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RATINGS: 250   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5292) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2012
12oz can. Looks copper. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops, some toasted and caramel malts, and a little bit of fruits. Flavor the same, with a nice blend of everything. Average texture. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (6745) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2012
12 oz. can from Hayduke. We had this together via facebook chat. Ron’s brother Rick joined us for this one. This poured dark brown and had a nice beige head that left sticky lacing. A nose that had rich malts and dark fruit. Dark fruit is a nice addition and I see this was brewed with dates. A nice addition. Hops are very scarce here but are finally spotted quite late. They added some citrus and bitterness. This beer really didn’t need more hops and was quite nice without them. Thanks, Ron.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2012
This might be called an English Strong Ale, but it tastes like a well malted IPA. The head is big and chewy, the color is brown with fleks of orange. Nose is big floral hops. This is a fantastic beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2012
12oz canned on October 26, 2011. Nearly a year old now. Served at around 50F.

Pours clear red/copper with a three finger light beige head that leaves walls and rings of lacing and holds a very nice cap.

Aroma is dark fruits, the dates are there, raisins, cherries, apples, some toffee and caramel, bread, a bit of floral hops. Good strength.

Flavor is dark fruits, dates, raisins, cherries, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, bread/toast, perhaps a bit of earthy hops, a bit of sweetness, mild bitterness, mild alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit sticky, good carbonation.

Nice brew. Kind of like an Old Ale ’Lite’. Not to say this is a light beer by any means, just not quite as robust, rich and big as other Old Ales can be. However, this helps drinkability...goes down nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2012
Can, shared with my wife. Beautiful deep copper orange with a thick golden head that leaves sheets of sticky lace. Aroma is very enticing: breadcrusts, earthy toffee, light chocolate, light pine. Delicious flavours of breadcrusts, sponge toffee, sticky dates, light citrus and pine, moderately bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (25449) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 19, 2012
Can. Deer ambery/copper colour with a small beigeish brown head. Aroma is fruity, some plum, mild figs, raisins caramel and some slight herbal notes. Flavour is raisins, caramel, some figs, mild toffee as well as some herbal and mild bitter notes. Hides the alcohol extremely well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5717) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Nice super rich toffee, caramel and copper coloured body with deep ruby highlights and a one centimetre tall tan head that fades very quickly. Aroma of earthy, piney hops with a ton of alcohol, caramel, pit fruits, raisins, nuts and a touch of light spices. Full-bodied; Earthy malt up front with caramel and a good amount of hops that actually produces a solid and not potent or bitter flavour. Aftertaste is well rounded and complex - showing off the caramelised sugars, alcohol and a bit of the piney hops at the tail end. Overall, a very nice beer - strong, but not overpowering with some complex earthy english flavours - nice! I sampled this twelve ounce can (with a nice mock picture) purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 02-July-2012 for US$3.00 sampled at home in Washington on 16-August-2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hivemind (891) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle at James’ a few months ago. Thanks James. Dark amber pour. Aroma is kind of tough to discern, but possibly Belgian yeast strain. Thin-bodied with a dry, bready taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Wow - a big and boozy beer, but still drinkable. I expected big hops from these two west coast brewers. Surprised it wasn’t so. Sampled at the 2012 Lansdale Beer Fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JDBaker11058 (1958) - Maryland, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Appearance: poured into a chalice, a deep, clear garnet with one finger of medium tan head, some legs, and a little lace. Aroma: molasses, ginger snaps, brown sugar, dates, raisins, and figs. Taste: prunes, dates, caramel, candi sugar, brown sugar, toffee, graham cracker pie crust, and some slightly dank, resinous hops. Finish: big, sweet, and slowly fading. Notes: Wow, what a nice beer. Big, huge, rich flavors. Could almost have been a barleywine, but the alcohol was restrained (you’d never know it was an 8.5% abv) and the bitterness took a back seat. Eminently drinkable, pretty to look at, and tasty to boot. WINNAH.

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