Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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:
2,398
Reviews:
714
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
13.32%
 
 
Wants:
55
Gots:
399
For Trade:
0
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Photo of SarahMackAttack
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Photo of gregdell1121
4.68/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of beer1018
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Appears black with a nice creamy head that takes forever to go away. It smells good, nothing offensive here. The taste is a nice balance between the hops and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is like a less creamy guiness which feels very nice. The alcohol is hidden well. I could drink a whole 6 pack easy and i rarely drink more then two. This will be a new staple for me and one of the better beers i have had this year.

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Photo of dtreindl
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly creamy smooth mouthfeel on this black IPA. Not too bitter. Nice roasted malt flavor is not overwhelmed by the hops. So well-balanced hops and malt, which I think is essential for a good black IPA. Easy drinking...I could drink several of these, despite the 6.8abv. Black IPAs seem to be trendy now and this example is a good one. I'll be drinking this long after any trend fades as long as 21st A is willing to brew it!

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Photo of slhuggy
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Warmonger371
4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with a firm undertone of citrus, mainly orange and a bit of grapefruit. Strong, hoppy flavor has smoky and nutty undertones and hints of chocolate and licorice. It fairly successfully marries most of the flavors I like in a stout or porter with the hoppy and citrus flavors I appreciate in an IPA. Maybe I should change my favorite sort of beer to black IPA. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy with a slight tinny undertone.

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Photo of EyeOfBuck
4.59/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- fitting of its name black with an inch half of creamy tan head poured in a frosty mug. Thin covering of head stays to the last drop.
Smell - definitely smell of hops, that did not translate into the taste
Taste- sweetness that is a bit uncharteristic of an IPA with 65 IBUs followed by a slightly bitter aftertaste that is welcome, but does not linger. It comes back to a roasted malt flavor that sticks with you. Alcohol is present, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel - carbonation is lasting across the full depth of the tongue. A bit syrupy and fitting for a heavier IPA that makes you want another.

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Photo of vdoz3
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

+1 for being named after a great song. A 32 oz growler in one night, all drank from a DFH pint glass (http://www.sudsgear.com/ProductImages/dogfish/DOGPT_dogfish-l.jpg)

A - Solid black body showing hints of reddish/brown borders at the edges. Head grows beautifully, before settling down and become sticky lacing trailing behind the level.

S - Hops. Tart, citrusy hops. There was also a slight metallic smell earlier on, but I've never noticed that before when I've had this beer before, willing to bet that was because I left it in the growler too long.

T - Citrus hops dominate, leaving a rich aftertaste, competing with the roasted malt aftertaste that creeps in.

M - Thick coating (willing to bet the roasted malt has something to do with this), and you can feel where the beer is hitting your tongue because the hops work at it instantly.

D - Amazing. I could drink this all night.

Up there with Stone's Sublimely Self Righteous (/11th Anniversary Ale), imho.

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Photo of Dikachu
4.56/5  rDev +23.9%

Photo of MurphyMacManus
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
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 DuffMan23
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of forstrom
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of MichaelPstout
4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Taste,Stands strong in the glass,lives up to it's name.

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Photo of dobmaster
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of jminch
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of ksiazewski
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Jordanbryan10
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of stampfler07
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of DaveEcenrode
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Austinmschauer
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of civicm87
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Jameswoody
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,398 ratings.
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