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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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: 648 | Reviews: 149
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look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into my little Three Floyds tasting snifter. Canned on date of 2/5/13.

A menacing-looking ale. Dark, murky burgundy pours thick from the can's lip, with nearly no head created upon its entry. A hold to the light gives up some burnt orange hues, but it's still like looking at the sun when at the bottom of a swamp.

Malt has made the aroma very sweet, with caramel and toffee taking the lead over some herbal hops. Maybe a little mint, cilantro.

Eek. Something's amiss here. the tangy, sugared sweetness of the malt isn't balanced by a beefy hop bitterness, but rather does battle with it. Burnt biscuits, caramel, grass, orange peel. All of them are in there and none of them seem to be getting along.

A bit of redemption is found in the body, to which the sugary malt has lent a nice full viscosity. The carbonation, absent from the head, is on full display in here, prickling the tongue with tiny bubbles.

Not a great barleywine, but not undrinkable.

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Canned 03FEB13

Cool little 8 oz can deceptively marketed. Pours a nice brown with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells of malts, some soap, some floral hops and a touch of sugar - nothing special. Flavor is sweet and fruity with lots of esters, hints of bubble gum and banana with a really English yeast flavor. Overly sweet for me. Medium bodied with low carb and a slightly sticky finish. I was hoping this would be really good so I could buy a good bunch for the cellar, but alas, not the truth.

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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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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.

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours to a nice Ruby-brown color, a light tan head that disappates quickly but lingers around the edge of the glass and laces the top of the beer. Nice clarity and legs that run down the side of the glass all day! The color in the picture doesn't quite represent the beer, it has a much lighter, more transparent look to it.

Aroma - The alcohol bloodies your nose as soon as you dip into it. Hints of caramel, brown sugar malty sweetness. Orange, citrus and dark cherries round it out.

Flavor - The first taste is of dark fruit, with a big alcohol hotness through out the middle and a mild hop bitterness in the end. Lingering earthy, slight citrus hop bitterness and the taste of bitter orange on the back. There is an ever so small malt flavor that hangs in there too, but the finish of fairly dry overall. The hops are not as forward as I would expect in an American Barley-wine, using Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada as the benchmark for this style.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body as one would expect from a Barley-wine, low carbonation with a biting alcohol hotness that dominates.

Overall - To me, the alcohol was a little overwhelming and it really took control of the flavors and aroma. With some age it would mellow out considerably, i'm sure, but I was hoping for something a little more special from 21st Amendment. This one just falls a little short for me. I have a couple more cans cellaring in the basement and will revisit this one in a year or so, and hopefully get the flavors I was yearning for!

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from an 8.4 oz. can. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, some hops as well. Taste is big on alcohol, hops, more alcohol, a touch of fruits. Feels medium bodied and very boozy in the mouth and overall, while not terrible, wasn't really to my liking.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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