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Back In Black - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,873 Ratings
THE BROS
72
okay

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Ratings: 1,873
Reviews: 650
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 13.55%
Wants: 44
Gots: 135 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

PGVG, Jul 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

DerrickW, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Dogleg, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

KG710, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of azdback
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Port Brewing Co. pint glass. Deep dark brown, not quite black but pretty dark. Head is a light tan color and a large one finger in size. Appearance of the head is light cream and just a bit thin. Lace sticks quite nicely all the way to the bottom of the glass in a ring and spotted pattern.

Smell is a fantastic dark roasted and wood soaked dream. I have smelled plenty of Barrel Aged Stouts and Porters that smell like this but not to date a Black Ale. Dark roasted coffee and chocolate. Charred wood, vanilla and some booze, maybe even some tart fruit, fig or cherry.

Taste is a huge let down. The flavors are all very watered down. They are there for a second, but it's like I sipped through a layer of flavor and ended up in water. Those flavors are just as the smell, dark roasted coffee beans, a bit of charred wood and some vanilla. There is some hop bitter here too but it almost is the culprit to it's thinness.

Mouth is smooth and light creamy. Body is delicate to light and the finish is average and just a smidge on the wet side.

Overall I really did enjoy this. I just wish it's taste and mouth were a bit more full and rich. A great interpretation of the style. I still search out a Black Ale that can dethrone the king-Stone 15th Anniversary. I'll keep looking and thanks to matttYCE for this sample. A must try.

azdback, Dec 10, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

dsshuck, Oct 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

ColSanders123, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Artjsantos, May 10, 2013
Photo of WYVYRN527
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a New Belgium stem.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with very little light shining through. Head is an inch thick and cream-colored. Lacing sticks to the glass and stays put.

S: Coming straight from the can to glass, there is a metallic hint at first, but it blows off quickly. brady, roasty malt is present. Hops seem a bit overly tangy on the nose, but floral and fragrant.

T: On the palate, the first noticeable trait is citrus, followed by roasty, coffe-like malt character. Hops soon show again with some grapefruit, fresh greens, and pine. Bitterness lends the beer a pleasant, dry finish.

M&D: While lighter than other black IPAs that I have tried, BiB still has some structure. It's silky mouthfeel also makes it a clean, easy drinking brew. It's a solid effort by 21st Amendment, and definitely wrth trying.

WYVYRN527, Jul 29, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

jriggins6, Dec 13, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

teamwiggum, May 11, 2014
Photo of Risser09
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can into a tall pilsner - fridge - 2010

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, but not quite black color with orange highlights. The head is a towering 3.5" in my glass and shows great retention. Tons of sticky lace on the glass.

Smell: Citrus, probably from centennial is strong and clinging. A nice, toasted malt backbone of chocolate and sweet molasses. A nice balance.

Taste: A ton of flavor that results in quite a cacophony. Lots and lots of espresso, chocolate nibs and even a tannic astringency of bitterness. That hops are strong, bitter and lingering. This is too much for me.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, leathery, malty, bitter and lengthy. Medium bodied, ample alcohol and tons of malt.

Drinkability: This beer has it all, but at what cost? It's so confusing and clashing that I don't really enjoy it very much. I understand the attempt being made, but don't agree with the overall result of the flavors. I would leave this one.

Risser09, Oct 02, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ZachKelly, Aug 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ChipMurray, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of Murchmac
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer 100 times before on tap at the brewery. Glad they're expanding and people like it.

Black with brown highlights

Roasty IPA smell, earthy.

Roasty, piney, bitter, sweet, chocolate notes.

A great representation of this style. A hoppy porter/black ipa.

Murchmac, Dec 23, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a rich deep black with a lasting tan head, good lacing. Aroma and Taste of rich lightly roasted dark malts, yeast, with some floral piney hops bitterness. Palate is a medium to full body with mild carbonation. Finish is sweet roasted dark chocolate malts, some light dark fruity notes ending is a sweet malty floral piney hops flavor. This brew was not overly hopped ( bitter ) but more dark malts. Overall it was a good drinking and tasty brew, enjoyable to drink.

Samp01, May 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

TubaDan, Feb 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

leedorham, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of magine
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic glass.

Pours a near black brew, with some ruby shined through on the edges. Tan head with massive chunky head that settles to a lace island and has great lacing throughout. Very good looking brew.

Brew smells of hops, nutty malts. Piney hops, maybe even grapefruit, nutty earth malts. Decent smell.

Brew is smooth and on medium feeling, slightly thin and carbonated. Very good flavor balance; nutty flavors, piney and fruit hops. Brew finishes a tad bit bitter and slightly dry. Has a oily resin noticed as you drink. This is a very good tasting brew.

The brew is thin enough to session like crazy. I bought a case and I am very pleased. This will be gobbled up for a nice session, at 6.8% it will catch up with you. Very good stuff. My first from 21st Amendment, certainly impressed.

magine, Sep 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

costanzo_mike, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. I couldn't believe the head one this beer. It's a cross between off-white and light brown in color, it's like a volcano and it produces excellent lacing. I would have rated the appearance higher except it really wasn't that dark. It's more like a cola colored brown except you can tell it's looks thicker.

The smell is pretty good, very earthy though. Pine hops with maybe some very slight citrus zest to it. A few hints of caramel and chocolate burned malts and a slight smokiness to it.

The taste is a very slight step up. The earthy flavor is maintained. Again with the pine hops, citrus slightly stronger in the taste than smell. Malts are slightly tasted providing balance to the beer. Smokiness towards the end possibly some pete.

The mouthfeel is very good. Well balanced, and certainly full bodied. This is the best part of the beer in my opinion. What these beers are supposed to consist of. A full well balanced flavor that maintains strong aspects of both the hop and malts. This beer equally has very good drinkability. Could easily be a year round beer for all occasions.

AndyAvalanche, Nov 18, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of bundy462
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Slightly lighter than black. Huge frothy tan head with superb retention.

S: Spicy slightly floral hop fighting it's way through a dark roasty malt.

T: Hop is very beat down by the huge chocolate toasty malt. Big lingering chocolate dry taste with a slightly bitter finish from the hops. Porter meets IPA.

M: Smooth and slightly sticky.

O: Nice brew, I'll have another.

bundy462, Aug 29, 2010
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3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce aluminum can poured into a flared pint glass.

Pours a deep, dark brown with some glimmers of bronze showing through when held to the light. A fat creamy, foamy, bubbly light tan head shows excellent retention, sticking in patches along the walls of the glass.

The initial pour sends a wafting of grapefruity hop notes into the nose, though sadly the aroma fades away, becoming very subdued.

Medium-full in body with a moderate, prickly carbonation and a rounded mouthfeel. Kicks off with sweet caramel and molasses up front, leading into a showcase of hops all the way through: fruity, citrusy and quite bracingly bitter, melding with a bit of roasty malt character in the middle that leads to an exceedingly dry finish with a bit of lingering burnt brown sugar and spicy rye-like character on the back of the tongue.

Quite drinkable, this is definitely a showcase of the style that just happens to be available in a stylish package. No complaints here.

superdedooperboy, Jul 30, 2010
Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 1,873 ratings.