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RATINGS: 904   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5423) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2011 Belle couleur rubis fonc. Un nez plus houblonn que rti. En bouche, lamertume nest pas aussi agressive que je laurais souhait mais cest une bire qui se boit sans problme. Rien dexceptionnel mais trs bien balanc.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5188) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Creamy tan head above a black body. Interesting perfumey aroma.. Perfumey and flowery, surprising given its black colour. Just a little bit of roast. A nice surprise.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Shag (2892) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2011
This poured a dark brown color with little head. The aroma contains some caramel, toffee, and chocolate along with some citrus. The flavor is rather bitter with some dark malts. Overall this is ok but I just cant get into this style is seems.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChadPolenz (1761) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - APR 28, 2011
I poured a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Seemingly opaque black, but noticeable ruby red glow along the bottom. Forms a large, thick, frothy, off-white head which retains very well and leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Much more in line with its IPA roots as I get light flowers and citrus candy.

Taste: This is what I look for in a black IPA. Its got all the makings a typical floral IPA throughout the first half with a slightly tart citrusy flavor too. While only 65 IBUs it does seem much more bitter than this stat would indicate. Theres an overt dryness accentuated by the hops. The second half of the palate is milder than most black IPAs as the roasted malts dont kick in until just as the beer finishes. Theres a very pleasant flavor of semisweet chocolate and perhaps a touch of coffee. These flavors linger for a moment in conjunction with the hops to make for a bitter aftertaste. It does get a little cloying, but is easily remedied by taking another swig.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly medium bodied. The head imparts a slightly creamy texture. Not fizzy, nor flat.

Drinkability: While an overtly bitter beer, Back In Black is highly drinkable. Low carbonation makes it a gulper although the dry, hoppy flavors might take some getting used to. The 6.8% ABV is the perfect potency for this brew as its strong enough to create for real flavors, but doesnt have the intensity of an imperial.

Overall, this is one of the better black IPAs Ive had. Best of all - not nasty solvent smell!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2011
Dark brown with a tan head that lasts for quite a bit, good lacing. Aroma is of floral hops, burnt sugar, chocolate, and some smoke. Flavor is quite complex with hints of coffee, lactic acid, burnt sugar and a light hop finish. Light/medium bodied, a tad too sweet.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDBaker11058 (2024) - Maryland, USA - APR 25, 2011
Appearance: dark mahogany with nice ruby highlights; one-finger light beige head that slowly shrinks; spotty fluffs of lace. Aroma: citrus and flowers, then pine, then graham crackers, bakers chocolate and raisins. Taste: assault of flowery pine, with bready, toasty sweet malts vying for supremacy with bitter citrus soon thereafter. Finish: long and bitter, though not as bitter as a traditional IPA; piney burps for awhile. Notes: I do not care for IPAs. Nonetheless, this one was pretty darn enjoyable. I really liked the more toasty, assertive malt backbone, with good bready sweetness melding and fighting with all the aromatic and bitter hops. The nose was complex, the palate creamy and full yet also light and smooth.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2451) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2011
Tap. Nice light khaki, creamy head that provides nice rings of lacing. Dark, dark brown color. Citrus hop profile, but pretty light here, some burnt biscuit (not in a bad way), and toast. Taste is fairly hoppy with some roast and chocolate notes. Thinner body, but not as hoppy as others in the range. Solid, though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cfrancis (3282) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2011
Pours a midnight black with a slightly off white head. Aroma is citrus hop and a tad floral. Taste is big citrus hop and a little cherry cough syrup in the aftertaste which is unfortunate. The hop bitterness is great, tastes like a normal IPA but black. Missing the roasted malt that Id look for in a black IPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ajd6c8 (70) - USA - APR 23, 2011
Decent beer. To me, this "Black IPA" just tastes like a watery stout with 65 IBUs and a good hop presence. Roasted malts, licorice, touch of ginger. Glad I tried it finally, but Ill be heading straight for the Sublimely Self Righteous next time I have this craving.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (4263) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2011
From can. Sweet roasted malt aroma, like a Schwarzbier, chocolate and molasses. Nice hoppy nose, grassy with some citrus, bit of carbonic gaseousness. Dark black-brown clear with thin foamy tan head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts with roasted flavors, malt sweet notes, chocolate and molasses. A bit of coffee bitterness and light acidity. Decent hop flavor with rounded bitterness toward the finish with nutty roasted bitter after. Very drinkable.


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