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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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours a deep amber color, almost reminiscent of dark honey--just beautiful. Thin off-white head that persists for some time. Aroma is quite restrained, smelling mostly of a non-specific fruity sweetness. Taste, however, is a different matter. An upfront sweetness of dried fruit (though, again, it’s not specifically dates) gives way to a piney hop flavor. The real kick, however, the overpowering of flavor of alcohol--so strong, you’d swear you were drinking vapor--that comes in midway and persists into the aftertaste. For a while, I was wondering where the malts were, but as the beer warmed, some general breadiness became discernible. Mouthfeel is watery, with a lively carbonation. In sum, this beer’s an interesting twist on English ale. There’s a complexity that can’t be denied, and despite all of the different flavor profiles, it somehow works.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Joel (114) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 5, 2015
Great packaging on this special edition from 21st Amendment. Pours brown with some red highlights and a huge foamy head. Aroma is spicy and mildly caramel and some slight citrus. Tastes of subtle caramel sweetness with spice, but I couldn’t find the dates. Drying mouthfeel. Spicy hops. Not as complex as I was anticipating. Bitterness of 52 IBU is well hidden in the balance but it finally finds its way through in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6333) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"No idea what "style" I was partaking in while drinking this, but I dug it. Floral and hoppy, but that’s just one part of what was going on. Ample malt As well...caramel, nutty and fruity with a good dose of dates and a bittersweet finish. Nicely done."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2821) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Can. Pours brown with a nice one finger beige head. Aroma of caramel, dark fruit, raisins and dates. Flavor of caramel, toffee, dates, citrus, dark fruit and pine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Darkmagus82 (1911) - - MAY 19, 2014
From BA review from 2-14-12 - Served in 10 oz chalice glass Appearance – Served a deep red nearly brown color with a nice billowy off white head. The head faded slowly giving a nice bit of lacing. Smell – The smell is a nice mix of dried fruit and hoppiness. The hops, which really are most prevalent upfront in the nose, are mainly pine in nature with some earthy and floral hop aromas. The fruit, largely composed of cherry, raisin and prune, then comes more toward the middle and end of the aroma. It’s a nice balance between sweet and hoppy. Taste – A bit of hoppiness is the first thing to be detected. A bit more subtle then the nose would suggest, with pine and an ever so light citrus. A sweeter flavors mixed with a roasted malty flavor enter toward the middle of the taste; with the sweet a mix of dark dried fruits. While the hops that are present initially begin to fade the dried fruit flavor comes in making up for their loss. A nice transition. Mouthfeel – A nice thicker feel to the body, which coats the mouth while drinking. The thickness seems to make it more bock or stout like. The only problem is a little bit of an over-carbonation for the thickness of the body. The body is soothing while the carbonation is more invigorating. The two competing with each other leaves something to be desired in the mouthfeel. Overall - It is an interesting beer. Moderately hoppy with some nice fruit flavors. The only real complaint is a lack of complementation in the mouthfeel, but otherwise however it is quite a good brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eberndt (227) - - FEB 17, 2014
Deep dark pour. Malty flavor and a little bitter. The date flavor was better than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1878) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Can from 2011 that had been MIA in the back of my fridge. Aged in the cold quite well, hops calmed down from what I remember. Dark amber slightly hazy pour with a thin tan head. Malty, bitter and hints of dark fruit in the taste. Pretty good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerfest5 (1199) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 24, 2014
Interesting and complex, this one kind of took my by surprise as I’m not very familiar with the taste of a date. Dark ale, aroma of Christmas spices, dark fruit, bready caramel malt, some floral hop notes. Taste is similar, with a bit of a booze burn, not my cup of tea I suppose but still very well made.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (905) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JAN 5, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured clear, copper in color with a nice off-white head and pretty lace on glace. Aroma of spices combined with dark fruits and malts. Taste is maybe a bit too sweet because of fruit and malts but still very nice an enjoyable. Good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (11056) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - DEC 26, 2013
Can at the Night of Garbage, thanks muchly to Leighton - he never stops ratin’, 20/12/13 up his shit load of stairs ! Very lightly hazed dark amber with a moderate light beige head covering that retains well. Nose is sweet, toffee, dark fruits, dates, prunes, grease proof paper. Taste comprises candied orange peel, dates, sweet ring, candied sugars. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, drying sweet tasting closure. Ok stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (8007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Can thanks to Leighton at the Night of Garbage. It pours deep amber with a small yellow-white head. The nose is pine, raisin, date, prune, citrus peel and brown bread. The taste is bitter-sweet, date, prune, fig, caramel, sugary, berry, toast and candy with a sweetish finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Smells a bit better than it tastes. Solid stuff nonetheless.

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