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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,749
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 35
Gots: 90 | 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 BigMike


3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark ruby red. Barely see through when held up to the light. A thin tan head of maybe 1/4 inch.

S: Lots of citrus and a strange nuttiness in the background.

T: lots of bitter citrus notes up front with a roasted coffee/nuttiness on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a touch much carbonation. A little less would have helped smooth things out a bit.

Overall: An ok "black" ipa. A better mouthfeel and replacing the nuttiness with some chocolate and more roasted coffee would have helped things a lot.

Serving type: can

12-30-2010 01:28:38 | More by BigMike
Photo of Nugganooch


3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 02/11/13 – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown that becomes even darker as it collects in the glass. A thick and stubborn dark khaki head produces over the body leaving behind some streaking ribbons of lace on the glass.

S: Smells of piney hops with a pronounced dark roast barley note. I get loads of fresh roast coffee in the nose which basically makes up the better portion of the aromas. Nice and a bit more roasty than I was expecting for a Black IPA.

T: Highly kilned malts of roast coffee bean and slight charcoal ash noted. Touch of piney earth and light spice. Very smooth with a low amount of bitterness and well integrated alcohol. Lots of dark malt coming through on this one. I like this but it is drinking more like a stout than say a Black IPA.

M: A touch thin and watery but with nice smooth creamy feel across the palate with a moderately low bitterness. Finish has a slight drying effect but it is fairly clean overall.

D: This is one of those Black IPA’s that drinks more like a hoppy stout. A little too heavy on the roast to let the hops play the part. Tasty none the less with good flavor and balance.

Serving type: can

11-26-2013 00:35:29 | More by Nugganooch
Photo of 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
Photo of Giantspace


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

11-09-2013 04:25:08 | More by Giantspace
Photo of durlta


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-25-2012 16:13:25 | More by durlta
Photo of adam42381


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

11-05-2013 23:18:54 | More by adam42381
Photo of pjs234


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-07-2012 00:00:13 | More by pjs234
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-09-2012 15:14:33 | More by braican
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

11-08-2012 04:48:23 | More by marct
Photo of danwho


3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-24-2012 21:06:45 | More by danwho
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-02-2012 00:50:06 | More by Dirtinabottle
Photo of nataku00


3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap poured into a shaker pint glass. Beer is pitch black with thin slightly foamy tan tead. Was able to swirl up about a half a finger of foamy head after I had a few sips though. Some light lacing that quickly slid back into the beer. A few bubbles clinging to the edge of the glass, but can't see much through the opaque beer.

Nose was a bit weak and one dimensional, just mainly dark roasted malt that starts to give off hints of milk chocolate. As it warmed a little, there is a hint of citrus hops, but it is very light.

Taking a sip, more of the same from the nose, though the touch of citrus is at the front of the tongue, before underwhelming dark roasted malt flavor. Finish is medium, some residual sweet chocolate flavors and bitter burnt malt on the back of the tongue.

Medium body with some good smooth carbonation that helps contribute to a creamy mouthfeel. While the flavors are one dimensional, the beer was pretty tasty. If the beer was listed as a black IPA like I had originally thought this was, I would have probably dinged the flavor and aroma scores a little more.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2011 18:08:00 | More by nataku00
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New York

3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-15-2013 19:11:07 | More by JoeMans
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

10-20-2013 01:52:57 | More by sparx1100
Photo of Vdubb86


3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for providing me with my very first BIPA.

This one pours a nice blackness with ruby shades when penetrated by light. There is a nice white frothy head upon it which is interesting to me for usually beers this dark produce a tan or brown head. The smells are intriguing as well. There is the obviously citrus and floral notes from the hops that comprise an IPA, but it's mixed with (and to a lesser degree in this instance) roasted caramel malts to give the beer a different dimension on the nose. The taste is of a pretty hoppy IPA. The main flavor is citrus specifically lemon. This causes the brunt of the bitterness that is experienced. The mouthfeel is surprisingly light for what the beer actually is, and it does a service to the beer in my opinion. If you like the hops, this is highly drinkable. If you're like me and are indifferent, it's still a pleasant brew.

Serving type: can

09-20-2010 03:49:46 | More by Vdubb86
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A-pours chestnut brown with three fingers worth of light tan head

S-citrus and piney hops with a bit of caramel malt

T-taste is somewhat sweeter than I expected from the smell with a heavy backbone of caramel malt and a mild amount of citrus hops

M-medium body, very smooth, mild carbonation

Overall not the most exciting beer, but still good tasting and easy to drink

Serving type: can

07-10-2013 22:41:50 | More by ksimons
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Well, it's not pale and not quite black.
smell: Hops and malt yes. Fairly well balanced.
taste: Again hops and malt and fairly well balanced. Almost like an IPA and a brown were mixed in the same glass. Not better than the sum of it's parts but not bad either.
average: Love trying new brews and bravo for the creative spirit. Won't be going back for seconds.

Serving type: can

04-23-2011 23:19:45 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of Mosstrooper


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Not quite black, but more of a darker coloa color. Large, foamy off-white, slightly tanned head dissipates very slowly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Prevalent cascade hops backed up by buttery and roasty malts.

Taste: Begins with a buttery sweetness and a light hop flavor, finishing with intense (though not overly bitter) resiny hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with light carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable and sessionable IPA. Nothing outstanding, but still very solid all-round. This is a beer I would enjoy drinking again and would recommend to others readily.

Serving type: can

10-18-2010 23:01:27 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: whoa! more head than beer; as advertised, it's black
S: pleasant quaff of hops with a strange overtone of something, almost like palatable burned rubber
T: as one other reviewer noted, there is a tinny taste; perhaps it's of the can and perhaps something else; at any rate, if that overtone were not present, this would be a stellar beer, with subdued but complex hop profile and a citrus sweetness
M: about as good as any craft beer

21st A: please check out that strange taste; drinkers: enjoy with the above proviso

Serving type: can

12-22-2010 04:12:32 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-29-2013 19:13:29 | More by tastymug
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-18-2013 23:51:51 | More by wonothesane42
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-20-2012 05:47:36 | More by CarolinaKev
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-12-2013 20:42:58 | More by JMUbrewz
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-04-2012 02:16:21 | More by DrFunkenstein
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-09-2014 10:37:43 | More by rudabegga9
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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