RATINGS: 252   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 Brewerys 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerfest5 (1207) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JAN 24, 2014
Interesting and complex, this one kind of took my by surprise as Im 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 (1282) - Marshall, Minnesota, 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 (18927) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, 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 (14229) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (24293) - , 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 (20807) - 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 (3650) - Chagrin Falls, 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 (2145) - Stockholm, 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 cant 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 (6862) - 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.

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