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RATINGS: 884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Back in Black is our newest year-round beer available now in six pack cans and on draft. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
birderbeerer (112) - Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Pours dark black with a four finger coffee head. Aroma is some piney hops with a big cloyingly sweet malt jolt. Interesting. Multiple tastes come through in phases. The malts overcome the hops with only a slight bitter sharp edge. Flavors resemble stout, brown ale, a low hop ipa, and even lager. Strange. The waves of flavor pass too quickly to hang on or enjoy them. Seems like it was brewed as a crap shoot beer. Throw a bunch of ingredients in and see how they interact.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2011
Draft at Grumpyís in Roseville. Pours a slightly murky and deep brown black with a tannish head. Nose is slightly citrusy and resiny hops and some rich roasty notes. Almost like there is chocolate malt in thise one. On taste, rich and creamy roast notes that are pretty well balanced by the fruity/citrusy hops. The roast kind of combats the other elements in the beer, but it is pretty decent overall. Pretty middle of the road and I wish it had a bit less sweetness and roast. Decent.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 30, 2011
DArk brown pour with a lingering tan head. Aroma is a bit of coffee and roast. Citrus hops, bittersweet chocolate and roast. Slightly astringent finish

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobbo16 (22) - Copley, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Nice Black IPA. Malt, as expected, hides the hops diminishing the overall IPA feel but this is not a regular IPA. I enjoyed a couple over appetizers of all sorts and it held it own with them all.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bobman006 (339) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Can. Near black with pretty persisting beige head. Aromas of toffee, coffee, pine, cocoa, lemon peel, cheese. Flavors of toffee, coffee, pine, lemon peel, grapefruit, cocoa. Malt forward. Slightly sweet finish. Medium-full body with foamy mouthfeel and moderate-strong carbonation. Too malt forward for an IPA. Didnít taste as brewery fresh as I thought it would be coming from the can. Maybe an oxidized, cheesy hop character in the background or something.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 28, 2011
Pours a super dark brown with a short lived tan head. Aroma lightly roasted malt and citrus hops. Flavor is nice and hoppy, with some citrus and nutty malt. Good stuff.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Roasted and hoppy, like a Christmas tree being slow roasted in a moist fire. Bringing together "black" and "IPA", I tell you folks, itís harder than it looks. Itís delicious but itís dirty - dirty deeds, done dirt cheap. This beer will always fill your ballroom, the event is never small. A few of these and I just want to lie down outside, looking at the sky cause itís getting me high. What else can I say? Iím thunderstruck.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lordeche (479) - Quincy, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 27, 2011
Pours dark brown with foamy head. Aroma of pithy citrus, slight nuttiness, and moderate roasted notes. Flavor is a bit one dimesnional, as neither the hop or dark malts seem fully developed. Slight sourness is also present. Seems like this one has treble and a little bass but no midrange, as lemon notes blend poorly with some somewhat bland roasted malts. I love the style, although this is a poor example IMHO.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2011
12 oz can, pours a dark leather w/ a frothy off-white head, aroma is slight Cascade and roasted malt, smooth and light roast with soft bitterness that ramps up approaching finish, heavily-mineraled, pleasant

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8008) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Courtesy of markwise. Can pours clear mahogany with off white head. The aroma is earthy black tea, mild levels of spicy hops, some citrus and faint pine hops. The taste is modestly dark roasted malts then turning mildly burnt malts. Toward midway the hops join in with a firm level of citrus and just enough pine to create a sense of resiny goodness.


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