Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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83
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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:
2,395
Reviews:
711
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
54
Gots:
395
For Trade:
0
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dr. pepper color from the can is black in the vessel with little to no head. Some agitation formed a spongy, khaki head that was short lived.

S: The aroma was boozy scotch-pine moderate in strength.

T: The flavor was oily coffee roast, citrus and pine. Some boozy scotch alcohol. Think scotch and cold coffee. Decent level of bitterness, oily hops with a wet smooth roast kiss on the finish. If I didn’t know better this tastes almost bal-aged.

M: oily coffee roast, malty body with some sotchy booziness lingering about. Good carbonation detection.

O: Overall the alcohol seems to both contribute some uniqueness while distracts at times. Strong scotch alcohol notes, good level of bitterness and a wet, oily coffee roast backing makes for a good pairing. Big alcohol flavor though may limit drinkability taking a back seat for multiples.

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Photo of nannotwo
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of lccrunchy
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of beergoot
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark mahogany brown with ruby tones. The head was bone-colored and thick. It left some nice lacing down my pint glass.

Relatively mild hop aroma with some rich, earthy malt notes.

Light, roasted malts and very faint chocolate tones in the taste with some bite in the bitterness (from the grains?). Bright on the tongue (perhaps from the alcohol).

Liked this one very much overall. Not a standout classic IPA example (it's lacking somewhat in the aroma hops), but taking in the fact this is a black IPA, it fits the black ale profile quite well.

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Photo of mattyrubes
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of allouez86
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of cwj14
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kizyle
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of HopDr
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a can into a mason jar.

A- It's dark. Black. Not much else to say, it has a small pale brown head.

S- It's nice, floral citrus hops with just a small touch of dark malt sweetness.

T/M- Moderate hop flavor and bitterness, although it could use more of either or both to really define it more I think. The malt also is kind of faint in the flavor and the feel is pretty thin with low-moderate carbonation. The malt flavor that you do get has a touch of roastyness to it but it faint.

O- I did enjoy drinking this, it was certainly a nice change and a style I have only had a couple times. I think I have a bit of the problem of expecting an aroma, taste and mouthfeel from what I see, but then getting something completely different. Nice for a bit of a change from the ubiquitous American IPAs I drink too many of these days, I probably will try it again.

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Photo of towlea25
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jmarklan
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a thin black that shines red when held up to the light. Very dense head, excellent retention and lacing.

S: Grapefruit and slight pineapple from the hops are well balanced by cocoa malts.

T: Very slight citric hoppiness up front leads into roasty but mellow dark malts, chocolate and grain. Slight hop bitterness in the finish. Neither the hops or the malts assert themselves very much at all.

M: Very smooth, not very much carbonation. Light/ medium body, slightly watery.

Overall: Not nearly as hop-forward as a black ale should be. It seems more like a watered down version of a russian imperial stout. Not a bad brew but not one i would try again.

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Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cellach
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a stemless red wine glass. It is actually very nearly black, and completely opaque. The head is just off-white and not particularly emphatic. The nose is fascinating, with dark chocolate and roasted coffee working around bright citrus, pine resin, pleasant grassiness, and some tropical fruit. The palate shows more of the same, with the malts becoming more assertive. The layers of hop aromatics play a supporting role to the malty coffee, tobacco, and bitter dark chocolate, which is... interesting.

If a weird, though well-done, love child between an American IPA and an Imperial Stout sounds interesting to you, give this one a try. Prepare for some stylistic confusion. Overall, though, from what I understand the producer was going for, this is a well-balanced and compelling black IPA.

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Photo of Sargully
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned On: 11/11/11

Very dark, opaque brown with a big, fat head of off-white foam that slowly deflates to a lumpy covering. Sticky rings of lace. Bright hoppy aroma over a nutty, cocoa malt base. Sticky pine and fruit with some caramel, sweet coffee, and brown sugar. A bit roastier in the mouth with chocolate malt giving way to a hefty dose of grapefruit and lemon. Medium bodied and dry, yet pretty slick and smooth with a lingering bitterness. This will find its way back to my fridge for sure...

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Photo of keanex
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce can, not freshness date. Poured into a shaker glass.

A: Looks fantastic only the slightest bit of garnet shines through the light, other than that it's opaque. Near 2 finger foamy thick, rocky looking head. It looks a lot like a stout actually.

S: Light pine or citrus hop notes with some other faint hints I can't pick up. Light roasted malt notes make an appearance too.

T: Slight roasty bitterness, a tad earthy. It's easy to drink, but it's not what I was expecting, more like a light coffee stout really. Not what I was expecting really, especially not when labeled as an IPA, not enough hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with some light sharp carbonation.

O: This is not what I was expecting, not enough hop presence here. I like it, but it doesn't seem to match the style.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Docer
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (3.5)
- Nice rather dark brown/black brew.. certainly some yeast sediment floating around visibly in it. Off-white foamy head down to a spotty ring and thin blanket on top.

Smell: (3.5)
- Light roasty sweet grainy brew. Little coffee, but more bitter husky grainy notes. Light bitter grassy and herbal hops. Enough sweetness to really balance things out.

Taste: (3.5)
- Kinda close to a sweet stout really.. but has a little more hop kick. Sweet grainy dark malts, light roasted coffee, some cocoa, and earthy bitter hops. Little zingy grain touch. Not bad.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- Overall a medium bodied creamy smooth Black IPA. Little dry, just a touch chewy, and a tad chalky. It's a solid feel.

Overall: (3.5)
- A good dark brew.. but doesn't flirt with the IPA style enough for me. It could almost pass as an American sweet stout. Certainly smooth and balanced, and reassures my opinion of this being my favored beer from the brewer. Worth having a few cans kicking around.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,395 ratings.
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