Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Duckworths, served in a pint glass

The beer is nearly black, more of a deep, deep brown with ruby highlights. There is a creamy tan colored head that sticks around seemingly forever, leaving a thin crown that lasts for the remainder of the beer. As the beer is consumed there is an impressive amount of lacing coating the glass.

The aroma is comprised mainly of citrusy, and to a lesser degree, piney hops. Just a huge hoppy nose fitting of any IPA. Once you get past the hops you will find hints of sweet and roasty dark malts.

The taste is a bit more balanced than the nose. A fair amount of citrusy hops mingle with caramel and chocolate notes up front. There is just a bit more bitterness in the finish than I would like to see. Medium bodied and well carbonated, the beer is fairly drinkable.

Overall, this is a decent beer. Not the best example of the style that I have encountered, but certainly not the worst.

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

On tap into a pint glass

A: Deep black, small off white head. Decent lace.

S: Initially I get a really fresh hop note but that gives way to some darker characteristics (smoke, chocolate).

T: I am glad this is listed here as a black ale instead of an IPA. The hop from the aroma is nearly non existent in the taste. The flavors are still good but not as punchy as I would have wanted from a brew labeled as a "Black IPA". This is a bit like Guinness' evil cousin. Good.

M: Thin but I think that this helps with the drinkability factor.

D: Worth a shot. I would be happy to drink again but certainly wouldn't seek out fervently.

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Poured from a can into a pint glass

Appearance-Poured black with a creamy tan two finger head. Has decent head retention but really nice lacing.

Smell-Get sweet white chocolate wrapped around a thin layer of citrus hops. Defiantly appealing to me.

Taste-Roasted chocolate taste. No hops really coming through. Has a refreshing taste to it but seems to be watered down. The after taste especially is disappointing leaving really no flavor on the palate. Does not really go with the aroma which I enjoyed alot.

Mouthfeel-Modestly carbonated and a little too thin. Not to viscous at all being a black ipa. To thin and watery for me.

Overall-First impressions with the appearance and smell were very good but mouthfeel and taste disappoint. A good beer that has the potential to be great...

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