Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

Back In BlackBack In Black
BA SCORE
54.3%
Liked This Beer
3.7 w/ 2,405 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#27,621
Reviews:
716
Ratings:
2,405
Liked:
1,307
Avg:
3.7/5
pDev:
13.24%
Alströms:
3.1
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
399
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,405 |  Reviews: 716
Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
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 bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of harsley
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ksimons
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
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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Photo of derkfromwi
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of Mattyb79
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of timmy2b
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of shand
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of Brams17
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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 Modernrickk
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: Well, it's not pale and not quite black.
smell: Hops and malt yes. Fairly well balanced.
taste: Again hops and malt and fairly well balanced. Almost like an IPA and a brown were mixed in the same glass. Not better than the sum of it's parts but not bad either.
average: Love trying new brews and bravo for the creative spirit. Won't be going back for seconds.

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Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of retry4z
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown leaning toward black, but barely. Head is light tan and at least one-finger. Sticks around for a bit.

Smell: Nothing too crazy. Hints of citrus and pine sneak through a roasty malt base. Comes across as a well-balanced approach to the style.

Taste: Very close to the smell with a bit more hop bite to it. Citrus and pine lose ground to the heartier malt base which sweetens things up a bit and leaves a lingering roastyness to compliment the residual oily hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Decent. A little thinner than I like my black ales, but the malts give it a little heft. Relatively smooth with only the faintest hints of roast on the back.

Drinkability: Pretty well balanced. It's nothing to write home about, but definitely a nice way to break in to the style. It's got enough hops and malts to be interesting without being overbearing.

Overall: This is a pretty easy way to get used to the idea of an American Black Ale. It hits a solid compromise between hops and malts without leaning too far one way or another.

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Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of brystmar
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with an average amount of off-white head. Nice lacing on my glass. Nose has piney hops, but not the awesomely fresh hops I've become accustomed to as of late.

Pretty straightforward taste: hops linger over a roasted malt backbone. Lags noticeably behind its peers in both execution and complexity. Not a bad beer, but there are many better Black IPAs on the market today.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into tulip.

A: very very dark brown. im not calling this black. a lot of sediment is sitting on the bottom of my glass. looks like this puppy was can-conditioned. hoping for some better head retention/lacing.

S: aroma that melds citrical, fruity american hops with a definitive chocolate. the sweetness from the malt that surrounds the hoppy aroma is very pleasant.

T: a very bitter body on this brew. i would actually say this bitterness is more from the hops than the malt. a roasted bitterness makes its presence known more towards the end. finish is sweet and chocolate-y.

M: carbonation closer to the mellow side than average. medium body.

D: this is one of those styles that has both bodies and ABV's littered all over the spectrum. i like how this one is on the "lighter" side but still offers a flavorful palate. a good, drinkable ABA.

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Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz : tulip
canned on: 12/16/13

Black, with deep espresso edges when held to light with a craggy, foamy tan head.

Roasty malts upfront with citric, spicy hop highlights in both the nose and taste.

Medium+ body, foamy carbonation.

Nothing particularly outstanding, but tasty nonetheless. Overall a well done, solid example of the Black Ale style.

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

Photo of dental
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 54.3% out of 100 with 2,405 ratings
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