong, bitter and lingering. This is too much for me.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, leathery, malty, bitter and lengthy. Medium bodied, ample alcohol and tons of malt.

Drinkability: This beer has it all, but at what cost? It's so confusing and clashing that I don't really enjoy it very much. I understand the attempt being made, but don't agree with the overall result of the flavors. I would leave this one.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 05:53:45 | More by Risser09
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can into glass pint.
40°F

$1.75 / ea.

A: Bright deep brown body topped with a tan two finger head of fantastic retention that leaves generous lacing and a thick rocky head. Really nice.

S: Piny hops dominate the aroma with a hint of peach citrus and mild roasted nuts and coffee.

T: Strong coffee flavors blended with a posted deep roasted malt character. The hops are piny, and the beer in general comes off as a bitter porter. The aftertaste is mild, and does not accumulate. The beer is good, but I'm not really sure how to grade it with regard to style.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Very crisp.

D: Very sessionable for me, but it may confuse some. The body is light, the flavor interesting, and finish crisp. If nothing else you will have some fun talking about it!

O: The blend of a stout and IPA will either please people, or offend two different expectations. Interesting beer none-the-less.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 02:55:03 | More by dpnelson1978
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to try this one for a little while. 12oz can...

A: Super dark with very faint ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Super, super thick 2 inch off white head that fades at a slow pace. Very good.

S: Bitter, grassy hop scents upfront with a hint of chocolate and caramel on the backend. I get some breadiness in the middle. Good.

T: Hmm, almost tastes like a porter blended with an IPA. A creamy coffee taste upfront quickly followed by a nice blend of bitter hop, but not super bitter. Very dry brew. I get some booziness on the backend. I get some malts hidden in the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Ok.

D: This one goes down a lot easier than expected. Very good.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Glad to get to try it. Definitely good if you're looking for an interesting take on an IPA or if you're a fan of Black & Tan's. If you're looking for the straight and narrow though, don't worry about this one.

Serving type: can

10-02-2010 02:54:22 | More by steve8robin
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.55/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a pitch black silky smooth color with a nice solid one finger deep brown head with lots of cratering and sticky lacing. Nose is very sweet, malty and it almost smells a bit like Belgian yeast, interesting. There are some hops but it's not over the top.

Wow, taste is something different, I'm not sure if I like it. It's a bit metallic (I don't attribute that to the can), and has a somewhat sharp tang. It's fairly acidic and harsh, a bit grainy as well. There are some hops because I do get bitterness on this but it seems more like bitterness from roasted malt. Mouthfeel is fairly watery, with very light but sharp carbonation. It's not so easy drinking and it leaves a bit of an off flavor in your mouth. Honestly I'm a bit disappointed in this.

Serving type: can

10-01-2010 21:32:52 | More by kingcrowing
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. My first can of craft beer! The mostly black can has a sweet picture of a patriot on a motorcycle.

Beer pours a very dark, almost opaque brown. A nice billow of tan head sticks to the glass. Smell is unique, high-pitched malts combined with an herbal hops. All-in-all sharp, but very nice. Taste is nicely complex as well. Dark, toasty, campfire malts meld into a pleasantly bitter finish. Feel is nicely carbonated, and deceivingly dry and thin at the end. The only drawback is that this beer is so "varied" that I could only have a few at one sitting. For that though, a good beer, and a great introduction to craft beer in a can.

Serving type: can

09-28-2010 04:54:51 | More by sixerofelixir
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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