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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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1,770 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 37
Gots: 97 | 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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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

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

Can to DFH signature glass. Thanks to mdaschaf for both!

A- Basically you can say it pours black like a porter. When held to light the dark acorn browns really light up around the edges. Instant two finger fluffy off white head that recedes almost as fast as it grew. Lacing is exquisite.

S- Faint piney tones, grapefruit and strawberries. Sweet roasted malts, coffee and milk chocolate hints as it warms further.

T- Very faint hop presence, pine and lemon zest. The back of my tongue is getting the toasted malts, slight bitter coffee and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Bitter and dry aftertaste.

M- Thin but a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, not heavy like a porter, and not overly enamel stripping of an IPA. Good balance. 1-2 in a night would not be asking too much I think.

Serving type: can

09-17-2010 00:39:10 | More by korguy123
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beer1018

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Appears black with a nice creamy head that takes forever to go away. It smells good, nothing offensive here. The taste is a nice balance between the hops and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is like a less creamy guiness which feels very nice. The alcohol is hidden well. I could drink a whole 6 pack easy and i rarely drink more then two. This will be a new staple for me and one of the better beers i have had this year.

Serving type: can

09-16-2010 02:02:51 | More by beer1018
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Bierguy5

Ohio

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

12 oz can, 6.8% abv. Pours a very dark chestnut color, coming close to black. Thick tan rocky head. Very nice retention. Nice patches of lace as well.

Roasted malts, almost a shot of espresso comes in the front. A big blast of citrusy and piney hops in the nose. Maybe some chocolate to go with the roasty flavors as well.

Roasty and sharp up front. Slight bittersweet chocolate and coffee notes. Bitterness comes in next, citrusy. Both sides are very sharp.

Medium body, slightly creamy. Alcohol is hidden well. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this is good.

Serving type: can

09-16-2010 00:04:21 | More by Bierguy5
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bonkers

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this one. Jet black in color with a slight white head. The aroma and flavor are full of sweet pine. The beer finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness. It has a mild body and lots of carbonation. The beer has very clean, crisp flavors. A great cascadian ale.

Serving type: can

09-14-2010 00:45:01 | More by bonkers
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz CAN into a Lancaster Brewing pint glass late at night.

Back in Black pretty much sums up the color on this 21ster, a black body with some dark reds along the edges. A gorgeous light tan headf came up and stayed forever leaving nice sheets of lace.

A good balance of dark malts mixed in with citrus goodness from the hopping, pretty much even. A nice citrus blast of grapefruit and the like. Roasted malts and a semi storm kingish hop smell from the freshness.

Much more hoppy than I was expecting, again it reminds me of drinking a very lightly hopped storm king, or maybe an aged bottle of that. The roasted quality comes out as well as some sweetness. Pineapple and grapefruit and other citrus tastes. Looking at this beer, I was not expecting such a hop bite, quite nice.

Feel is mediumish and amply carbed up, the head last forever and this is some active beer here. Goes down smooth and citrusy and not very bitter as the darks really take away from that aspect. Very drinkable beer here and I would go for another in a second.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 22:09:45 | More by BARFLYB
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tigg924

Massachusetts

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

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: toasted malt and chocolate

Taste: burnt malt, chocolate, nut, and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light body, sweet with a bitter backbone.

Drinkability: Delicious. One of my favorites from the brewery. There is a nice mix of malts and hops in this one. I am glad I picked up a six.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 16:10:48 | More by tigg924
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SFLpunk

Vermont

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

12oz black can with "0183 0644" stamped on the bottom. Black IPA.

Appearance is unbelievable! Pitch black with thick creamy sudsy tan head with GREAT retention! Lots of lacing and spotting and sheeting. Perfect.

Nose is fairly muted. Some faint roasted notes and some dry leaves.

Palate is crisp and sharp, lots of bitterness right off the bat. Not a lot of IPA flavor here though. Some faint roasted malt/coffee like notes.

Body is spot on, bitterness and roasted qualities are in check, but the flavor is missing to make this a true IPA-style beer.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 01:42:08 | More by SFLpunk
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the 3 canned 21st Amendment beers available in my area now. It pours a dark murky brown colorm fairly opaque, with a thick light tan head that laces in dried chunks on the glass. It smells like wet resiny hops and roasted malts, and the taste is no different. I'm not the biggest fan of black IPAs in general but this one is pretty good. The hops take enough of a lead to keep me happy. The body's kind of light but this beer goes down easy. This beer will work in a pinch.

Serving type: can

09-13-2010 00:15:24 | More by TurdFurgison
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a swirly head. Smells pretty light with some light citrusy hops, some light roastiness, and a touch of sweetness. The taste is a good deal more pronounced- this isn't a blow you away beer, but something about the nicely balanced creaminess, dry stout-like roastiness and gentle citrusy bitterness really works for me. I'm at the end of this six-pack, and this beer has really grown on me. Nicely creamy in the mouth and quite tasty. I like this better than I though I would.

Serving type: can

09-12-2010 20:47:36 | More by Georgiabeer
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cbak999

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a dark brown, almost black, but with a light, almost white head. Awesome lacing on the glass...this beer sticks to the inside of the glass.

S - caramel, chocolate, burnt brown sugar.

T - this drinks like a roasty porter. A bit hop forward, with a coffee finish that lingers. Finishes with a butter, creamy taste - dare I say butterscotch?

D - For almost 7% and dark, this beer drinks extremely well. It goes down easy due to the coffee/buttery finish. I like.

Serving type: can

09-11-2010 02:08:27 | More by cbak999
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

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

I appreciated tenderbranson69 sharing this can with me -poured chilled into a tulip.

A - A black as night opaque liquid w/ rocky light tan cap and frothy lace pattern that sticks well, the bead is tiny

S - The arom has a lot of pine from the hopping w/ a sweet malt accent and mild bit of roasted scnets to augment the fruit notes like prune. There is a gentle pepper elment for good measure

M - The feel is slightly bitter with light sweet tinged and hint of tart fruit w/ light pepper spiced and roast in the dry finish

T - The taste of bitter pine hops w/ mild toffee and sweetened coffee w/ light caramel tinge. The pine mixed with the roasted malt gives a light molasses flavor. the pine is augmented by a slight raisin and grassy tinge. The flavor is a good blend of both dark caramel malt and pine that lingers into the finish

D - A queer blend of flavors w/ black malt and bitter hops to me it is not the best of an emerging style, but I enjoyed for what it is

Serving type: can

09-10-2010 18:49:53 | More by Slatetank
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mdaschaf

Washington

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

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black with a chunky one finger head with great retention.

S: I got citrus and pine upfront and then a lot of roasted malts and some coffee on the back end.

T: Typical IPA flavors upfront - citrus and pine, but it quickly transitions into roasted barley and coffee on the back end.

D/M: Medium bodied with good carbonation. Really hard to rate drinkability. I like this beer, but don't know how many I would want to drink. It is really different, and something worth trying, but probably not a beer I am going to stock my fridge with.

Serving type: can

09-10-2010 02:50:44 | More by mdaschaf
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thrown in as an extra by wavers1 -- what a nice guy!

Appearance -- Pours a dark burgundy brown wiht one finger of stiff tan head.

Smell -- Grapefruit, Pine sap, Smokey dark roast malt, a tinge of berry tartness.

Taste -- Grapefruit and pine up front with some earthy herbal hop character and burnt breadcrusts, red grape, tart berries, french roast coffee, .

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation. It would be difficult to better the feel.

Drinkability -- Not too shabby. Hop-forwardness + big roast flavor is a pretty interesting combination. Don't think this one was my cup of tea; the berry-like sweet/tart thing threw me off a bit. This 'Black IPA' avoids the pitfalls of many of its contemporaries by showcasing bitter roast malt character instead of using debittered malt as essentially food coloring. Good on 'ya, 21st!

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 00:21:37 | More by yeahnatenelson
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Smoking Joes for 4 dollars all day.

A - Pours a nice deep black with an inch of creamy white head. Looks awesome!

S - ow wow I can distinctly smell hops and caramel and chocolate malt here with a nice bit of barley.

T - Starts off great with bitter hops then transcends into a nice Carmel sweet body then finish a bit bitter with the toasted barley which leaves a kind of weird but overall satisfying finish.

M - Really light to medium body. Hard to believe it is almost 7 percent!

D - Meh I didn't really love it to throw down 10.50 for a sixer but it was cool to try it. And it defiantly better than that horrid excuse for a watermelon beer.

Serving type: nitro-tap

09-08-2010 01:20:39 | More by DrDemento456
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jeffjeff1

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My wife bought this for me.

Appearance- black color, nice foamy head

Smell- hops, roasted malt

Taste- piney hops, very good

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought this was really good. First Black IPA. I enjoyed it thoroughly.Definitely recommend this one

Serving type: can

09-07-2010 17:29:03 | More by jeffjeff1
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Lolli1315

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An almost opaque black with some light making it through around the edge of the glass. Nice finger of rocky head that holds well through the drink while moderate amount of lacing is noticeable around the glass.

S- Roasted malt and barley come through heavily with a slightly piney hop sensation not coming through until the middle. The roasted malt and slight hints of coffee return to finish out the smell.

T- As in the smell, the taste of the beer leans hard on to the roasted malt side, and a little too much in my opinion. A hop presence is noticeable towards the middle of the beer as a grassy bitter flavor comes forward, but it does not shine through enough. Beer finishes into the roasted barley and slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M- Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

D- Nothing too special here. Certainly not a bad beer, but I have had better black I.P.A.'s and if I am in the mood for an I.P.A. I think I would reach for something else.

Serving type: can

09-07-2010 01:50:53 | More by Lolli1315
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hreb

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Refrigerator cold 12oz can poured into pint glass. Beer pours dark cola brown with hints of red and a medium-thick chestnut head. Big, floral, hoppy aroma, all IPA, no dark ale (stout, brown, or porter). Serious dry hops.

Taste is simultaneously sweet, refreshing, and bitter. Subtle toasty notes, but also a solid hop bitterness (along with floral and grapefruit) all the way through. High on alcohol, but in no way out of balance with the malt and (for an American IPA) hops. Bonus: the carbonation is surprisingly light, leaving for a creamy mouthfeel that works really well with the burnt barley.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 23:24:16 | More by hreb
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.83/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I really cannot see how this beer has a B+

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1/2 finger of light tan head. color is a dark copper brown with high clarity for how dark it is. Decent retention with some lace.

Aroma: Pepperonis and crushed black pepper. This beer actually smells like pizza. Roasted malts. Where are the hops?

Taste: Tons of pepper flavors. Grassy hops show with some bitterness. Roasted/smokey malts. This beer just doesn't work.

Mouthfeel: Spiced and roasted with a slight bitterness to it. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and grassy.

Overall, not a very good beer, at all. It is actually quite terrible. Doesn't taste anything like a bipa. Hardy any fresh hops. Pretty much a drainpour.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 14:17:02 | More by mothman
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mntlover

Tennessee

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

Pours a black, deep drown with red when held to light. Head is tan two fingers that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is roasted malt with nice piny hops thrown in to balance it out. Roasted some what weak coffee notes with hints of coco and pine.

Taste is roasted malt with more coffee thens present in the nose. Malt is not overly strong but then neither are the hops, Seems like a nice balanced brew. Hops are piny and leave a lingering bitterness in the finish but there not over powering. Nice crisp, dry brew with lots of flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium with carbonation thats not fizzy but pretty peppy.

Drinkability is good and enjoyable black IPA, perfect balance going on with out either side dominating.

Serving type: can

09-06-2010 00:41:23 | More by mntlover
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mattcrill

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Slight roasty notes up front with piney, sticky resiny hop aromas that dominate. Clean American yeast character.

Appearance: Clear chocolate brown pour with leather edges. Tan sticky head that retains well.

Flavor: Lots of earthy, piney hop character. Balance is firmly bitter. Background roasty notes but just hints. All dominated by the American hops. Finish is clean, roasty, and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Slight hop and grain derived astringency.

Overall impression: An easy drinking American Ale. Love this interpretation. Very glad we can get 21A in Central OH now.

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 21:54:38 | More by mattcrill
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with a firm undertone of citrus, mainly orange and a bit of grapefruit. Strong, hoppy flavor has smoky and nutty undertones and hints of chocolate and licorice. It fairly successfully marries most of the flavors I like in a stout or porter with the hoppy and citrus flavors I appreciate in an IPA. Maybe I should change my favorite sort of beer to black IPA. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy with a slight tinny undertone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 17:55:03 | More by Cyberkedi
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slowly served up on a busy Saturday night a clearish, very, very dark brown body with a slim, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma smelling of bitter cocoa bars, Maxwell House ground coffee, grapefruit, yellow pine, and light caramel wrapped up with an earthy character.

Taste: An initial rush of roastiness, followed by an expanse of pale malts, more than anticipated. Of the various malt tastes, bittersweet chocolate leads, with lesser tastes of simple coffee and caramel trailing behind. Blend of citrusy, piney hops deliver a moderate amount of bitterness. Maybe a small hint of herbs lurking in there as well. Then, the taste rolls back towards the dark malts, leaving you with a close tasting of chocolate and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's black, it's bitter, but the hop profile, while certainly present, wasn't (thankfully) abrasive and as such, it kind of reminded me of Avery's New World Porter.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 16:20:59 | More by ChainGangGuy
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SkunkWorks

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Lark in East Northport, New York. Served in a pint glass.

It was dark in color like a stout and had very little head, but I think that was a consequence of the pouring. The smell is strong with the maltiness and the hoppiness (grapefruit and citrus hops). The taste is a little chocolatey, mostly malty and a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied. Its very drinkable and is a very approachable beer.

Overall, its pretty decent. I don't think I'd have again but I'm glad i had it once. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 16:09:13 | More by SkunkWorks
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lstokes

Illinois

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

Very dark and very fragrant--you can really smell the grapefruit and citric hops on this one as well as some nice cocoa undertone.

The taste picks up on the smell but adds some coffee and brown sugar, and the mouthfeel is a little on the light side but still very wonderfully drinkable. It's one of the lighter, more approachable dark IPAs I've had, and I would definitely drink it again.

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 05:23:53 | More by lstokes
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Thiestru

Georgia

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

Poured from a 12-oz. can into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: A dark, transparent, porter-like color. I poured this too hard, which resulted in a billowy two-finger, creamy head.

Smell: The style is evident in the smell, as both the malt and hop scents are very strong.

Taste: Surprisingly refreshing! This is not very bitter, but the hops are there; the real star is the sweet, pleasant maltiness. It's a little chocolatey, very like a porter.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. I don't normally pay much attention to this aspect of beer, but here it stands out.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink. This is the kind of beer I find myself gulping, however I try not to. This is the first beer I've had from 21st Amendment, and I'm impressed. Check it out.

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 01:21:17 | More by Thiestru
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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