21st Amendment – Back in Black

Tasting: October 7, 2011
Style: Black IPA

If you say “Back in Black” – most people’s thoughts go directly to the number two best selling album of all time – by AC/DC. That album was released as a tribute to former band front man – Bon Scott. Bon Scott was lead singer for the band in what some would say was the band’s best years. He died in 1980 from alcohol poisoning – or choking on his own vomit. So, if you think of it — using the title “Back in Black” for a beer is a little odd, considering that Bon Scott died after a heavy night of drinking. It’s either politically incorrect, sarcastic or has nothing to do with Bon Scott – but I don’t think that Bon Scott would have disapproved. By the way, if you are curious, Michael Jackson’s Thriller is the top album of all time. Who knows maybe they’ll rename propofol – Thriller.

This is my second tasting from 21st Amendment Brewing. The first was Brew Free or Die IPA and that was disappointing. They have a lot of periphery things going for them. I love beer in a can, I love the artwork on the cans, I love the motto – brew free or die, they’re from California and I just love the name of the brewery. But all that doesn’t help the product taste any better. But as I’ve said in the past – I won’t hold a bad beer against a brewer – I’ll just try another. So here we go…

Label says 6.8% ABV and 65 IBU. A little light in the IBU for an IPA — but we’ll see. It does pour black as promised. Not much of a nose here. My first sip is thin, but full of roasted barley malt flavors. Some semi-sweet chocolate tucked in deep. The hops do kick in late but with little intensity (as the 65 IBU would indicate). It has some lingering roasted flavors. I’ll call this okay — not memorable — I’m glad I tried it. I’ll call it 77 points.

Read my review of 21st Amendment’s Brew Free or Die IPA Here

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