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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,910 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,910
Reviews: 653
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 143 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TimHitchings, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Localdrinklax, Jun 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

jspaner, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of MacQ32
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours damn near black with about a half finger of light chocolate/dark tan colored head. Retention is so-so the lacing is strong.

S - Slightly roasty malts and a very earthy hop presence. Roasty chocolates/toasted caramel malts , minimally grassy and resinous hop qualities.

T - Roasty malts and citrusy/earthy hops are definitely at the forefront initially. Roastyness really lingers and along with the hoppy astringency (quite astringent) blocks out any sweetness from malts. Astringent hoppy flavors definitely linger and there's a hint of malty and citrusy sweetness for a split second at the finish. 3

With time and warmth the astrigency is much less devastating and much better balanced - although roasty and earthy hops w/ mildly sweet finish is really all im getting out of this. Simple but much better than initially thought. Aftertaste doesnt linger too much bit is bitter earthy hops. 3.75

M - Medium bodied, very smooth, but somehow very carbonated (for the style). I kind of dig it but the overpowering astringency makes it difficult to gauge anything else. I don't think it's the fault of the mouthfeel, and I rather like it - although it does seem a little confused as do the flavors. 3.5

Over time, like taste, the mouthfeel becomes a bit less confused and better gauged as the astrigency has died down. Still pretty well carbonated, although not as much so as initially thought, still very smooth, medium bodied. 3.75

O - Not awful, but as others have said, and i believe it described it perfectly - This seems to be a very confused beer (especially in regards to taste and mouthfeel). A lot going on at once, seemingly blocking everything else. 3.25

Over time my opinion of this brew has definitely improved, im about half way through as I re-review parts of this and the beer is probably around 55 degrees 3.75

MacQ32, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

BigGingDrinker, Jun 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

squack, Jun 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

themegamancave, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Nayr, Jun 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

wonothesane42, Jun 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Dasein11, Jun 19, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jaxon53, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of alaimoa
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice black with lots if brown head that lingers with nice lacing. Smells a bit of burnt chocolate, burnt caramel and hop resin. Taste isn't bad but thin and not too compkex, slightly too malty with a bitterness that hangs around for too long.

alaimoa, Jun 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

MattPfeifer, Jun 15, 2013
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3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Consumed 6/15/13

Cheers to magictacosinus for sending this as an extra. I've been sitting on this can for about two months, not out of disinterest, but because I've had so many other beers to drink! Plus, I've already had this in the past, and I know I like it, so...

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black - holding it up to direct light reveals that this beer is actually really clear, and has some serious garnet tones - pours with a big, creamy, beige head, retains a nice cap, leaves above-average lacing

Smell: Roasty chocolate malts and some hops - nicely roasty, without being particularly aggressive - some nice coffee-like notes - lightly burnt chocolate malts - lightly hoppy, with some citrus and some grassy tones - some pale and caramel grainy sweetness in the background

Taste: Subdued chocolate malts and some hops - a uniquely mellow take on the style - roasty coffee notes - lightly burnt, dry chocolate malts, and some dark chocolate flavors - a nice level of hoppiness with some fleshy grapefruit, and some vague citrus peel - some nice sweetness, from caramel malts - somewhat bready

Mouthfeel: Medium body, smooth, nice carbonation, clean finish

Overall: Won't rock you all night long, but will make other AC/DC references

This is a uniquely mellow, unexpectedly drinkable black IPA. Balancing the bitter, burnt flavors with bitter, fruity hop flavors is always a challenge. This beer isn't aggressive in either regard, which is not particularly exciting, but it is nicely charming.

angrybabboon, Jun 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

pknyc, Jun 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

casapy, Jun 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

pajonkunz, Jun 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

InfernoBoss, Jun 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Paccamacca, Jun 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

ColdWaffles, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

diehl07, Jun 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Ankur, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kwa357, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

leedorham, Jun 08, 2013
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,910 ratings.