Back In Black | 21st Amendment Brewery

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3.7/5
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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:
#31,661
Reviews:
730
Ratings:
2,448
pDev:
13.24%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the can into a nonic glass.

A-Pours a very dark brown with ruby undertones and three-finger frothy latte colored head that leaves incredible sticky lacing.

S- Piney and citrus hops, woody aroma, and roasted malt

T-Not a strong hop bitterness, but it is there and complements the roasted malt flavor well. Taste is of piney hop, roasted malt, and some woodiness but I am not picking up on much more. Kind of a strange aftertaste

M- A little watery on the finish, but otherwise a fairly smooth beer.

O- This is not a bad beer, but nothing really popped for me with this one. I tasted a woodlike or sawdust kind of flavor and aroma that was a little unique and overall it is a solid beer with balance.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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

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3/5  rDev -18.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bauermj for this one. Jet black in color with a slight white head. The aroma and flavor are full of sweet pine. The beer finishes with a moderate amount of bitterness. It has a mild body and lots of carbonation. The beer has very clean, crisp flavors. A great cascadian ale.

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Photo of Proclarush
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of joemochas
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of derkfromwi
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Jet black color, thick and frothy light khaki head, good carbonation and lacing

S: Hops and dark malts, nicely balanced

T: A little different than other black ales to me, some bitter hops and dark malts, a little more hops than malts

M: Smooth, decent carbonation, medium bodied

O: Above average Black IPA

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with an enjoy by date of 12/9/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark pour with enough sunlight penetrating to show a crimson hue at the bottom of the glass and a little along the sides. Thin, to medium off white head. Lacing is superb!
Smell - milk chocolate, sweet caramel and if I really search, a hint of herb. Not enough hops for the style.
Taste - missed the mark as a black IPA, as the hops are subtle at best; but actually works as an American Stout.
Feel - medium to full body with some lingering bitterness, but more so coffee and chocolate bitter, as opposed to hops.
Overall - market this as a stout, and I believe it works better; lacks characteristics to truly qualify as a black IPA, IMO. Gave this a 4, as I love the fact this is in a can!

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4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Back in Black pours a deep brown color with two fingers of mocha head. The aroma is excellent, it's got a big amount of piney hops over roasted malts. The taste follows the nose, striking the formula for a black IPA right on the nose. Piney hops, roasty malts, that's all you need. The mouthfeel is lighter and well-carbonated, and the drinkability is great. It's not particularly jaw-dropping, but a perfectly tasty beer. It gets the balance just right.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jimmys
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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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4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Back In Black from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 2,448 ratings