Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 26
Gots: 55 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004)
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Photo of LambicKing
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of LostInTheFlood
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mpedara429
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Florida9
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper or almost lighter brown in color. Forms a small, bubbly head. Good retention, but not much lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly malty. Lots of caramel. A little vanilla. There is also some orangey citrus in the mix.

T: Taste is also fairly malty, though this one is pretty heavily hopped. However, between the strong maltiness and the caramel, the orange flavored hops come off as overly sweet, almost candy-like for a brief moment. Then there is a somewhat odd and abrasive crispness on the finish.

M: Carbonation is on the lower side, but with this beer being a bit on the thinner side for the style, the combination of carbonation and bitterness comes off as prickly and abrasive.

O: Not a bad barleywine. Not a great one either, but, for the price it's still a solid buy.

Photo of flagmantho
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 8.4oz can into a tulip. Barleywine in a tiny can? Sign me up!

Appearance: rich, tawny-brown hue with a moderate haze and a light apparent effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of tan foam but subsided pretty quickly. Not much lace on the glass, either.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a lot of caramel and floral notes. The intensity is a bit on the low side, however; kind of unusual. Not bad, but the volume could come up a bit.

Taste: like the aroma, the flavor starts out subdued, but it then begins to build. Very sweet malt with caramel, floral and some light pear right up front, developing some alcohol heat toward the end. The heat really lingers on the palate; a couple years in the cellar might do this beer good (how well does beer age in the can?). The finish is a little rough, then, but overall this is an interesting and smooth barleywine, if not an overly complex one.

Mouthfeel: big body with a rich, round smoothness. Carbonation is pretty low, so there's not much creaminess here. But the strength and sweetness of this brew give it a real smooth, slick feel.

Overall: this is an interesting beer, but the alcohol heat and the bit of roughness in the finish impact drinkability for me. Worth a try, though, if you like the style.

Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a white, 2-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid lace.

S: Sweet alcoholic malty aroma.

T: Sweet also tart malty flavor with slight hop background and hints of caramel. Finishes slightly bitter and hoppy.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Barley wine – needs to age more. I’m thinking they don’t age as well in cans for some reason.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep ruby/amber color with super thin lacing and no carbonation.

S - Overly delicate nose and have to dig deep in my glass to get anything from it. Light toffee, caramel, and citrus.

T - Taste is a little more vibrant than the aroma, but not by much. Citrus/lemon, toasted caramel and toffee, alcohol, and light dark fruit.

M - Thick and full bodied and slick.

O - Nose and flavor are too delicate for a barley.

Photo of Sokool
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tigg924
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, brown color, hazy

Smell: pineapple, deep caramel, and toffee

Taste: pine and earthy start, followed by toffee in the middle, brown sugar, pine, and more hops at the end

Mouthfeel: combo of sticky sweet and harsh bitterness--especially in the aftertaste, heavy in body, moderate carbonation

Overall: A solid and enjoyable American style barleywine. Nice combo of sticky sweet and harsh hops...very well balanced. Certainly one I would pick up again if I wanted this style.

Photo of PHBoiler
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Busker
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of deeznuts420
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very solid barleywine from 21st. 8.4 oz can pored into a tulip. poured a dark reddish brown color with a fingers worth of head. smells of loads of west coast hops. resiny citrus, lemon zest, orange peel. then it shows it's barleywine roots with loads of fig, cherry, raisin, toffee and caramel. mouthfell was medium-heavy with a little bit of booziness. overall a great bw from 21st amendment, although i'd like t see it in regular sized cans. but besides that what is in the can is something i'd definetly buy again.

Photo of mportnoy
1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

Photo of LuisCaraballo
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DarrenStory
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of RyanLigeia
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look- Comes in a uniquely portioned small can, which isnt a bad thing but I personally did not care for the actual look of the cans themselves. Other than that the packaging itself was amazing, as usual coming from 21st Amendment. The beer pours a mostly clear dark mahogany / ruby color. Minimal off-white head with some visible carbonation racing to the surface.

Smell- The hop presence is definitely notable with some delicious smelling citrusy undertones but this one is equalled by a strong sweet caramel maltiness. You can tell its gonna have a little kick to it but I wouldnt have blindly guessed almost %12.

Taste- Unique taste for a barley wine. A bitter hop finish almost on par with a dipa, alcohol is way more present and the malt bill takes the back seat here.

Mouthfeel- lots of alcohol warmth/borderline burn. Carbonation is on the higher end for a 11.5% barley wine. Slightly sticky, "bittering/dry" hop feel as well.

Overall- Def worth a try in my book because it IS unique compared to most barley wines out there. I think this one would improve with about a years worth of cellaring to hopefully mellow out that alcogol bight…but thats just what I feel it'd take to get the beer to where I'd PERSONALLY like it to be. The only issue with that is thee ol hop fade (which may be an oxymoron since that hop presence is something that was mentioned on the packaging as intentional) so some of you hop heads out there will probably ilke this one right where its at off the shelves.

Photo of Etan
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nip can, 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a pretty dark woody orange with a thick beige head.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, sweet prune, grapefruit, graham cracker, ginger.

T: Taste brings toasted grain, molasses, orange juice, leafy bitterness, whole wheat bread, a bit of sharp alcohol.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a pretty run-of-the-mill American barleywine. Honestly, the style is getting a little boring with so many similar iterations.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of vgarneth
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
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!

Photo of Pencible
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of MEW
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Devonben07
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.