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RATINGS: 808   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
On pour this is a dark brown beer with a light khaki color on head and a decent initial lace that cleaned up as time passed. As soon as you crack the can there is noticeable hop aromas but once in the glass there is a more malt, roasted notes, sweet honey, and a hint of caramel. This is a balanced, mouth coating beer that has plenty of upfront malt flavors and a faded hop for balance. This finish is of melted butter consistency.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Tropical fruit and roasted malts develop plenty of aroma and flavor but unfortunately clash in this Black IPA’s beautifully soft mouthfeel, creating tart grape juice impressions.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the brown-rimmed darkness.
-Although well develepod, the citrusy hop bill (+ lychees, mangos, etc.) is not really harmonious with the roastiness, imho.
-The finish of roasted malt bitterness and hoppy resins is well balanced, but somewhat bothered by those grape juice allusions.
-I prefer their regular IPA (with a very similar hop profile) by far.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6905) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 19, 2010
can. Aroma of licorice, chocolate, citrus hops, iron. Reddish dark brown with a fine lace. Flavors fo wood, minerals, licorice, dirty hops. Dry and bitter, with not a whole lot going on. Metallic and refreshing. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mar (4971) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 18, 2010
can thanks to bu11zeye. poured a deep chocolate brown with a cream head. nose is fresh piney hops, slightly roasted, and chocolate. nice palate, flavor is hoppy, chocolate, slightly roasted finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7814) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 17, 2010
12 oz. can, pours black with a sizeable beige/tan head. Aroma is a great balance of roasted malts and hops, with the hops winning - secondary scents of leather and licorice. Flavour begins like a porter and ends like an IPA - roasted malt upfront, with a citrusy hop bite in back and that leather / rubbery flavour as well. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2010 At first I wasn’t awed but that black licoriche blanket running thorugh this brew keeps bringing me back for more sips. It has a woody mahogany tint to it with some ash, bitter citrus which also fills the aroma and a nice medium-dry finish. Good body and nice flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Can on 09/15/2010. Clear black body with ruby highlights and a medium frothy off-white head. Slightly tart roast and chocolate aroma with floral hops. Dry roast, chocolate, and floral hop flavor. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Fairly watery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6068) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Canned, thanks to bu11zeye, reddish brown color with smokey bitter aroma, flavor is watery bitter and woody , finishes sweet

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Can shared with maniac. Nice clerar dark brown pour with decent chestnut highlights. Nose is not bad, nice fresh green bitter hop nose. Flavor is where it goes bad. Thin, watery, hop oil, and bitter. Yet another dissapointment from these guys. Awesome can though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernovice39 (3216) - Montana, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Can pours a deep red/brown with a small tan head. Scent is roasted malts, pine and caramel. Taste is roasted malts and hops. Bitter finish mixes well with the roasted malts.

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