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RATINGS: 766   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
probstblueribbon (2865) - Nepean, Ontario, - NOV 15, 2012
12 fl oz can shared by Lubiere (merci!), served cold in a tulip glass. 08JL12.

App.: Deep brown-black with a thick, dense, creamy light tan froth. Aroma: Strong C-hops, pine/resin, grapefruit, diacetyl?, rich caramel, alcohol, maybe a little dark-roasted malt, really nice stuff. Palate: Medium+ body, creamy effervescence. Flav.: Really big caramel, plenty of pine/resin, nice C-hops character, some more dark-roasted malts than the nose, coffee/chocolate, mainly a big AIPA with colour, lovely; dry with good bitterness and a great long, lingering hop finish.

Beautiful.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtdewa1 (271) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Can. Piney roasted malt aroma with dark chocolate. Taste is very balanced. Roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, pine, citrus and some hop bitterness. Very good thick mouthfeel. Very good black ipa, one of the top on my list.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Homer321 (1804) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Draft at 21A in SF. Nose is piney with some chocolate and coffee notes. Deep dark brown with red highlights. Medium sized white head. Taste is a chocolate hop cone. I really donít like black IPAs and this is pretty decent. A lightly roasted character but more dark chocolate and well played hop/dark malt interaction.

3.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (34) - USA - JUL 13, 2014
Grapefruit, pine, caramel sweetness, burnt sugar and alcohol in the aroma. It is brown not black, but I think itís due to brewers not wanting too much of that dark malt flavor. Malt and hop are very balanced in this one. A little astringent aftertaste. One of the best "black" IPAs out there. Still drinks more like a traditional IPA with American hops.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ScottWallace82 (64) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Can into a glass. Big tan head on a dark brown body. Medium mouthfeel with a solid roasty aroma, backed with hops. Really smooth with good balance between the hops and malts. A bit of roasted coffee flavor at the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 7, 2014
On tap @ the brewery during San Francisco 7/7/14 beer tour. Pours a reddish brown appearance with a light brown head. Light roast, cocoa, coffee, lightly spicy pine in the aroma. A bit thick and a little on the sweet side. A bit of burnt sugar. Bitter liberty hops. Slight chocolate flavor. OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gendv138 (1028) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4 oz draft part of a flight at 21st Amendmentís brewpub. Dark brownish black with off-white head. Aromas of roast, pine, citrus, floral. Tastes of roast, pine, caramel, dark fruit, coffee. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (1856) - Silver Spring, USA - JUL 2, 2014
On tap pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD. Opaque, deep dark brown (sorry, but not black) with creamy khaki head and excellent lacing. Aroma of chocolate, toasted malt, pineapple, toffee and grapefruit. Taste of chocolate, grapefruit, pineapple, toasted malt and caramel. Medium body and medium carbonation with a soft, foamy mouthfeel. A nicely balanced India black ale with enough roastiness to justify the '"black" in its moniker, even if not there in the hue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbuskirk (413) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Eh, more like Back in Brown but Iíll let it slide just this once. No need to gripe about the color when the flavor and smell is as good as this. The balance between malt and hops is just about perfect for this style. I love that the bitter grapefruit flavor in the hops is nicely offset by the chocolate/coffee flavors in the malt. Chocolate in particular comes out quite nicely. Subtle hints of caramel can also be identified if you look (taste?) hard enough. In the end, the sweetness is what makes this black ale shine. And hell, Back in Black is an awesome name... even if it isnít completely accurate in this case.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrhopsbeertalk (102) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Far too much bitter black malt flavor. It completely dominates the beer leaving no hoppy experience on the nose or palate. This is pretty much just a stout not a black IPA.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
sirbigpness (1) - - JUN 21, 2014 does not count
6.8% 65ibu sold in 6 pack @ $9 easy to drink, common american IPA taste with dark malts. Buy again.


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