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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Photo of BrewTunes
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. can into glass.

Look: Dark reddish brown. Thick foamy tan head, settled to about a third of an inch a few minutes after pour.
Smell: Like an IPA! Strong floral and piney hops with heavy roasted maltiness. Hint of citrus too.
Taste: Malts very forward in the taste, some coffee notes too. Hops are less aggressive than in the smell, but balance nicely with the malts to bring a balanced finish. Decently bitter with slight sweetness.
Feel: Pretty standard. Slightly thicker than some IPA's, and smooth overall. Good carbonation.
Overall: Good malty IPA. Definitely a solid winter time brew after all of the lighter summer IPA's. Solid choice with good flavor and tasty roasted malts. Looks pretty cool too!

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Photo of DuncanBishop24
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mklmcgrew
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of VoxRationis
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a conical pint glass; no uncoded production information.
A: Pours an mahogany brown to black with a foamy, 3/4 inch, tan head with moderate retention and solid, complex lacing.
S: Floral initially with roasted malts predominating.
T: Interesting combination of citrus, pine and black coffee. Nicely balanced with bittering hops causing a clean, refreshing finish.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Full, rich mouthfeel.
O: Enjoyable. More on the IPA side of a black IPA than most. Interesting.

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Photo of kitekid
4.4/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pour. Opaque black with a foamy tan head that hangs around awhile.
faint malts on the nose. Not particularly aromatic.
Crisp, slightly sweet with a hint of citrus and pine. Definitely get roasted malts, but the flavors are really well balanced. Finishes with a mild citrus bite.
I like this beer ... a lot! Certainly my favorite from 21st.
6.8% ABV, 65 IBU

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Photo of GaryColeman
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nightmare1972
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeWard
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a tall glass. NO freshness dating that could be understood.

Looks very nice, blackish brown with a solid oatmeal colored head leaving very good lacing.

Roasted malt and a faint hop hit on the nose.

The malts aren't overly roasted, which I appreciate. The hops are quite muted. I wonder if this particular can is a bit on the old side. Having said that, it's a nice balance for this particular palate.

Mouth is just a bit below medium, slightly creamy and roasted on the finish.

Overall, and I go back and forth on Black Ales, this one was okay in my book. I see other reviews have lauded the roastiness, which makes me think this might be an older can. But I'm okay with that, as burnt malts are a turn off for this chap.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours dark chestnut brown with a frothy tan head that settles to a firm layer that hangs around and leaves some nice lacing.

S: Roasted malt comes out swinging, coffee, earthy, a little chocolate, followed with resinous pine, citrus rind, faint floral notes, and a touch of burnt sugar.

T: Lots of dark roast malt, burnt toast, and a touch of smoke, earthy, chocolate, and coffee, opens up to the hoppy side of pine with citrus undertones of grapefruit and lemon, mild peppery spice and floral notes, and a touch of burnt sugar sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly creamy.

O: They definitely opted to give this one a fair bit of dark malt flavor, not just color. I dig it.

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

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

Photo of lost_sailor
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mltobin
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of skepticnibble
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into wide mouth pint glass. 6pk of cans was $9.50 at Wegmans in Northern VA.

L: Dark brown, nearly black with thick foamy head that dissipates quickly and laces nicely.
S: Roasty espresso with notes of wood and black licorice. Muted hops.
MF: Light, creamy, with moderate bitterness and nice peppery bite.
T: Roasted coffee and pine, with bitter hop finish. Reminiscence of big imperial stout but lighter and more bitter.

Overall, a well executed dark IPA. If you like IPAs and stouts, you'll like this one too.

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice black color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated a nice pace and ends up leaving a decent amount of foamy lacing sticking to the sides of the glass. The smell was roasty yet bitter and had a nice coffee/almost slight chocolate trying to come out through some nice citrus hoppiness. The taste was basically bitter and roasty with a nice allocation of bitter coffee-ness coming through. I didn’t get any aftertaste but there is a decent somewhat bitter dry finish. On the palate, it sat about a light to medium on the body as it tried to show a decent sessionable quality about it. The carbonation is good for the style and for me as it shows a decent harshness but nothing overbearing. Overall, in my opinion, I say this is a good American Black Ale, well worthy of having again.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can into oversized wine glass.

Look: Dark brown with a big, fluffy head that lingers.

Smell: slightly smoky, dark malts. Earthy hops.

Taste: Roasted malt. Very slight smokiness. Balanced in the finish with an earthy and slightly citric bitterness. Bitterness from roasted malt and hops lingers on the palate.

Feel: A bit chewy. There's substance and body, which is lightened a little by very tight carbonation.

Overall: A nice middle ground between an IPA and a porter/stout.

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Photo of Moestavern
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Poured from a can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Dark, dark brown pour... nearly black with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Falls quickly with nice lacing.

S: Roasted grains and a bit of char. Pine and coffee.

T/F: Lots of roast character. Grains and espresso... evergreen/pine hop flavors. A bit of pepper and spice. Medium bodied... well carbonated. Finish is bitter roast mingled with hops.

O: Overall a well done black IPA. Not at the top of the heap but certainly well above average. If you enjoy bitter beers then this one will probably hit the spot.

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Photo of G_Shoe
3.87/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can was 4+ months old. Poured into pint glass. It pours a dark ruby color with a fluffy, khaki-colored head and extensive lacing. The smell was subdued: mostly roasted malt with a faint whiff of caramel. The taste includes roasted malt, char, burnt coffee grounds, some bakers chocolate, and piny, resinous hops. On the whole, it is quite bitter, perhaps due to the age of the can. I'm not getting any sweetness at all. It is medium-bodied with a pleasant creaminess and carbonation, and its 6.8% ABV gives it some substance but isn't overwhelming. Overall, this is a pleasant Black Ale but offers no special attributes. It isn't in the same discussion as Wookey Jack, Dubhe or my personal favorite, Carton's Epitome.

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Photo of dogswoofing
4.89/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of my current favorites. Perfect any time of the day. Coffee notes, hoppy, malty. So well balanced. I wish it was a tiny bit thicker but that's just me. Another amazing beer by 21st Amendment.

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Photo of kinmundy77
4.44/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,461 ratings