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RATINGS: 845   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Pours an attractive black/clear dark brown with a rocky manilla head. Nice nose of PacNW citrusy hops piercing through the roasty dark malt. Flavor has notes of roastiness, caramel, bread then citrusy/grapefruity hops. The finish has a mix of resinous hops and a tinge of burnt but not in a bad way. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Not my favorite style, but a well-made version.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
piscator34 (2130) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
Canned sample. Near black in colour with strong fizzy carbonation. Aromas are of cocoa powder, earthy + spicy hops, cherry, and a bit of caramel. Tasted a bit like a hopped up cherry coke, with some mild char character. Light bodied with medium bitterness. Seemed very odd to me.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - OCT 25, 2010
the best black ipa out there right now, even better than stones sublimely self rightous. this is easily the best beer in a can ive ever had, even better than dales or old chub. the style cant be beat, combine the best of a west coast ipa and an extra stout, what could go wrong? what else could you want in a beer? i mean really? this is the greatest invention of mankind.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (7546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2010
12 oz. can from Ludlow Wines. Pours a very dark brown, not necessarily thick but opaque and near black, with a massive, rocky tan head that laces the glass heavily. Aroma of roasted malts, earthy hops, chocolate, pine, and toast. Flavor of roasted malts, faint citrusy hops, earth, a hint of berry fruit, and metal and minerals. Light-medium bodied, with soft carbonation and a mouthfeel that is somewhere between metallic and mineral. Some lingering roast in the background, too. Over time, this seems to thicken, mellow, and get away from some of the metallic notes keeping it back, becoming a nicer beer than I originally thought.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Not really black, more of a deep re with a big foamy beige head. Nice coffee, earthy piney aroma, which is pretty much what you get in the taste. Mix in a little red wine, too. Nice earthy, messy finish. Thanks to grownfool for this one!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - OCT 23, 2010
Can. Pours very dark, nearly black. Light red hues towards the bottom. Not much head. Decent amount of lacing. Hops upfront, some unexpected roasted aromas as well. Taste of aluminum, lingering hops and that is it. Not watery but somewhat weak bodied. Fairly smooth drinking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7955) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 20, 2010
Can. Pours brown to black with a thick beige and yellowed tan head. Roast and sticky citrus on the nose. Thinner than expected, lightly metallic. Big roast, crisp hops and bitterness throughout. Big long grapefruit bitterness on the finish with roast and toast highlights.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 20, 2010
I always liked hoppy dark ales. The main flavors here were hops, and the dark malt provided something more like texture or context, rather than really a big flavor of its own. Very nice.

1.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (4572) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2010
Poured from a can. Big and black but but not opaque. Smell is IPA, you know, pine with a tad of roastiness in the olfactory. Taste is big block of hops which are seasoned with a tad of roastiness. Imagine an IPA with background hints of stout, quite interesting. Oily mouth coating feel on this muthah. Now I see that black IPA has its own style also. Wow how the styles have grown. Rottotill across my taste buds and down the throat. Quite rude for a lager lover. Ignore my numbers, I think this is probably on style but I rate on the how much I like it scale, you know, humanistic. Long bitter nasty finsih that hangs witcha for a while, wew. Strong and over the top overall.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Pours a black color with a caramel colored head. Has an aroma of roast, citrus and pine, with hints of chocolate. Has a sweet start with the hop hit. Some roastiness throughout. Nice chocolate notes on the finish. Creamy mouthfeel. Excellent brew. Mixes my favor characteristics of roast, chocolate, and bitters.


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