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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 48 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Texasfan549, Jul 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Dirt, Jul 07, 2013
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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  rDev +6.4%

Rast, Jul 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

lonewolfcry, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of papat444
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Boozecamel for this one.

Poured from a small 8.4oz. can, canned 02/05/13.

Appearance: Reddish copper body, good sized foam that holds at a thick ring, slathering the sides.

Smell: Caramel, candied sugar, ripe peaches & mangoes, bit of hoppiness mixed with earth, sugary malt.

Taste: Sharp burst of hop flavor followed by a wave of candied malt. Kind of a too clean finish.
Flavors could have dwelt a bit longer.

Mouthfeel: Even if there are hops in the flavor, doesn't translate into bitterness at all. Blanket of smoothness all over.

Overall: A good choice. Would have liked a bit more of an expansive feel but overall i liked it.

papat444, Jun 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

hellhammermario, Jun 30, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ironchefmiyagi13, Jun 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

MistahBeah, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.68/5  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.

LiquidAmber, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of JayQue
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good solid barleywine. Not a big hops blast, but there are plenty of hops present. Poured from an 8.3 oz can into a pint glass. Brilliant Amber Ruby clear color. Good size off white head with good retention (for that octane level) and rings of lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma, caramel malts and some floral and piney hops.

Good barleywine flavor as well. Caramel malt, a decent amount of hops bitterness, oily /piney hops and some dark fruit. Mouthfeel is rich enough but there is little alcohol burn. This beer is ready to go right now without having to age it for mellowness..

Good barleywine. I like the 8 oz can for an 11.50 abv beer. Nice to drink a fresh, hoppy barleywine without any harsh alcohol accompanyment.

JayQue, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

anson42, Jun 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

carterbt, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Metalaero, Jun 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

twenty5, Jun 17, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Normally I drink from the can, but something this fancy deserved a pour into a glass. Poured out a slightly hazy copper color. A thing layer of off white head with little to no retention and lacing.

S: A very malty red licorice type smell. A very subtle floral and boozy quality.

T: Red licorice, vanilla, booze, earthy and floral hops.

M: Thick and stick body with a softer tingly type carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one. The boozy flavor may be off-putting for some, but there is great complexity in this beer that should not be overlooked.

mpedara429, Jun 13, 2013
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.