Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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good

1,999 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,999
Reviews: 659
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 45
Gots: 163 | 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  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of steve8robin
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Wanted to try this one for a little while. 12oz can...

A: Super dark with very faint ruby highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Super, super thick 2 inch off white head that fades at a slow pace. Very good.

S: Bitter, grassy hop scents upfront with a hint of chocolate and caramel on the backend. I get some breadiness in the middle. Good.

T: Hmm, almost tastes like a porter blended with an IPA. A creamy coffee taste upfront quickly followed by a nice blend of bitter hop, but not super bitter. Very dry brew. I get some booziness on the backend. I get some malts hidden in the back. Good.

M: Medium body with a medium carbonation. Ok.

D: This one goes down a lot easier than expected. Very good.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Glad to get to try it. Definitely good if you're looking for an interesting take on an IPA or if you're a fan of Black & Tan's. If you're looking for the straight and narrow though, don't worry about this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice thick tan head that clings as it dissipates; color is dark brown, no reddish hues.

Smell is very light malt flavors, hints of chocalate and coffee but very feint, slight hints of citrusy piney hops but it faded.

Taste somewhat subdued, just slight hints of chocalate malt compared to an ipa, bitterness comes on but fades, notes of citrus and pine. Somewhat dry finish, with hints of caramel and chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue upfront but a very dry finish, with only a slight bittersweet lingering flavor.

Overall, it could use a punch of bitterness or a touch more malt flavor, a somewhat mild rendition of this style.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz canned July 2, 2010. Marked 6.8% ABV.

Pours dark brown, black in the glass with ruby highlights with a large tan head that recedes fairly quickly, leaves some short-term lace.

Aroma is quite citrusy up front, oranges and grapefruit, some floral hops, with a nice amount of roasted malt, caramel and a bit of chocolate. Decent dose of dark bread as well.

Flavor is a nicely balanced mix of hops and roasted malt. Citrus and resinous hops up front, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel in the middle, finishes with medium bitterness and a bit of sweetness. Tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, low to medium carbonation, invites sip after sip.

Ahhh man what a nice Black IPA. Not as HUGE as Sublimely Self Righteous, but right there with Yakima Twilight tied for my 2nd favorite of the style that I've had so far, and it is a great value to boot. Will buy again (and again and again...)

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark like black walnut with a crimson hue deep within the beer. A fat khaki head of foam falls slowly and leaves lace. The nose is bright with grapefruit. Really tart smelling and earthy with a bit of the peel. Some toasted sugar comes forward as it warms and a bit of dark malt scent like coffee. The taste is excellent. The mouthfeel is thin and has the quality of a good light IPA. The malt takes center stage in the drink as it comes forward with a touch of bitter roast and some weak coffee. A light caramel and some citrus take up the mid palate where the grapefruit has been tamed but still very much present. Finishes dry and roasty with a bit of the malt sweetness and a hint of char to linger at the back of the throat with a bit of the bright citrus peel. What it does not do is blast away at the finish with hop bitterness and that lets those roasted malts linger a touch with the citrus as a gentle compliment.

I really liked this one and this style can be somewhat elusive for me. I usually find that the stout like qualities of the malt clash and are too heavy alongside the citrusy IPA flavors. Not so in this beer. The malt is as light as it could possibly be and still be roasted almost black. Light and drinks lightly I love it!

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of joepais
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Santa Adam for sending along this treat. I poured the can into a Sam Adams pint glass and was greeted with a good two finger worth of tan colored head on top of a nice brownish black colored bodied brew. The aroma of fresh hops filled my nostrils. I also got a good amount coffee and a light touch of chocolate. The flavors mimicked the nose it was hop forward with a little bit of roast coming thru as well. It had a medium feel to it with ample carbonation. I think I liked Sublimely Self-Righteous a little more than this one but I would drink it again

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Stigs
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pour at The Library, served in a standard pint glass

A - very thin, short-lived film floating on top of the glass...the beer is very dark brown/amber in color...settling becomes very soda-like.

S - lightly roasted and charred malt, earthy and piney hops with a touch of light grass.

T - starts off with roasted malts, some ash, earthy hops, wet pine needles. minor notes of bakers chocolate and some lightly roasted coffee grounds. good, just not as pronounced as other Black IPA's.

M - medium body with sharp prickly carbonation. a little drying from the charred malts and earthy hops.

D - eh, decent...just missing either some complexity or grace of others like it. I was ready to move on about halfway through this glass.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.26/5  rDev +15.8%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ommegangpbr
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first taste from this brewery and it's a pretty good taste. Hop character is bright and vibrant at first that finishes in roasted flavor, resinous slow burn. The body feels a little bit thin on the palate but that seems to lend to a higher drinkability factor. Eyes closed I'd mostly think American IPA with roasted malt flavor pulses. When craving hops I might prefer a more traditional IPA but this definitely scratches an itch. I'd get this again.

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,999 ratings.