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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
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648 Ratings
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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 64 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004

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Ratings: 648 | Reviews: 149
Photo of nUgZ
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tone77
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A big thanks to woodychandler for this beer. Poured from an 8.4 oz. can. Has a pretty amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is fruity, some hops as well. Taste is big on alcohol, hops, more alcohol, a touch of fruits. Feels medium bodied and very boozy in the mouth and overall, while not terrible, wasn't really to my liking.

Photo of smakawhat
3.34/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into a snifter glass.

A faint tan head barley manages to get a finger tall on the pour. Settles to a nice simple collar with a thin puck, with some soapy character. Body is a bit of a cloudy dull copper red amber with brown.

Nose is a bit muted. Sweet malts and sense of pickle brine, matching a little bit of faint toasty brown sugar. Quite muted, not much going on here, but a little bit.

Palate leaves a little bit of faint hop and resin, mixing with a little bit of sweet malt. Lingering nice pine and grapefruit bitterness, but with a dominating astringent character that warms and takes over. Palate is a little bit wet but nothing terribly.

Overall I am not getting much out of this or having a desire to return to it. It's drinkable and perfectly fine, but not my thing compared to other barleywines.

Photo of artoolemomo
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JMBSH
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ToddT
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L- Caramel colored brew, with an almost nonexistent head. There is a thin ring around the glass which leaves some spotty lace on the glass.

S- Caramel, toffee, pine hops, and brown sugar.

T- Boozy, pine hops and hints of raisin, and caramel. Strong boozy finish with a bit of piny hop oil residue.

F- Viscous, and oily on the palate, not unpleasant but a bit heavy with almost no carbonation. Finish is a bit oily with a tart and bitter final note from the pine hops.

O- Not bad a hoped up barley wine, the 11.5% ABV isn't hidden at all but not over the top for the style. I would drink it again if I find this, but I won't seek it out.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.4oz can from Hop City (Atlanta, GA) 9.99/ 4 pack. Canned 2/5/13. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours ruby hued brown with a thin wisp of pale head that fades quickly. No lace.

Smells of toffee, piney hops, burnt sugar and alcohol.

A big shot of alcohol up front with other flavors struggling to keep up. Resinous, bitter piney hops, flower petals, grapefruit rinds, toffee, caramel, burnt brown sugar, cherry pits and pepper. The booze flavor is strong and dominant.

Oily, slick, medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Alcohol and bitter hops linger in the finish.

Yikes. I wouldn't have guessed that 21st Amendment would make such a hot mess. I think there is potential here but for my tastes, it needs more body, more sweetnees in the back bone and dial back the booze. The hops are nice but they don't make it worth drinking the other 3 before this has spent at least 18 more months in my cellar, hopefully calming down.

Photo of grittybrews
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tuka
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jhb138
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SHODriver
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: pours reddish brown into a snifter with a small off white head that quickly fades to a collar around the glass
S: smells of piney and herbal hops, caramel and brown sugar
T: tastes of piney hops, caramel malt, brown sugar, a bit herbal and green with a slight alcohol. swallow brings more piney and herbal hop with some syrupy caramel sweetness from the malt
M: full in the mouth with very soft and light carbonation. slightly drying finish battles with the oily hop residue
O: not a bad barleywine at all. huge flavors and decent complexity with a high ABV that is hidden fairly well. It doesn't really bring anything new to the world of barleywines but it's a solid example of the style. Hops are a bit harsh up front so it could use some age. Not quite as abrasive as fresh Old Guardian though.

Photo of docmoran16
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of pirmannt1
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of cw577enfield
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ONUMello
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 8.4oz can into a pint glass, bottled on date of 2/5/13
A: Transparent amber color with a one-finger head that slowly settles
S: Lots of roasted malt and citrus peel hops. Almost smells more like a DIPA than a barleywine
T: Definitely more hop-forward than fruit-forward. Hops up front with roasted malt & sweet baked pear/fig underneath. Bitter finish
M: Medium-bodied, actually fairly complex as the hops/malt/sweet fruit/etoh all come into balance
O: Not bad but not my favorite barleywine. I can't decide if I like the can size or not - on the one hand, from an etoh consumption standpoint it's great but the beer seemed like it was gone before I could completely appreciate it.

Photo of Ego
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eyes...
one finger of head sitting on top of medium brown hue with amber highlights, ample legs from the ABV are apparent on the glass sides, not much else to report

nose...
brown hoppy presence, more subtle sweet malt notes, this does not scream barley wine initially, a little boozy, pretty balanced, not bad

taste etc...
a little more carbonated than some BWs, and I like it... it drinks smoothly for the ABV, in fact the warming is at a minimum if the ABV % is accurate, the malts have a good sweetness and there is good development of hop flavor as well, it feels almost more like a heavier APA with BW malts, nothing is over powering but yet there are some nice flavors here.

verdict?
a pretty easy going BW, not a world beater but not bad in any aspect, a nice little beer worth checking out when you don't need to be bowled over on your ass but want a nice punch of kick and good flavor.

Photo of ALLISON01
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of morimech
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear bronze color with a dense one finger of head that had excellent retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left down the glass.

Straight forward barley wine aroma. A lot of caramel and toffee with dried fruit notes of dates and raisins. Some alcohol is noticed which is not surprising.

Another highly hopped barleywine. The hops show up more in the bitterness level than the flavor. The bitterness evens out what would otherwise be a cloyingly sweet ale. It is not overly hot either. Flavors you do receive is caramel, toasted bread, dates, raisins, and earthiness. Slightly warming in the finish. For all the bitterness and the label claims, I just get the slightest hint of tropical fruit hop flavor.

Full bodied and nicely carbonated. Feels soft and slick on the palate.

An 8oz can is about all I want in one serving. A sipper that is not really special enough to chose this one over the increasingly crowded shelves.

Photo of bsp77
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from can into Snifter.

Appearance: Dark reddish-orange with thin off-white head.

Smell: Some caramel and toffee, light citrus and a slight spiciness. A little boozy but the aroma is a little weak for such a big Barleywine.

Taste: Expected caramel and toffee malt backbone with a mix of hop flavors such as grapefruit, orange, pine and spices. Nothing really stands out and actually is slightly mild overall.

Feel: Full, oily body with low carbonation. Warming and dry finish.

Overall: A good Barleywine that doesn't stand out enough, despite the 11.5% abv.

Photo of devinmah
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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