Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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83
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2,396 Ratings
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Back In BlackBack In Black
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
ABV varies around 7%.
65 IBU

Added by tpd975 on 11-23-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,396
Reviews:
712
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
395
For Trade:
0
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.84/5  rDev +4.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this one. Jet black in color with a slight white head. The aroma and flavor are full of sweet pine. The beer finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness. It has a mild body and lots of carbonation. The beer has very clean, crisp flavors. A great cascadian ale.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Jet black color, thick and frothy light khaki head, good carbonation and lacing

S: Hops and dark malts, nicely balanced

T: A little different than other black ales to me, some bitter hops and dark malts, a little more hops than malts

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, medium bodied

O: Above average Black IPA

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Back in Black pours a deep brown color with two fingers of mocha head. The aroma is excellent, it's got a big amount of piney hops over roasted malts. The taste follows the nose, striking the formula for a black IPA right on the nose. Piney hops, roasty malts, that's all you need. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is great. It's not particularly jaw-dropping, but a perfectly tasty beer. It gets the balance just right.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alstrom's, I always read them, but every now and then, they need to re-review a beer to do it justice. Back in Black is such a case, it's a delightful 4.0 beer.

A: Can poured into a .5l cylinder named Spaten. Results in dark walnut clear brew with large tan head, and tons of retention and lacing. A sticky cola like pour. A beauty.

S: aroma is nicely balanced between citrus, hoppy, leafy, and floral set against a malty base malt of dark caramel, chocolate and black bread.

T: Like it smells but better. Well balanced, slightly sweet, plenty hoppy, never over done. Definitely want another, definitely want to find a case.

Paired with garden tomatoes, cukes, peppers, mozz, with truffle oil and balsamic, multi grain toast points. - Perfect August dinner!

M: medium bodied, creamy with a zesty finale of carbonation and bitter on the tongue.

Overall: accessible. If you love porter and you enjoy hops, try this. Love the depth, sweetness, and originality. I don't feel this beer has lost it's way, it's just a "good herb" like its namesake home.

I 100% agree with the reviewer NeroFiddled (PA) who wrote:
"Rich and smooth, 21st Amendment packs the strength of an IPA (6.8% alc./vol.), all of the bitterness (65 IBU's), and quite a bit of hop flavor and aroma (65 IBU's) into one really nicely balanced, chocolatey/roasty ale."

When in SF, try visiting 21st Amendment!

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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,396 ratings.
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