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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:
#29,329
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
2,423
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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409
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Photo of RodneyCarrington
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of hopsolutely
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
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 aszatk01
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TannerEdwin
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of hiphopj5
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Zbrown2307
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of A_Phrance
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bspain5
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of Russ-diggity
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of rjpetrizzo
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of beerluvr
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip with a nice long-lasting light tan head that leaves a nice pattern on the sides of the glass as it settles out. Very dark damn near black liquid goodness in the glass, fresh hoppy and bitter aromas with subtle roasted malts. Good mouthfeel and wonderful hop bitterness mingles with that roasted malt, giving a touch of bitterness as well. Finishes long and bitter with again that little roasted malt snap. Interesting and quite drinkable twist on 'ye olde I.P.A.'. Not too strong yet makes a nice 'gonna have a few of these'-type beers.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into goblet.

A - Pours black with a half finger of mocha head. Carbonation dies to a thin wisp on the surface. Paints the glass with a lacing of bubbles.

S - Roasted malt, pine hops, toffee, char. All the components of a good Black Ale.

T - Resinous pine hops, chocolate, and toasted malt. Doesn't have amazing complexity, but very well balanced.

M - Plentiful micro-carbonation and a medium body make for a creamy mouthfeel. The hops offer a dry finish.

O - I consider this one "old reliable" for the style. Has enough hops to keep me satisfied combined with mellow malt. Makes for a very drinkable, tasty, canned brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +28.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of GalenAnderson
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer on draft at the Armsby Abbey in Worcester MA. It was poured into a standard tumbler pint glass with a one finger head.

The appearance was a deep brown, not quite black and not fully opaque. The hoppy and malty aroma is nice but not as strong as the taste of the beer itself.

The taste of the beer is thankfully its best attribute. It was really wonderful and full of complexity. It is neither particularly hoppy nor bitter, but these flavors are present and balanced. The roasted malt flavors that held hints of chocolate and currents provide most of the taste. The beer is just a little sweet which balances with the bitterness perfectly.

Mouthfeel was nice, lightly carbonated, maybe a little bit lighter than expected.

Very drinkable and also very easy to enjoy with food.

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Photo of MikeDre
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rudy
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of TheEarl
2.26/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had Back in Black poured from a can into a standard pint glass on the evening of May 23, 2012.

Appearance: As the name suggests, Back in Black is…black. Beyond the color, there is a quickly dissipating off-white head with medium bubbles and some decent lacing.

Smell: Back in Black’s aroma is as roasty and bready as the dark color suggests but I found the hop notes seem a bit inorganic—less like a pine trees and tropical fruit and more like pine air freshener and Capri Sun.

Taste: The taste is dry with roasted malt as the overwhelming flavor.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel with Black IPAs or, as we like to call them in Seattle, CDAs, is always a bit jarring. Simply put, the appearance primes you for a more substantial texture than these beers tend to offer and Back in Black is no exception. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, which is fine, but, I also found the beer lacked in terms of slickness or viscosity—it just felt rough.

Overall: I didn’t like Back in Black and I wouldn’t buy it again. BIPA/CDAs seem like a very “hit or miss” style and, for me, HUB’s Secession or Firestone Walker’s Wookey Jack are significantly better ales.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,423 ratings
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