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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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1,825 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,825
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 40
Gots: 121 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-09-2013 04:25:08 | More by Giantspace
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

06-16-2014 17:09:29 | More by ramrod666
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3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

11-14-2011 18:08:00 | More by nataku00
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3.35/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

12-30-2010 01:28:38 | More by BigMike
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

04-02-2012 00:17:40 | More by jk3
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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

Malty and hoppy, near black body with creamy. silky beige head. Nice dark roast grain flavor comes through to accent the hops, elements of burnt toast, wood. Hops add more bitterness to the roast flavor, but still smooth on the finish. Some lingering bitterness on the palate.

03-01-2014 04:12:47 | More by stevoj
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3.13/5  rDev -15.2%

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.

04-23-2011 23:19:45 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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New York

2.83/5  rDev -23.3%

A - This beer pours a very dark brown color, that glows ruby on the edges when held to the light. It has a big 4-finger light tan head on it. The head has great retention, and leaves a nice layer of lace on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet and roasted malts. There is a bit of piney hop character, but I definitely expected more. Also, I am getting some scents of chocolate and a touch of coffee.

T - The taste starts of with some sweet caramel and roasted malts. There is a piney hop presence throughout the drink, but it is quite subdued. I am also getting some notes of chocolate, coffee, and some citrus. The finish leaves some lingering roasted bitterness behind. I really wish there was more hop presence here.

M - It has a lighter body and decent carbonation. It goes down quite easily, but the flavor is sort of bland for an IPA variation. There is some lingering bitterness in the finish.

O - The drinkability was alright, seeing as how its goes down quite easily. Overall though, this beer just doesn't stand out amongst other beers of this style that I've had so far. I would drink it again, but I wouldn't pay for it.

05-22-2011 05:45:17 | More by JizackFH
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

03-16-2014 00:42:52 | More by woodchip
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

06-07-2012 00:04:50 | More by beerluvr
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

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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New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

01-22-2014 16:22:37 | More by Cooker_stp
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3.15/5  rDev -14.6%

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

12-22-2010 04:12:32 | More by Arithmeticus
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

11-08-2012 04:48:23 | More by marct
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-12-2012 11:51:15 | More by tedho21
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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

09-20-2010 03:49:46 | More by Vdubb86
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

10-27-2013 17:42:15 | More by Lanstrum
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3.95/5  rDev +7%

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.

10-18-2010 23:01:27 | More by Mosstrooper
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

05-15-2013 18:06:51 | More by JakeDebus
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

01-12-2014 11:33:15 | More by baklo
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

09-29-2013 19:13:29 | More by tastymug
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South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

10-20-2012 05:47:36 | More by CarolinaKev
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

04-06-2013 18:47:49 | More by 1424IpA
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New York

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

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!

07-10-2014 17:48:45 | More by utopiajane
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Dark brown, nearly black pour with a two finger beige head with good retention and great lacing. The nose was a bit subdued for the style. Roasty up front with hints of black licorice, mocha, and soy sauce with a touch of citrus and pine emerging as well as a touch of smoke. The taste is a bit more bold with roasty coffee and chocolate complemented nicely with citrusy, piney hop notes with some cola on the finish. The mouthfeel is a tad bit fizzy and a little thin, but has a nice finish. Overall a solid Black IPA, but not quite up there with Sublimely. Very sessionable though...

11-19-2012 15:50:00 | More by beerdrifter
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
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