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RATINGS: 909   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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3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Can: Pours a dark black/mahogany color with a nice off-white head. The nose is hoppy with orange and tropical fruit notes, a large underpinning of chocolate and a touch of coconut. The flavor is clean and citrusy with a light malty mouthfeel with a touch of roastiness and a twang in the finish. Nice up front IPA with a black color, but that light twang in the finish takes away from the whole build up.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (24784) - Tyres, SWEDEN - MAY 3, 2011
Canned at Oliver Twist, Stockholm. Near black, beige head. Coffeeish roastiness meet black currant hops.Dry and medium bodied with pleasantyl soft edges. Lovely balance between porterish roasty malt and citric hops. Really tasty!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jonas (7471) - Garching b. Mnchen, GERMANY - MAY 3, 2011
Can. Metallic, light smoky aroma. Brown, cappuccino head. Scotch flavor, roast, light herbal hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (787) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2011 Aromas of bread, floral, herbs, medium strength aroma, dampened at first by the head. Appearance - black, frothy, tan foam. Taste - medium bitterness, lightly sour, medium sweetness. slick feel, medium body, average carbonation, long finish. A great dark beer that i would recommend

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3091) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Vanilla and some bourbon come to mind on the first sip. Nice aroma of malts and some more of the vanilla. The pour is very dark brwon, almost black. Not as heavy as it sounds. Good one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marheb (5709) - 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 (5189) - 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 (2977) - 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 (1787) - 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 (2216) - 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.


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