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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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jifigz
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is the typical deep reddish brown/almost black of a lot or porters. When held up to the light you can see that it isn't quite black, but damn close. The head looks frothy and off white and lingers for a while. The aroma is mildly citrus and some flowery hops. There may be a hint of roasted malt in the aroma. The flavor starts off somewhat bitter, then lends itself more towards the malts, then I get a wet dog unpleasant kind of taste, and then back a little bitterness riding the tail end. The MF is very creamy and smooth. The beer finishes a little on the dry side.

This is a decent beer, but I have had much better that represent this style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours black, with ruby red edging where light can penetrate. The head is tan and 3 fingers thick, excellent retention, and leaves behind a thick, sticky lace.

Smell - Roasted malts, primarily chocolate, intertwined with a floral and citrus hop aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose, but breaks it's promise. Primarily a caramel malt flavor with very little roasted or chocolatey malt notes, and only slight citrus hop bitterness that lacks any serious punch. Where's the "IPA" character? Tame as an overweight house cat.

Mouthfeel - Fairly thin. Carbonation is on point, but can't save what is an otherwise weak mouthfeel.

Overall - Disappointing. Has the look and smell of a top notch Cascadian, but it doesn't pass the taste test. Closer to a "Black Pale Ale" than a "Black IPA". Thin. Severely lacks in any kind of 'roasted' malt character. Very, very middle of the road with both the hops and malt flavors. It's at least drinkable. Might be an occasional purchase if I'm in the mood for a CDA and there aren't better options, or any options like the last time I bought it, for that matter.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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

12oz. Black pour, quite a bit of red and brown around the edges. Off white head, retained on, laced a bit.

Aroma, pine and roast malt. Some anise.

Taste, pretty well integrated roast, pine/ herbal hops.
There is just a slight phenolic note. Faint cocoa and coffee.

Just to the right of light, enough carbonation. A little watery, the balanced flavors don't help that. Could be a session ale, but at 6.8? Worth trying though.

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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice crisp Black IPA with a dry hoppy profile. Lots of lace in the glass but retention is average with a light covering on the glass. Aroma has lots of toasted grains and roasted caramel malt. Hops are piney and back in the mix. Taste showcases the hops with a lighter malt body. Nice chocolate malt shows up as it warms. In fact this should be consumed at English ale temperature, cool not cold to be appreciated. A bit of charcoal and burnt grains. Some grapefruit and hop oil as the main player with a darkly roasted grain profile underneath in the finish. Feel is on the lighter side of style with a mild but velvety carbonation. Dry finish leaves an astringent hoppiness. A nice drink overall. Sessionable and yummy.
While not a standout it is a solid offering that makes for a good winter IPA.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,400 ratings.
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