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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

592 Ratings
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Ratings: 592
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 24
Gots: 46 | 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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1.75/5  rDev -53.5%

Rekrule, May 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

oriolesfan4, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

InspectorBob, May 19, 2013
Photo of BilbosNuts
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.

BilbosNuts, May 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

atone315, May 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

irish01980, May 18, 2013
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, May 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

JoeLacy, May 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

browniewithnuts, May 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

mtalley999, May 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

gpblackgt, May 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Ivegotmule, May 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

sharpski, May 11, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Pineal7, May 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

ShanePB, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

FUwolfpacker, May 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Zimm, May 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

strongaf, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

dbc5, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

JustinMatthew, May 09, 2013
Photo of EkimGram
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin 8.4oz can poured into a snifter. Brown-orange in colour, hazy quality, almost no head whatsoever.

Smell: Powerful malts mix with a citric hop aroma and an alcoholic sweetness.

Taste: Very strong hop presence to start. Bitter and citric flavours give way to bready malts and a strong alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body has a silky touch. Finishes with a slight carbonated nip.

Overall: This is a rather elegant brew. The flavours are strong yet simplistic while remaining interesting.

EkimGram, May 08, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light garnet-amber with a thin short-lived tan head.

Dark caramel, dried fruits, citrus fruit hoppiness, grapefruit, pine, alcohol, toffee, and a hint of rotting pineapple.

Deep roast and burly toffee notes matching American 'C' hops. Grapefruit pith, bitter orange, raisin, booze, and unsweet cherry. Malts are pretty big, but the hops are right there too. Dank finish seems lengthy.

Soft mouthfeel. Carbonation seems to dry it out a bit. Body needed that.

Okay barleywine. Holds its own.

thecheapies, May 07, 2013
Photo of tommyguz
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

tommyguz, May 07, 2013
Photo of SeanGC
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from can into a tulip glass

a - dark copper color. Relatively clear with some chill haze. No head formation with initial pour. However, swirling the glass developed a half finger, off-white thick head. Dissipates quickly, leaving a lasting ring throughout the experience.

s - balanced. Strong in both hop and malt character. Malt include toffee, melanoidin, sweet. American hop character, including citrus notes. Yeast character present as well, defined by fruity esters and ethanol notes.

t - flavor showcases american hop character. Citrusy hop flavor, and bitter back. Barley any malt character perceived, with the exception of some complimentary sweetness that is masked by citrus flavors, such as orange and grapefruit. Ethanol is perceivable, but not offensive. However, ethanol and high bitterness creates a harsh bittering finish.

m - moderately high carbonation. Warming. Medium body.

o - Very good american barleywine. would have liked more of that classic, melanoidin malt character that one would expect from a barley wine in the flavor. It was also surprisingly lighter in body than I had originally anticipated. However, it's not a deal breaker for me, and I would purchase this beer again.

SeanGC, May 05, 2013
Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

yaksurf, May 04, 2013
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 592 ratings.