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RATINGS: 911   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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4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2011
Thrilled to find this in Ohio; further thrilled that it is in cans! For some reason craft beer in the Columbus area seems old or abused by the time it makes its way into my hands. I had recently made a Black IPA of my own, and had heard a lot about this and wanted to see how my mine stacked up. And they are quite different! This beer differs from other IPAs in more ways than just color. It is (of course) dark and nearly opaque, but the dark color betrays a ton of dark roast chocolate-y aroma and flavor. It is far more chocolate-y and deeply malty-sweet (like a malted milkball) than my beer turned out. This chocolate and maltiness was balanced out by a slammin’ amount of citrus-y hop character. The beer is plenty hoppy, but I’d say it is skewed more towards the chocolate/malt end of the spectrum than the hoppy side of things. Mouthfeel is pretty good...a touch thick and chalky feeling. Until I can make another BIPA, I’d buy this again. I bought this 6-pack at Blacklick Liquor in Columbus, OH.


3.3
bkurtz (1082) - MOROCCO - JUN 25, 2017
Pours a clear dark brown with a fairly large, frothy head. Citrus aromas with some bready malts. I like this style. It has the citrus notes with bitterness and dark malts. Not one of my favorites for this style, but still enjoyable.

3.7
RatingsMeister77 (1) - Enumclaw, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2017 does not count
Exceptionally drinkable. Coffee and pine with a dark chocolate finish. This beer is a monthly treat IMO.

3.3
ExpendableHero (918) - Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Very dark Cola looking beer with an off-white head. Aromas of earth and floral notes. Tastes of earthiness, some dark coffee, with grassy notes. Some biscuit malt thrown in for goof measure. Decent malt/dark flavor profile compliments the resin hops. A bit watery and somewhat forgettable. Enjoyable nonetheless.

3.4
erickok (6037) - Leuven, BELGIUM - MAY 27, 2017
Roasted malts and hoppy but not quite as fresh as expected. Full flavour, very clean fermentation, a bit too much maybe. Bit watery in palate. Perhaps my hopes were too high but I’d like my bipa a bit rougher, tougher. (Can at Caroline’s in Berkeley)

4.1
tricksta_p (4561) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2017
Can from Beergium. Aroma is roasted malt, fruity hops, tropical fruits, citrus, orange, chocolate, grapefruit, with a slight touch of coffee. Flavour is moderate sweet with a firm bitter finish. Body is medium. Lovely balance between tropical fruity hops and roasty malts, really great example of the style, I do not understand why this is not rated higher.

3.6
ehaak26 (499) - - MAR 26, 2017
Can from Beers of the World into a pint glass. Aroma of spruce, some citrus, roasted malts.

3.3
Idiosynkrasie (7440) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - MAR 10, 2017
355ml can. darkest brown colour with average, thick, creamy, moderately lasting and lacing, beige head. Piney and slightly resinous hoppy as well as roasty, dark malty aroma, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is roasty dark malty and piney hoppy, hints of coffee and dark chocolate, grassy and minimally metallic overtones.

3.7
fonefan (48808) - VestJylland, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2017

Can 12fl.oz. @ BeerTemple, Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 250, Amsterdam, Netherlands 1012 RR.

[ As 21st Amendment Back in Black ].
Clear dark black brown zolor with a average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, off-white head. Aroma is moderate malty, roasted, dark malt, sweet malt, moderate to heavy hoppy, citrus, grapefruit, licorice. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, sweet malt, licorice, grapefruit, fruity hops, dark malt. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20160905]
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Iznogud (3710) - CROATIA - FEB 20, 2017
Canned, 355 ml from Beergium, shared with Max and JFK10000. Pours dark brown, medium beige head. Hoppy aroma, pine, grapefruit, roasted, chocolate, pine, strong lasting bitter finish. Medium bodied.

3.6
Banksiz (134) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 11, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2017 Mainly roasty nose with a very slight touch of a rubbery off-odor. Medium sweet with a bitterness made up from roasty and hoppy notes. Some vanilla notes. Medium slick body with a bitter finish. A bit more stout-like than most black IPAs. Good beer, but there’s a bit of harshness in the bitterness.


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