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Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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2,422 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:
#29,245
Reviews:
723
Ratings:
2,422
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
409
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,422 |  Reviews: 723
Photo of TheNakedStiletto
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GatorCoop
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LinksusMaximus
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redbarnbikes
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of McFlorida85
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice balance for an IPA. Nice dark color and foam as it pours. Nice lace as you drink. Strong hops smell. I was hoping for a little more Carmel/coffee flavor, but it's still clearly an IPA in taste.

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Photo of rderedin
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Justin82
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bones10
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 scaryguy4u
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Abragg3
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of sposter4
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of RBuckley73
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 onlymurderers
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

$ 18/12pack ($ 0.125/oz) at Franklin Beer, Franklin, PA
Can BB 1/1/16 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma of citrus and malt
Head large (7.5 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, frothy, slooowly diminishing to seven mm frothy layer
Lacing good – complete rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor - not much, malty bitterness, weak hops; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of MattSlem
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Thunderballroom
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Genx
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerDocT
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Pours out an opaque black. Nice 1/2" head. Excellent lacing.

Smell 4.0: Good bouquet. If someone put this under my nose and I was blindfolded, I could tell that this is a dark beer. I have had very few "black IPAs" that I could say that about. Smoky, chocolaty, but balanced with a very nice hop blend.

Taste 4.0: Front is somewhat sweet, but already at this level there is a hop bite. Middle is very nice, with a big wave of smoky, semi-sweet malt and high-palate hop bitterness. Finish is smooth as silk with a slight chocolate taste, but light; high in the palate, not middle like you would get from a stout. Aftertaste is long, clean and smoky.

Mouthfeel 4.0: Great balance. Light in the mouth, but creamy. Again, not what one would expect from a stout or a porter.

Overall 4.0: One of the best "black IPAs" I have tried. Smoky, chocolaty but light and hoppy. Great hop blending makes this a refreshing beer that is a good sessioner. How many "boutique" beers of this style can you say that about? Definitely worth a try for fans of dark beers and fans of IPAs alike.

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Photo of JohnTurano
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,422 ratings
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