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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,788 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,788
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 39
Gots: 106 | 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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bwarren82

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-24-2013 16:57:48 | More by bwarren82
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Snow

New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-18-2014 18:05:46 | More by Snow
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leedorham

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-08-2013 00:44:52 | More by leedorham
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GringoKid

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-04-2012 22:58:06 | More by GringoKid
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-14-2011 15:29:03 | More by Lawnboy33
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David_Knows_Beer

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-28-2013 07:20:30 | More by David_Knows_Beer
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Zbrown2307

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-13-2012 22:20:45 | More by Zbrown2307
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brpendergast85

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-25-2014 04:04:03 | More by brpendergast85
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funkel81

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-23-2012 18:19:09 | More by funkel81
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sloelco

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-25-2012 22:39:38 | More by sloelco
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cwj14

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-08-2012 22:23:21 | More by cwj14
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ohtheguilt

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-04-2012 02:58:51 | More by ohtheguilt
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-08-2012 17:51:10 | More by duceswild
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-12-2012 11:51:15 | More by tedho21
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Bloodbuzz99

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-02-2012 20:43:23 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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XavierMuskies

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-30-2013 01:46:11 | More by XavierMuskies
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lockewoodfin

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

10-19-2013 04:34:56 | More by lockewoodfin
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21Maestro8

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-15-2013 15:19:53 | More by 21Maestro8
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boudreaux

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

02-14-2013 11:28:34 | More by boudreaux
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ottstinate

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-22-2014 08:51:33 | More by ottstinate
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. can, poured to a pint glass. Label is heavy on the black and, therefore, tough to make out; looks like a Revolutionary War-era minuteman riding a motorcycle - am I close?

'American IPA brewed with
rich dark malts
BLACK IPA
6.8% Alc./Vol.
65 IBUs'

A: Very dark, pretty well impenetrable until held to a strong light - then richer mahogany shows (not quite 'black', but close enough). Ridiculously gargantuan head, nearly 4 fingers of pillowy khaki creampuff that falls steadily but stays lumpy; terrific lace in jigsawed fragments.

S: Allowed to sit for many minutes out of the fridge, aroma never really develops. A dusky sort of toasted malt, dark rye and some muddled spice. Pine, too, but really subtle. Not much to get excited about.

T: A fair amount of wood char and spicy dark malt, all with a reasonable citrus/pine hoppiness. Something like burnt caramel before mineral drying and a gluey stickiness.

M: Not exciting at all, a muted carbonation and general mellowness that's kinda boring... then gets more boring. Thinner than a beer that nears 7% probably should be. The plus side is 'creaminess' - no complaints there.

O: I'm no big fan of 'Black Ales' [see previous], but I try to never let that bias enter into my reviews. I've had some of the style that I thought were pretty good, and this is among them. Not too burnt/roasted, nor too bitter/hoppy - both of which are reasons to NOT dismiss this entirely. Alcohol level seems pretty well enveloped, which helps overall likability.

Serving type: can

03-30-2011 00:45:49 | More by msubulldog25
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pjs234

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-07-2012 00:00:13 | More by pjs234
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-25-2012 01:46:44 | More by hilgart1
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kchannel9

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

12-23-2011 11:51:01 | More by kchannel9
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keanex

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can, not freshness date. Poured into a shaker glass.

A: Looks fantastic only the slightest bit of garnet shines through the light, other than that it's opaque. Near 2 finger foamy thick, rocky looking head. It looks a lot like a stout actually.

S: Light pine or citrus hop notes with some other faint hints I can't pick up. Light roasted malt notes make an appearance too.

T: Slight roasty bitterness, a tad earthy. It's easy to drink, but it's not what I was expecting, more like a light coffee stout really. Not what I was expecting really, especially not when labeled as an IPA, not enough hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with some light sharp carbonation.

O: This is not what I was expecting, not enough hop presence here. I like it, but it doesn't seem to match the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 04:13:21 | More by keanex
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,788 ratings.