Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.7/5
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2,430 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:
#30,185
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
2,430
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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56
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417
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Photo of Bockerdoppel91
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of BMart
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Lucasrj
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

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

Clear dark brown colored beer that appears black without back-lighting. Very small tan colored head.

Smells strongly of patent malt. Coffee and a little chocolate smell. Little bit of grapefruit hop scent but not much. All in all it smells like a Porter.

Starts out strong on the patent malt with a good amount of bitterness. Strong roasted grain flavor with an charred edge to it. Substantial bitterness at least as much from the malt as the hops. Hop type is had to determine, the hops have combined together to give this a taste that is best described as "Carrot Sticks."

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall an OK beer. It tastes stronger than it is. The taste is pretty much that of a Porter hopped to hell.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DonFrap
4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of sneth019
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Bdel34
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ChadT89
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of Sagehawk
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of troysoy2
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass, this beer is pretty black, with a red-brown edge. The light tan head was impressive at first, but had only mediocre retention and a bit of web-like lacing.

The smell is pretty straightforward. To me, the hops and the malt come together quite well, leading to a sort of citrusy chocolate. Decently alluring.

Taste-wise, this brew is well-balanced, not much of a risk taker, but definitely solid. A nice, full-bodied mouthfeel compliments a decent bit of sweet, chocolately malt, while dry, bitter hops are prevalent on the front and rear end of the taste. The mouthfeel leaves you feeling a bit parched, as if inviting you to drink more.

Overall, I'd say this is a fairly solid (if unremarkable) example of a Black IPA. The can is cool, and I'd say that the beer may well be worth revisiting.

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Photo of ninner00
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of 5ndurda
3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of viker
2/5  rDev -45.9%

Photo of jujigatame
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can into a nonic pint.

Pretty black with a little light peeking through at the bottom. Almost 3 fingers worth of light tan head that starts to dissipate after a few minutes and get pillowy. Looks pretty inviting.

Smells more of malt that hops. The hops are there with a fresh presence but it’s rather faint in the overall picture. A little soapy smell here too.

The hops take the same backseat in the taste as they did in the smell. I know that they’re in there but they don’t seem to punch through enough. Perhaps I am expecting too much in this regard. The malt provides a nice backbone. Chocolate flavor comes around but I felt like it was in and out, not consistent.

Good mouthfeel. Smooth with a solid body to it. Drying on the tongue but not too much. Sticky on the lips.

I am somewhat conflicted on this one. The flavor was okay but I expected more. It just didn’t ring out in any way to me. I had no problem drinking it all but when it was over I didn’t have much in the way of strong impressions. What I have to balance that against is the fact that the last black IPA I had was Stone’s 2011 SSR a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed it. I think the fact that SSR really sang made Back in Black’s lack of wow stand out more. I can’t know what my thoughts on Back in Black would be had I not tried SSR beforehand. Since black IPAs are a style where my samples have been pretty limited it’s hard to get around the fact that SSR is a home run and everything else I’ve tried so far just…isn’t. I feel like I should come back to this beer again sometime for another go and see if it strikes me the same way or not.

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Photo of sweatervest27
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a clear black ruby, with moderate tan head.
S: It smelled like dry milk chocolate and oranges, with some earthy roasted coffee and copper hops.
T: It tasted like creamy milk chocolate and sweet oranges, with some coffee and copper. It had a very clean, bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was watery with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a very nice black IPA, almost bordering porter with more prominent roast character. Still very nice scent and taste, with ok body. Finish was so smooth it was tough not to chug. Not the best of the style, but very enjoyable and session-able.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a clear deep brown almost black with two fingers of mocha colored fine bubbled and silky textured head that lingers nicely and leaves a ton of creamy lacing on the glass
S: very nice floral hop notes and also deep caramel malts and roasted malts really even it out
T: hmm, begins with the nice malt character and then moves into the nice citrus hop notes which linger and become more floral on the palate long after the initial sip
M: smooth, gentle carbonation that is a bit brisk, leaves the mouth every so slightly dry but very nice
O: typically im not big on black IPAs but this one was positively fantastic, so well balanced and just wonderfully drinkable, well done!

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of McNealc31
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is, indeed, black. The nose is mostly citrusy hops. Thankfully, the roasted
characteristics come through in the taste and the finish. It's almost like both the roast and the hops get their own part of the show in the finish. Flavor is full of roasted malt, some sweet caramel, and more citrus and pine hops.

Tasty, but the hops are definitely more powerful than the "black". Not particularly complex.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,430 ratings