Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

Back In BlackBack In Black
BA SCORE
3.7/5
2,414 Ratings
Back In BlackBack In Black
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:
#28,313
Reviews:
719
Ratings:
2,414
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
405
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 2,414 |  Reviews: 719
Photo of Wizzle32
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 ambruns1979
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 Act25
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Alstrom's, I always read them, but every now and then, they need to re-review a beer to do it justice. Back in Black is such a case, it's a delightful 4.0 beer.

A: Can poured into a .5l cylinder named Spaten. Results in dark walnut clear brew with large tan head, and tons of retention and lacing. A sticky cola like pour. A beauty.

S: aroma is nicely balanced between citrus, hoppy, leafy, and floral set against a malty base malt of dark caramel, chocolate and black bread.

T: Like it smells but better. Well balanced, slightly sweet, plenty hoppy, never over done. Definitely want another, definitely want to find a case.

Paired with garden tomatoes, cukes, peppers, mozz, with truffle oil and balsamic, multi grain toast points. - Perfect August dinner!

M: medium bodied, creamy with a zesty finale of carbonation and bitter on the tongue.

Overall: accessible. If you love porter and you enjoy hops, try this. Love the depth, sweetness, and originality. I don't feel this beer has lost it's way, it's just a "good herb" like its namesake home.

I 100% agree with the reviewer NeroFiddled (PA) who wrote:
"Rich and smooth, 21st Amendment packs the strength of an IPA (6.8% alc./vol.), all of the bitterness (65 IBU's), and quite a bit of hop flavor and aroma (65 IBU's) into one really nicely balanced, chocolatey/roasty ale."

When in SF, try visiting 21st Amendment!

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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 Shawner
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of garuda
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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Photo of hopkrid
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of ironchefmiyagi13
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of pagesofphotographs
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of TastyIsBeer
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gonzo000
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very good Black IPA that leans a bit toward a black lager. The look is a nice black color with a one finger head on the pour. The smell was grapefruit. The taste was less IPA like and more lager, but good none the less. Enjoyable smooth feel.

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Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of delta490
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark clear brown with a light tan head. The head has moderate retention but leaves some soapy lacing on the glass. The aroma is very roasted, much more reminiscent of a schwarzbier, with only a hint of hops. Its a nice aroma, but not very IPA-ish. The taste is equally close to a schwarzbier. Delicious, but not really an IPA. There's a nice feel to the body and it's nice a smooth. If this weren't billed as an IPA, I think it would get a much higher rating. It has a great flavor but it doesn't even closely resemble one.

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Photo of Gregwa
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ChrisMon02
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of grittybrews
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cola black into a Duvel tulip with two fingers of light tan head (excellent retention and some sticky lacing). Slightly sweet and roasty aroma of coffee, toast, and caramel with only a hint of hops.

Moderate carbonation and a full, creamy mouthfeel. Roasty chocolate and toast up front followed by creamy notes and some bitter lemon on the finish. Not my favorite example of the black IPA style, but still very nice. Light overall feel and quite refreshing, even if all the flavors don't quite gel together.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of BabaBeer
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,414 ratings
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