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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,859 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,859
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 42
Gots: 133 | 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 CHADMC3
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

CHADMC3, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of tedho21
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

tedho21, May 12, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

sparx1100, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

BlurryVisi0n, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

projectflam86, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of Budinetz
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Budinetz, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Cooker_stp, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of Giantspace
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Giantspace, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

utopiajane, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of gpawned
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

gpawned, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of Dirtinabottle
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Dirtinabottle, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +22%

gleemonger, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of Knoxrb12
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Knoxrb12, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of nataku00
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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.

nataku00, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Lanstrum, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of ramrod666
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ramrod666, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of BigMike
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

BigMike, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jk3, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

abcdefghijkyle, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

beerluvr, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of JakeDebus
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

JakeDebus, May 15, 2013
Photo of Arithmeticus
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
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

Arithmeticus, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of baklo
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

baklo, Jan 12, 2014
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,859 ratings.