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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,821 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,821
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 40
Gots: 118 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-04-2013 21:04:18 | More by hopkrid
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North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

Leftover keg from the 21st Ammendment tasting at Sams. Welcome to Durham, 21st Ammendment!

Pours very dark brown, dark brown and mahogany hues are noticeable in light. Eggshell white head of about a half inch.

Smells light and slightly sweet. Hints of bittering hops, and lots of roasted malts. Tastes very sweet, almost adjunct sweet. Feels like BMC's attempt at a Swarzbier. Very light and sweet with hints of roast, hm Guiness Light!

12-08-2011 01:02:24 | More by VncentLIFE
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-24-2014 19:36:57 | More by seanchai
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-04-2012 02:16:21 | More by DrFunkenstein
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Appearance: Dark brown/black with translucent ruby highlights.

Smell: Mildly roasted malt, citrus-lemony hop and earth.

Taste: Roasted malt and citrus hops. Subtle coffee and chocolate. Decent balance.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied, smooth.

Drinkability: A mild black IPA that's unassuming, finishes clean, and is easy to drink.

10-08-2010 15:57:58 | More by JackieTH
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3.35/5  rDev -9%

Beer was poured from the can and into a pint glass. Very dark, almost black, in colour. Beer had a roasted, sweet malt nose which carried through into the flavour of the beer; tasting of dark roasted malts. No distinctive aftertastes or flavours.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

02-06-2013 19:59:08 | More by NilocRellim
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-27-2013 01:34:20 | More by carrollmel7
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2.88/5  rDev -21.7%

Pours a very dark brown to black, remaining transparent at only the bottom of the glass. The head is fluffy and light tan head leaving a very sticky lacing clinging to the glass and just a thin, creamy layer atop the beer after a few minutes.

There appears to be a very nice hop/malt balance upon first inspection with prevailing hop bitterness, but tough to tell exactly type.

The flavor certainly has a fair amount of roasted malt, bordering on burnt, with some earthy hops and grassy notes. As the beer warms, there even appears to be a touch of sourness.

A bit overly carbonated with a medium body and dry or pungent finish.

This is a newer style, but based on what I have sampled this seems to miss the mark for the style with more roasted malt than I care for, and less of the earthy or floral hops I am accustomed to. Certainly not a bad beer, but there are better examples.

01-12-2011 02:28:02 | More by CHADMC3
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New York

3.68/5  rDev 0%

Had this one at a Pirates game a few weeks ago, reviewed from notes.

A- dark, dark brown but not quite black. Good tan head, but no lacing and the head fades.

S- really interesting semll, like no other IPA I've tried. Hops and grapefruit of course, but also vanilla, licorice, and chai.

T- Absolutely like the smell, it tastes really interesting. But the glaring problem here is that the carbonation here is quite low, which I do not like in an IPA. It makes this beer taste almost like flat soda. Even though I enjoy the flavor quite a bit, the mouthfeel ruins it.

O- Great flavor here but the mouthfeel really brings down the quality here. Still, if you like BLack IPAs this is a pretty cool one.

06-20-2011 14:50:06 | More by Tschnab
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-21-2014 00:18:47 | More by GeorgiaBeerGuy
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-07-2012 00:00:13 | More by pjs234
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-27-2013 05:36:07 | More by chefduff2
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

A- Pours a black (go figure) color with a thick off-white foam head that leaves some decent lacing.

S- Scents of citrus hops and pine with a nice roasted flavor coming through as well. This one should be interesting.

T- Big assertive hop bitterness initially. The finish is quite roasted with a light burnt flavor and some sweetness.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth even with the bitterness.

D- Interesting brew. I like the hops upfront with a nice sweet finish.

12-05-2010 17:37:30 | More by projectflam86
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-25-2012 16:13:25 | More by durlta
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

Poured into a 14oz. flute from a can.

Appearance: Looks good. POurs into a super dark brown almost jet black with a 1/4 inch tan head....settles prettyl quickly into a almost to zero head.

Smell: Probably the best feature of this beer, smells of hops which really holds into your nostrils.

Taste: Unfortunately I have never had the luxury of having back in black on tap so my review is strictly reflected upon can.That is where the problem lies, in the words of my father it's like eating aluminum. Beer is hoppy but maybe served better in a bottle, for whatever reason it is back in black "canned" just sticks to strictly to hops and metal.

Mouth: Sticks to your cheeks but because of the taste your want to water it down quickly. Medium malt carbonation but texture is built well to go down super smooth.

Overall: pretty MUCH 21ST amendment needs to tweak this recipe if it's going to served in a can...I am fiending to find this on tap or bottle. The metallic taste is what is the worst just leaves you with an after taste wishing you could taste before you buy.

10-25-2011 04:29:17 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-18-2013 23:51:51 | More by wonothesane42
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-23-2013 02:43:20 | More by ironchefmiyagi13
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-23-2012 04:11:37 | More by gpawned
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-07-2012 19:54:34 | More by gleemonger
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12-02-2012 00:50:06 | More by Dirtinabottle
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-28-2013 11:21:29 | More by JakerLou
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New York

3.61/5  rDev -1.9%

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

07-10-2013 22:41:50 | More by ksimons
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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

10-20-2013 01:52:57 | More by sparx1100
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3.76/5  rDev +2.2%

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.

11-26-2013 00:35:29 | More by Nugganooch
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-16-2014 17:09:29 | More by ramrod666
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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