Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Back In BlackBack In Black

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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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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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Photo of Ralphs66
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jak
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Leftofthedial
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of 1p5v
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of meich75
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of MaineMike
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bmoney
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of yeager31
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of photomike
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mikem0487
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of mylar
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of frenchblood21
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Light black with a tan head that quickly fades away.

Smell- Chocolate, orange zest and pine (in a good way)

Taste- Its absolutely an IPA, but Back in Black kicks it up a notch with the chocolate notes. I know its hoppy, but my brain says coffee stout too...I'm pleasantly confused.

Mouthfeel- A bit thin. I know IPAs aren't known for their ability to coat your mouth, but this one is especially thin.

Overall- Bottom line, this beer will not change your life, but for the price tag, you'd be an idiot not to grab a six.

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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2/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Chaney
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 10/25/11. Poured into a Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale tumbler.

A: Sure this was dark, but I got a hint of ruby around the edges when I held it up to a light source. Stupid saying of the month: "If the beer weren't black, I would be able to see right through it". The extremely dense head looked liked cappuccino whipped cream.

S: The pineapple flair is definitely strong with this one. Additionally, I got some dark malts as well. This was almost a black and tan with about 2/3 IPA, and the rest smoked porter.

T: This was very smooth and the IPA-ness that I got on the nose got lost to the roast. But that's okay by me though. This was almost sort of a weak "Storm King" or something in that vain - Strong malt core with fruity, hoppy characteristics.

M: The lacing on this one resembled melted and cooled marshmallow creme on top of hot chocolate. Highly drinkable, with slightly prickly carbonation, and only a touch of bitterness on the end.

O: I think the reason that the scores are so low on this one is due to it's malt heaviness as opposed to its puny hop zing. Lighten up peeps!

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of phideltashaggy
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pored from the can into a standard pint glass.

A-The body is opaque black, with a little bit of dark-brown along the edges when held up to light. There's a nice tan head that quickly dissipates but leaves some nice lacing along the glass.

S- Smells like a standard lighter IPA. Some citrus-hops notes.

T- The citrus hops isn't as noticeable in the taste, but it is there. More bitter taste than hops. The dark malts come through in the middle of the taste, then fade away as the aftertaste comes in with a clean bitter.

MF- Somewhat thin, but not in a bad way. But the carbonation feels fairly flat, not what I was expecting.

Overall, this is a nice beer that I would drink again, but I'm not going to seek it out.

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3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into tulip.

A: very very dark brown. im not calling this black. a lot of sediment is sitting on the bottom of my glass. looks like this puppy was can-conditioned. hoping for some better head retention/lacing.

S: aroma that melds citrical, fruity american hops with a definitive chocolate. the sweetness from the malt that surrounds the hoppy aroma is very pleasant.

T: a very bitter body on this brew. i would actually say this bitterness is more from the hops than the malt. a roasted bitterness makes its presence known more towards the end. finish is sweet and chocolate-y.

M: carbonation closer to the mellow side than average. medium body.

D: this is one of those styles that has both bodies and ABV's littered all over the spectrum. i like how this one is on the "lighter" side but still offers a flavorful palate. a good, drinkable ABA.

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Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.68 out of 5 based on 2,395 ratings.
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