Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.7/5
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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:
#29,418
Reviews:
735
Ratings:
2,465
pDev:
13.24%
 
 
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Photo of KTCamm
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/20/18...pours very dark brown, fast fizzy brown foam that settles down. Roasted malt nose. Some chocolate. Oily pine coffee taste. Milk chocolate beneath the bitter. Creamy mouthfeel . Tasty.

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Photo of generalraider
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTBrewer
3.39/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bobstockwell
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Driftpunx
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of edthehead
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bella1956
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a very average to below average black ipa. For some reason I find most of 21st's beer to have a lot of flavor up front then seem to turn to water at the back end of the palate

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Photo of BrewMaven
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown brew with a persistent thin head that left good lace. I'm getting some roasted malts and tobacco on the nose. Taste has more roasted malt, a hint of resiny hops and a semi dry charr on the back end. Medium bodied with mild carbonation. Nice, semi sessionable take on the style. Cheers!

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

least favorite in the variety pack..but still drinkable

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Photo of ogman
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ledouge
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jbundang9
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stengelfoot
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobertJBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Shortbox81
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 1971bernat
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown color. The head is two fingers high and mocha in shade. Duration is excellent, and lacing left behind is plentiful.

This definitely offers a hoppy aroma - it's a pine-laden, slightly citrusy profile that fits the dark malts well. Said dark malts offer notes of brown sugar, chocolate, and faint roast. Together, the hops and malts combine to create an espresso vibe like a good black IPA should. There's little to complain about here, apart from the lack of general nuance that would have landed it an even higher score.

No surprises here: espresso (twinges of lemon peel and all) dominate the start and middle nicely. The citrusy lemon flavors build up on the finish, leaving a slightly bitter aftertaste. This does a good job of coming off like a black IPA instead of a hoppy porter. Hops generally dominate, but the dark malts aren't dinky or pathetic. Only thing is, the simplicity of the aroma also translated down to the taste buds. There isn't much beyond what was described. Decent cohesion and balance more than saves it from mediocrity.

It feels creamy on the palate, but it's also a dry beer - the best of both worlds. Of course, it also has a decent body, and that tends to slow the speed at which this can be consumed. Carbonation is subtle, never overpowering the medium-thick texture.

This is kind of like a poor man's Wookey Jack (remember that one?) in that it doesn't taste like a hoppier-than-average porter, but an IPA with darker malts. It's a bit one-note, but enjoyable the same. I'll come back to this one from time to time.

3.59/5: The most played out AC/DC reference in the business, but there's a decent beer inside

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Photo of ADKbeerguy
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ob512316
4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: black with tan head, with medium lacing.
Smell: pine, coffee, roasted barley.
Taste: Pine and floral notes. Then dark chocolate and roasted barley. The finish is the same as it started.
Feel: A little heavy due to the complex flavors.
Overall: great beer, probably the second or third Black IPA I have tried, need to try more

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Photo of Deets
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drtth
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The dark, reddish brown, liquid pours out into a nonic pint glass with a 1/2" light tan head. Leaving lots of thick rings of foam as the beer is consumed. Sipping creates some arches of leggy lacing and lots of small specks of lacing.

The aromas are filled with both pine and dark roasted malt that brings a bit of coffee.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the roasted malt up front and with the coffee and the piney hops in the background.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly crisp with the fine moderate carbonation. The moderately long finish begins as the roasted malt and coffee begin to fade, followed by the piney hops. The residual dry ending seems slightly burnt and dry.

On the whole this is a well made beer that I mostly have enjoyed. My major reservation is that the final dry ending seems more bitter from the slightly burnt character than from the hop bitterness. I'd also prefer a bit more citric character. So I'll probably not be buying more.

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Photo of travelguy
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cyclonece09
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a fluffy off white head. Smells of grapes and darker grain. Tastes of dark grain and light citrus. Beer is light bodied, good carbonation , easy drinking. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of Born_Beerknurd
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small > Taste

Well done for one of my favorite styles.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,465 ratings