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
Ranking:
#29,648
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
2,428
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark chocolate, but it black in the glass. Puts up a modest, thin, creamy manila head that leaves a fine coating of lace.

Has an aroma of light pine with some tea. Orange comes out with warmth.

From the hops, one can perceive pine tar bitterness in equal balance with roasted malt chocolate, all rather subtle. The finish returns after a moment to become much more prevalent with bitterness and a hint of tartness.

The body is medium to full with greater alcohol than expected. Carbonation is prickly and there is an oily texture and drying finish.

Enjoyed from a Dogfish Head snifter with salty snacks. This would be a fine beer for casual conversation as it is much more subdued than other examples of this style.

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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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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ryan011235
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter on 7/21/10

Dark scorched brown settles black. The head is just shy of two fingers & rather billowy. It drops in a modest amount of time with nice swaths of lace left behind. Ok retention, hardly any lace.

Smells like a hoppy Porter to me. Roasted notes abound - dark malts & hint of coffee. Maybe a spot of baker's chocolate. The roastiness is the focal point, intentional or not. Still, the hop profile seems decent. Piney with some citric aromas, grapefruit & lemon zest.

Hmm, the aroma set the stage for the taste. Hoppy Porter, indeed. Moderate hop bitterness upfront. Muddled citrus & pine give way to plentiful dry, roasted flavors. Quite similar to the nose - dark malts, coffee. Maybe not the chocolate. Not bad, but kind of messy, overall.

Rather full bodied. Moderate carbonation; close to spot on. Slightly resinous with a mild grittiness. Roasted residuals. Standard fare.

Seems more like a hoppy porter than a Cascadian Dark Ale. It's definitely a hoppy Porter, though it's pretty decent. Nothing spectacular though. I'll just stick with Edmund Fitzgerald.

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of goblue3509
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a black cola like color with a tan two finger head which gives way to some okay lace. The aroma is of coffee and chocolate with a very faint whiff of hops. The taste is of a coffee and chocolate malt, there is a very slight earthy hop bite which is only at the very end. The mouthfeel is creamy and moderately carbonated. The drinkability is okay the taste and aroma is a little flat and leaves you wanting more flavor.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is my second foray into the world of 21st Ammendment beers. I was excited to try this one in addition to the regular IPA these guys offer.

Looks great. Large, stark white head with plenty of lacing. Opaque, purplr chocolate in color with some dark chocolate highlights.

Aroma was okay. I definitely got some citrus type hops with a little bit of pine too. I didnt, however, get much of the roastiness that should be there, seeing as this is a black IPA.

Flavor was a bit off. A bit of sourness with a large metallic presence. The hop bitterness shines through but doesnt do much in the way of adding value to the beer.

The beer, although topped with a large head, was flat and dry and watery and very unremarkable on the tongue. The mouthfeel was the worst thing about the beer and was the final turn-off for me.

Wasnt please with this one. It looked great in the glass but fell apart upon tasting. Both of the 21st Ammendment beers were big misses for me.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz can...

A- Pours a deep dark brown almost black color. When held to the light there was some light reddish hues. Two finger brown head shows good retention. Long streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Grapefruit aroma in the front with a big roasted malt scent as well. Light toffee in the middle with the grapefruit aroma starting to die down. Light coffee in the background with piney hops that take hold in the final part of the nose.

T- Roasted malts in the front with citrus hops blasting right next to the roasted malts. Middle of the beer is lighter for a second with a hint of toffee. Backend of the beer has a strong black coffee flavor that has piney hops keep it in line for balance. Alcohol does show up in the ending but nothing overpowering.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Roasted malts and light citrus hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, piney bitter hops, and roasted malts with hints of coffee. Flavors for the style for me were actually well balanced. No off flavors in this beer...rad. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

O- Overall this beer drinks well. I was more than happy with it. The alcohol after a little while might take a zapping out of my palate so I would take it easy on this. Flavors seemed to be balanced overall more so than other Black IPA's I have had.

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

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a standard pint.

A: Very dark brown. Pretty hefty carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, frothy, brown-white head. Deteriorates slowly and unevenly, leaving a full blanket of foam on the surface. Nice beer ring lacing.

S: Grainy and earthy tone. Cardboard and rye bread.

T: Pungent grainy tone, a little unsweetened chocolate, and black licorice.

M: Light, but full flavored. Mouth puckering pungency with something of a synthetic sweetness lingers throughout.

D: Not much resistance, but something of a malingering aftertaste.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice body, good head, and some decent lacing. Nose is earthy and pungent. Taste follows suit with a grainy, pungent tone. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of bum732
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,428 ratings
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