Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine
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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a tiny little can, this barley wine is a hazy chestnut color with a thin head. It is very dry, with a lot of citrusy and resiny hops. Perfume, fruit (ripe prach and orange) alcoholic scents dominate the beer. The taste has malt and sugar flavors. Heavy bitterness. Full and rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick cloudy amber with a thick 1" white head that dies down to light foam with a clinging foam lacing on the glass. Smell of hops and caramel, dates, plums, and dark fruit, and spicy hop notes. Taste is caramel malts up front, mild bittering hops on the middle and back with the caramel, brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon toast. Great mouthfeel, richly carbonated and buttery, thus making for a decadent barley wine. Reminds me somewhat of a more caramel version Sierra Nevada's Big Foot. Very VERY nice.

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Photo of stevoj
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Boom, indeed. Forget the little cute can it comes in, this one hits full on from the get-go with alcohol burn. Aroma and taste give away to high ABV, faint malt backbone lies somewhere in the mix, but an overall smooth and slightly sweet experience. Nice!

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Photo of MikeWard
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

poured from an 8.4oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 11/7/13, so 6 months on.

Poured a nice hazy dk amber/coppery color. Around 3/4 inch foamy head, which dissipated somewhat, but reamined throughout the drink. Lacing was minimal.

Aroma was almost completely boiled candy, with a faint booziness.

Taste was actually a little different than expected. While the candy was certainly very forward, there was a nice hop bitterness as well. I'm usually firmly in the English Barleywine camp, and haven't like American offerings, but this, perhaps due to the bit of age on it, was very nicely balanced. Booze coming through a little at the end.

Mouth was around medium.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Not sure what's up with the whacky can size, would have enjoyed a 12 oz, but...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.4 oz can into a pint glass, dated 11/7/13.

A: Pours a copper color. The two finger head has a pale yellow shade and nice retention for the style. There's a nice, consistent ring of lacing left as the head fades away.

S: There's an intense fruity component that also seems to be both leathery and alcoholic. I wouldn't call the alcohol 'well hidden', that's for sure. Some slight notes of pine and tobacco indicate some of the hops are still floating around, but playing a lesser song next to the boozy caramel. As expected, the nose improves once this opens up - it gains some brown sugar and even chocolate notes. There's some good aromatic complexity.

T: It starts off with a leafy, tobacco-esque bitterness. Caramel-y malts start to appear after a while, finishing quite boozy. There's a touch of tart fruitiness, must, and leather - again, seemingly alcohol derived. I'm disappointed it isn't more complex considering how forward the booze is (if a beer tastes boozy, that usually means it's also quite deep). Nor am I enamored by its flavor profile.

M: This is a heavy-feeling beer, but seemingly dry and well attenuated. There's still plenty of residual sugars and lingering booze to turn this into a pure sipper. Carbonation isn't really a factor.

O: Wow, 8.4 oz is an absolute perfect size for this beer. I mean, 'cause it's so boozy and hard to drink. I don't know how well this would age - it seems like I'll have to give it another chance fresh (and that's a shame, because even the hoppiest 'Murican-style barleywine can age well...) Right now, it's not horrible, just hard work.

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

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Photo of steve8robin
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small red bull sized can. 92IBU. 11.5%ABV. Tagline on can: "American style barleywine ale packed with citrusy hops".

Pour lends a medium browish-red / rust color. Hazy apple juice color in snifter. Started with a small head that fades quickly into non-existence. Aggressive swirl causes carbonation bubbles to cake a tiny eggshell colored head that again quickly fades to nothing.

Upon opening can, immediately could smell citrus notes from the can. Upon further sniffing, caramel sugar being bathed in by orange peel.

Aggressive swirl followed by first sip leads to aggressive piney hop melting into thick sugars pounding your taste buds followed by a dry tongue and creamy sugary throat.

Less complex than hoped for a style begging for complexity.

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Photo of glass_house
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My only complaint is that this comes in tiny cans. I actually like them, but for the price I feel I should be getting a full 12 oz. I love this beer. Wonderful dark malt flavors of carmael, toffee, brown sugar and some dark fruit. Noticeable hop presence, but not overly so, as with some American takes on the style. There is a little alcohol heat, but overall it's pretty damn smooth for the 11.5% abv.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at Bar of Soap Asheville. Served in a stemless wine glass.

A- Pours a light brown color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Sweet cereal grain malt with a big shot of brown sugar and vanilla. Slightly boozy and a trace amount of hop aroma.

T- Comes on sweet and Bready but then there's the moderate hop bitterness and booze. Notes of caramel, honey and maple. Not necessarily complex but there's a lot going on. Layers of vanilla and sweet bread. Good hop burps.

M- Slightly syrupy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Not an awesome barleywine, but one that delivers what it's supposed to.

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Photo of Vonstein15
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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

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Photo of samtrillo
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned on 11/07/13 and poured and drank on 3/27/14
A - Cream head on initial pour that all but disappears. Attractive translucent amber color.

S - Very intense sweet malt like you'd imagine.

T - Sweet caramel malt flavor with hop citrus. Lots of booze as well but it's expected and warranted. Looking for a little more hop bitterness but it's not there.

M - Little carbonation and a very smooth malt full bodied feel.

O - It's good. The more you drink it the more you like it. I'm actually more familiar with aged barleywines so this was hard to rate at first.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
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 puboflyons
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the little 8 fl. oz. can. Sampled on March 22, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy medium amber color with a short-lived cream colored head. It fades to nothing after a moment but generally looks like it should.

The aroma is full of barley malts and caramel sweetness. Little to no booze but that aroma is very much like it should be for the style.

The body is medium but there is an astringency to it.

The booze is a bit more notable in the taste but overall it is still a bold barley and sweet character with little in the way of hop bitterness. These 8 oz cans seem to be pointless though.

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Photo of osant37
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 8.4 oz can. canned on 11/07/13 into a snifter.
A - pours a viscous, almost snapple iced tea like brownish amber.very quickly dissapating head. visible alcohol legs.

S - very sweet malts. toasted coconut hints, caramel candies, and booze & more sweet stingy booze. fruity west coast hops in there too. excellently balanced aroma.

T - sweet caramel up front. fruity hop bitterness in the middle of the mouth. delicious!!! booze warmth on the back.

M - viscous and full bodied as an american barleywine should be. could use just a bit more carbonation.

O - great take on a barleywine. this definatly stands out to me. i love the west coast hop take on a malt bomb style. the booze is definatly present. i wonder how it would age in the can? im gonna hang on to a few to see how that goes. will definatly buy again!!!...cheers!!!

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
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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Photo of GPHarris
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a ring of lace throughout. the body was a dark amber color.
s - big caramel malty aromas with a hint of hoppiness.
t - sweet then citrusy with a spicy finish.
m - medium and coating.
o - solid american barleywine with a good hop profile. i enjoyed it and i liked the slim can for a beer with an ABV this big.

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Photo of greg33027
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Mightykingmalard
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: nice and amber, with a little cloudiness, which is how I view barleywines. Head is eggshell white and burns off pretty quick. 3.5

S: citrusy and a little oak. Not bad. 3.25

T: comparing the taste to other 21st amendment beers, it is pretty comparable. That being said, it isn't superior. Compared to other barleywines, it lacks. A strange aftertaste and far too sweet, with no real hop to it. 2.75

M: leaves a sour taste in my mouth that isn't really desirable. I feel like it should be sipped cooler, but that is contrary to other barleywines. 3.25

O: it isn't too bad, but at about 11 bucks for 4 8oz cans, you are way better suited with something else for your money. 3.0

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Photo of ksimons
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a dark amber with a very thin layer of white head that disappears quickly

S-caramel malt, rum soaked raisins, and a light bitter finish

T-caramel malt backbone with brown sugar, raisins, and a bitter citrus finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M-medium to full body, crisp carbonation

Overall a very enjoyable barleywine, a good balance of malt sweetness and bitter hops

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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 jhawth
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Poured from can into snifter. Pours a brownish orange with a thin cap of off-white foam; even an aggressive pour failed to yield a large amount of head.

Aroma: Big malt flavors match up with big hop notes--vanilla, boozy fruits, sharp hoppy bitterness. Slight mustiness, slight isopropyl-like twinge.

Taste: Slight hop bitterness up front, then rich malt notes of vanilla and candied fruits, then citrusy hop notes with alcoholic bite. Relatively 'hot', alcohol-wise.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, light carbonation.

Overall: Nice American barleywine. Big citrus notes, pretty big alcohol presence. I'm interested to see how both will mellow as it ages.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

#HappyHulaintheCoolaDay

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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