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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

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485 Ratings
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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.67%

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004)
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Photo of Oakenator


4.61/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours brownish to amber with a decent head for a barleywine. Some head remains on top through consumption and even a bit of lacing which is suprising at this strength.

S: Hops - pine and grass, malt - sweet caramel.

T: Hops present up front and grab you mellowing later with malt sweetness, belgian candi sugar, and a slight alcohol finish but less than expected for a barleywine of this strength. Really nice.

M: Good after dinner drink, but not as heavy as you might think.

O: Well done and especially like the small 8 oz can - don't have to commit to what is often a 22+ oz bottle of very strong beer. Bravo!

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 01:27:40 | More by Oakenator
Photo of BierJager89


4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, though not reallly hazy, plum color with a short, creamy, tan head.

S: Orange, tangerine, mango, tropical fruit in the nose.

T: Orange, grapefruit peel, tangerine, then sweeter fruits like mango, pineapple, tropical fruit, then it gets a bit tart with lemon, some malt, some grass, some floral notes, pine and papaya.

M: Full bodied, pretty smooth, some alcohol sharpness and a tiny bit of alcohol astringency.

O: Definitely an America-style barelywine (in my experience akin to a double IPA, but with a higher ABV). It's hoppy, tropical in taste and smell, has a pretty good mouthfeel, and it's delicious.

Serving type: can

01-24-2014 02:16:41 | More by BierJager89
Photo of KevBot89


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
Photo of schoolboy


4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is my idea of a perfect statement on an American barleywine. (To my son:)This is not your father's barleywine. No sizzing and dripping either. I don't think what I got here is aged much at all. Although that wouldn't hurt it, it is not necessary.

It pours lighter than expected and drinks heavier. Very nice looking for a barleywine. The sweetness of the aroma and taste are huge, but what a treat. Love it.

I will make it a point to get this again and, (since it IS Sunday) again.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 17:48:54 | More by schoolboy
Photo of woodychandler


4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may give you an indication of the depth of the backlog of The CANQuest (TM): the bottom of the CAN is dtd 05 Feb 2013! It almost made it to its birthday, Wow!

From the (Slimline) CAN: "Ameri[CAN]-Style Barleywine Ale Packed With Citrusy Hops"; "92 IBUs".

I am guessing that, given its age, there may be some lees in the bottom of the CAN, thus requiring a gentle Glug. The Crack! was magnifique and it reeked of booze. How hot was this mo fo originally? I managed to produce a server's head - a finger of light-tan head produced by swirling the glass. The server's trick is to swirl a straw in the beer just before serving it to the customer. Color was a button-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) and once more, I was CANtemplating selling it to Full Circle Recycling as liquid copper. Nose was like a CANtact drunk. If you know of a CANtact high, in which you CAN get high without smoking just by being in a room pungent with weed, this was the same CANcept. I inhaled a LOT of booze on this bad boy! Along with the heat was a caramel/nutty maltiness, leather and dried dark fruits. Mouthfeel was big, not quite thick, but on the approach and it sat on my tongue like a dollop of whipped cream. I kid you not about the heat! Initially, all I could taste was booze until it subsided, then I got the dry mustiness of old leather. Whew! Man, this is a big beer, not to be tackled by amateurs. Finish was extremely dry, to the point that I was actually craving some water by the end of the mere 11.2 fluid ounces.


Serving type: can

02-01-2014 14:51:20 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Brenden


4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 14:12:45 | More by Brenden
Photo of barleywinefiend


4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep deep ruby color, almost brown. Little bit of carbonation and a small thin head that was a little dirty. Nose was sweet with some fruit, taste was sweet followed by some pronounced bite. Well hopped and well done.
A: Poured a deep ruby color with good carbonation and a small tannish cap

S: Big citrus nose, plenty of sugar, caramel

T: Has a nice smooth taste of citrus hops, caramel, light brown sugar, some dark fruits to it. The flavors are seamless and this beer is sweet and the booze is well masked

M: Big body, silky texture

O: Very good all the way around. Much better than I recall from the Toronado in 2008

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2008 18:04:48 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of vgarneth

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect serving size for an American Barleywine. 21st Amendment makes great beers and this one is a testament to their creative packaging by placing it in an 8.4 ounce can. Nice appearance and inviting nose. Great taste with a little kick, so enjoy two if you're up for it!

Serving type: can

05-30-2013 21:53:22 | More by vgarneth
Photo of Vonstein15


4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
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

Serving type: can

03-29-2014 18:53:38 | More by Vonstein15
Photo of mpedara429


4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Normally I drink from the can, but something this fancy deserved a pour into a glass. Poured out a slightly hazy copper color. A thing layer of off white head with little to no retention and lacing.

S: A very malty red licorice type smell. A very subtle floral and boozy quality.

T: Red licorice, vanilla, booze, earthy and floral hops.

M: Thick and stick body with a softer tingly type carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one. The boozy flavor may be off-putting for some, but there is great complexity in this beer that should not be overlooked.

Serving type: can

06-13-2013 01:31:45 | More by mpedara429
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark caramel amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - huge bread, caramel, tropical fruit

T - bread, caramel, candy sugar, dark fruit, earthy hop character, booze

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a rather good beer. It has a huge malt presence as is to be expected and a mild hop character. The alcohol is intense, but not overwhelming. The tropical fruit nose a bit different but intriguing. This is an all around enjoyable beer. It may not be the most complex, but it does come in this adorable little can. I'll definitely have another.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 02:01:00 | More by tdm168
Photo of EkimGram

New York

4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin 8.4oz can poured into a snifter. Brown-orange in colour, hazy quality, almost no head whatsoever.

Smell: Powerful malts mix with a citric hop aroma and an alcoholic sweetness.

Taste: Very strong hop presence to start. Bitter and citric flavours give way to bready malts and a strong alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body has a silky touch. Finishes with a slight carbonated nip.

Overall: This is a rather elegant brew. The flavours are strong yet simplistic while remaining interesting.

Serving type: can

05-08-2013 02:57:08 | More by EkimGram
Photo of donquixote

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is the first beer from 21st that I actually like. The high gravity helps with this style and I believe they hit it on the head with this one. Overall a good drinkable beer and meets the expectations of the style. Looks, tastes and feels like a good Barlywine and I'm not typically a Barlywine or 21st fan. Have one and Probst!!

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 23:33:19 | More by donquixote
Photo of KFBR392


4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Color is a ruby/amber red color. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Light head on the pour and present on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Citrus hop jump out right away. Solid piney bitter base. Sweet/juicy barley body really peaks this aroma. Little bit of a boozy bite which just adds some depth more then anything else.

Taste: Rounded barley mixes well with the citrusy hop tones on the front. A richer barley presence warms up on the body. Bitter hops pop up on the back end. Tad boozy on the finish but it's well kept. Nice transitions between flavors in this brew.

Mouthfeel: The barley provides some nice layers on the palate but could stick around for a while longer. Carbonation is pretty low on the mouthfeel.

Overall: This is how American barleywine should be. Big, lots of barley, bitter hops, and some boozy tingle. Reminds me a lot of Old Guardian from Stone which is a personal favorite of mine. Highly recommended!

Serving type: can

01-28-2014 23:22:01 | More by KFBR392
Photo of DerelictPI

New York

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: can

04-16-2014 01:07:15 | More by DerelictPI
Photo of DIM


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Silly name, but I can't pass up the chance to try a new to me b-wine.

a: This was a dark, murky reddish color. Looks a bit like an India black ale or whatever they are called. It was served to me with a large, firm tan head.

s: Fairly mellow but appealing. I found surprisingly strong fruit aromas of grape, plus cola, caramel, and resinous hops.

t: I've never tasted anything quite like this, but it works for me. Lots sweet caramel and cola plus kind of vinous, kind of candy like grape or cherry flavor. Strong but largely flavorless bitterness at the end.

m: Big and borderline syrupy.

o: Very different but very good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 19:58:32 | More by DIM
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $7.50 at Taco Mac in East Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a dark brown, opaque body with a near inch of ever-so-slightly yellowed head with surprising staying power.

Smell: Toasted, near burnt breadcrusts layered with sweet-scented notes of rich caramel and brown sugar. Some fruitiness within. Pithy, resiny hop elements, and, of course, some noted booze underneath it all.

Taste: Deep, heavy toastiness, some light accompanying roast, and a big taste of Brach's caramel cubes. It's plenty sweet, but, not too sweet. Mild ripe dark fruitiness. Citrusy, resinous hops are fighting the sweetness, pushing to be seen, to be heard, delivering a growing bitterness. Closes out dry, bitterish, and warm, with a lingering earthy, pithy quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A barleywine you say "sure" to.

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2013 17:12:34 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Beer-A-Lot


4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised and very impressed with this barleywine. Very drinkable for its abv. While not as complex or smooth as Insanity, it's still quite enjoyable. Lots of floral flavors and hints of spiciness. Fair amount of hopiness. Great look and solid feel. Very glad I tried this.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 23:16:31 | More by Beer-A-Lot
Photo of kdoc8


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this 10.6% ABV barleywine on tap at the brewery in San Francisco, CA. It had a thick white bubbly head (over an inch thick) on top of a deep red/brown color. Served in a snifter. It was cloudy had lots of lacing. The smell was both sweet and bitter at the same time - sort of like a cider or apple juice, just with more alcohol in the aroma. The taste is of strong bitter hops with a hops and alcohol aftertaste. Hops is the predominant taste though it doesn't come out in the aroma. Later in the aftertaste there is a more complex fruity and apples flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2007 21:15:24 | More by kdoc8
Photo of Huffs

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, developed a great looking head with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a deep, clear amber / copper color. Aroma was of a light fruit with some malt notes. Tasted malty with hints of fruit anda strong back of alcohol. Mouthfeel was heavy with a lasting, sweet / malty aftertaste.

Serving type: can

04-28-2013 01:12:19 | More by Huffs
Photo of Slatetank


4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this from the small redbull-style 8.4oz can purchased at Wegmans

It is an attractive package that stands out, but my rating is not based on the look of the beer since I enjoyed it straight from the can. The smell is very hop forward with slight caramel sweet malt aromas and mild alcohol ester. The feel is hop dominant also with slight acidity and moderate sweetness to balance with light alcohol warming in the finish with moderate carbonation.

I like the nice citrus notes the hops impart and the malt is not cloying but it is enough to balance the bitterness and alcohol is not overdone for the 11.5%, Overall I would drink this again it is a good example of the American barleywine style and a half pint is a good sample size unless you would prefer to share.

Serving type: can

03-20-2013 14:00:56 | More by Slatetank
Photo of PicoPapa


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8.4oz can. Canned on: 02/15/13 on the bottom. Pours a reddish, dark brown color with almost no head. Some lacing. The aroma has alot going on. Boozey with some malts, dark cherries, sweet orange and maybe a bit of cough syrup. The taste is malty and boozey followed by cherry cough syrup. A bit woody. Some hop bitterness at the end but not much of the orange I got in the nose. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This is a little more than a month old but isnt overly hot. Interested in seeing how it ages. Overall, hate the 8oz can, really like the beer.

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 00:03:51 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of justintcoons


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz can poured into a tulip.

Red with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

Candied orange and lemon. Pineapple, rich caramel and hints of booze.

Oily notes of orange, lemon, pineapple and mango. Rich caramel, brown bread and candy sugars. A little boozy. Finishes with pine resin, orange zest and hints of leather.

Full bodied, silky, oily, smooth and warming.

This is a really well crafted American Barleywine. Really good stuff. Fat beer in a little can.

Serving type: can

03-19-2013 20:19:23 | More by justintcoons
Photo of jsg978


4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Stange.

A very mellow flavor for a 11.5% ABV barley wine. The 92 IBU did not hit as strongly as an IPA would. Good balance of flavors.

As a barley wine fan this is a good choice amongst some pretty lame American Barleywines. Better flavor than the Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada.

Serving type: can

03-03-2013 06:19:03 | More by jsg978
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, the feel on this beer is very nice. Slick and smooth with the minimal carbonation I want to see. Flavor is good, but seems fairly one-dimensional and falls off too soon for me. I'd like to see it linger more really. And I'd like more complexity. But maybe ate would bring that out. Perhaps I shall get more to see what happens with them over time. Either way, excellent example of the style. It will be interesting to see how a barleywine ages in a can.

Serving type: can

03-13-2013 03:40:05 | More by RblWthACoz
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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.