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 doesnít 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, iím 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!
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 12, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A lot of resin and booze but this isnít super enjoyable. Some caramel and hops. Pours cloudy orange with good head and lacing. Finishes a little sweet with some wooden bitterness. Can.
Blairgus (2593) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
6 july 2014, can. Rosy orange, faintly hazy, some bubbles. Nose is serious grapefruit citrus, moderate alcohol and some rich raisin malt. Med body and fizzy. Bitter grapefruit but big alcohol really cuts the bite. Burnt caramel, sugary, raisins, sweet alcohol, hints of pine. Really good!
Lectvay (123) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like honey and toffee, some hops, barley. Taste is sweet, rich, but balanced by a sharp hoppy bite. Almost like a strong imperial IPA, but really a quite nice barley wine.
Lutz2jm (93) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great nose a lot of oak smells. High alcohol % is not evident and the flavors really stand up. Great beer!
Ferris (3899) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can - Earthy orange hops, toffee and sweet raisin. Clearish copper with almost no head. Nice sweet caramel with a bit of bitterness and a bit of alcohol burn in the finish. Aftertaste is a bit of burnt orange and bitterness. If the finish had been a little less harsh this would have been perfect.
Hartung32 (214) - Indiana, USA - JUN 3, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one confuses me a bit. I don't have a lot of experience with the style, but I've enjoyed others because of the hoppy profile. This has a pleasant malty, toffee-esque taste; but it so differs so far from what I've had before(either the others are off, or this is).
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WillRunForBeer (644) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tiny Red Bull sized can. Pours clear medium brown with a touch of orange - white head. Raisins, figs, mineral, molasses on the nose. Caramel malt, molasses, earth, mineral on the tongue as well. Some oak and bitterness to the finish.
lownote (71) - USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into stemware from can. Just a little bit of head and bold color. Great balance of tastes and alcohol. I enjoy this amount of bitterness even if it takes from some of the traditional sweetness
williamherbert (1282) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From an 8.4 oz can.
Pours a deep copper-orange, with enough head to rouse it a bit. Cloudy with so much carbonation it looks like sediment.
The nose is candi sugars, cherry, metallic like a battery. Chlorine hop with a bready yeast. Dried, wrinkled stone fruits.
The flavor is grainy, with a heavy, sugary barley base. The hops are a bittering accent. Slight medicinal cherry with a hint of sourness. The dark molasses in the malts are very potent.
Texture is thick and chalky, with a smoothness on the outer edges. This thing is grossly overpriced ($13 for four 8.4oz bangers). I love the idea of small cans for an 11%+ beer, but they have to drop the price for chrissakes. This is getting ridiculous.
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(8.4oz can) clearish orange, fine edge tan bubbles. Nose of cardboard, sweet citrus, honey, little oxidized despite being fridge aged and in a can. Taste of honey, aged bitter hops, caramel, candied citrus. Thin body, lightly dry finish.