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In a surprising turn of events, rival superpowers have joined forces to bring a beer of might to the world. According to top-secret documents, recently unclassified, brewmasters for 21st Amendment in California and Ninkasi in Oregon began their brewing careers together many years ago. ALLIES WIN THE WAR! is 21st Amendment Brewery’s first ever collaboration beer, a traditional English-style Strong ale aged on native California dates and dry hopped with all-Northwest aroma hops. Available now in limited edition four-pack cans and draft.

Old ale with dates.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (16546) - , Essex, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
20th December 2013
The (not so) shit beer tasting at Leightons stratospheric flat. Thanks Leighton. Hazy amber beer, tidy pale cream colored head. Palate is airy and dry. Light airy malt cream. Dried fruits, lightly tangy. Very light spice in the semi dry finish. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (12611) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 20, 2013
Can shared at the Night of Garbage. I got this somewhere in America. Pours clear amber with a frothy tan head. The nose has aged, dusty pine, dried fruits, bread. Medium sweet flavor with dry fruitcake, grainy bread, a bit of dried fruits, dates. Medium bodied with fineto average carbonation and creamy mouthfeel. Lightly warming to finish with slight piney bitterness, more dried fruits, bready fruitcake. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3155) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
12 ounce can
I am not sure where this came from but I found it in the back of the fridge ready to be ticked. A decent strong ale is nothing special but at least it was only a single can. Not bad enough to pour down the drain this is an average strong ale at best.

Aroma / Appearance - The rich chestnut base is suffocated by a heavy head that then falls to a thin veneer. Caramel, fig newtons, plums, and a heaviness of boozy malts are a mixture of both positive and plain.

Flavor / Palate - The heavy malt detracts from an otherwise solid profile. Figs and dates, while fine at first, eventually turn into a sticky cloying mess. Rich like a dessert wine the finish is proof that sometimes less is more. Toning this down would have made a much more enjoyable limited release than just trying to go big for the sake of it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nische (970) - Saltsjö-Boo, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2013
Rated from backlog. Pours copper with beige head. Hoppy and fruity aroma with a hint of roasted malts and chocolate. Brown sugar, caramel and roasted malt in the taste together with bitterness from hops. Very well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Appearance: Clear burnished garnets and cherry woods. A thick khaki head lingers as a thick layer while a few swirls produce some spotty lace. Entices me to drink of her depths.
Nose: Spices follow into toast then dark fruit pits. Prunes and raisins with cinnamon and nutmeg sprinkled apple skins. Plump plums. Spice continues to tickle the back of my nose.
Palate: Clean and Belgian-inspired. Nutmeg and cinnamon are everywhere without dominating. Apple and plum skins in the back of each swallow. Tannic finish of woods, leather, skins, and pits. Meaty dates and prunes in the middle add a pleasant chewy full-bodied mouthfeel and presence. The dry finish is nice in this sense because it keeps my palate from being overwhelmed from the sweetness and spice.
Final Thoughts: Not what I was expecting but a delightful quaff nonetheless. For as intense as the flavors were, I was surprised by how balanced and even the body was. Whatever you personal thoughts are on war, you can’t go wrong with this beer from the 21st Amendment Brewery. Good stuff.
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2013
Can:   Coppery colored, thin to moderate off-white head, a bit sudsy, with sparce lacing.   Somewhat of a bready and biscuity nose.   An odd duck of astringent biscuity mealy malt flavors on the tongue.   Its a bit hoppier than most English Ales.   Seems like an ESA meets ASA of sorts, and I am not sure that it works.   Its like many winter English Strong Ales, except remove the strong biscuity malt profile, dim that down a bunch, and add a stronger than normal hop back ground.   Not really digging this one, seems really out of balance in terms of hops mated with malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - APR 22, 2013
Amber, clear, beige head. Malty, toffee and some toast, some fruity date notes, piney-resiny hops character with some citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jstraw (1941) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2013
Clear red-copper with big, foamy, beige head, good legs / Lean nose of dark fruit, dark caramel, spun sugar, pine / Light to medium body, some bock-like sweetness & syrupy-ness, but lots of hoppy astringency thin this one out, with good bitterness on finish / Stylish flavors of burnt sugar, date, raisin, orange peel, nut, pine / I enjoy the austere, dry nature of this inherently sweet beer; however, the body/fruit could probably have been a little bit bigger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrFecesious (1141) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2013
On tap at Darby's. pours clear, brown/dark amber & a slim cap that doesn't move. Aroma of wood, nuts, apple, plum. Taste is similar but citrus rind and floral zest bitterness. So roasty! My cat would hate this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zymurgeist2 (1157) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 22, 2013
Lots of earth, dirt and wet stone on aroma. Perfume as it warms. Clear copper with khaki head. Dates on biscuit malt . Herbs and floral background. Slight bitterness with slightly dry finish.

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