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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

648 Ratings
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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004

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Ratings: 648 | Reviews: 149
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - amber iced tea color, thin head with little lacing.

Aroma - mostly pine, a bit of mango. Some estery notes as well.

Taste - nice chewy malts. Some sweet but kind of indistinguishable fruitiness along with licorice notes. The bitterness is in check at 92 IBUs but still with a slight element of harshness. It has the bite but not the scrape. A nice balance. I'm not altogether on board with the dry, almost medicinal finish. A slight more edge to the malty side would be preferable. Ends dry and with a bite.

Mouthfeel - weighty, good for the style. Plenty of carbonation. Has some of the slickness I like in a barleywine but could use more.

Overall - I'll have to salt away a can or two for an aged sampling, but these are pretty decent as is. That said, the abv is not hidden at all and belies a potent little kicker of a can.

Photo of damienblack
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of trevorpost
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Semi-cloudy amber colored brew with a head that is thing in strength, maybe 1/10" initially off the pour dropping to nada after a few seconds of waiting.

Smell: Bland scotch scent, Lightt caramel notes but not much to how with.

Taste: Not as complex as I thought it was going to be and just to let you know I paired this well with food. strong alcohol taste with a hit of a woody rum feel. Heavy barley but it's bland just like the scent.

Mouth: Light to medium body, smooth for a barleywine but I would take the roughness over how light the after taste is.

Overall: It's good considering of what it is, I personally after spending a chunk of money here can think of better choices. It's still worth your time...split the four pack with a friend. Salud!

Photo of hmich176
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Phelps
2.72/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of portia99
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8.4oz can (canned 2/5/13) poured into a Throwback snifter.

A - Pours a medium depth coppery amber color with excellent clarity. A faint attempt at forming a head fails quickly and leaves only a small collar of white bubbles around the edge of the glass.

S - Smooth alcoholic boozy aroma up front, plenty of hop aroma - bright and citrusy orange and grapefruit, rather grassy as well. Smooth, sweet malty base, a bit doughy and grainy - nice balance to the hops here.

T - Hops up front, firm bitterness with lots of citrusy hops to go along with the bitterness. Noticeable alcohol and a mild malt base. Bitterness lingers and gives a medicinal flavor after the swallow. Starts off really nice on each sip...somewhat reminiscent of Bigfoot in the early stages of each sip with a fresh hop character that breaks thru the malt. Towards the end it gets a bit messy and loses its resemblance.

M - A bit on the thin side for a barleywine. Medicinal bitterness, a bit boozy and warm. Carbonation is mid-level and tingly. Decent balance between malt and hops - definitely a hoppy American barleywine.

O - Appearance and aroma had me filled with high hopes. Even the first sip showed good promise. Half way thru the first sip, things changed a bit. The hops took on a medicinal quality in its bitterness that took away many of the fine points in the flavor of this beer. The medicine-y nature continued through the swallow and lingered long on each sip. I love a good and hoppy barleywine and I thought this had lots of promise. Overall, not bad - but had much more potential. I could drink this again, but probably won't...just doesn't live up to other easily obtainable hoppy American barleywines.

Photo of jujigatame
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

21st Amendment – Lower De Boom Barleywine – Insurrection Series
Canned 2/15/13, consumed 8/23/13, 11.5%, ABV 8.4 oz. can to tall tulip

Let sit 10-15 minutes out of the fridge before opening.

Says “packed with citrusy hops” and it certainly smells like it. Smells like imperial IPA, hops are strong and deep. I think I could just sniff this for a while without drinking it.

Hazy dark tan, caramel color. Head fades out fast to just a thin film and ring at the edge.

The booze hits first. Not a burn but an immediate warmth and presence. Hopes are strong like they were in the smell but the malt is really there in force as well. Some dark candied sweetness, some tart flavors too. Slightly sour grape or dates? Feels like one big blanket at first before individual parts come out to identify. Seems to go down very easily for me. Feels rich but not super thick. Smooth overall. Hop bitterness shows but the malt and body really keep it down on the whole. Slight chocolate note in the aftertaste, not really sweet though. Some earthiness to it. Grainy. The tart fruit really comes out if you hold this one for a bit. A nice sipper. Don’t feel the ABV too strongly to this point. Seems like this could be a big malty IPA aged on oak or something similar without that flavor being dominant. Would be interested to find a food pairing for this. Could make for good after dinner sharing as well. Really like the flavor as this has warmed in the glass. I didn’t quite know how this one would go but it definitely did appeal to me. 21A did a nice turn here.

Photo of kbuzz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MNishCT77
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Small can originally purchased at 1 West DuPont (crazy priced but nice!), 2012 vintage, poured into my *** snifter glass, drank 9/26/13 over a few hours.

A: 2/3 - amber brown coloration, minimal clarity, carbonation persists into a 1/2 finger-to-subtle glass lacing...imperessive for an American barleywine at 11.5% ABV

S: 7/12 - Cascade bleachy meets booze; lacks complexity and generally yucky!

T: 15/20 - maybe a minor redemption with a PNW hop character but overall bleh

M: 3/5 - moderate-to-high bodied; solid carbonation for high ABV

O: 7/10 - can't really get behind this on, especially when I think that I've personally brewed better American barleywines; nevertheless, it's certainly quaffable so it wins at least 7 overall points based on that criteria alone...21st Amendment just strikes me as remarkably overrated, especially in a state littered with so many great breweries!

TOTAL = 34/50

Photo of CHickman
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Beer review notes from 8/31/13: (can) pours clear amber reddish color with a 2 finger foamy tan head that was full of bubbles and faded slowly, leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus hops, grapefruit, booze like a strong dark rum, caramel, molasses, and some herbs; sweet and boozy sums up the nose.

Tastes of booze up front like a strong dark rum or even bourbon, then followed by citrus hops, grapefruit, caramel, molasses, toasted grains, brown sugar, red wine and some herbs or a potpourri-like essence; each sip brings heat and warms the belly but it's not offensive and comes back to the basic taste elements of booze and malt.

Mouthfeel is thick, creamy and smooth, but the heavy, thick viscous feel is so boozy that it is a slow sipper and borders on rough to drink.

Overall it is OK, not so easy to drink, but not bad either; you can feel and taste the booze but there are enough flavors to make this tolerable. Above average, but just a notch or two.

Photo of EatonHops
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

from the tiny can

Pours a deep reddish brown, bit of tan lacing for a head.

Smells of rich caramel, apples, and piney hops.

Rich caramel mixed with highly bitter piney hops. Overwhelmingly bitter.

Medium body with a light tingle of carbonation on tongue. Warms the mouth and the throat going down.

A decent strong ale with a very high hop flavor. The hops hide basically anything else in the flavor. The alcohol is very noticeable in this one too. Not going to be for everyone, even barleywine fans.

Photo of JayKay412
2/5  rDev -46.8%

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

Tiny 8.4 oz can served chilled into a goblet.

Lower De Boom is a dark redish brown color with just a slight haze. The head is thin and short-lived.

Aroma is a little sweet and very hoppy. It is evident that it has a huge malt body and more than ample hopping to balance it out.

Flavor is very intense with mild sweetness up front followed by strong bitter hops from there on out. It seems to have some apple and pear fruitiness but that quickly gets overwhelmed by the hops. The alcohol is borderline hot with a mouth drying finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very bitter and high in alcohol.

Overall a very solid effort. I haven't had many others from 21st Amendment but I'm pretty happy with this one.

Photo of Mantooth
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of alaimoa
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can poured into a teku
Nice mahogany with no head despite fast pour considering 8oz can size
Smells nice of toffee, brown sugar, raisins
Taste a bit off the mark too boozy up front with a stickiness in the back
Overall it's ok but missed the mark for me with limited complexity. Too boozy, sticky but hard to distinguish flavor profile

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes taken 8-29-13.

I poured aggressively and got no head. The body was an orangey brown amber.

The nose on this was rather good. I got caramel and raisin with malt, toffee and booze.

The taste was coarse and mainly generic bitter. It was uber boozy with no balance. The nose got me rather excited, then the flavors did not follow up.

Medium bodied.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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1/5  rDev -73.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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