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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

560 Ratings
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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 23
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

-92 ibus. 11.5%abv. packaged in a micro 8.4 fluid oz skinny can similar to a red bull. packed with citrusy hops.

A: Opens up with a coppery pour with a dark candy apple red in the vessel. Good clarity shows a medium, spacious rise of carbonation. The head as with most per style is thin, skim covering, corkboard brown, no holding power or window dressing.

S: The nose holds a burst of citrusy hops from the opening to the glass. Honey caramelized sweetness with a faint alcohol mention, considering its 11.5% is very restrained. Some freshly sliced apple and semi dry pear perhaps from the yeast.

T: The flavor is heavy caramelized with a base of toasted grains and wet citrus hops. The alcohol is well mannered in the beginning at the lower end of the drinking spectrum, increasing noticeably towards the higher end. Gentle warming but ends with a spicy bite of alcohol laced fruit. Dry boozy scotch-whiskey like finish.

M: The mouthful is heavy caramelized and syrupy with nil carbonation, thick and viscose.

O: Overall malty, good rate of hop ibus, caramelized toasted grains. The 8.4oz can seems like a perfect serving size, while some breweries that try to overload it into a bomber. A can was $3 which was not factored into my overall review, but something to consider for those looking to try, a worthy buy.

Serving type: can

06-05-2013 01:01:34 | More by beerthulhu
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vgarneth

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect serving size for an American Barleywine. 21st Amendment makes great beers and this one is a testament to their creative packaging by placing it in an 8.4 ounce can. Nice appearance and inviting nose. Great taste with a little kick, so enjoy two if you're up for it!

Serving type: can

05-30-2013 21:53:22 | More by vgarneth
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Pencible

Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like rusty copper hops and alcohol, with some orange and caramel and raisin.
T: It tasted like copper hops and earthy caramel, with some orange and raisin. The aftertaste was somewhat clean and bittersweet, with alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an ok brew, but the scent and taste weren't that great. The body was good, but the finish was harsh, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Not recommended.

Serving type: can

05-30-2013 21:34:07 | More by Pencible
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-30-2013 18:28:20 | More by ROGUE16
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MEW

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

05-29-2013 00:59:07 | More by MEW
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Beer-A-Lot

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised and very impressed with this barleywine. Very drinkable for its abv. While not as complex or smooth as Insanity, it's still quite enjoyable. Lots of floral flavors and hints of spiciness. Fair amount of hopiness. Great look and solid feel. Very glad I tried this.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 23:16:31 | More by Beer-A-Lot
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Devonben07

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-27-2013 21:40:05 | More by Devonben07
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

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

8.6 oz can was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper color with good clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted malts, a little booze, tangerine, and grapefruit. Booze is hidden really well.

Taste: Really a lot of citrus happiness. All the malts have take a step back and aren't as balanced as I would think. Tingly bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, medium to full bodied, tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Might have to age the 3 other cans from the 4 pack to mellow out the hops.

Serving type: can

05-27-2013 04:22:37 | More by Flounder57
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Mattyb79

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-26-2013 03:20:12 | More by Mattyb79
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briandaube

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-26-2013 00:52:43 | More by briandaube
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Single picked up from Julio's a month or so ago. Canned on date is 2/5/13.

Big ol barleywine in a little can, cute. Pour into a snifter a dark amber beer with some haziness, with a small off-white head that forms a partial cap and thick ring. Some good lace left.

Scent is malty and fruity but really quite tame, there definitely should be more strength here considering the beer. Buttery caramel, raisin, earthiness.

Taste improves but really doesn't offer much for a barleywine, could use more flavor and complexity. All malts are of the sweet variety; butter and toffee mostly, lots of earthy and piny hops present, it's much hoppier overall than the nose hints towards. Some brown sugar. Not much alcohol.

Pretty good mouthfeel, it's a little higher on the carbonation than average for the style, could use a bit of a bigger/maltier feel I think.

For a pretty fresh, 92 IBU, 11.5% ABV barleywine, this just doesn't really pack much of a punch. Nothing super remarkable about this one.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 01:27:22 | More by Chico1985
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garfscores

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-22-2013 03:50:53 | More by garfscores
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powdersoldier

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-21-2013 22:17:00 | More by powdersoldier
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-21-2013 18:25:13 | More by brez8791
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IRONRakkasan

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-21-2013 04:25:08 | More by IRONRakkasan
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mxchap

California

3/5  rDev -20.2%

05-21-2013 04:16:02 | More by mxchap
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gillagorilla

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (canned on 2/5/13)

A: Very hazy/cloudy deep brown with no head and minimal lacing

S: Strong hop nose, reminiscent of Bigfoot with just a whiff of the balancing malt sweetness of the barleywine style.

T: All of it seems subdued. The hops and malts are there, but mellow and not particularly pronounced with flavor. Aftertaste is a nice malty resin but has something a little off, or odd to it. It gets better with a bit of warmth, but there is still something keeping the full flavor down. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops are there but almost inseparable from the malts, unlike some other BWs.

M: There is a subdued carbonation that seems like it is going to dominate, but quickly subsides. You feel a lot of bubbles and coarseness as you are taking your sip, but as soon as it is fully in your mouth it is gone and very minimal, quite ethereal.

O: It is a good BW, but it comes in a weird can size that only has 4 in the pack. However, it packs quite a punch for its size and a 12 oz. bottle might have been a bit much. I was recommended it by my local shop after I came in asking for something similar to Bigfoot. Its got the hops, but you can already tell it is a BW this early in the maturation, compared to the IPA qualities of Bigfoot early on. I will say it tastes good and goes down easy.

Serving type: can

05-21-2013 02:03:36 | More by gillagorilla
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-20-2013 21:56:15 | More by nmann08
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

05-19-2013 20:19:37 | More by Rekrule
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-19-2013 19:10:29 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-19-2013 12:55:37 | More by InspectorBob
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BilbosNuts

California

3.29/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 8.4FL oz into a tulip glass.

A: Pours dark ruby in color with an off-white , one-finger head that stays around for nearly the entire drink. Some very light bubble streams give it an appearance that is not quite still.

S: Very sweet and fruity aroma up front. A toasted malt backbone finishes off the aroma.

T: Not nearly as fruity or sweet as the aroma leads you to believe. It also has a bigger alcoholic finish that isn't as prevalent in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. There is a significant burning effect from the big alcohol finish.

O: This offering didn't really impress me too much. I'm convinced the majority of their offerings are much better on tap at the brewery than out of their cans and this one confirms my theory. This beer left a lot to be desired, not much better than an average barleywine.

Serving type: can

05-19-2013 00:27:27 | More by BilbosNuts
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atone315

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-18-2013 03:51:15 | More by atone315
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irish01980

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-17-2013 23:32:20 | More by irish01980
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Brenden

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a looker. Poured from its tiny can into my glass, it rests a thick, murky, rich orange-red. It grows a lightly tinted head to two fingers and the diminishment is never beyond one finger. This is a rich, creamy, frothy head that pillows the beer beautifully. As the beer subsides down the glass, the foamy creaminess that's left in a barely-tattered sheet is more head than lacing, coating the glass entirely.
Toasty breads with hints of caramel mingle with a pithy hoppiness. There's actually a very interesting (not offensive) note of cheese, sort of medium cheddar, in there too. I think it's just how my nose is picking up the pith and resin playing with the malts.
This is simply an excellently constructed barleywine. The way the flavors play out together just works so well. Along with the bread crust and toasty notes and dark fruits and caramel that never get too sweet balancing so well with floral and resinous hops bitterness that never gets too bitter, I have to wonder how difficult it is to keep it from going too far in either direction yet marvel that it doesn't. The flavor ends up favoring the hops, though they never overpower, and alcohlic warmth and flavor certainly makes itself known.
It's almost hard to believe how exceptionally creamy this beer is. Thick and rich, I expect some smoothness, but this exceeds my expectations in that regard. Combine that with a crispness that doesn't go overboard but gives support and liveliness every sip, and the feel of this beer is nearly perfect.
This may be my new favorite American barleywine, reviews be damned. Old Ruffian's not easy to upseat, but whatever people are missing here is gain for those who know what this beer should be.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 14:12:45 | More by Brenden
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.