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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 24
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of EkimGram

New York

4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

05-08-2013 02:57:08 | More by EkimGram
Photo of thecheapies


3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

05-07-2013 14:54:41 | More by thecheapies
Photo of tommyguz


3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-07-2013 13:18:21 | More by tommyguz
Photo of SeanGC

New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

05-05-2013 22:00:44 | More by SeanGC
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

05-04-2013 13:51:36 | More by yaksurf
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3.63/5  rDev -3.5%

8.4oz can poured into a large snifter

Pours clear reddish with medium to small head. Head retains well. Little in the way of observable carbonation. Smell is musty, cut grass, mild compost.

Taste is on the tart side, some distinct plumminess, with a little attention some definite piney hops. Definitely more of the mustiness, maybe some old wet leather.

Mouthfeel is dry but thick. Overall, pretty good. Not great.

05-04-2013 02:58:57 | More by snaotheus
Photo of DrinkSlurm


4.01/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured from can into hf tulip. Wow...coolest thing since sliced bread. Barleywine in a can...
Pours a deep amber burnt orange color with a bit of lacing. Sweet malty aromas with a nice dose of hops. Taste is caramel toffee malts...nicely sweet. Chewey and very easy to drink...a bit dry but overall a nice barleywine.

05-04-2013 02:21:31 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Gambrinus1184


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured from an 8.4-oz. slim, "energy drink" style can into a tulip-shaped Belgian stem glass.

A: Pours a deep, orange amber color with light brown highlights and a thin, sticky layer of toffee-colored foam which leaves a small band of clingy lacing.

S: Rich, candied aroma of figs, dried fruits, toffee and caramel malt roastiness and a zing of lemongrass with a slightly solvent alcohol aroma amidst the floral hop bouquet.

T: Sweet, rich roasted caramel flavor up front with a hint of nutty roast and creamy toffee before leading in with a fruity, raisin and plum palate backed by a quick flash of orange rind and grassy bitterness. Very smooth and balanced flavor with a touch of alcohol heat and some cloying, sweet booziness in the finish.

M: Medium-full bodied ale that doesn't really show its gravity, as the grassy, bright-yet-not-stringent hops lift the sweetness to keep the palate fresh and the brew drinkable.

O: A nice American barleywine that reveals more malt complexity as the brew warms. The 11.5% ABV packs in a lot of malt flavors, from juicy raisins and dried apricots to toffee-like sweetness. It's not the best example of the style, as it still is a bit boozy and cloying in the finish but it makes for a nice sipper with a moderate hop punch.

05-03-2013 00:54:18 | More by Gambrinus1184
Photo of DrDemento456


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

Still not sure why I couldn't get 12oz for the $3.19 I paid. Ow well single poured into a pint glass.
A - Even though it's high octane I still get a 1/4 inch of sticky white head that settles to a mild lace ring. Color is a bright hazy amber brown.
S - Smells of malts, brown sugar, Citrus hops, a touch of alcohol and some biscuit.
T - Funny it has a distinct medicinal cherry flavor that is not too sour, then flavors of typical barley wine nature with some woody and sugary malts. Next is the hops they are somewhat bitter but mix fairly well. Finish is again sweet with a touch of brown sugar.
M - Worst part even though it hides the ABV well it drinks very watery. Not bad if you want to pound the can.

Overall a very overpriced barleywine that only gimmick is canning only 8oz and charging for the full 12. Not the worst barley wine but I have had better.

05-01-2013 03:44:20 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of calcnerd


4/5  rDev +6.4%

05-01-2013 01:51:13 | More by calcnerd
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-01-2013 01:29:07 | More by oline73
Photo of SaxmanRick


4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

04-30-2013 01:17:18 | More by SaxmanRick
Photo of TonyTalon


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-30-2013 00:55:22 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of Jenna


4.25/5  rDev +13%

04-29-2013 02:16:51 | More by Jenna
Photo of mfavoino


3.96/5  rDev +5.3%

Appearance: Pours a deep amber with a creamy finger and a half of head that leaves solid lacing.

Smell: Malt forward, caramel, some fruit, and light hops.

Taste: Initial citrus hops, then the malty sweetness creeps in. Caramel and brown sugar make this one sweet and it lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full-bodied and smooth. Slight alcohol burn as it goes down.

Overall: Interesting pouring it from the small can. Enjoyed the sweetness and smoothness. Others might find it to be too sweet and not hoppy enough for an American Bwine.

04-29-2013 01:11:34 | More by mfavoino
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-28-2013 22:41:57 | More by SDG1070
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New York

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%

Canned on 02-05-13 acording to the bottom of the mini can

Pours darker amber, hazed, moderate khaki head, goes to a tiny bubble film and super fine low sheeting and scattered lace.

Sweetly malty sniff, with vanilla coming through.

Tasty and easy drinking Bwine. Sweet malts with more vanilla and some honey coming to the party.

Smooth, smooth, smooth, dangerously easy to enjoy this one flowing over the taste buds.

Nice beer. Too bad the portions are so small...but actually not a bad value at about 33 ounces of barleywine for $11.99 for the fourpack.

Purchased at Peekskill Beer and soda, Peekskill, NY, a few days ago

04-28-2013 21:53:34 | More by Billolick
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4.61/5  rDev +22.6%

A: Pours brownish to amber with a decent head for a barleywine. Some head remains on top through consumption and even a bit of lacing which is suprising at this strength.

S: Hops - pine and grass, malt - sweet caramel.

T: Hops present up front and grab you mellowing later with malt sweetness, belgian candi sugar, and a slight alcohol finish but less than expected for a barleywine of this strength. Really nice.

M: Good after dinner drink, but not as heavy as you might think.

O: Well done and especially like the small 8 oz can - don't have to commit to what is often a 22+ oz bottle of very strong beer. Bravo!

04-28-2013 01:27:40 | More by Oakenator
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-28-2013 01:22:32 | More by bmoney
Photo of Huffs

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a pilsner glass, developed a great looking head with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a deep, clear amber / copper color. Aroma was of a light fruit with some malt notes. Tasted malty with hints of fruit anda strong back of alcohol. Mouthfeel was heavy with a lasting, sweet / malty aftertaste.

04-28-2013 01:12:19 | More by Huffs
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

04-27-2013 20:38:57 | More by tastymug
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-26-2013 23:55:18 | More by spycow
Photo of Lipsntoes


4/5  rDev +6.4%

04-26-2013 18:20:07 | More by Lipsntoes
Photo of jjanega08


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

Canned on:
02/05/13 1955

A= Pours a dirty hazy brown color with a little bit of head about a half finger high that falls fast to a thin skin on top of the beer. Not really the prettiest beer but eh who cares. Some decent lacing on the side of the glass.

S= I immediatly notice a bog hop presence. Almost a sweet sort of candy hop. Not much in the way of alcohol which I was expecting more of. A big malty character to support the hops. Really smells like a "balanced" barleywine. Not quite the IIPA type barleywine you get sometimes and not quite the "old ale" sort of English Barleywine but rather somewhere in the middle.

T= The taste is very similar to the nose. A big hop presence comes through first followed by a lot of sweet malted barley. The alcohol comes through a little more and has a warming presence. The hops come through again after the swallow and sort of fumigate in the mouth.

M= The mouth is a nice creamy feel.

O= The thing I like about this beer the most is the can size. It's perfect! The beer itself is nice and smooth. It's not the most over the top barleywine I've had or the most extreme but it does have a nice balance and hides the alcohol very well. This is a nice beer to keep around simply because it's a perfect size for a nice when you want a barleywine but don't wanna cross the line, at least for me but hey I'm a lightweight.

04-26-2013 02:39:25 | More by jjanega08
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North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

8.4 ounce can poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small head and minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malts, dark fruit, some faint hops, and alcohol.

T: Fairly hoppy for the style along with some sweet malts, dark fruits, and a little alcohol.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: This is high on alcohol, fairly tasty, and easy to drink. It's not something I'll be hunting down much, but I'm glad I tried it.

04-25-2013 19:52:19 | More by nUgZ
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 572 ratings.