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

Served on tap at 21st Amendment brewery/restaurant on 6/18/2011 (going through older notes).

A: Black, with just a bit of amber shining through the bottom of the glass; very small, immediately dissipating head (surprisingly white, rather than brown)

S: Burned roastiness; citrusy hops.

T: Roastiness and hops create an interesting balance that results in a fruity/citrusy mid-taste and a chocolately (and not bitter) finish / aftertaste.

M: Fairly smooth, but mid-heavy body.

O: Solid, courtesy of the fruitiness in the mid-taste and relative lack of roastiness in the taste.

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Canned 05JAN12

Black clean looking with some surface foam, leaving really no lace. Smells of sweet leather, tobacco and some smoky malts. Some sharp hops in there as well. Medium bitterness and good dry malt flavor with nuts and toast. Some slight piny, resiny hops. The body is medium with moderate carb. The finsh is surprisingly wet compared to others in the style I've tried. Decent enough beer, drinkable over and over. Easy to approach.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance - First thing I noticed was the incredibly foamy and large brown head, which has excellent retention and great lacing. The actual beer itself is a black that turns a dark brown around the edges when held up to the light.

Smell - Sweet rich chocolate, surprisingly strong floral hops, toffee and burnt malts. It's not a particularly strong smell, but it's a decent one nonetheless.

Taste - Sweet dark Chocolate, Mocha Coffee, Burnt Roasted Malts and floral hops. It's like a dark ale but with a strong hoppy kick to it!

Mouthfeel - Very light and creamy thanks to the low amount of carbonation and lightness in body!

Overall - Fairly hoppy for a black ale, which is worth checking out itself! Aside from that you have a decent black ale that is worth checking out!

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 54.4% out of 100 with 2,406 ratings
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