Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Back In BlackBack In Black

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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look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a pretty big fan of 21st Amendment in general but Back in Black is one of my favorite beers they put out. Black as night is a pretty adept description of the color this beer takes when poured into a glass. The taste is both smoky and bold, and the high ABV will have you feeling these pretty quickly. Highly recommend.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. can served in a FFF Teku glass. Canned on 04/24/12. Thanks to danielnovak3 for the extra.

A: Pours a solid black color with some dark ruby edges. A light tan head forms on the pour and recedes to a nice bubble collar. It leaves some splotchy sheets of lace behind.

S: Some stale coffee, a little acrid in nature, with some dark chocolate malts and a little piney bite to it.

T: Some roasted malts with a bitter, hoppy bite to it. The finish is some stale coffee with some pale malts.

M: Medium bodied with a bitter, acrid bite to it. A little sharp with some medium carbonation.

O: This just tastes old. The hops have faded, the malt feel a bit plain and the coffee notes are stale.

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Canned 5/07/12
Purchased from Total Wine & More, Sacramento, CA for $1.99

App- This was a very dark brown. Had a very good density in the glass. With the head it had a creamy looking guinness appeal to it. A semi decent amount of cling.

Smell- Wasnt a whole lot of aromatics on this one. What I did pick up on though was a small bit of a flat cola, dense malts, old coffee & citrusy grassy hops. While these are nice aromatics, they didnt really mesh well

Taste- Its a semi good Black IPA. Had all the requisite flavors but just didnt wow me. Lacking a bit of balance and pop. Was really only about a middle tier beer. Most of the flavors came from the malty chocolate powder.

Mouth- A lighter medium body almost a light body. Didnt fit the profile really but was still quite pleasant. The carbonation was pretty spot on and retained a medium carbonation. A bit smooth vs. prickly as well

Drink- Tasty, but not in the top tier yet of the black IPAs. Glad I got a single can because I dont think I want 6 cans and because I cant get this in So. Cal.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,398 ratings.
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