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!
pintbypint (2938) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
8.4 fl oz can at RBAG 2015. Clear brown color, has a small ring of white head. Typical barleywine nose of caramel and toffee with hop hints. Taste follows with caramel, toffee and hops. Bitterness was medium, late alcohol. A pretty good barleywine, decent balance.
DuffMan (7996) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mini can shared at RBAG 2015 by Sid. Fruity caramel, lightly hoppy, finish is a bit boozy.
djd07 (6042) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can as shown. Pours a cloudy amber with no head. The aroma is dark fruits and caramel. Thin mouth, strong caramel, figs, very boozy, decent.
Chudwick (2438) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
petite can - nose is typical. Sip adds more bitterness than I expect from the style. No overwhelmingly sweet. thatís an equation for balance.
tcon25 (251) - Duvall, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Can pour at home. Didnít know this was from 21st when I first tried it, enjoyed this one, thanks Andrew. Semisweet aroma, nice flavor.
andrewje41 (1332) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Energy drink can poured. Pours a burnt orange color with little head. Gotta love a beer that can easily be passed as a normal beverage enjoyed while driving home. Iím kidding. But seriously. No, Iím kidding. Or am I? I am. What Iím trying to say is, I love the can. Original, which is great. Sweet, malty aroma. Sweet flavor overall, with some candy malt and sugary caramel. Lingering sweet flavor. Smooth considering the alcohol. Overall a good barley wine. Enjoyed this.
Maxbier (699) - Maryland, USA - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
8.4oz energy drink size can. Stored in my cellar for a year. Opaque copper brown with creamy tan head. Aroma like a plate of sweet spiced cookies and a hint of booze. Taste is initially hop bitter (even after a year), sticky toffee, alcohol, rum soaked raisins, warming alcohol, and tropical hop finish. I like a good barleywine and this is a good barleywine.
brokensail (13226) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can @ home. Copper pour with a small khaki head. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and some piney hops. A little bit of booze and some herbal notes. Peach juice, too. Pretty heavy caramel and brown sugar as well. Flavor is just super sweet and caramel heavy. Lots of toffee and pineapple juice. Kind of bitter and boozy finish.
McWorta (989) - 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 (4817) - Coxís 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.