Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.7/5
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2,428 Ratings
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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
Ranking:
#29,571
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
2,428
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
412
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,428 |  Reviews: 724
Photo of timmy2b
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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 CreightonSM
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

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 ColSanders123
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 jpd026
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 kevanb
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a snifter.

Pours a cola brown color, noticeable amount of bubbles rising to the top of the glass. A nice off white head, about a finger high rises to the top of the glass, moderate retention with a fair amount of lacing left behind. Aroma is of roasted coffee and piney hops, a bit of citrus is detectable but sweet, rich dark grain is the big finisher here, very simple aroma and not that hop forward. The flavors are of toasted grain, burnt coffee, resinous bitter hop, pine, dirty grass with some sweet alcohol in the finish. The body is a bit thin, and heavily carbonated for the style, could be a bit richer and smoother, nice dry crisp finish.

Verdict: Decent at best. It has all the hallmarks of a good Black IPA, but the balance of flavors really poor and the malt and roast really dominate what could be a nice earthy hop forward beer.

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Photo of Warren2621
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of tkdchampxi
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%

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 DarthGuitarHero
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of lucasj82
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveMiller
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 robwestcott
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%
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 nh2032
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,428 ratings
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