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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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Reviews: 150
Hads: 669
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 24.8%
Wants: 30
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There is also some lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol is noticeable.
O: This is a good barleywine to sip. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
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?

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a clear copper color. The head was fizzy and white with a light amount of lacing. The smell of the beer is malty with a decent hoppy aroma in there as well. Sweet smelling with some citrus. The taste of the beer is loaded with caramel flavors with a bitter citrus flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the carbonation. Overall it's a decent Barley Wine. It's good it might be better with age also.

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Photo of largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at 21A. Chestnut brown in the glass, clear save for a light haze, with a creamy off-white head atop. The nose is a beautiful mélange of toffee malt, fruitcake, tropical fruit, toast, piney hops and a hint of alcohol. Sweetness and esters are pleasantly restrained. The taste doesn't live up to the excellent aroma, exhibiting somewhat harsh solvents alongside flavors of burnt toast, fruitcake, bitter grapefruit peel and pine. Bitter and especally dry for the style, this is an American-style barleywine through-and-through, a style I've never been able to fully embrace. A toasty and rich mid-palate leads way to a solventy, moderately harsh and overly bitter, sappy finish. Not bad, not great. Bigfoot fans may enjoy this.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small, interesting, I almost want to call it a "cute" can. Hopefully the beer is good.

Pours a lighter fizzy head that at least sticks around for a bit, mostly clear iced-tea brown colored beer.

Nose is a barleywine alright, plenty of sweet malts, candy,lots of candy, toffee, caramel, syrupy, light reddish malt, sugary, but overall malts seem muted. Hops are also not exploding, a little earthy slightly U.K. like hops, mostly bittering hops it seems, not much else no matter how much I swirl it.

Taste brings more sweet malts, candy galore again, little toffee, syrupy, reddish candy apple, sweet and sugar, etc. That also brings a little feusel booze, and light phenols that seem to bring tannins and their own bitterness. Hops cut in with earthy and chewy hop flavors, little spicy, not much else either. Faint hints of nuts and dried fruits, fig like but barely. Finish is still fairly sweet, plenty of bitter earthy chewy hops lingering, light caramel and candy syrup, bit of booze too.

Mouth is thicker bod, lots of fluffy carb, some warming booze.

Overall meh, seems a little half hearted, lacking much punch on anything except booze, like they forgot half the ingredients. And this was served at pretty much room temp by the time I got to it, so it's not that. A little disappointed for a mini can like that from 21st A.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8oz can. Deep clear ruby with a ½ finger of frothy off-white head. This retain nicely, with a rich flare-up that leaves back robust spotty lacing. The aroma smells of dark fruit, grains, brown sugar accents, ripe citrus and a slight dankness that lends this a bit of airiness in the nose. The taste is similar, being sweet and fruity up front with notes of toffee, toasted grains, brown sugar, and pithy dark cherry all being present before an assertive hop profile takes hold and leaves this feeling bitter and resinous . A lingering graininess and a sticky combo of fruit and sweetness hang in there as well though after each sip. The feel is full bodied with a chewy creaminess to the carbonation. That 11-12% ABV is present, adding some extra boldness to the flavors but without this becoming stinging or overly taxing on the palate. This was certainly decent for such a big take on a Barleywine, with a definite boldness to the flavor and feel. I’m not quite sure that the balance was quite where it needed to be but its relative smoothness and having to commit to only 8oz made this a pleasant and warming sipper.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Lower de Boom Barleywine. 10.5% ABV, 92 IBUs.

And here we have a brew they've only kegged, never canned, and I was lucky enough to snatch one up. Have to take notes before it's gone.

Looks fantastic. Beautiful dark brown/ruby coloring, under a thick, pudding-ish creamy white head, lasts long, and leaves lace. Lovely. Love it.

Aroma: bright ripe fruit, rich malty complexity. Leading into something good.

Taste: Mmm! Mix of chocolate and rich dark fruits, leather, cognac, port wine, and cigar smoke. Medium bodied, a bit woody. Cherries, grapes, figs, with a fierceness that grows. The alcohol can't hide very well, as it's on the large side. A trifle smokey, as well, with growing complexity. Terribly tasty, and utterly indulgent.

Just a touch on the bitter side, and never too sweet. This is a large and in charge barley-wine that doesn't ache at the sides. Plenty of what I look for in a barley-wine, not missing a thing. Good balance, but not too balanced, if you know what I mean and I hope you do.

Here's what they say about it: "Deep, mahogany color, rich malt candied, rock sugar flavors with sweet burnt currant and fig aromas. It’s strong alcohol content is tempered by a clean bitterness and complex flavors. This Barley Wine is named for Cornelius de Boom, the San Francisco Belgian Consulate General (1850 to 1851) and surprisingly the name of the alley along-side the 21st Amendment on 2nd Street.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with a half finger tall beige head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweetness present in this beer with some hints of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. The beer is very malty with some hints of citrus hops.

T: Up front this beer is very sweet with the caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla flavors coming through. Then the beer finishes with a citrus hop bitterness.

M: medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Enjoyable but very sweet - glad to sip on this beer but I did not want a very large pour of this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Too butterscotchy, by a lot. Beer served on tap at the Meridian Pint the other night. Beer is amber / copper and clear with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, malty, Marris Otter sort of sweet, nice, a little candy in the nose.

Beer is medium in body and butterscotch jumps off the palate at me, it dominates the midpalate by a lot and it is a little offputting, by the time I finished, I knew I didn't want more. The beer does have a nice finish, mildly dry, mildly sweet throughout. Not a repeat.

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Dave for sharing.

The beer is amber orange with a thin beige collar. The aroma offers malt, alcohol,
sweet fruit, furniture cleaner, caramels, butterscotch candies. The flavor is ok. Some metallic notes. Noticeable alcohol throughout. A bold beer. A bit aggressive and slightly harsh on the palate. Not as bad as I made it sound. Middle of the road.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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.


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Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

A faint tan head barley manages to get a finger tall on the pour. Settles to a nice simple collar with a thin puck, with some soapy character. Body is a bit of a cloudy dull copper red amber with brown.

Nose is a bit muted. Sweet malts and sense of pickle brine, matching a little bit of faint toasty brown sugar. Quite muted, not much going on here, but a little bit.

Palate leaves a little bit of faint hop and resin, mixing with a little bit of sweet malt. Lingering nice pine and grapefruit bitterness, but with a dominating astringent character that warms and takes over. Palate is a little bit wet but nothing terribly.

Overall I am not getting much out of this or having a desire to return to it. It's drinkable and perfectly fine, but not my thing compared to other barleywines.

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Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, amber-copper coloring with a thin, filmy ring of head on the surface. Aromas of tropical fruits, heavily ladened with mango and pineapple, with a subtle roasting and some darkly sweet fig in the backbone. Also some citrusy spicing throughout the nose, with orange zest and pepper dancing around the sinuses. Flavors are heavily roasted and rich, with a dark caramel backbone and tobacco highlight. Pepper and tamarind spicing throughout, with a subtle boozey kick to keep your tastebuds going. The tropical fruit becomes a much more blended characteristic on the palate, with a fruit punch feel, but much more concentrated. Resiny characteristics in the aftertaste, adding to the richness. Sharp, boozy kick at the end of the aftertaste, leading to a slick, slightly bitter, tangy lingering finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Little can has been in the fridge for more than a week now.. Tonight it was poured into my HotD goblet... deep amber brew has nice clarity... short lasting tannish head leaves only spotty lacing.

The nose is definitely American BW territory... plenty of piney hoppy bitterness and a nice background/yet sorta balanced caramel/toasty maltiness. solvent EtOH.. even acetone with warmth.

Flavor immediately makes me think of Old Boardhead... Not as hoppy/or bitter as Bigfoot.. heavy American hops and a good West Coast malt balance.. with warmth some figgy/date sweetness arises.. a bit odd for sure.. as it warms it gets pretty muddy.. and boozy... hot EtOH.

Body and carbonation are about right.. the nail polish is really blooming.. Headache?

Good/decent when cold.. downright harsh when warmer.... smells and tastes like a headache.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates into patchy foam and a ring around the glass with light lacing. Mild aroma of orange and tangerine citrus, ethanol and faint sweet malt; almost smells more like a tincture of fruit than an ale. Flavor of citrus hops, orange, faint dark and light stone fruit, mild malt, somewhat astringent finish. Medium bodied. An odd take on the American barleywine style that leans more towards a dry double IPA with less dark fresh and dried fruit than generally encountered in a barleywine. The malt body seems thin for the style and ABV. Alcohol is less dominant in the taste than aroma, but is still strong. The bitter orange flavor, particularly in the finish is intriguing, but I'd like to see some more malt support for the fruit and hops here. Worth a try; I'm going to cellar a few to see what happens over time; it's a bit too hot and unbalanced right now.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 8.4oz can into a tulip. Barleywine in a tiny can? Sign me up!

Appearance: rich, tawny-brown hue with a moderate haze and a light apparent effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of tan foam but subsided pretty quickly. Not much lace on the glass, either.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a lot of caramel and floral notes. The intensity is a bit on the low side, however; kind of unusual. Not bad, but the volume could come up a bit.

Taste: like the aroma, the flavor starts out subdued, but it then begins to build. Very sweet malt with caramel, floral and some light pear right up front, developing some alcohol heat toward the end. The heat really lingers on the palate; a couple years in the cellar might do this beer good (how well does beer age in the can?). The finish is a little rough, then, but overall this is an interesting and smooth barleywine, if not an overly complex one.

Mouthfeel: big body with a rich, round smoothness. Carbonation is pretty low, so there's not much creaminess here. But the strength and sweetness of this brew give it a real smooth, slick feel.

Overall: this is an interesting beer, but the alcohol heat and the bit of roughness in the finish impact drinkability for me. Worth a try, though, if you like the style.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.