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Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

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
Reviews:
704
Ratings:
2,344
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
24.18%
 
 
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Photo of Flounder57
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried thsi at a bar a few weeks ago and bought a six pack of cans to try at home since I enjoyed the draft. The beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer is a dark black/brown color with a one finger off white head that has reduced to a thin layer and has left some lacing on the glass. There is medium carbonation when I put the beer up to the light to see the tiny little bubbles.

Smell: roasted sweet malts, roasted coffee, and slight citrusy hop aromas.

Taste: hoppy, slight maltiness, and a little bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: a little chewy, medium bodied, slightly creamy, and smooth.

Overall: This is a decent black hop IPA. I would buy this one agian, but I enjoyed it more when it was on tap.

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Photo of bum732
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

S: Lots of pine and roastiness.

L: Dark brown, nearing black. Light tan creamy head that dissipates. Great lacing.

T: Bready malt with some roastiness. Medium bitterness, some bleach notes detected. Finishes quite sweet with some dark chocolate. Semi-sweet finish.

M: Smooth, creamy medium full body, medium carbonation.

Interesting, not sure i like the hop combo in this beer, doesn't work with the roast. Great body though.

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Photo of titosupertramp
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to muck4 for bringing this back from a recent road trip.

A: Pours a cola brown/black out of the can. Thick two fingers of tan head which leaves moderate lacing around all sides of the glass. Thick rim of film around the edges.

S: More subdued than I would expect. Mostly roasted, chocolate malts out in front with the citrus hops playing the supporting role.

T: Has a nice taste to it. Semi-sweet chocolate, coffee and somewhat of a burnt flavor. Citrusy hops come in nicely towards the end providing balance and a bitter finish.

M: Solid mouthfeel. Rich and creamy with a dry finish.

O: This isn't the best American Black Ale that I've ever had, but it's pretty good. I would encourage anyone who is a fan of the style to pick this up and give it a shot.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty beer but very average overall. Will not buy again.

Medium brown color, big, persistent pale tan head.

Hints of malt, but mostly unattractive bitterness, with hints of unripe pine. Long, piney finish with distinct chemical and asphalt notes.

Feels pretty good. Slightly rich, tastes unfiltered.

Nope.

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Photo of DIM
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: This was pretty far short of black, more of a dark, reddish brown color. It poured with a thick, craggy, and super-sticky head.

s: Kind of an odd nose, but it works well enough. I found some gentle, porter like roast and healthy dose of citrus.

t: Here again, an odd juxtaposition of flavors the works, but I can't say I loved it. I tasted roasty, chalky, porter like cocoa up front. The finish wasn't all that bitter, but the pine/citrus flavors came through.

m: Despite, or possibly because of, the robust head thses feel kind of lifeless and watery.

d: These aren't bad, but I won't in a hurry to buy more without freshness dates.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An almost opaque black with some light making it through around the edge of the glass. Nice finger of rocky head that holds well through the drink while moderate amount of lacing is noticeable around the glass.

S- Roasted malt and barley come through heavily with a slightly piney hop sensation not coming through until the middle. The roasted malt and slight hints of coffee return to finish out the smell.

T- As in the smell, the taste of the beer leans hard on to the roasted malt side, and a little too much in my opinion. A hop presence is noticeable towards the middle of the beer as a grassy bitter flavor comes forward, but it does not shine through enough. Beer finishes into the roasted barley and slightly bitter coffee aftertaste.

M- Medium mouthfeel with nice carbonation.

D- Nothing too special here. Certainly not a bad beer, but I have had better black I.P.A.'s and if I am in the mood for an I.P.A. I think I would reach for something else.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can (weird) into DFH signature glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost jet black color with a nice frothy, two finger thick, khaki colored head that leaves nice lacing down the side of the glass.

S: The nose has hops presence with slight citrus and roasted hints as well.

T: The taste is a little disappointing, the hops are faint and there is a lot of sweet malt flavor, almost too much. There is a bit of a "sour" flavor/feel to it that lingers and the finish is uneventful.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation leaves a tingling sensation and there is a slight sour feel to it.

D: I wish I really liked this beer since I am being a big fan of the Black IPA style, but this just didn't live up to my standards or any of the other BIPA's that I had. It's a pretty decent beer but not something I would go out of my way for.

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Photo of IllNate
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with dark amber highlights, generous light tan head, great retention. Generous hopping in the nose, citrus, with resin and pine, with some dark roasted malt in the backseat. Taste follows with malts moving taking a step towards the front seat. Hops are still mainly citrus, resin and pine. Mouthfeel is a bit harsh, but nice bitterness. Overall a fine cascadian dark ale, but not my favorite exable of the style.

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Photo of dchester
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coffee-colored translucent dk. brown. Finger sized beige head thins out pretty quickly. Smell is of caramel maltiness and piney hops. Taste is much the same with the piney hops lingering after the initial malt taste. Overall this is a nice beer, very refreshing, but a bit too thin for what I was expecting. It lacked the umph I was looking for.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is piney hops, mild grain sweetness and a hint of dark malts. The flavor is citrus hops, dark malts and some fruit/tartness/acidity in the finish.

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Photo of codfeast
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

can to pint.

A: Very dark brown, thick fluffy 1" tan head.

S: Malt, toffee, caramel, slight floral hops.

T: Sweet malt quickly replaced by a heavily toasted malt, coffee taste. a lingering bitter, burnt finish.

M: Nice carbination, oily, creamy feel.

O: It's not that I dislike it just has to much of the toasted (burnt) taste for me. Not something I would buy at the store, would give it another go on draft however.

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Photo of mpedara429
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark in color, hence why they call it a "black" IPA. Somehow, it actually seemed a little bit lighter and browner than most other black IPAs. A very thin layer of head formed after pouring that was light brown in color. A very small amount of lacing stuck to the glass and was consistent the whole way through.

S: Very sweet and malty. There is a hint of citrus and piney hops too. It smells very much like a homebrew wort.

T: A strong reflection of its smell. It is very malty with a hoppy finish. The IPA part of the beer is really struggling to show itself. The malt portion has got a burnished/roasty taste to it.

M: Medium/Low carbonation over a medium body. Goes down pretty clean with little aftertaste.

O: I was happy to try this as black IPAs seem to be a bit hard to find in my area. This one had a very prominent malt taste to it. Overall, it was good, but average in every aspect. This would be good as a beginners black IPA.

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malty and hoppy, near black body with creamy. silky beige head. Nice dark roast grain flavor comes through to accent the hops, elements of burnt toast, wood. Hops add more bitterness to the roast flavor, but still smooth on the finish. Some lingering bitterness on the palate.

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Photo of bashiba
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown with a creamy brown head, surprisingly clear and brown for something with black in the name. Nice retention and lacing.

The smell is mild with a bit of dark chocolate and green hops.

The flavor is very malt forward with sweet chocolate notes mixing in with some light blackened burnt malts and a hint of smoke, the hops show up in the finish with a bit of piney bitterness mixing in with the black malty sweetness along with a touch of astringency.

The mouthfeel is chewy and resiny with a touch of dryness and a powdery finish.

A decent black IPA, a little maltier than I would like and needs more dry hopping, but still worth picking up.

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Photo of magnj
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Very deep brown body with hints of Ruby, clear when held up to the light, but barely. Off white head leaves little lacing and drops quickly to a thin covering.

S - Roasted Barley and somewhat sweet as well as some piney hops but it's all well balanced.

T - Decent hop bite up front complimented by the roasted grains. It balances out with a sweet malty body, ending with caramel and earthy hop flavor.

m/d - Full sticky body. Drinkable, not sure I love it although I'm not sure if it's the style or the interpretation.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

L - black with a beige colored head that thinned to a ring but still left a sheet of lacing.

S - more of a roasted malt aroma than hops, the hops were there but they were faint.

T - following the nose the taste is also that of roasted malt and coffee beans with light bittering on the finish.

F - light/medium bodied with a slick feel.

D - it was ok but I'm glad I only got a single.

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Photo of BenjieK
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown, decent head, black highlights. Left some lacing.

S: Dark bread, coffee, light smell of hops. Not bad.

T: The taste was a let down for me. Have been drinking some great local ABAs. This was lackluster, with not so intense coffee and hops nots, but more sweetness.

M: Kind of light but well carbonated and refreshing.

D: Could definately drink a few of these under the right circumstances.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hoegaarden Glass
A ~ Pours dark brown (Dr. pepper) w/ a Khaki colored head collapsing into a spitty looking cap. Reminds me of a darker Dogzilla, which is not a good thing. Decent lace.

S ~ Pleasant citrus notes & a little cocoa. No roast notes that I come to expect w/ Black IPAs, but it is an informal style so what the hell. It still smells pretty decent. Light astringency.

T ~ Citrus follows through with weak coffee & caramel close behind. Faint mango. Citrus zest on the finish w/ a touch of semi-sweet chocolate. Bit of sweet baked goods. (Cinnamon Rolls)

M ~ Floral on the palette, but Heat is prevalent & that detracts a lot considering the ABV is not necessarily high. Needs more carbonation.

D ~ Was very very very happy to try this (a want for a long while) but to me it is more of a Hoppy brown ale than a black IPA. The roast just isn't very strong. I'm left wanting more in the end, it's very ho-hum. Thanks for the opportunity Crabbicus!

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Photo of Scrapss
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip at cellar temps.

A: Black, pitch black. Nice rocky head dissipates ultimately to a 1 mm solid disk. No lacing to speak of, wispy at best.

S: Weakly malty with a hint of hops. Neutral yeast indicators, not pronounced. Mild.

T: A kiss of hops up front, slightly bitter and very mild. The malt is definitely roasty and good. Just wish the hops were a little more pronounced. This reminds me of a slightly hoppier Schwarzbier, too. Lemony finish so there's some hops doing something kinda back-sliding in at the finish.

M: Thin. Very poundable and dangerous given the ABV. Light on the palate. Chocolatey finish. Like bitter, ephemeral chocolates.

O: I like it for what it is, a very smooth, quaffable brew that is kind of true to the style, which I consider an ANTI IPA style. Like "hey, we're calling this IPA but really is a hoppy Schwarz". Regardless I like it.

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Photo of brystmar
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is black with an average amount of off-white head. Nice lacing on my glass. Nose has piney hops, but not the awesomely fresh hops I've become accustomed to as of late.

Pretty straightforward taste: hops linger over a roasted malt backbone. Lags noticeably behind its peers in both execution and complexity. Not a bad beer, but there are many better Black IPAs on the market today.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice thick tan head that clings as it dissipates; color is dark brown, no reddish hues.

Smell is very light malt flavors, hints of chocalate and coffee but very feint, slight hints of citrusy piney hops but it faded.

Taste somewhat subdued, just slight hints of chocalate malt compared to an ipa, bitterness comes on but fades, notes of citrus and pine. Somewhat dry finish, with hints of caramel and chocolate malt.

Mouthfeel is slightly strong on the tongue upfront but a very dry finish, with only a slight bittersweet lingering flavor.

Overall, it could use a punch of bitterness or a touch more malt flavor, a somewhat mild rendition of this style.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep dark cola, with a tan head that lingers, lacing the glass as I drink.

The nose is... difficult to pin down. There's some round maltiness to it, and maaaaybe a hint of hops, but I'm not getting much I can put my finger on.

It tastes better than it smells, but it's not blowing me away. There's an almost creamy caramel/biscuity malt backbone to it topped off with some nice floral hops, and a little bit of citrus on the finish. Decent, but not spectacular.

Carbonation seems appropriate, and it goes down smoothe enough. A decent brew, I'd definitely drink it again if offered, but not one you need to go out of you way to find right away.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess I was hoping for something else. Something hoppier, a little floral (this has none at all). I did NOT want something that was just a ton of roast flavor, and that's all this is. They should have hidden the roast in a bunch of hops, and more malts. They could have hidden a bunch of ABV.

The roastiness is good, but the rest of the taste is mild, and wildly over powered by the roast. Maybe I can save some for company I don't like.

Oh, I forgot to mention that it is very cool looking for whatever it is. And it has a terrific aftertaste. It's different, and well crafted.

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Photo of jampics2
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can into my Founders pint glass. Looks OK, nice black color with a three finger head that eventually fades to a film, leaving a nice bit of lace.

Smell is caramel malt, a touch of roast, mild hoppiness, and a sweet overall impression. Specific noted scents include chocolate covered oranges, coffee, cola and a touch of pine. Not enough strength going on here, just a lot of numbers.

Taste is decent and then some. But nothing out of this world. Nice dark malt characteristic gives roasty coffee and some sweet caramel too. Hoppiness is piney and just a touch citric. Not too flavorful, but it's on the right track. I'd just like to see a bit more focus and intensity. Finishes bitter w/ the roasty malt taking over.

Mouthfeel is nice, decent light refreshing body and nice lower carb gives a slightly creamy feel. Drinkable but just lacking that bit of personality I'd like to see. This was good, but a bit amateurish IMO.

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Photo of bobsy
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown pour with a finger of tan head that shows good retention and lace. Expected combo of coffee roast and grapefruit materialises in both the aroma and the flavour. Some bittersweet chocolate too, as well as a slight lactic sourness, which I'm not sure is from the roast or a problem in the beer (the hops still bring a good bitterness so it should be fresh). Medium body and carbonation.

Cheers Shawn!

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.
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