Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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83
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2,396 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
Ratings:
2,396
Reviews:
712
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
395
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BeerBuckeye
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, nearly opaque brown with puffy 2 finger head.

S - Some bright hoppiness, grapefruit and pine. Good amount of malt in the background.

T - Much more malty in the taste. Almost drinks like a porter, some rich toasted malt, caramel, and a hint of chocolate. A little bit of hop kick on the end.

M - Smooth, good amount of carbonation present.

Overall - Not a bad beverage at all. Definitely more malty than an IPA (even a black IPA) would suggest, but I found the flavors present good.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of tweeder263
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out from a can a dark brown beer with a fluffy 2 finger head. Has a light cascade hop smell, some malt is evident. Taste is also fairly subdued, hops are fairly noticeable, some slight roasted notes show themselves towards the end. Mouthfeel is nothing special. Overall a drinkable brew,nothing special.

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

For a black hops, this is my fav so far. They call this a hybrid of beers (subtle chocolate, coffee and hops). It's hoppy but a little thicker, deeper, darker and richer than the usual hop beers. Reminds me of a Guinness but you'll be surprised after the hops hit you. 6.8 etoh and 65 IBU's. Good job on diversifying the hop beers, 21st Amend!

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

EDIT: On a second pass at this I found it way too rich. Not sure what makes it an IPA, downgraded to OK.
Original: I liked this better than any of the other Black IPAs I’ve had lately. Very session-able, balanced, roasty and toasty. Med bodied, carmel malty, good hops (but not really IPA level) and a cleanish bitter finish. Check it!

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Gotta love shit in a can. Not literally, of course. 12 oz. can from Primanti Bros., poured into a pint glass on April 14th, 2012.

A - Dark semi-clear brown coloring. Huge, 4-finger soapy, whipped tan head. Decent retention, good lacing. Not truly black but close enough.

S - East coast hop profile. Sweet, strong malt backbone adds in a stout-like quality of roasted coffee beans and grains.

T - More of the same really. Blending of light cocktail fruit, sweeter hops, and heavily roasted grains.

M - Light body, medium-high carbonation, semi-sweet finish.

D - Peculiar. Very malt-forward for the black IPA designation but decent contrasting notes of a more mild, sweeter IPA and a lighter, coffee-highlighted stout. Props for creativity.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Finger and half of cappuccino colored head, that slowly dissipates, lacing the glass nicely. Very dark colored, with some deep brown notes around the edge. A pretty sexy looking beer.

S: Floral notes jump out of the glass, with some tropical fruits. Smells a boozy, but has a good caramel aroma to it. A nice play of sweet and hoppy smells coming from the glass

T: Flavors follow the aromas, but it is dominated more by the roasted coffee flavor than the fruity hops. Finishes with a nice piney hop flavor.

M: A pretty rich feeling beer at the beginning, but it finishes pretty clean. Starts out rather heavy and finishes rather light.

O: A dang good beer. I had never had a Black IPA before, and didn’t have any expectations. A flavorful and balanced beer that appeals to both my hoppy and malty pleasures.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,396 ratings.
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