Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by GPHarris:
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a ring of lace throughout. the body was a dark amber color.
s - big caramel malty aromas with a hint of hoppiness.
t - sweet then citrusy with a spicy finish.
m - medium and coating.
o - solid american barleywine with a good hop profile. i enjoyed it and i liked the slim can for a beer with an ABV this big.
03-11-2014 21:18:13 | More by GPHarris
More User Reviews:
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
On tap at Sessions yesterday.Poured a deep amber with a thinner off white head atop.Alot of brown sugar and caramel malts in the nose,a decent shot of resiny hop lingers.Quite sweet and cake-like on the palate,alot of brown sugar and dark fruit,again there is a decent shot of resiny hops in a lingering finish.It's hybrid to me between an English and American barleywine with its big sweet malty flavors and hoppedup finish,not bad but not overly drinkable.
06-11-2012 15:29:08 | More by oberon
2.96/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
03-22-2014 04:54:10 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Canned on 02-05-13 acording to the bottom of the mini can
Pours darker amber, hazed, moderate khaki head, goes to a tiny bubble film and super fine low sheeting and scattered lace.
Sweetly malty sniff, with vanilla coming through.
Tasty and easy drinking Bwine. Sweet malts with more vanilla and some honey coming to the party.
Smooth, smooth, smooth, dangerously easy to enjoy this one flowing over the taste buds.
Nice beer. Too bad the portions are so small...but actually not a bad value at about 33 ounces of barleywine for $11.99 for the fourpack.
Purchased at Peekskill Beer and soda, Peekskill, NY, a few days ago
04-28-2013 21:53:34 | More by Billolick
3.96/5 rDev +5.3%
Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, brown color, hazy
Smell: pineapple, deep caramel, and toffee
Taste: pine and earthy start, followed by toffee in the middle, brown sugar, pine, and more hops at the end
Mouthfeel: combo of sticky sweet and harsh bitterness--especially in the aftertaste, heavy in body, moderate carbonation
Overall: A solid and enjoyable American style barleywine. Nice combo of sticky sweet and harsh hops...very well balanced. Certainly one I would pick up again if I wanted this style.
06-10-2013 15:00:57 | More by tigg924
3.76/5 rDev 0%
Serving glass: Poured from can into Snifter.
Appearance: Dark reddish-orange with thin off-white head.
Smell: Some caramel and toffee, light citrus and a slight spiciness. A little boozy but the aroma is a little weak for such a big Barleywine.
Taste: Expected caramel and toffee malt backbone with a mix of hop flavors such as grapefruit, orange, pine and spices. Nothing really stands out and actually is slightly mild overall.
Feel: Full, oily body with low carbonation. Warming and dry finish.
Overall: A good Barleywine that doesn't stand out enough, despite the 11.5% abv.
04-06-2013 16:19:59 | More by bsp77
4.4/5 rDev +17%
This beer is a looker. Poured from its tiny can into my glass, it rests a thick, murky, rich orange-red. It grows a lightly tinted head to two fingers and the diminishment is never beyond one finger. This is a rich, creamy, frothy head that pillows the beer beautifully. As the beer subsides down the glass, the foamy creaminess that's left in a barely-tattered sheet is more head than lacing, coating the glass entirely.
Toasty breads with hints of caramel mingle with a pithy hoppiness. There's actually a very interesting (not offensive) note of cheese, sort of medium cheddar, in there too. I think it's just how my nose is picking up the pith and resin playing with the malts.
This is simply an excellently constructed barleywine. The way the flavors play out together just works so well. Along with the bread crust and toasty notes and dark fruits and caramel that never get too sweet balancing so well with floral and resinous hops bitterness that never gets too bitter, I have to wonder how difficult it is to keep it from going too far in either direction yet marvel that it doesn't. The flavor ends up favoring the hops, though they never overpower, and alcohlic warmth and flavor certainly makes itself known.
It's almost hard to believe how exceptionally creamy this beer is. Thick and rich, I expect some smoothness, but this exceeds my expectations in that regard. Combine that with a crispness that doesn't go overboard but gives support and liveliness every sip, and the feel of this beer is nearly perfect.
This may be my new favorite American barleywine, reviews be damned. Old Ruffian's not easy to upseat, but whatever people are missing here is gain for those who know what this beer should be.
05-17-2013 14:12:45 | More by Brenden
3.81/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
03-28-2014 04:01:20 | More by samtrillo
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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