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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,777 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,777
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 39
Gots: 100 | 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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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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ommegangpbr

New York

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

My first taste from this brewery and it's a pretty good taste. Hop character is bright and vibrant at first that finishes in roasted flavor, resinous slow burn. The body feels a little bit thin on the palate but that seems to lend to a higher drinkability factor. Eyes closed I'd mostly think American IPA with roasted malt flavor pulses. When craving hops I might prefer a more traditional IPA but this definitely scratches an itch. I'd get this again.

Serving type: can

12-05-2011 05:57:15 | More by ommegangpbr
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grittybrews

Washington

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

Poured a cola black into a Duvel tulip with two fingers of light tan head (excellent retention and some sticky lacing). Slightly sweet and roasty aroma of coffee, toast, and caramel with only a hint of hops.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty chocolate and toast up front followed by creamy notes and some bitter lemon on the finish. Not my favorite example of the black IPA style, but still very nice. Light overall feel and quite refreshing, even if all the flavors don't quite gel together.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2010 05:13:11 | More by grittybrews
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Norfawkers

Virginia

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

Appearance: Black with minimal head; creamy head and lacing down the glass

Smell: Faint hops

Taste: It almost smells like a porter mixed with an IPA; coffee, chocolate, and hops

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy with some hop bitterness

Drinkability: Very drinkable, it goes down smooth

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2009 20:03:01 | More by Norfawkers
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Ilafan

Minnesota

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

Nice mix of bitter and a slightly bread or chocolate taste. It pours dark, but not black, is medium in feel, and leaves a decent, lasting lattice. It tastes like a session beer, but the low alcohol content leads to quicker enjoyment. I like the roasted taste of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 21:34:47 | More by Ilafan
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beerman207

Kentucky

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

Recently discovered black IPA_s. Exited to try this one. AC/DC. kicks ass!

A: Dark. Nile the head and good Lacing left behind

S: strong malt, hops

T: flavor is burnt sugar, malt, hops.

M: medium. strong carbonation

O: No problem here. This is a great beer!

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 01:59:19 | More by beerman207
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Pours black, brownish tinge around the edges, with some observable particulate matter. Pillowy light tan head dissipates slowly.

Smalls of molasses, roasted nuts and piney hops.

Mild caramel malt sweetness and piney hop bitterness. Pretty hoppy.

Medium body with a light carbonation on the tongue.

Pretty decent dark ale with a heavy hop punch. Interesting flavor balance. Different but not bad. Not always a big fan of 21st A, but this one is worth trying.

Serving type: can

02-03-2013 20:26:21 | More by Cylinsier
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nickd717

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review dated 3/8/2009.

On tap at City Beer in SF. Nearly black in color with a beige head. Aroma is roasted malt and piney hops. A little smokiness that’s reminiscent of bacon even, which sounds a little weird but it works. Same on the flavor, a little citrusy. Mouthfeel is more or less IPA-like, maybe a little drier.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 18:27:31 | More by nickd717
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wedge

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned On: 11/11/11

Very dark, opaque brown with a big, fat head of off-white foam that slowly deflates to a lumpy covering. Sticky rings of lace. Bright hoppy aroma over a nutty, cocoa malt base. Sticky pine and fruit with some caramel, sweet coffee, and brown sugar. A bit roastier in the mouth with chocolate malt giving way to a hefty dose of grapefruit and lemon. Medium bodied and dry, yet pretty slick and smooth with a lingering bitterness. This will find its way back to my fridge for sure...

Serving type: can

01-04-2012 02:32:18 | More by wedge
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a dark brown with copper edges when held to the light. The head quickly fades into a gentle cap with spotty bits of lacing left all around the interior of the glass.
Smell is of caramel, piney, bitey, herbal hops, brown sugar, grapefruit, bittersweet cocoa, and rye bread.
Taste is of the aromas with more of a coffee flavor making it's presence known.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp from the carbonation, and semi-dry in the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2010 01:28:36 | More by weeare138
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Muck4

Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell: Naturally hoppy, roasted nutty smell with hints of cocoa in it.

Appearance: looks exactly like a coca cola would, and I know that sounds funny. Slightly darker but clean brew. Initial head was nice and full, very good pour from a can.

Taste: A light hop from an IPA perspective, not very over powering but very drinkable. The roasted barley is blended well. It doesn't hit you in the back of the mouth as much as a normal black ale would. Very clean mouth feel. The malt lingers a bit after with a slight bitterness. Carbonation is decent. Sticks with the ale category as it should. Being 6.8% the alcohol isn't over powering in the beer at all, you still know you're drinking a slightly higher alcohol beer, but wouldn't know it. Doesn't leave much of a scum on the glass as it goes down.

Overall I would drink this again and again. I've grown to love micro brew in a can. I would say it has an above average drinkability to it. 3-4 would be my limit, and then that roasted malt would get to me.

This was my first review as well!

Serving type: can

09-23-2011 21:35:04 | More by Muck4
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BuxMontBeerLover

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Revivals Restaurant in Perkasie, PA

Served in a standard pint glass

A - The beer is a very dark brown color (not quite black but pretty close). Mostly opaque. Was poured in front of me with a one finger, beige colored head. Low lacing.

S - Rather underwhelming aroma but a faint malty, hoppy smell.

T - This is a really easy drinking hybrid beer. It has the piney, hoppy, slightly bitter taste of an IPA with a backbone of roasted malts. As it warms up, more of the flavors (chocolate, perhaps) come through. The alcohol is well hidden.

M - A moderate consistency, moderate carbonation.

O - I enjoy this style of beer. It's a decent tasting brew that goes down easy with a nice flavor. If you're into this style, I'd recommend giving it a try.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2012 20:00:52 | More by BuxMontBeerLover
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black in color with 2 fingers of thick foamy off white head that sticks around.

The scent is a little faint, but there is some roasted malts, hops, citrus, and coffee.

The taste is a bit more noticeable with roasted malts and coffee up front, followed by piney hops, some citrus, and notes of cocoa.

Full bodied, very smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, the flavor and scent could have been stronger, but it was well balanced and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2010 20:01:43 | More by BeerCon5
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MCDuhamel

Ohio

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass at fridge temperature. Formed a very thick and dense, lasting head, lightly tan and meringue like in texture. Nose is resin, a little tar and roast barley. The flavor starts out very much like a dry stout, showing mostly roasted barley, but then is followed by a definite American hops presence; some pine, some grass, and a little citrus. The finish is dry and nicely bitter, but not astringent. Fairly light on the mouth, again more like a stout than an IPA. I could, and will, drink several of these in a session.

Overall I find this to be a very nice beer, and I find that I am enjoying this emerging style. This is a very good example. It is great to see the packaging; cans make more sense than bottles.

Serving type: can

10-30-2010 23:42:13 | More by MCDuhamel
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Basic black with a finger of head that left behind some nice lacing. There is a light roasty nose to this beer. There is a pretty robust blend of malt and hops upfront and a solid hop bite in the finish. This was my first offering from 21st Amendment and I was reasonably impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2011 03:21:16 | More by 57md
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great rocky/dome-like head that leaves lots of chunky ring lace. Deep ruby color where muted light shines through.

Smell: More hoppy than dark malts. Pretty standard stuff for modified classic.

Tastes darker than the smell. The hop is milder than most IPA's, but the combination is appealing. The body is thinnish, the carbonation is good.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 02:28:00 | More by smcolw
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charmcityboh

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into Sam Adams Perfect Sensory glass.
Pours a dark reddish brown, black in the center, red showing at the edges of the glass. Good thick head with peaks and valleys, forming little tan mountain ranges popping out of the glass. Sinks down leaving nice lacing before I even sip.
Smell of pure hops. Think intense piney smell. Not getting any malts in the nose, all hops.
Chocolate, toasted malt flavors. Hops pop in very nicely on the back end of the flavor. From beginning of sip to end, this beer really runs the gauntlet! I can't think of another beer off the top of my head that changes so much within each the sip. Little to none on the alcohol.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, more like a stout than a black IPA. Maybe a bit too thick for the style.
A bit heavy, but plenty tasty.
A very complex beer in my opinion. Again, more stout than other BIPA's I've had, but very much an IPA at the same time as well. Very nice can as well. As far as I'm concerned, another solid showing from 21st Amendment (on a tangent, what a great name for a brewery!).

Serving type: can

07-29-2010 03:02:26 | More by charmcityboh
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cavedave

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for yet another great beer to drop on my sobriety courtesy of beertunes :-))

Pours a dark and thick black, as advertised. A finger of tan foam bites the dust pretty quick and leaves a permaring and oily legs.

Full aroma of chocolate and coffee, toffee a bit lighter note, some citrus and herbal bitter, even a hint of pine lightly behind it all. Yes!

Taste doesn't cash the aroma's check, but still a great taste. Starts with the bitter hitting into coffee and citrus, staying prominent as it peaks into a blast of bitter herbosity and roasty collosity. It is less balanced than the nose, designed to assault the palate with the range of hop high artillery and still be drinkable. As it warms it really starts to shine, moreso at room temp.

Highly viscous, full bodied, full of resin, intense finish, low carb., all spot on, but the negative is the cling couid be a bit cleaner.

Overall a beer that tries to do the impossible. Heavy roast and lotta hop attack. succeeds better than most, and gotta give em credit. Like strong flavors and a strong herbal dry finish? This is your brew.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 23:51:27 | More by cavedave
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kenpo23

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

the black packaging made it a bit hard for me to pass by for some reason. glad i grabbed it.

A- poured pretty nice with a good but short lived head. great black coloring which is what i was looking for from this.

S- smelled like malty, caramely fantastic goodness to me.

T- a really nice almost porter taste to it. still has that IPA taste to it to remind you that you are not drinking a porter though.

i loved the smooth taste it had and polished off the 6er pretty quickly. its definitely something i would want to sit and drink on a cool autumn night.

Serving type: can

08-12-2010 21:05:23 | More by kenpo23
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into imperial pint glass

A: Good think I used my imperial glass for this one, pours with a massive tan head, has that Guinness effect of the carbonation turning the head into beer which is always fun to watch, it takes forever to come down at all, looks like a massive dollop of whipped cream on top of my beer, no light gets through at all, super super dark brown (could be black), some light gets through bottom revealing the brown, leaves huge amounts of lace

S: Not much different than a normal IPA aroma, floral and resin hops, maybe a touch more sweetness from the malt but I can't smell any roast or smoke

T: Same basic theme as the aroma, floral and resin hops, but not super flavorful, the malt comes through a lot more than the aroma, but doesn't quite live up to what it could be, a light roast comes through which is better than aroma but not much

M: A little thin, I wanted the malt to help the mouthfeel a little, but it still ends up a tad thin and slick, dries in the finish

D: High, despite slight let-down it is a solid beer

Notes: This beer is kind of all over the map. The appearance is definitely its best best attribute. It looks amazing. The color is as black as I expected and the head is crazy big. The aroma is pretty bland, but a little better than average. Overall it ends up making a good beer, but nothing earth changing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 04:19:34 | More by dpodratsky3
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magictacosinus

California

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a glass from a 12oz can.

The color isn't necessarily what I'd dub as "black," but rather a relatively darkened reddish-brown color overall. Decent amount of carbonation, and a half finger of foam that holds on pretty well throughout its sitting. Good lacing on the glass, and faint streaks of bubbles glide up the glass. Decent alcohol leggings, and despite its murky, off presentation, not a bad looking beer by any means.

Still not sure how close to style this is in terms of being a black IPA on the aroma... There's faint, yet refreshing, floral hops that come in, combined with a light toasted character and a little bit of grains. Somehow the roasted grains aren't playing so much of a part here, but definitely honeysuckle and warm citrus zest permeates, if only so lightly. If I was blindfolded I'd never be able to tell that this used darkened malts. The hops are definitely making themselves noticeable, which is good. It smells pleasing overall, but definitely isn't too complex.

The flavor fortunately reveals a bit more of the beer's intended roasted character, complete with a bready rye darkened nature, and a combination of grassy and floral bitterness at the finish. The hops and dark caramel characteristics of the malts are well balanced here. They're not explosive by any means (although the hops provide pleasant astringency in the aftertaste), but definitely well put together. There's a bit of lingering graininess, but nothing too distracting from the beer's intended flavors. No alcohol can be found here, which makes this easy to drink overall.

Definitely not the best example when rated to style, but this is still a good beer with a decent hop profile, despite muted roasted flavors. I do think it's the most balanced and drinkable offering by 21st Amendment that I've had so far, and would definitely have another if offered one. I'm still on the road to finding the ultimate black IPAs, however, so it may be later than sooner.

Serving type: can

03-01-2013 05:59:16 | More by magictacosinus
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taigor

New York

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

11-23-2011 20:45:00 | More by taigor
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Serving type: can

06-21-2014 13:07:01 | More by stephens101
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FLima

Brazil

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Black ruby color with a thick beige head with great retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Light aroma of sweet caramels, coffee at some point and pineapples.
Flavor of papaya, coffee, resin, roasted malts, grapefruits, American yeast and also earthy and floral hops. Dry aftertaste with its lingering flavors.
Medium body with low carbonation and a creamy sensation. Alcohol of 6.8% abv is well hidden.
Good malty and balanced black IPA, probably hoppier than it feels.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2014 14:19:43 | More by FLima
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a nice long-lasting light tan head that leaves a nice pattern on the sides of the glass as it settles out. Very dark damn near black liquid goodness in the glass, fresh hoppy and bitter aromas with subtle roasted malts. Good mouthfeel and wonderful hop bitterness mingles with that roasted malt, giving a touch of bitterness as well. Finishes long and bitter with again that little roasted malt snap. Interesting and quite drinkable twist on 'ye olde I.P.A.'. Not too strong yet makes a nice 'gonna have a few of these'-type beers.

Serving type: can

06-07-2012 00:04:50 | More by beerluvr
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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