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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 646
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 41
Gots: 125 | 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 thegodfather1076


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

06-25-2011 13:37:22 | More by thegodfather1076
Photo of IronLover


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-12-2010 01:17:35 | More by IronLover
Photo of matttttYCE


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

11-24-2011 00:09:01 | More by matttttYCE
Photo of NuclearDolphin


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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!

03-26-2012 04:10:22 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of biggerboat88


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-04-2010 18:27:13 | More by biggerboat88
Photo of hosehead83


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

10-04-2010 21:44:34 | More by hosehead83
Photo of patpbr


3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

12-06-2012 00:58:08 | More by patpbr
Photo of tigg924


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

09-13-2010 16:10:48 | More by tigg924
Photo of Mora2000


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

10-16-2010 22:37:42 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Soonami


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

05-03-2011 06:00:02 | More by Soonami
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

10-18-2009 21:46:32 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

02-26-2012 00:28:26 | More by tastybeer
Photo of Reidrover


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

06-18-2011 16:52:34 | More by Reidrover
Photo of mgironta

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

09-16-2012 22:53:19 | More by mgironta
Photo of Paincane


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

08-03-2011 03:35:04 | More by Paincane
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

11-27-2010 21:07:28 | More by womencantsail
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Nice looking beer, black in color, two finger head, great lacing.

Smells a little piney, a little more hoppy, and has caramel malt aromas as well.

Taste is pretty darn good. Its smooth caramel malts and ample hops are accented by a touch of sweet fruitiness and a bit of pine.

Feel is quite rich and almost full bodied, with smooth, silky carbonation, leaving a lightly bitter and slightly fruity aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice beer that I'd like to drink again. It's in cans too, which is a plus.

04-27-2011 20:08:37 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of ardeano


3.9/5  rDev +6%

12oz can.

A: Didn't have a glass :(

S: Hard to smell it through the wide-mouth!

T: Roasty with a great 'hint' of the hops. I was expecting more hops but the malt breaks through more - I like darks so I was good.

M: Smooth and a bit creamy (it is straight from the can).

D: If you prefer darks but are a closet hophead you'll dig this. I love the style (best of both worlds for me) and found this to be a tad bit more on the malty side with a great hop finish...

I really like the can too - pretty cool!

01-14-2011 00:52:23 | More by ardeano
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Interesting thing, this Black IPA. This is my second tasting of one and I think I get what it's all about. Cool little novelty - who knows how long it'll stay hot.

This ale, at first, drank like a mix between a porter and an IPA - or a hoppy porter. I'd say this one worked. I enjoyed it for what I suppose it is. The pour left a rather magnanimous 2+ inch head, khaki-colored, breaking up in a most unique way - from within - leaving a dense, spider-web formation and somewhat generous lacing. The liquid shows dark brown initially but later reveals a deep ruby color. Very porteresque qualities burst forth in the aroma - mild sourness, light acidic pungency. The hops start to come through after a minute or so - piney and flowery - a strange contrast against the slowly increasing rounded bitter roast aromas emanating with time. That not-quite-sharp sour bite maintains a lead role in the taste throughout, poking out through a thin, depth-deprived porter flavor (a porter profile which reminded me of Yuengling Porter - which I dig). An intriguing fruitiness and Belgian dubbel characteristics show up after about 5 minutes and fill in nicely what starts off as a fairly tasty yet somewhat two-dimensional beer. It drinks equal parts light/smooth and biting and the fruitiness lingers for quite sometime. Overall, worth trying. Not sure if I'd session this, however.

11-12-2010 05:23:30 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Slatetank


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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

09-10-2010 18:49:53 | More by Slatetank
Photo of WYVYRN527


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a New Belgium stem.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with very little light shining through. Head is an inch thick and cream-colored. Lacing sticks to the glass and stays put.

S: Coming straight from the can to glass, there is a metallic hint at first, but it blows off quickly. brady, roasty malt is present. Hops seem a bit overly tangy on the nose, but floral and fragrant.

T: On the palate, the first noticeable trait is citrus, followed by roasty, coffe-like malt character. Hops soon show again with some grapefruit, fresh greens, and pine. Bitterness lends the beer a pleasant, dry finish.

M&D: While lighter than other black IPAs that I have tried, BiB still has some structure. It's silky mouthfeel also makes it a clean, easy drinking brew. It's a solid effort by 21st Amendment, and definitely wrth trying.

07-29-2010 03:17:16 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6%

Not the most hoppy of the CDAs but rather a beer that tastes a little like the Session Dark Lager but with an ale base rather than a lager. The finish is not harsh but rather nicely melds the hops with the dark malts. Very drinkable though I have had better more complex examples of the style

06-08-2011 16:32:29 | More by canucklehead
Photo of afdempse


3.9/5  rDev +6%

Very dark brown with a coffee colored head.

Aroma of roasted barley, floral hops

Smooth flavor profile. Hops are nicely balanced with the dark malts and roast flavors.

Medium body, with a dry finish. High drinkability and very sessionable.

Overall, I thought this was a great example of the style. Will definitely buy again.

10-23-2011 02:46:25 | More by afdempse
Photo of dudemuskie


3.9/5  rDev +6%

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!

10-13-2010 12:32:19 | More by dudemuskie
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.9/5  rDev +6%

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.

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