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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,993 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,993
Reviews: 658
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 45
Gots: 161 | 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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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
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.

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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.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 1,993 ratings.