Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Dark brown bordering on black with reddish brown highlights at the edges of the glass.

Rich frothy head.

Aroma is highly roasty with a slight citrus hop note.

Taste is roast coffee with a thin body. Strong bitterness with a slight chalk note.

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Photo of probert
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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 Shawner
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of garuda
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pretty hefty carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Deteriorates slowly and unevenly, leaving a full blanket of foam on the surface. Nice beer ring lacing.

S: Grainy and earthy tone. Cardboard and rye bread.

T: Pungent grainy tone, a little unsweetened chocolate, and black licorice.

M: Light, but full flavored. Mouth puckering pungency with something of a synthetic sweetness lingers throughout.

D: Not much resistance, but something of a malingering aftertaste.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice body, good head, and some decent lacing. Nose is earthy and pungent. Taste follows suit with a grainy, pungent tone. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of bum732
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Lots of pine and roastiness.

L: Dark brown, nearing black. Light tan creamy head that dissipates. Great lacing.

T: Bready malt with some roastiness. Medium bitterness, some bleach notes detected. Finishes quite sweet with some dark chocolate. Semi-sweet finish.

M: Smooth, creamy medium full body, medium carbonation.

Interesting, not sure i like the hop combo in this beer, doesn't work with the roast. Great body though.

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Photo of jpd026
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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 RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of gonzo000
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very good Black IPA that leans a bit toward a black lager. The look is a nice black color with a one finger head on the pour. The smell was grapefruit. The taste was less IPA like and more lager, but good none the less. Enjoyable smooth feel.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
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 delta490
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown with a light tan head. The head has moderate retention but leaves some soapy lacing on the glass. The aroma is very roasted, much more reminiscent of a schwarzbier, with only a hint of hops. Its a nice aroma, but not very IPA-ish. The taste is equally close to a schwarzbier. Delicious, but not really an IPA. There's a nice feel to the body and it's nice a smooth. If this weren't billed as an IPA, I think it would get a much higher rating. It has a great flavor but it doesn't even closely resemble one.

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Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cola black into a Duvel tulip with two fingers of light tan head (excellent retention and some sticky lacing). Slightly sweet and roasty aroma of coffee, toast, and caramel with only a hint of hops.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty chocolate and toast up front followed by creamy notes and some bitter lemon on the finish. Not my favorite example of the black IPA style, but still very nice. Light overall feel and quite refreshing, even if all the flavors don't quite gel together.

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Photo of ChrisMon02
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of MacMalt
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can was 4+ months old. Poured into pint glass. It pours a dark ruby color with a fluffy, khaki-colored head and extensive lacing. The smell was subdued: mostly roasted malt with a faint whiff of caramel. The taste includes roasted malt, char, burnt coffee grounds, some bakers chocolate, and piny, resinous hops. On the whole, it is quite bitter, perhaps due to the age of the can. I'm not getting any sweetness at all. It is medium-bodied with a pleasant creaminess and carbonation, and its 6.8% ABV gives it some substance but isn't overwhelming. Overall, this is a pleasant Black Ale but offers no special attributes. It isn't in the same discussion as Wookey Jack, Dubhe or my personal favorite, Carton's Epitome.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Yancey82
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,436 ratings