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RATINGS: 823   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.


Bricks' rating

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bricks (697) - Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2011
First "Black IPA". Like a hoppy thin stout. Reminds me of a schwarzbier Iíve had, but happier. Not much on the aroma. Appearance is good.. dark. Liked the taste w/ a good palate. Recommended.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thisis12ptfont (966) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Aromas of milky yeast, chocolate, caramel and toffee. Not an impressive aroma. Appearance is black with a ton of slowly receding foam. Taste bland with mostly chocolate on the palate. Very subtle notes of caramel, toffee, dark malts and very, very subtle hop presence on the back of the palate. Overall, Iím not impressed at all with this. It is bland with a capital B.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mfhennig (111) - McHenry County, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2015
Clear black pour from a can, big foamy tan head, nice lacing. Hoppy aroma and taste. Bitter finish for a black IPA,. So so at best.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElCapitan22 (227) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2015
Pours black with real nice lacing and has a nice creamy head. Smells malty and of chocolate. Slightly bitter and not hoppy at all. A very nice beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Frank (3269) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2015
There are at least a dozen breweries making a beer by this name. Come on, people, if you arenít going to put a little effort into your beer names, just call it 21st Amendment Black IPA or whatever. In any case, this is a pretty decent take on the style. Itís black w/ a big foamy head and lacing in big sheets. This veers pretty far into porter territory as thereís really plenty of roast malt here, just a lot of hops too. Itís definitely hop-centric in the nose w/ a good deal of pine and a touch of a savory character. Once itís tasted, a touch of sweetness seems to bring out the dark chocolate and coffee roasted character. This is full bodied and slightly low carbonation makes it come off as just a touch to heavy for my liking. Overall though this is a good tasting beer and aside from some very slight ashiness in the finish solid and well brewed.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Doofgoblin (410) - Chevy Chase, Washington DC, USA - MAY 5, 2015
More roasty and dark versus bitter and hoppy. Aroma is more roasted malt but not that impressive. Taste is somewhat better with plenty of that toasty flavor and just a bit of hop fruitiness to balance it. Itís a nice beer and balanced--itís just more subtle on hoppy character than you might think. Finish is smooth and mellow with a lingering malt coating in your mouth...not so bitter. For a name like "Back in Black" youíd expect a bit more bite!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
[7047-20150206] 12floz can. Roasted charcoal toast aroma. Clear, dark ruby red brown body with a medium-lasting foamy mocha head. Roasted bread and charcoal wood flavour. Full body. Good, easy to drink. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gurthnar (2724) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2015
Can generously shared by Cuso. Aroma strong resiny citrusy zesty hops, lots of it. Some caramel. Clear dark brown colour. Taste is assertively hoppy, lots of bitterness, resiny citrusy flavour, some roasted flavour. Finishes really dry. Rather high carbonation, really easily drinkable. Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MisoW (2167) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 28, 2015
Can shared by Cuso, many thanks. Pours dark brown color, small beige head. Aroma of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruit. Taste is medium sweet, coffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dried plums, bitter coffee dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
closey22 (1108) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2015
Dark brownwith beige foaminesmy head; aroma is hoppy spicy floral; Flava is rich hoppy with dry roasty tangy; feel medium to light and crisp ; finishes dry tangy malty tagy

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Saeglopur (814) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - APR 18, 2015
355 ml can shared by Werckmeister. Thanks Stefan!
Dark cooper body, with a big, frothy, lacing, light beige head.
Aroma of grapefruit, stone fruits, pineapple, slight pine, vanilla, biscuit, slight grass.
Tastes of biscuit, some smooth coffee, cocoa, tea, grapefruit, stone fruits.
Medium, quite creamy mouthfeel, with a soft carbonation.
Finishes smooth, medium bitter, medium roasty, with cocoa, some coffee, some zesty hops, alcohol warming.

Very nice, smooth and quite unique Black IPA. Also has something with a Red IPA in common. Quite sweet, but really well balanced. Although the alcohol is noticeable, it drinks quite easy for the ABV.


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