fsbw21086 (324) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black black so black with tan head. Taste at first is slightly watery then warms a bit and you start to get hops mixed with a toasty roast flavor. Medium bodied with lingering bitterness & hint of coffee. Not my favorite style but not a bad one by any means.
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ikigai (33) - California, USA - MAR 7, 2014
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ok but can was from 7/3/13 and I drank it 3/2014 so probably not at its best. Dark coffee some hops and a little bitter aftertaste. Smelled a little skunky.
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BMMillsy (1092) - Florida, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can poured to tall glass at Mustard's in Napa Valley. Noticed the beer was canned on May 20, 2013 and I had it March 5, 2014. Nice restaurants really need to start figuring this beer things out, not really acceptable for an IPA, black or not. Anyway, pours dark brown to black with a little purple hue, small off white head. Smells like lemon pinesol and some sweet chocolate in the background. The flavor follows the aroma rather closely, with much more malt sweetness. Chocolate, lemon, pine, old hops I guess. Medium mouthfeel, a bit creamy, with medium level carbonation. Would like to try fresh but as is it wasn't bad. With that said, plenty of better things to reach for.
LetsGoState (561) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance is a medium brown head with a deep brown color. Aroma is on the sweeter side. Taste is a nice blend of roasted malts and bitter hops. Overall nicely balanced.
reberiii (242) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black IPA, true to the burgeoning style. Not to thick, not too thin, decent hop character, but could use more. Mild chocolate middle with a slight coffee, mostly hop bitter finish.
jbruner (1882) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent brownish black from the can with dissipating off-white head. Aroma is hop forward, piney resins, hint of roast dark malt. Taste follows, less hoppy and more malty, nice balance. Standard black IPA, but nothing crazy.
Jay_Dubbz (53) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Poured from 12oz can @ lucky strike philly. A decent take on a style blend. A little bit off of what i was hoping for.
--you've been Dubbed.
wheresyourball (409) - El Cajon, California, USA - FEB 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft in Sacramento. Pours clear dark brown with a fluffy beige head. Nose is pine, roast, malt, chocolate. Flavor is chocolate with some piney bitterness and ash. Medium body, nice mouthfeel.
ziel (64) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
The dark roasted malts smell and taste good. They balance out the hops quite nicely.
Borresteijn (4325) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
35cl Can at Beer Temple. Dark brown to black colour, beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, liquorice, laurel, moccha, some mellow hops. Flavour is medium-sweet, malty, roasted malts, moccha, caramel, liquorice, laurel, soft grapefruit and citrus, some pine, nice bitter finish. Mellow BIPA, and a nice one. Light to medium-bodied.
GarrettB (895) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
July 2nd, 2012 - The 21st Amendment Back in Black arrived during a very special kind of travel that is especially characteristic of young graduate students and their very meager budgets. My travel partner and I were making our way down from San Francisco to San Diego by scenic Highway 1, and had stopped in Monterey for supplies. Restaurants were out of the question, and too expensive. Fast food was too unhealthy, and laden with unappetizing carbs. So we stepped into a Trader Joe’s hoping to assemble something edible from the deli section. On the way to peruse the sliced meats, we caught the cans that 21st Amendment had apparently managed to sell to Trader Joe’s, including the Back to Black. We later enjoyed this in a lovely yet simple hotel nestled along a verdant Californian road. The picture I took for Evernote even shows the glass wrapped in a coil of telephone cable - something I haven’t personally owned since I was 17 or so. The color is very dark rack, with the faintest touches of hazelnut brown around the top. It pours out of the can (awesome! The world needs more aluminum cylinders) with a thick coffee cream colored head, like a good stout would - and yes, I know this isn’t a stout. The over fragranced air of the hotel doesn’t help, but the Back to Black cuts through it with the wonderfully viscous scents of pine resin and junior trees. These black IPAs always smell like the mountains of Colorado, and this is no exception. I also catch bits of coffee, brown sugar and molasses around the edges of the piney smell. The mouthfeel defines the drinking experience, thick and foamy that quickly seems to be embarrassed by its weight, and thins quickly on the tongue. As for the flavor itself, it begins with some of the same well roasted coffee flavors I found in the aroma, but ends more quietly with a slow, mellowing note of that familiar and beloved pine resin and dry junior branch notes. Very, very lovely, and a wonderful way to end a day of touring around an awesome California town.