Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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
Ratings:
2,395
Reviews:
711
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
394
For Trade:
0
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Photo of speedvagen
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Wizzle32
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although this specific can is not exemplary, perhaps the best "Cascadian" black IPA I have ever encountered. A perfect mix of "stout" roasted malts with west-coast citrus hoppy undertones.

Can pours a dark burgundy colour, a beautiful amber when held up to the light, with decent head and lacing. Mouthfeel is pleasantly carbonated without being too slick, and the 6.8% ABV is terrifyingly well hidden. Aroma of dark roasted malts, albeit a subtle metallic twang in this can that hasn't been present in previous ones. Taste is well balanced with the dark chocolate and coffee roasted malt flavours, finishing with delightful citrus and tropical fruit hop notes. A pleasant bitterness lingers with the mango...

All in all, I consider this a benchmark beer. Thank-you 21st Amendment!

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Photo of brycevolk
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kevanb
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
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 probert
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of grahamboudreaux
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of timmy2b
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can dated 02/11/13 – purchased at Boynton Liquors San Jose, CA
Hotel tumbler glass – 11/20/13

A: Pours a dark chestnut brown that becomes even darker as it collects in the glass. A thick and stubborn dark khaki head produces over the body leaving behind some streaking ribbons of lace on the glass.

S: Smells of piney hops with a pronounced dark roast barley note. I get loads of fresh roast coffee in the nose which basically makes up the better portion of the aromas. Nice and a bit more roasty than I was expecting for a Black IPA.

T: Highly kilned malts of roast coffee bean and slight charcoal ash noted. Touch of piney earth and light spice. Very smooth with a low amount of bitterness and well integrated alcohol. Lots of dark malt coming through on this one. I like this but it is drinking more like a stout than say a Black IPA.

M: A touch thin and watery but with nice smooth creamy feel across the palate with a moderately low bitterness. Finish has a slight drying effect but it is fairly clean overall.

D: This is one of those Black IPA’s that drinks more like a hoppy stout. A little too heavy on the roast to let the hops play the part. Tasty none the less with good flavor and balance.

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Photo of number1bum
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown, not quite black color, with a creamy two inches of beige head. Head coats the glass very nicely and keeps well too.

Smell is surprisingly bland and somewhat soapy. Just not much going on here at all. Some roasted malt and a bit of sweetness. Digging deeper gets me some nutty aromas and chocolate. Not much in the way of hops.

Taste is more flavorful than the nose let suggested it might be. Some sweet dark caramel and chocolate, plus a bit of roasted malt form the base. This is probably the least hoppy 'American Black Ales' I've yet had. There is some earthy hop flavor and a touch of citrus, but not much. Doesn't deliver a whole lot of flavor; pretty boring to be frank, although pretty easy drinking.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and does have a nice creaminess to it. It's soft and smooth. Mouthfeel is probably the highlight of the beer.

This is not a particularly memorable beer, nor a very good one. Mediocre in just about every regard. Bland on the nose, bland on the palate. Only plus is that it comes in a can.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

**
07/09/2015
Very nice and smooth offering. Aroma is a nice mix of toasted barley and hops. Taste is wood and bittersweet chocolate. Dark black (though thin) with a big fat white head. Medium carbonation."
**
10/10/2015
Had it again at the CJ Beer Festival. Still excellent, No Change, Except for some reason their sign said "Back To Black".
**

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Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Mikecap
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of CreightonSM
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Warren2621
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DovaliHops
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black that has a medium off-white/tan head that diminishes quickly. Scent is slightly hoppy with a lot of roasted aromas. Hints of chocolate and vanilla, as well. Taste is initially roasted chocolate, immediately followed by some hoppiness. Taste is somewhat watered down. Burnt toast flavors finish with bitter dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side. Drinkability is fairly high. Overall, this is not the best example of a Black IPA, but it is still pretty tasty. Could use some more body.

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Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of BeerBelcher
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up.

And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slammin' amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but I'd say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things.

Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, I'd buy this again.

I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a nonic glass.

A-Pours a very dark brown with ruby undertones and three-finger frothy latte colored head that leaves incredible sticky lacing.

S- Piney and citrus hops, woody aroma, and roasted malt

T-Not a strong hop bitterness, but it is there and complements the roasted malt flavor well. Taste is of piney hop, roasted malt, and some woodiness but I am not picking up on much more. Kind of a strange aftertaste

M- A little watery on the finish, but otherwise a fairly smooth beer.

O- This is not a bad beer, but nothing really popped for me with this one. I tasted a woodlike or sawdust kind of flavor and aroma that was a little unique and overall it is a solid beer with balance.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

the pour of a nice porter without any cloudy body. Nice mocha head. Simple lemon zest nose and floral soapiness. Brisk feel but rather simple but mild malt notes. Seems like color and not reinforcing the bright hop. Very subtle earth bitter and a hope for dimension. Simplistic jean backbone.

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Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,395 ratings.
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