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RATINGS: 788   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up. And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slammin’ amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but I’d say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things. Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, I’d buy this again. I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
smallfry (28) - - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2014 (Can) It’s an okay beer. Lots of citrus / grapefruit hop aroma and a long, lingering, astringent, bitter aftertaste. Flavor is okay. There are a lot of bad black IPAs out there; this one is not bad, but it’s also not good either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
outlawskies (962) - - OCT 12, 2014
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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (562) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Can. Dark cola. Aroma is roasted malt and earthy hops. The taste adds chocolate, coffee grinds, bitter hints of citrus, and dark rich malts. Average to low carb, bitter finish, light body. Damn, this is a great all around black ipa. A little of everything with excellent balance.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (842) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 7, 2014
12oz can pours dark licorice black with 2 finger offwhite head. Nose is round malty orange and some light roasty ash, bitter cocoa, and dirt. Taste is on the sweeter malt side with some earthy pine and soil, light sweet citrus and lemon, touch of vanilla, nutty coffee bean.Finish is thin, bitter cocoa and evergreen, some fruity citrus. Decent enough attempt but not something I’d revisit.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RyanK (214) - Rhode Island, USA - OCT 2, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2014 12oz can pours black with an off white foamy head quick to dissipate but stays as lacing. How Black you ask? Well when put up to light it actually looks red, with plenty carbonation and filtered for sure.Smells of roasted malts but also quite sweet in an odd way. Taste bitter and of roasted malts, has an unfortunate alcohol sweetness to it. Prevalent carbonation in mouth-feel and leaves an almost ashy malty bitter aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (5975) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 2, 2014
"i don’t know if 21st is having quality control issues or what, but this is the second straight beer that had a sour/tangy/metallic quality that didn’t belong, and it became more pronounced as the beer warmed. without this it would be a decent black ipa, though the roasted malts kinda overpower the hops. it looks nice enough at a murky brown with a thick khaki head, but damn, that sour thing hampers the aroma, and nearly ruins the feel and flavor. i’m gonna stop bothering with their stuff soon. monks blood is the only standout in the bunch. 11/2012 - again, i haven’t spent money on these guys in a while as i had a couple straight spoiled brews, but again, as expected, this is pretty dang good when made right. good dark malt/chocolate and hop balance. Unfortunately, the range is 2.7-3.7...so it gets a 3.2 for now."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TaktikMTL (5851) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2014
Canette de 12 oz achetée chez Julio’s Liquors (Westborough, MA) au coût de 2,15$. Arôme: Odeur de céréales grillées. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée foncée. Présence d’un moyen col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales grillées avec une pointe de pin et de chocolat. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #5789)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tightslice (212) - Redwood City, California, USA - SEP 27, 2014
Can from Whole Foods Market in Redwood City, CA. Pours a dark cola. Aroma is burnt sugar, roasted malts, some pine resin. Taste is the same but a little watery on the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gad905 (85) - - SEP 27, 2014
Keg at Zeitgeist SF. Dark with red highlights, cream head that leaves good lace. Dank aroma, some dry roasty notes. Moderate sweet burnt sugar then resinous and floral hops, dry roast. Decent body. Good, but would like more fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bebum (310) - - SEP 26, 2014
Dark copper, avg lace. Medium body, thin texture, medium flavor, fairly long palate. Dry, bitter, Ok, perhaps not my style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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