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RATINGS: 797   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gooney (389) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2010
12 oz can from New Seasons - Nice dark beer with a beautiful 3/4" foam head right out of the can. Smells a bit like fermented fruit. Nice roasted malts, though. Tastes bitter, like you’d expect, but there is a hint of something unpleasant. Maybe a bit sour. I like this style, but this is certainly not my favorite

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 29, 2010
I thought this one was pretty good. It seems like a simple concept to me...make a good IPA, plus some dark malt to mellow out the body and finish. You get the aroma and the up front of hops, then a malty smooth finish. I like black IPAs, and this is a good, if not great one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2010
12oz can. Pours black with a nice floral bitter nose. I’m expecting it to be bitter and the palate follows but the body doesn’t hold up as well to the bitterness that I had hoped. Still a great offering decent hop profile, but needed just a little more depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Cola colored pour with a big thick frothy tan head. Strong roasted malt aroma, some coffee with nice citrus hop notes. Nicely balanced flavor, the sweetness from the malt and bitterness from the hops meld well. Medium body, enjoyable beer, has the bite of a regular ipa with some added sweetness to mellow it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnnyJ (4546) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Can. Clear brown pour, light tan head. Nice hoppy/citrus aroma, flavor is more subdued... some bitter hops, roasted malt, citrus, light coffee. Watery mouthfeel. I’m not that impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (4676) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2010
This poured a dark brown color with a beige head. Aroma was dark roasted malts and fresh citru hops. Flavor was nice layering of roasted and toasted malts with fresh citrus hops and medium bitterness, good but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5894) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - AUG 28, 2010
Can. Ruddy brown more than black. Thin but sudsy head. Sweet malty aroma. Drinks with tangy bite, light in body. Fruit rind dominates. (#3971, 8/28/2010)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
craftbeerdesign (2194) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 27, 2010
can. pours a brown with ruby highlights and a solid off white head which settles to a 1/4" throughout. spicy grassy hops across the nose with some lingering roasted malts... medium body with more bitterness, light caramel malt, light coffee, roasted malts, somewhat thinning sides and a tad bit watery towards the back. there is a off putting aftertaste - can’t really place it... almost ashy or old coffee grounds. overall - this is decent, but really falls off at the end - drinkable but not worth buying again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1397) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 26, 2010
In theory, black IPA’s should be the ultimate beer. In some cases they are quite good. I remember the Stone one kicked ass and the Deschutes one is pretty great. This one isn’t bad, but it suffers, like many do, from an acrid bitterness that is almost sour. I feel like a black ipa should have more late hop additions and let the roasty malts come out in body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - AUG 26, 2010
This new style of beer is pretty awesome and I hope more breweries start offering it. 21st’s version seems a decent example. Blends some of the best from ipa porter styles. This is a deep brown to black beer with a light tan head that went down quickly. The aroma was a grassy hop with some citrus undertones. The bitterness from the hops plus the roastiness of the malt gives a coffee impression very well. Finishes a bit more chocolate. Mouth feel is kind of watery but that might just be what this style is about.

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