Beergelden (4) - - MAR 20, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance - Pours to a nice Ruby-brown color, a light tan head that disappates quickly but lingers around the edge of the glass and laces the top of the beer. Nice clarity and legs that run down the side of the glass all day! The color in the picture doesn’t quite represent the beer, it has a much lighter, more transparent look to it.
Aroma - The alcohol bloodies your nose as soon as you dip into it. Hints of caramel, brown sugar malty sweetness. Orange, citrus and dark cherries round it out.
Flavor - The first taste is of dark fruit, with a big alcohol hotness through out the middle and a mild hop bitterness in the end. Lingering earthy, slight citrus hop bitterness and the taste of bitter orange on the back. There is an ever so small malt flavor that hangs in there too, but the finish of fairly dry overall. The hops are not as forward as I would expect in an American Barley-wine, using Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada as the benchmark for this style.
Mouthfeel - Heavy body as one would expect from a Barley-wine, low carbonation with a biting alcohol hotness that dominates.
Overall - To me, the alcohol was a little overwhelming and it really took control of the flavors and aroma. With some age it would mellow out considerably, i’m sure, but I was hoping for something a little more special from 21st Amendment. This one just falls a little short for me. I have a couple more cans cellaring in the basement and will revisit this one in a year or so, and hopefully get the flavors I was yearning for!
McWorta (721) - LUXEMBOURG - JAN 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber colour with a rocky dark white fading head and slow viscousity. Aromas of ripe fruits, like mango, banana and faint red currant develop with notes of figs and caramel malts. Soft carbonation with a slick-smooth texture and a fully body. Flavours of fruity sweetness develops encompassed by a solid malt structure yet leaving enough room for a well pointed hop bitterness inducing the quest for another sip. Long lasting very harmonic finish offering an interplay between sweet and bitter. Very good!
Patrickctenchi (4260) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy, brown...with a small tan head.
Sweet wood, fig/raisin aroma.
Taste is brown sugar, caramel malt, raisin...
Slightly dry alcohol bitter...a little dark bread notes.
A bit woody and bitter at the finish.
SHIG (3703) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pitcher at GABBF: Poured a murky copper brown with a tan head. Aroma was dark fruits and malts. Taste was sweet fermented fruit, very hidden alcohol, and malty backbone.
shrubber85 (8104) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can (courtesy of AirForceHops). Apricot, fig, and caramelized sugar malt aroma. Hazy amber with small head. Very sweet dried fruit (apricots, raisins, figs) and caramel malt flavor. Nice body. Very tasty - hides its strength well.
jake65 (2745) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can, 8.4oz, canned 11/7/13. Pours a flat, murky reddish brown color with a thin ring of tan head. A sweet smell of faded citrus hops and caramel malt. Taste is again sweet; candied sugar, bready malt, caramel, and faded citrus hops. Still plenty of abv to be a winter warmer. There are enough lingering bitters to cover the sweetness, but I’d still like to try this fresh. Nice serving size, I’d rather buy a big beer in this size than a bomber any day of the week.
Johnsense (881) - - DEC 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown pour with a thin white head. Candied fruit, fig, fairly prominent hopping in both the aroma and taste. Some alcohol warming. Medium body. Would like to revisit this with some age on it.
gramity (1510) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy chestnut color with a thin white head. Aroma is syrupy alcohol and citrusy hops, with a candied floral element. Taste is very boozy with grapefruit, and rum plum fruitcake into the finish.
Beerdedone (2785) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a dark mahogany color with a short white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, citrus and alcohol. Flavor was lightly sweet with dark fruit, caramel malts, bread, alcohol and toffee. Medium body, medium carbonation, bitter dry finish.
Carlisle (116) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can (8.4 oz). Opaque bronze color similar to fresh apple cider; no head or lacing. Fruit aromas; cherry, fig, and grape notes. Bitterness and alcohol upfront. Caramel flavor with chocolate notes; full mouthfeel. Long chocolatey finish.
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TEJA (1399) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Short brown head. Dark red color. Woody and caramell aroma with a tuch of english piny hops. Sweet malty caramell taste with a bit low bitterness that dont match up the sweetness. big body. Some orange peals is also in the taste.