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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 49 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

t0rin0, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

djrn2, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

zestar, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +6.4%

spycow, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.4%

nmann08, May 20, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

metter98, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kjkinsey, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ygtbsm94, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

jaydoc, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  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.

Knapp85, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2/5  rDev -46.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

oberon, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of largadeer
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

largadeer, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  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?

StonedTrippin, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.4%

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

RblWthACoz, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
4.06/5  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.

Slatetank, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  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.

jlindros, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

feloniousmonk, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 07, 2012
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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.