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RATINGS: 815   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 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
boccefloyd (101) - Bon Air, Virginia, USA - SEP 10, 2010
pours dark w/ some ruby highlights. Big rocky, tan head that hangs out and laces. Looks great. The aroma is of some light citrus and pine hops balanced by roasted and caramel malts. All on the light side. The tastes are on the light side also. Nothing pronounced here. Iím expecting west coast hops, I get them but they are light. I do get a little more of the roasted and caramel malts. The body is on the thin side. Not a bad beer but certainly not one I will go out of my way to get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1819) - Earth, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2010
Happy to see more coming off the year round line of 21st. A bit more subtle and thin in the ways of Black IPAís, but definitely a great look into the style. Roasty, almost nutty malts on the nose. Not as sweet as some IPAís of this nature. Fairly dry and hopped up in the body and finish. Slight caramel flavors swept over by more hops. Yum!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
12 oz can served in a tulip. Pour is flat black with one finger of beige head. Nose is floral hops, pine, roasted malt, and light caramel. Taste is very similar to the nose. This brew is pretty tasty, and comes off like a cross between a sweet porter and a lighter IPA. I wasnít sure what to expect, because Iím not a fan of really hoppy stouts, but this hybrid pulls off all categories in just the right fashion to make a really delicious brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Pours a black shade. An impressive mountain of frothy layered head quickly rises. Excellent head retention throughout and a beautifully laid lace. Looks absolutely delicious and inviting. Fresh dry hop aroma circulates with citrus and grapefruit. If you really stick your nose in you get a big whiff of alcohol, surprisingly medicinal since its only 6.8%. Flavor displays a solid amount of floral fruity hops, but not as much as anticipated from the smell. The hop profile seems a bit one dimensional, really only tasting Centennial hop qualities. Despite being a black IPA, I barely taste any roastiness or dark malt. If I was blindfolded I would have never expected this to be a black IPA. The mouth feel was a bit disappointing, a bit watered down with moderate bitterness. This does, however, make it quite drinkable. Based on the label and style, Back in Black exudes a certain rock star attitude. Before opening I foresaw a big vicious roasted hop bomb. In reality, itís a more modest IPA, with pleasantly moderate hop bitterness and only brief moments of rich darkness

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9953) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2010
CanÖRBSG 2010Ö Dark brown ale with mid-sized, creamy, khaki head. Fantastic, everlasting retention. The aroma is mainly roasty and dusty with only a hint of chocolate. Medium-bodied with soft carbonation. The flavor is acrid, moderately bitter, singed and lightly acidic. Finishes acrid, burnt and dry.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
GT2 (9132) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Tap at Green Leafe in Williamsburg, VA. Pours a deep ruby to near jet black with a massively rocky, dense, healthy, beige head that leaves huge sheety lace everywhere. Nose has apple cider vinegar, old dish sponge vinegar, acetone. Taste is olive paste, pesto spread, and then lots of floor cleaning vinegar and heavy iron metallic piping. Not much body here allows so many flaws to stand out. Not good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 6, 2010
tap @ the Alehouse.. Clear brown pour , small off white head , good lacing . Aroma is dark roasted malt , nuts and hops . Flavor is hoppy upfront ,slight roast and burnt caramel . Medium bodied and carbonation . Dry bittersweet chocolate finish .

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5939) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Savannah, Ga.- The Distillery - on tap. Dark brown, fading to black pour, mocha colored head, decent lacing. Fresh lake water aroma with a hint of cotton candy. Flavor has a nice hoppy bite to it with hints of citrus, a bit of licorice and a back end of mint. Decently thick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3774) - Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
Pours an opaque warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled, light tan head. Strong aroma is fairly hoppy with a firm undertone of citrus, mainly orange and a bit of grapefruit. Strong, hoppy flavor has smoky and nutty undertones and hints of chocolate and licorice. It fairly successfully marries most of the flavors I like in a stout or porter with the hoppy and citrus flavors I appreciate in an IPA. Maybe I should change my favorite sort of beer to black IPA. Texture is fairly smooth and fizzy with a slight tinny undertone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4482) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 5, 2010
16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Slowly served up on a busy Saturday night a clearish, very, very dark brown body with a slim, off-white head. Smell: Aroma smelling of bitter cocoa bars, Maxwell House ground coffee, grapefruit, yellow pine, and light caramel wrapped up with an earthy character. Taste: An initial rush of roastiness, followed by an expanse of pale malts, more than anticipated. Of the various malt tastes, bittersweet chocolate leads, with lesser tastes of simple coffee and caramel trailing behind. Blend of citrusy, piney hops deliver a moderate amount of bitterness. Maybe a small hint of herbs lurking in there as well. Then, the taste rolls back towards the dark malts, leaving you with a close tasting of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Itís black, itís bitter, but the hop profile, while certainly present, wasnít (thankfully) abrasive and as such, it kind of reminded me of Averyís New World Porter.

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