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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 30
Gots: 63 | FT: 4
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21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004

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Ratings: 654 | Reviews: 149
Photo of gopens44
2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well I remember this one, and I remember not being a big fan. Not incredibly well balanced, bitterness that didn't correspond with the nose of a hop characteristic that left an odd cloying sweet bitterness behind with a little rubbing alcohol. Just not much I could enjoy with this one.

Photo of Boccu
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice barley wine alittle too much citrus and pineapple for me. Overall average at best.

Photo of TylerKitchens
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can dated 2/5/13 never had a fresh one

Photo of Harvest06
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've got to say I love these cans. They're the perfect serving size for the style. Great for camping. This is very hot fresh and cellaring in cans isn't practical.

Photo of Bc3116
4.57/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic smell. Great color and taste

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on: 11/7/13.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is still quite hoppy and bitter even at almost a year old.

Serving type: can.

Photo of barleybutt
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured aggressively in a pint glass.

A: Little to no head even after an aggressive pour. A nice cloudy copper color with little sign of carbonation.
S: Toasted malts up front. Strong baked bread with prunes and orange coming shortly after. You can smell the 11.5 ABV.
T: Not nearly as bitter as expected. The assortment of flavors were unexpected. First thing tasted was the malt that remained boring until the pleasant fruity bitterness blended properly. The alcohol added to the experience and did not overwhelm.
M: medium/light. Surprisingly light with no carbonation.
O: Very tasty. This was expensive treat, but I did enjoy it. A solid release, but not one of the best barleywines I have tasted.

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle, Minneapolis
Nose: rich winey large pitted dark fruit esters, hop citrus.
Pours a deep brilliant rich garnet under a thin head. Has some legs, very thin lace.
Rich complex malts blend with large pitted fruits - mainly plum, possible cherry, and slowly give way to citrus rind hop bitterness that dries on the finish with a touch of hop astringency.
Sweetness up front is balanced by the alcohol and hops.
Chewy, oily, medium low carbonation.
A solid sit by the fireplace and watch the snow fall beer.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

8 oz. can, 2013 version, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color, speckled with orange and reddish highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy. There are strong notes of toasted malt, imparting bready aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread, immediately followed by lots of floral, piney hops and a touch of alcohol. I also get notes of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates, as well as some candied sugar and toffee. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Delicious! Malty and hoppy at the same time! Strong flavors of bready, earthy toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of French brioche and sweet Hawaiian bread. There’s also lots of brown sugar-like sweetness which helps balance the strong flavors of floral, piney hops, but very little bitterness. Finally, I get strong flavors of toffee, dried stone fruit, such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes. It’s a delicious beer!

Mouth feel: Slightly chewy, a touch viscous and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a brilliant, fantastic barleywine! I can’t wait to see what it is like with some more age on it. Barleywine fans should really like this!

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

This poured a hazed honey orange with golden hues and a honey brown tint. Lovely with a fat enough head of tan foam that fell off and left a film on top. Noe i hops. Bright grapefruit and some leafy herbal. A big malt with brown sugar and honey and soft bread. The taste is sumptuous. It's sweet but not cloying. It has grapefruit that is tart and pithy and has the peel. The hops are leafy and wide. The soft bread and brown sugar all come together for a malt that is sweet and delectable with a bit of sitckiness to it. Earthiness gives way in this to a firm herbal and a bit of alcohol that grazes the back palate. The finish is dry and there is an ample bitter to leave you with a bit of resiny coating on the mouth and time to taste all those tremendous flavors again while a bit of spice lingers at the back palate.

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the Old Fashioned glass with minimal foam. Mouthfeel is quite sudsy, the stuff seems to erupt when you take a sip.

A little woodsy, cedar taste Quite dry. This is even less sweet than the typical double IPA. Very alcohol tasting. Hot and astringent. Quite bitter aftertaste. I don't taste any of the advertised "citrusy" hops, unless they mean a slash of grapefruit pith. This delivers the booze, but it is so un-malty it's a rocky road down the throat.

Great packaging, like what the English would call a "nip." From the 8.4 oz can purchased in the four-pack purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a tiny little can, this barley wine is a hazy chestnut color with a thin head. It is very dry, with a lot of citrusy and resiny hops. Perfume, fruit (ripe prach and orange) alcoholic scents dominate the beer. The taste has malt and sugar flavors. Heavy bitterness. Full and rich mouthfeel.

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick cloudy amber with a thick 1" white head that dies down to light foam with a clinging foam lacing on the glass. Smell of hops and caramel, dates, plums, and dark fruit, and spicy hop notes. Taste is caramel malts up front, mild bittering hops on the middle and back with the caramel, brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon toast. Great mouthfeel, richly carbonated and buttery, thus making for a decadent barley wine. Reminds me somewhat of a more caramel version Sierra Nevada's Big Foot. Very VERY nice.

Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Boom, indeed. Forget the little cute can it comes in, this one hits full on from the get-go with alcohol burn. Aroma and taste give away to high ABV, faint malt backbone lies somewhere in the mix, but an overall smooth and slightly sweet experience. Nice!

Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from an 8.4oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 11/7/13, so 6 months on.

Poured a nice hazy dk amber/coppery color. Around 3/4 inch foamy head, which dissipated somewhat, but reamined throughout the drink. Lacing was minimal.

Aroma was almost completely boiled candy, with a faint booziness.

Taste was actually a little different than expected. While the candy was certainly very forward, there was a nice hop bitterness as well. I'm usually firmly in the English Barleywine camp, and haven't like American offerings, but this, perhaps due to the bit of age on it, was very nicely balanced. Booze coming through a little at the end.

Mouth was around medium.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Not sure what's up with the whacky can size, would have enjoyed a 12 oz, but...

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.4 oz can into a pint glass, dated 11/7/13.

A: Pours a copper color. The two finger head has a pale yellow shade and nice retention for the style. There's a nice, consistent ring of lacing left as the head fades away.

S: There's an intense fruity component that also seems to be both leathery and alcoholic. I wouldn't call the alcohol 'well hidden', that's for sure. Some slight notes of pine and tobacco indicate some of the hops are still floating around, but playing a lesser song next to the boozy caramel. As expected, the nose improves once this opens up - it gains some brown sugar and even chocolate notes. There's some good aromatic complexity.

T: It starts off with a leafy, tobacco-esque bitterness. Caramel-y malts start to appear after a while, finishing quite boozy. There's a touch of tart fruitiness, must, and leather - again, seemingly alcohol derived. I'm disappointed it isn't more complex considering how forward the booze is (if a beer tastes boozy, that usually means it's also quite deep). Nor am I enamored by its flavor profile.

M: This is a heavy-feeling beer, but seemingly dry and well attenuated. There's still plenty of residual sugars and lingering booze to turn this into a pure sipper. Carbonation isn't really a factor.

O: Wow, 8.4 oz is an absolute perfect size for this beer. I mean, 'cause it's so boozy and hard to drink. I don't know how well this would age - it seems like I'll have to give it another chance fresh (and that's a shame, because even the hoppiest 'Murican-style barleywine can age well...) Right now, it's not horrible, just hard work.

Photo of DerelictPI
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately this was a little pour at a beer tasting...so take this review as such. This is a very nice representation of the style. I wouldn't say that it is in the middle, but it isn't the best, but it certainly isn't the worst.

Taste: Deceivingly sweet as you first sip it, then the hops kick in. This works very well for the beer. The sweetness and the hop is fruity.

This is definitely worth a try!

Photo of steve8robin
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small red bull sized can. 92IBU. 11.5%ABV. Tagline on can: "American style barleywine ale packed with citrusy hops".

Pour lends a medium browish-red / rust color. Hazy apple juice color in snifter. Started with a small head that fades quickly into non-existence. Aggressive swirl causes carbonation bubbles to cake a tiny eggshell colored head that again quickly fades to nothing.

Upon opening can, immediately could smell citrus notes from the can. Upon further sniffing, caramel sugar being bathed in by orange peel.

Aggressive swirl followed by first sip leads to aggressive piney hop melting into thick sugars pounding your taste buds followed by a dry tongue and creamy sugary throat.

Less complex than hoped for a style begging for complexity.

Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a stemless wine glass.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt with a big shot of brown sugar and vanilla. Slightly boozy and a trace amount of hop aroma.

T- Comes on sweet and Bready but then there's the moderate hop bitterness and booze. Notes of caramel, honey and maple. Not necessarily complex but there's a lot going on. Layers of vanilla and sweet bread. Good hop burps.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not an awesome barleywine, but one that delivers what it's supposed to.

Photo of Vonstein15
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 11/7/13,American Barleywine
A- copper color slightly cloudy
T- missing the hop presence but expected after 5 months.overall nice malt background and ABV is will hidden
M-just what you expect from a Barleywine,simple but complex at the same time
O- will buy more esp. At a low price of $5 a 4 pk

Photo of samtrillo
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/07/13 and poured and drank on 3/27/14
A - Cream head on initial pour that all but disappears. Attractive translucent amber color.

S - Very intense sweet malt like you'd imagine.

T - Sweet caramel malt flavor with hop citrus. Lots of booze as well but it's expected and warranted. Looking for a little more hop bitterness but it's not there.

M - Little carbonation and a very smooth malt full bodied feel.

O - It's good. The more you drink it the more you like it. I'm actually more familiar with aged barleywines so this was hard to rate at first.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tiny little unassuming cans can sometimes kick your butt, and this is definitely one of those. unsuspecting all the way, its simple in nose, moderately hopped with a molasses undertone, but smelling not an eyelash above 7.5%, never letting on to its real magnitude. the head too, im not used to such big ones in barleywines, so im fooled by this. some lightness to the color, and enough bubbles to cut the viscosity, its just hard to identify as a super strong ale. flavor is balanced between thick and sweet barley somewhere in the middle of the roast spectrum, and hops, which have a citrusy flavor, but not enough acid or bitterness to rise above the grain. lovely stuff, one can is plenty and im glad its not bigger, but a really solid as well as interesting take on barleywine. constantly evolving arent they?

Photo of puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the little 8 fl. oz. can. Sampled on March 22, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy medium amber color with a short-lived cream colored head. It fades to nothing after a moment but generally looks like it should.

The aroma is full of barley malts and caramel sweetness. Little to no booze but that aroma is very much like it should be for the style.

The body is medium but there is an astringency to it.

The booze is a bit more notable in the taste but overall it is still a bold barley and sweet character with little in the way of hop bitterness. These 8 oz cans seem to be pointless though.

Photo of osant37
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 8.4 oz can. canned on 11/07/13 into a snifter.
A - pours a viscous, almost snapple iced tea like brownish amber.very quickly dissapating head. visible alcohol legs.

S - very sweet malts. toasted coconut hints, caramel candies, and booze & more sweet stingy booze. fruity west coast hops in there too. excellently balanced aroma.

T - sweet caramel up front. fruity hop bitterness in the middle of the mouth. delicious!!! booze warmth on the back.

M - viscous and full bodied as an american barleywine should be. could use just a bit more carbonation.

O - great take on a barleywine. this definatly stands out to me. i love the west coast hop take on a malt bomb style. the booze is definatly present. i wonder how it would age in the can? im gonna hang on to a few to see how that goes. will definatly buy again!!!...cheers!!!

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8.4 oz. can poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a honey golden brown into the glass. No head to speak of appears. There's a very, very fine sheen of lace on most of the surface, with a small island of fine bubbles in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a sunset orange-red and somewhat opaque.

S - Nicely toasted malts sit underneath an ABV-supported, somewhat astringent mix of grassy citrus floral notes, flinty metallic, light fruit juices (apple and pear), and sugary caramels and hard candy. As the beer warms in the glass, the sugars begin to better shape the nose. This may well be a beer that really needs to warm up to present properly.

T - While noticeably more focused on the toasted malts and caramels in the start of the quaff, big hops of equal parts citrus and resin push their way forward and take over. The finish is a dollop of honey, orange, and caramel in the center of the tongue surrounded by herbal bitters along the sides. The ABV is well-masked in the taste profile, but quickly shows up warming the tummy.

M - Creamy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Medium body. Components are nicely integrated. Finish is rather dry and short.

O - Quite hop-forward and somewhat unbalanced for a barleywine. The components of the nose don't really compliment each other, but instead present a hodge-podge that begs to be sorted out. I like to enjoy the nose of a big beer apart from its taste, but I really couldn't do that with this beer - too much conflict. This isn't a barley wine I could recommend unless someone is specifically looking for a pretty bitter IIPA / barleywine mash-up.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.