21st Amendment Back in Black

21st Amendment Brewery
Cold Spring, MN
Back in Black

From the get-go, there seems to be a lot of carbonation and a rocky tan head shoulders its way to the top of the glass. Large bubbles create a bulbous archipelago across the foam. The color of this beer is deep plum with garnet and cola highlights at the edges. There is clarity to the beer, but very little transparency throughout. Lacing begins to show immediately as the head slowly descends to a quarter-inch.

Black Can Can-do

The nose is a powdery mix of resinous hops – mostly citrus and a touch of wintery pine – and notes of cocoa and soft grains, like chocolate breakfast cereal. The amalgamation is pleasant, and there is a slightly toasted aroma, like a rain-smoldered fire.

The mouthfeel is excellent, starting smooth then allowing the busy effervescence to bring out more flavors. The hops appear tobacco tart, burning down to some dark chocolate with the faintest hint of raisin. It adds richness and a bit of earthy body to a finish that would otherwise be a bit puckering for any non-hopheads.

I love this style, and am more than happy to celebrate its growing popularity by buying brews like this. The lacing is even photo-worthy, with frosty strata laddering their way down the glass. This is a dangerously smooth 6.8%.

Black Lace

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s