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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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627 Ratings
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Ratings: 627
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004)
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Photo of morimech
3.65/5  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 +0.3%
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 +13.3%

Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Roberto11232
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of beercanman
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JupiterJesus
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of throwback
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of TychoNDC
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Kegatron
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8oz can. Deep clear ruby with a ½ finger of frothy off-white head. This retain nicely, with a rich flare-up that leaves back robust spotty lacing. The aroma smells of dark fruit, grains, brown sugar accents, ripe citrus and a slight dankness that lends this a bit of airiness in the nose. The taste is similar, being sweet and fruity up front with notes of toffee, toasted grains, brown sugar, and pithy dark cherry all being present before an assertive hop profile takes hold and leaves this feeling bitter and resinous . A lingering graininess and a sticky combo of fruit and sweetness hang in there as well though after each sip. The feel is full bodied with a chewy creaminess to the carbonation. That 11-12% ABV is present, adding some extra boldness to the flavors but without this becoming stinging or overly taxing on the palate. This was certainly decent for such a big take on a Barleywine, with a definite boldness to the flavor and feel. I’m not quite sure that the balance was quite where it needed to be but its relative smoothness and having to commit to only 8oz made this a pleasant and warming sipper.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of tneenan1
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of DelicateDelirium
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small, interesting, I almost want to call it a "cute" can. Hopefully the beer is good.

Pours a lighter fizzy head that at least sticks around for a bit, mostly clear iced-tea brown colored beer.

Nose is a barleywine alright, plenty of sweet malts, candy,lots of candy, toffee, caramel, syrupy, light reddish malt, sugary, but overall malts seem muted. Hops are also not exploding, a little earthy slightly U.K. like hops, mostly bittering hops it seems, not much else no matter how much I swirl it.

Taste brings more sweet malts, candy galore again, little toffee, syrupy, reddish candy apple, sweet and sugar, etc. That also brings a little feusel booze, and light phenols that seem to bring tannins and their own bitterness. Hops cut in with earthy and chewy hop flavors, little spicy, not much else either. Faint hints of nuts and dried fruits, fig like but barely. Finish is still fairly sweet, plenty of bitter earthy chewy hops lingering, light caramel and candy syrup, bit of booze too.

Mouth is thicker bod, lots of fluffy carb, some warming booze.

Overall meh, seems a little half hearted, lacking much punch on anything except booze, like they forgot half the ingredients. And this was served at pretty much room temp by the time I got to it, so it's not that. A little disappointed for a mini can like that from 21st A.

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can served in a pint glass. Dark red-amber color, opaque, some lacing around the glass. Not much aroma. Taste is rich, creamy, leathery, caramel malt, and a decent amount of hop bite; nothing too complex however and any sort of taste in the finish is absent. Mouthfeel is nothing special, light carbonation.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of harrymel
2.83/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned 03FEB13

Cool little 8 oz can deceptively marketed. Pours a nice brown with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells of malts, some soap, some floral hops and a touch of sugar - nothing special. Flavor is sweet and fruity with lots of esters, hints of bubble gum and banana with a really English yeast flavor. Overly sweet for me. Medium bodied with low carb and a slightly sticky finish. I was hoping this would be really good so I could buy a good bunch for the cellar, but alas, not the truth.

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 627 ratings.