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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,838 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,838
Reviews: 648
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 13.59%
Wants: 41
Gots: 127 | 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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hopkrid

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

07-04-2013 21:04:18 | More by hopkrid
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Buebie

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -14.4%

Picked up a single last week.

Poured from the can into a pub glass. A light brown 2" head is formed, taking its time to recede. Leaving sea foam consistency froth and sticky lace.
Color of the beer is black at the wider portion of the glass, but a glowing red can be seen at the tapering bottom and edges.

Aroma does not seem to follow the style, there really is not hop aroma to be found. But dont get me wrong, aroma is quite good. It smells like chocolate cake batter, sweet and delicious. For the style though it lacks.

Hops are citruss filled in taste and provide great leafy fruit forward flavors. Not too bitter though, but very good. Through the swallow an almost woody, semi charred grain flavor follows, as does mineral water and a bit of husky grains.
Finishing with bittering grains and a dash of pine.

Mouthfeel is light, with just the right amount of slick feel and carbonation.

Definatly a good beer all around, except for the husky grains. Does not seem to follow the style it is listed under here on BA, of an american ipa. But for a black ipa it does the trick. However, hop aroma does suffer. An interesting brew, but not somthing I could see myself drinking again.

07-28-2010 02:46:10 | More by Buebie
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Pecan

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-21-2013 03:23:26 | More by Pecan
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woodchip

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-16-2014 00:42:52 | More by woodchip
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BostonHops

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

pours a dark, cola-like brown with 2 fingers of head... some decent lacing left behind. once settled in the glass it has a look reminiscent of a stout, so it's funny to take in the citrus and pine evident in the nose.

taste is, as you would expect, more malty than a traditional IPA with some roasty elements common of a stout or porter, but the citrus and pine notes are certainly present as well. not bad, actually. medium to highly carbonated with a velvety sort of mouthfeel. mid-range 6.8 ABV is not much of a player, as i could see having a few of these without much trouble. not un upper eschelon beer, and while typically i prefer keeping my roastiness et al confined to my stouts and porters while the big hoppy notes stay in my PAs, IPAs, DIPAs, etc, i'd still say that this one's worth keeping around.

original review on: 07-27-2010

05-09-2012 23:05:24 | More by BostonHops
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seanchai

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

06-24-2014 19:36:57 | More by seanchai
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

Can to DFH signature glass. Thanks to mdaschaf for both!

A- Basically you can say it pours black like a porter. When held to light the dark acorn browns really light up around the edges. Instant two finger fluffy off white head that recedes almost as fast as it grew. Lacing is exquisite.

S- Faint piney tones, grapefruit and strawberries. Sweet roasted malts, coffee and milk chocolate hints as it warms further.

T- Very faint hop presence, pine and lemon zest. The back of my tongue is getting the toasted malts, slight bitter coffee and dark semi-sweet chocolate. Bitter and dry aftertaste.

M- Thin but a good amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, not heavy like a porter, and not overly enamel stripping of an IPA. Good balance. 1-2 in a night would not be asking too much I think.

09-17-2010 00:39:10 | More by korguy123
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durlta

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

08-25-2012 16:13:25 | More by durlta
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DrFunkenstein

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

03-04-2012 02:16:21 | More by DrFunkenstein
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JakerLou

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

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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JackieTH

Minnesota

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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Nugganooch

California

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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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours almost black in color with 2 fingers of thick foamy off white head that sticks around.

The scent is a little faint, but there is some roasted malts, hops, citrus, and coffee.

The taste is a bit more noticeable with roasted malts and coffee up front, followed by piney hops, some citrus, and notes of cocoa.

Full bodied, very smooth and creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was a pretty good beer, the flavor and scent could have been stronger, but it was well balanced and very drinkable.

10-29-2010 20:01:43 | More by BeerCon5
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chefduff2

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

01-27-2013 05:36:07 | More by chefduff2
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Tschnab

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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NilocRellim

Minnesota

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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carrollmel7

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-27-2013 01:34:20 | More by carrollmel7
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pjs234

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-07-2012 00:00:13 | More by pjs234
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-18-2013 23:51:51 | More by wonothesane42
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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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ksimons

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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BlurryVisi0n

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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projectflam86

Ohio

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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sparx1100

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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