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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
Ranking:
#29,217
Reviews:
723
Ratings:
2,421
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
409
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Photo of RBCBrams17
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of dacrza1
4.17/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

DATE: June 3, 2016... GLASSWARE: Barley Creek pint... OCCASION: Relaxing after a nice coach pitch win....pours a powerful three-finger brown head that is creamy, rocky, foamlike lacing... the black body akin to cola... aroma has the strength of punchy citrus--lemon, watermelon--with the malt-forward spiciness, especially pepper and toasted bread.... the palate is warming, slightly crunchy, dry at the finish, and nicely textured for a beer at 6.8% ABV... medium-bodied and, as the write-up suggests, quite mellow.... the flavor is malty, spicy and hoppy in balance... enough citrus exists to evoke an IPA, while the low end bakes nicely in the taste buds... another quality offering from 21st Amendment, and a beer that dangerously entices the drinker to session...

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Photo of codynevels
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 retry4z
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 brycevolk
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Lantern
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 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 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 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 Budinetz
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Alpha309
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertColianni
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of brauseboof
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kingcrowing
2.63/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a Duvel snifter.

Pours a pitch black silky smooth color with a nice solid one finger deep brown head with lots of cratering and sticky lacing. Nose is very sweet, malty and it almost smells a bit like Belgian yeast, interesting. There are some hops but it's not over the top.

Wow, taste is something different, I'm not sure if I like it. It's a bit metallic (I don't attribute that to the can), and has a somewhat sharp tang. It's fairly acidic and harsh, a bit grainy as well. There are some hops because I do get bitterness on this but it seems more like bitterness from roasted malt. Mouthfeel is fairly watery, with very light but sharp carbonation. It's not so easy drinking and it leaves a bit of an off flavor in your mouth. Honestly I'm a bit disappointed in this.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of jrohrbacher
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of LooseMoose1978
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of briandaube
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,421 ratings
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