Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery
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Reviews by RyanLigeia:
3.73/5 rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
Look- Comes in a uniquely portioned small can, which isnt a bad thing but I personally did not care for the actual look of the cans themselves. Other than that the packaging itself was amazing, as usual coming from 21st Amendment. The beer pours a mostly clear dark mahogany / ruby color. Minimal off-white head with some visible carbonation racing to the surface.
Smell- The hop presence is definitely notable with some delicious smelling citrusy undertones but this one is equalled by a strong sweet caramel maltiness. You can tell its gonna have a little kick to it but I wouldnt have blindly guessed almost %12.
Taste- Unique taste for a barley wine. A bitter hop finish almost on par with a dipa, alcohol is way more present and the malt bill takes the back seat here.
Mouthfeel- lots of alcohol warmth/borderline burn. Carbonation is on the higher end for a 11.5% barley wine. Slightly sticky, "bittering/dry" hop feel as well.
Overall- Def worth a try in my book because it IS unique compared to most barley wines out there. I think this one would improve with about a years worth of cellaring to hopefully mellow out that alcogol bight…but thats just what I feel it'd take to get the beer to where I'd PERSONALLY like it to be. The only issue with that is thee ol hop fade (which may be an oxymoron since that hop presence is something that was mentioned on the packaging as intentional) so some of you hop heads out there will probably ilke this one right where its at off the shelves.
Serving type: can
06-06-2013 03:32:10 | More by RyanLigeia
More User Reviews:
3.96/5 rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured into a snifter, because why not at this point. Just want to say that 21st Amendment has some of the best can designs out there.
Deep, deep amber almost brown color, with an almost nonexistent head. (Probably too cold when poured.)
Have to write this, smells like Juicy Juice fruit drink. Strong but pleasant candied or dried fruit, almost brown sugar/caramel smell. Not as strong as a quad but similar scents.
Sweet, orangey, malty right away gives way to a nice bitter hop finish. A bit of alcohol but the toasty malt backbone and balanced hop flavor all work really well.
Nice pleasant body, a little thinner than the smell would lead you to believe. Then the light carbonation hits and it just dries up from there. Really nice finish and definitely way more drinkable than I thought.
Big thanks to Beer Geeks at CBC Braintree for the recommendation. I have only had one or two barley wines before this so I not too familiar with the style. This beer is great. I don't know if this is a true rep of the style but this is great beer. Good balance between malts and hops and really drinkable.
Serving type: can
03-07-2014 02:43:47 | More by greg33027
4.48/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
A: Dark mahogany, almost see through when held up to the light. Minimal tan head.
S: a bit stuffed up, couldn't smell much of anything.
T/M: Very hop forward and super smooth. Herbal and woody hops. Some grainy malts. Certainly hoppier than malty. Lots of fruit flavors (mango, pineapple); sweeter than bitter and finishes with nice, mellow alcohol. Lowly carbonated and light body.
Could have warmed a bit. As I drank it some of the grainy flavors were more present and the hop flavors were also more accentuated.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 21:56:54 | More by KevBot89
3.81/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This pours an intense amber in color with light foaming.
There’s a strong aroma of caramel and candied orange.
I get a malty sweetness balanced by a slight bitterness and some orange notes. Candied sweet, with a long finish. Solid, if not spectacular.
Serving type: on-tap
03-03-2014 08:20:38 | More by elNopalero
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Canned on 11/7/13.
Appearance: Poured very clear initially but some sediment at the bottom the the can resulted in a murky crimson brown color with a very thin cap of off-white foam despite an aggressive pour.
Aroma: Big drunken caramel malt with blood orange and dried fruits. This aroma screams American barleywine in every way.
Taste: Starts with bittersweet earth and citrus. The malt is much less present than I was expecting and the aroma actually eclipses the flavor a bit. However, there is a nice sweet caramel that balances out the hops decently. The finish is quite smooth with barely any lasting bitterness in the aftertaste apart from a little pine. Really can't taste any of the 11.5% ABV.
Mouthfeel: Between medium and full in body with nearly tepid carbonation. The mixture of those two elements makes this quite a drinkable beer, which is a little uncommon for the style. It almost drinks more like a whiskey and the smaller portion size reinforces the feeling that this is meant to be enjoyed slowly.
Final Thoughts: So not quite the big beer that I was expecting due to the less-than-robust taste and tepid feel but still a good beer. Would I drink it again? If I'm in the mood for a barleywine.
Serving type: can
02-27-2014 01:16:22 | More by JamesMN
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 448 ratings.