Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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83
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2,403 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:
2,403
Reviews:
716
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.28%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
400
For Trade:
0
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Photo of robwestcott
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from the can to a sun king shaped pint glass a dark cola color with a full finger loose bubbly mocha head leaving lace up the side of the glass.

strong aroma of floral hops and sweet candy.

sweet, tart and tangy, a very strange tasting brew. pungent floral, not at all agreeable.

thin, highly carbonated.

drinkable ?

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Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Wizzle32
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GOBLIN
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of GeoffreyM
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DoctorB2B
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of jpd026
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%

Photo of Localdrinklax
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.17/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of Cooker_stp
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, not black. HUGE head and lacing on the glass. That part is impressive

S - A lot of hops in the nose. Citrus, dried fruits, tangerines.

T - Nice hoppy flavor, dark malt backbone. Very well balanced.

M - Creamy. Full bodied, very well carbonated.

O - A very good beer, but not amazing like some of the other 21st Amendment brews I have enjoyed.

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StaveHooks
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of FUwolfpacker
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of powdersoldier
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of ms11781
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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 MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tall glass. NO freshness dating that could be understood.

Looks very nice, blackish brown with a solid oatmeal colored head leaving very good lacing.

Roasted malt and a faint hop hit on the nose.

The malts aren't overly roasted, which I appreciate. The hops are quite muted. I wonder if this particular can is a bit on the old side. Having said that, it's a nice balance for this particular palate.

Mouth is just a bit below medium, slightly creamy and roasted on the finish.

Overall, and I go back and forth on Black Ales, this one was okay in my book. I see other reviews have lauded the roastiness, which makes me think this might be an older can. But I'm okay with that, as burnt malts are a turn off for this chap.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.69 out of 5 based on 2,403 ratings.
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