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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
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1,860 Ratings
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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)
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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a super deep brown, verging on black, with a full finger of khaki colored head. The foam takes forever to settle. Decent lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is dark chocolate, caramel, citrus, pine, and roasted nuts. There isn't one standout scent, it's a pure blend of all of those things.

T: Starts out sweet like caramel, mixed with some burnt toast. Citrus hops shine through right after. The middle is mainly malt. The finish is a blend of char and bright citrus.

M: Medium bodied beer. Tons of flavor, nice malt and hop play. Nothing lingers for too long.

O: Solid. I'd drink this again if I saw it.

trxxpaxxs, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of JRed
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with frothy off white head that lasts. Roasted malts, earth, hop spice in the nose. Tastes of cocoa, earth, hop spice, roast, slight medicinal, hop bitterness and a echo of citrus. Medium body with medium carbonation. Roast and hop bitterness lasts in the palate. Well balanced between hops and roast.  

JRed, May 30, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black ruby, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry milk chocolate and oranges, with some earthy roasted coffee and copper hops.
T: It tasted like creamy milk chocolate and sweet oranges, with some coffee and copper. It had a very clean, bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice black IPA, almost bordering porter with more prominent roast character. Still very nice scent and taste, with ok body. Finish was so smooth it was tough not to chug. Not the best of the style, but very enjoyable and session-able.

Pencible, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back in Black, 21st. Amendment, American IPA brewed with rich, dark malts, 6.8% abv, 65 IBU.

It's dark alright, really black. And really fragrant, a buoyant bouquet of fruity esters, hops, etc. Lush, creamy head, long lasting, lovely,
Cream cocoa nose, sweet and bitter met well.

Taste: hoppy up at the top, goof bitterness, mixed with roasted malt, as well as the sweetness. Intriquing. Grapes and berries, lime and grapefruit. Tasty as heck.
Quite drinkable, too. Yum, I have to say, yum, I am compelled to report.

feloniousmonk, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of thecheapies
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very dark brown beer with a deep purple light passing through. Light beige head formed at a height of over two inches. The foam looks dense and dry. Excellent head retention. Laces in blankets in properly dried glassware.

Earthy and piney hops in the nose exhibit dryness and heartiness with the added char of roasty malts. Some citrus notes include tangerine rind and grapefruit pith. A dry anise-like aroma cuts in from the direction of the malt.

Spicy pine notes with substantial leafiness and copious amounts of floral notes deliver with true whole hop cone flavor. Very bitter and gruff. Lots of intensity driven by the spicy hops. Malts are nicely roasted with an earthy appeal. Lots of herbal flavors going on with rooty vegetable and leafy astringency. Hint of fennel. Good beer.

Dry feel with residue of dried foam carbonation and spiciness from the alcoholic presence. A little frothy. Body is medium. There's some good chewiness.

A solid beer. One of my favorite, easily-accessible black IPAs.

thecheapies, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pous like a stout , light cream head that decides to coat the sides of my pint glass with each sip. Aroma had dark roasted malts with herbal hops going on more like a hoppy porter or a stout than other black IPAs I've come across. This is the popular style of the moment everybody is making a dark hoppy beer nice to see some variation, not overly bitter in anyway. Flavor was creamy dark roasts a mix of dark chocolate and light coffee tones with blasts of herbal slightly citric hops, goes together ncely a good balanced blend. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation is smooth and easy going I can't complain it's actally silky texture. Drinkability overall a nice blalanced hoppy dark beer I can't really call it a BIPA compared to other more aggressive versions but it was enjoyable.

WVbeergeek, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of MPLS
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't afraid to order a pour of this on a whim, as Southern Tier introduced to to the "Black IPA"

A: Upon it's arrival there was a big 3 cm soapy off mocha head with a kind of bistre colored body. The lacing resembled glue, really stuck to the glass making it look eternally frosted. Active carbonation had to see with such a dark colored body.

S: The first thing I pull out is the hop profile. The hop profile is piney with a slight citrus twang, this is underneath the malt bill that 21st Amendment used. There is roasted malts, delicate chocolate and sugar. A trace of alcohol is also present.

T: The taste and nose match up like biological twins. Albeit not identical, but very similar in so many ways. I am sort of conflicted with this style, but this one does it right. Resiny hops + roasted chocolate malt. In this particular instance it works as the malt bill isn't gigantic. The primarily resinous hops are enjoyable and lead way to chocolate and roasted malts. Bitter finish.

M: Ample bodied with enough carbonation and slight oily texture.

D: This particular batch does the black IPA justice, but not a style that I particularly love.

MPLS, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of movingtrain
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample size: 12 ounce can.

Pours a nice black with brown accents on the edges of the glass. Less than a finger tan head on top with decent carbonation.

The nose is quite citrusy, obviously different than the appearance would indicate (the interesting black IPA). Quite citrusy hop aroma coming off the top of the glass.

Flavor is sweet up front, with hints of chocolate and vanilla. This gives way to bitter hops, ending on a burnt graham cracker flavor that lingers on the tongue.

There is nice balance in this beer. I like the mix of chocolate malts and lots of hops. The style is interesting, visually ironic. Back in Black is a good, drinkable beer that has some interesting characteristics within the can.

movingtrain, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into duvel tulip

A: pours dark brown, black in glass. head look creamy and in is just about a finger and a half thick, decent amount of lace as well
S: mostly light grapefruit hops, with a touch of pine as well. dark malt in the background.
T: tastes like an IPA and a porter had a kid. grapefruit and pine hops, with coffee and light bitter chocolate. hops do not over power the malt sweetness. the coffee and hop bitterness lingers for a good while
M: smooth almost silky but not quite. low to medium carbonation
D: easy to drink, flavors are good and last. brings me to like 21stAB more.

rootbeerman, Jul 22, 2010
Photo of thegodfather1076
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was served out of a 12oz. can dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - 21st has some cool modern ideas on the cans and this one is no exception.

Appearance - Poured a dark brown color with a light tan 1 finger head that dissipates quickly into a frothy covering. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smell - Smells of citrus piney hops. Grapefruit and piney aromas prevalent. Nice nutty matly scent too.

Taste - Tastes of grapefruit and citrusy hops with a nice toasted malt flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation lead to a medium bodied feel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable if this is your type of beer. Excellent complex flavors.

I really enjoyed this as it was my first Black IPA. Very different from any IPA that I have ever had. I would recommend trying this.

thegodfather1076, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

IronLover, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of matttttYCE
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

matttttYCE, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - First thing I noticed was the incredibly foamy and large brown head, which has excellent retention and great lacing. The actual beer itself is a black that turns a dark brown around the edges when held up to the light.

Smell - Sweet rich chocolate, surprisingly strong floral hops, toffee and burnt malts. It's not a particularly strong smell, but it's a decent one nonetheless.

Taste - Sweet dark Chocolate, Mocha Coffee, Burnt Roasted Malts and floral hops. It's like a dark ale but with a strong hoppy kick to it!

Mouthfeel - Very light and creamy thanks to the low amount of carbonation and lightness in body!

Overall - Fairly hoppy for a black ale, which is worth checking out itself! Aside from that you have a decent black ale that is worth checking out!

NuclearDolphin, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of biggerboat88
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

biggerboat88, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of hosehead83
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

hosehead83, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Black Ale is black in color like the name states. The smell is malt and some citrus. A roast malt character smokey and coffee. Then it finishes like an an IPA with a bitter and lingering feel. This is an interesting brew. Its well worth a try.

patpbr, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of tigg924
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

tigg924, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to bman1113vr for sending me this beer.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, with quite a bit of pine from the hops.

The flavor is bitter pine with some lightly roasted malt. I also get a touch of chocolate and maybe some coffee, but it is fairly faint. Low bitterness and the beer is very dry.

Thin, watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The reviews for 21st Amendment Back in Black seem surprisingly low for what I thought of it. The beer is definitely not black, but a very dark brown. There is fantastic lacing and a head that stays almost full for the entire lifespan of this beer. The nose has a distinctly chocolate graham cracker aroma with a touch of resinous and grapefruit hops. The beer is has a definitely dark chocolate and roasted grain taste, which is a bit more than expect for a beer of this style, which tends to be more restrained in its roasted profile. The beer is slightly sweet with a good bitter kick in the finish. The hops are restrained but in balance with this beer. This is definitely a more malt-forward and chocolately black ale, but still delicious. A different interpretation of the style, more like DFH India Brown Ale than Stone SSR.

Soonami, May 03, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment- Back in Black

A- Deep dark ruby red/ brown with a solid lacing head.
S- Sweet sugary dark roasted choc. malt with a dose of pine hops.
T- Sweet roasted choc. malt, molasses, charcoal, dark roast coffee beans and a mild oily pine hop presence.
M- Thick sweet malt with a mild bitter hop touch in the body. Finishes off with a nice chewy malt and bitter hop balanced finish.

Overall- Solid throughout. Sessionable and hopefully will become more plentiful in my area.

NJpadreFan, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of tastybeer
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive beer...close to black with an inch high pile of dense foamy goodness on top. Looking carefully I see little bits of sediment around the bottom edge of my glass. Good lacing as the head fades too. Aroma is a pleasant mix of dark, caramelly malt and pine/citrus hops. Toasty bread, cocoa, vanilla, and a minty kind of pine. Taste matches rather well, and there's nice play between sweet and bitter. The texture reminds me of melted chocolate. I like the residual bitter hop dryness that lingers after the finish. This is a very likable beer.

tastybeer, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of Reidrover
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6 pack cans from Roth’s Sunnyside Store.S.Salem. $7.99. Very dark mahogany almost black ale with a tremendous frothy billowy tan head. Suprising ly hoppy i dunno why i was but it surprised me more than any other CDA i have had,]floral.citrisy style hops.,slight malty nuttiness in the back. The taste swings back to the malts..were dark coffee, roasted barley malts predeminate..the citric hops come back at the end. I liked the feel of this in the mouth..not thin but substantial while still very quaffable. Overall a good enjoyable beer..cans tilt the balance in its favor.

Reidrover, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of mgironta
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured with a two finger fluffy tan head. It looks almost exactly like a stout. The body was a dark brown, almost black. As a result, there is no visible carbonation. The head takes awhile to dissipate and leaves significant lacing on the glass. The nose has a hint of smoke or toastiness (maybe a little nuttiness?) and some hops. This is different from a normal IPA. There is definite hoppy bitterness on the taste, but there is almost a roasted nutty taste to it. This isn’t what I expected at all, but then again, I never had a black IPA. The finish lingers with a lot of nuttiness, moreso than the hops. I would have this again, probably after I had another black IPA to compare it to.

mgironta, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of Paincane
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour from can into pint glass. Two inch creamy tan head with moderate lacing. Roasted malt aroma and hops in surprisingly medium-bodied beer (for its color). I certainly expected it to be heavier and bit on the head fake thrown by its appearance. Ver nice mouthfeel with little if any aftertaste. A clean finish. Moderate carbonation. Overall, a very tasty brew.

Paincane, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 21A

A: The pour is reminiscent of cola in terms of the color with a dense off-white head and some spots of lacing.

S: The nose is primarily of roasted malts and bitter-sweet chocolate. A moderate citrus hop aroma of grapefruit and orange peels. Not quite as hoppy as your usual black IPA.

T: The hop character is mild, especially in terms of the bitterness. Fairly sweet and chocolatey with a decent grapefruit flesh and peel flavor, though.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: Not exactly what you think of in terms of the black IPA, but still a good beer.

womencantsail, Nov 27, 2010
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,860 ratings.