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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badlizard (5538) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Dark brown with a fizzy tan head. Roasty citrus aroma and watery taste with a grainy finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1640) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Pours attractive dark brown with a thin tan head. Full tart citrus nose with some earthy hops as well. Same in the flavor with a clean and dry finish.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Draught at the brewpub. Dark brown with a lasting light beige head. The aroma is a total pink grapefruit bomb with some fresh cut white fir (I just cut some down the day before, so it was in my head). Great smelling beer. The flavor is much like their regular IPA (on tap, not the pathetic cans) in that is very strong on the citric hops and dry in the finish, but with enough malt in the body to carry things. The dark malt adds a touch more sweetness in the front, and light chocolate that gives a nice compliment to the hop flavor. Not the most "black" black IPA that I have had, but the balance seems about right. Very good overall, riding on the back of that explosive hop aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larryLSB (438) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - AUG 8, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Poured dark with tannish head. Huge nose of hops with hints of citrus. Very dry to the taste, bitter and malty, overall good tasting beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 6, 2009
Time to bump this unappreciated genius in beer form! Excellent black IPA - full of that charcoal bitterness synergizing with the hop bitterness. Goes down easy, but leaves a nice back biting mark. Pours, well, black with tan head.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25084) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2009
On tap. Presented as a "Dark IPA". Clear dark brown with a warm orange hue and a beige head. Delicious aroma of burned caramel, a little nuts and aroma hops. Medium body, sweet notes of burned caramel, roasted malt while a distinct piney hopping sets in and leaves the finish rather hoppy. Really delicious. 100709

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31592) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 24, 2009
From tap at the brewpub. Pours almost clear and deep hazzlenut brown with a small tan head. Roasted malt and hoppy aroma. Roasted malty and smooth hoppy flavoured. Solid bitterness and nice roasted breadish malt flavour into the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AlabastorJones (805) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 20, 2009
dark deep brown color with red highlights, lacy white head, black roast malt flavor, hint of some smokey rauchmalt, light woodiness (from the smoke), dry finish, just enough bitters to take on the black malt but nothing overpowering, great hop flavor that you really have to hunt for in the flavor pile. This is a very interesting and unique beer, never had anything like it before, I loved it, great creativity and effort in this beer... very drinkable, easy to drink a few of these. . . . . . . . At the brewery they call it a black IPA and on ratebeer itís called a schwarzbier... I have no idea what style this could possibly fit into, but it is not a schwarzbier!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 13, 2010
Date: July 09, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, wispy beige head
Aroma: light roasted aroma with lots of sweet citrus and pine
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, lots of citrus, nice bitterness

Date: September 04, 2010
Mode: draft
Words: tmac kennesaw
Appearance: black with clear ruby edges, fine beige head
Aroma: sweet citrus and pine aroma on top of roasted malt
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate bitterness, nice growing citrus character, just a hint of balancing sweetness rounds it out

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2493) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Sampler @ the brewpub, listed as a Black IPA. Not sure what it is about the new wave of Black/Dark IPAs, I just donít find them interesting. The beer is a dark brown color with a sticky lacing. The beer is roast all over, clean otherwise, and it covers up a lot of the hops. Thatís it, fine to drink but doesnít tickle my fancy whatsoever.


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