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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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588 Ratings
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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 23
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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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Craftonly23121, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

BrokenStones, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of AndyP612
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Luce St. Paul in tulip.

A- Dark amber not overly inviting, no head to speak of.

S- Sweet nose with slight hop present.

T- Earthy with a hint of biscuit, caramel. Big heavy malt with a kiss of hops to finish. Feels like the diesel most barleywines carry yet I would not have expected the abv so high just on taste alone.

M- Medium heavy semi malt syrupy.

O- Nice hop touch. I had my doubts after the small sample the bartender insisted I tried and I was right but I didn't want to be annoying and turn down the sample and the full pour. I may order this again to give it another go. I just need to develop more of a taste for barleywines. Cheers.

AndyP612, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz can poured into a tulip.

Red with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

Candied orange and lemon. Pineapple, rich caramel and hints of booze.

Oily notes of orange, lemon, pineapple and mango. Rich caramel, brown bread and candy sugars. A little boozy. Finishes with pine resin, orange zest and hints of leather.

Full bodied, silky, oily, smooth and warming.

This is a really well crafted American Barleywine. Really good stuff. Fat beer in a little can.

justintcoons, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

squidrobot, Mar 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

TheLevi4000, Mar 19, 2013
Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Thomas_Picton, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of roywilliams
4.25/5  rDev +13%

roywilliams, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

ChefHopMeister, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

GaryMarkle84, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of notdriving
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

notdriving, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of beerme411
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden brown with a thin white head that fads quickly

S-caramel malts, dark fruits, and booze

T-Taste very much follows the nose. Has a slight sweetness to it that adds to flavor in a good way. Very balanced balanced, but does have a touch more alcohol presence to it then I like. Warm alcohol finish that increases as it warms to room temp.

M-medium body with light carbonation.

O-The 8.4oz can reminds me of energy drinks, almost too much had to stop a friend from making that mistake, apparently he's illiterate. Above average barely wine with a nice story behind the name. Perhaps some aging will mute the booze and bring forth more dark fruits. Another good brew from their insurrection series which I like much more then their regular and seasonal lineup.

beerme411, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A barleywine in a can is something I can get behind. A barleywine in a little Red Bull can is something that catches my curiosity. Having a fresh one:

Bright tangerine body with a soapy half finger of tan head. Lots of lace, lots of legging, lots of beading.

Caramel malts melded with citric and tropical hops. Biscuit notes, more mushy fruit, plenty of classic American barleywine characteristics.

It's got a little bit of that orange cream soda thing going on with bitter orange peel and smooth sweet malt. Not as hot as I thought it would be, there's some mellow vanilla and a slight suggestion of conifer.

yamar68, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz can from Beaumont Market. This is the perfect size for a barleywine. More companies need to can in this size.

A: Cherry wood colored that glows red in the light. Very thin head speckled by bubbles. Stains the glass.

N: Sweet pineapple, caramel malt, maple and brown sugar, A little bit of earth and some walnut. There’s the crystallized sweetness I associate with malt forward DIPAs. Enjoyable.

T: Bitter and hop forward. This leans toward the biscuity, the earthy, and there are hints of singed oak. A little bit of tobacco and leather. A lot of grass and some spruce. This actually works because it’s fairly well balanced.

M: Very, very dry and maybe a touch on the light side with the mouthfeel. That said, it’s not thin or watery.

O: A very nice beer and one I’ll glad have with decent frequency. You can’t beat the size, and it’s a worthy sipper. Curious to see if this gets a bit sweeter as it ages.

Sarlacc83, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Little can has been in the fridge for more than a week now.. Tonight it was poured into my HotD goblet... deep amber brew has nice clarity... short lasting tannish head leaves only spotty lacing.

The nose is definitely American BW territory... plenty of piney hoppy bitterness and a nice background/yet sorta balanced caramel/toasty maltiness. solvent EtOH.. even acetone with warmth.

Flavor immediately makes me think of Old Boardhead... Not as hoppy/or bitter as Bigfoot.. heavy American hops and a good West Coast malt balance.. with warmth some figgy/date sweetness arises.. a bit odd for sure.. as it warms it gets pretty muddy.. and boozy... hot EtOH.

Body and carbonation are about right.. the nail polish is really blooming.. Headache?

Good/decent when cold.. downright harsh when warmer.... smells and tastes like a headache.


JohnGalt1, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

BARFLYB, Mar 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

kevgod, Mar 17, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

NastyNate11, Mar 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

CalbeDacks, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

tripelz, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

RoryOMoore, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby/amber clear color with small bubbles rising to a two finger tan head. Head falls slow to a ring that leaves some nice lace down my snifter.

Aroma is big malty notes chewy caramel mainly toffee hints mingled in. Hops are mixed deep citrus notes, over ripe fruits with earthy hints or maybe just decaying fruits. But not in a bad way.

Taste is big loads of caramel malt with a nice spicy alcohol kick right away. Big malts fade lightly to fruity notes then hoppy bitter grapefruit rind and pine needles that keep this brew from being cloying. Nice alcohol warming with toffee in the finish also. A big sipper of a barleywine.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full with nice medium carbonation.

Overall eh not a bad barleywine enjoyable sipper to be sure but to be honest hate the little size sure its cute and it gets noticed guess that's what they are going for. If you want me to buy more then this one put it in 12oz cans.

mntlover, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of BB1313
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Canned on 2/5/13. 8.4oz can poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent auburn with a dirty white head that sticks around and leaves very sticky lacing. The lacing takes the appearance to another level. Nice looking beer. The aromas are floral and full of caramel malts, orange peel, pine needles, booze. Flavors are very warming. The heat really takes over. The hops are present and somewhat dominate the malts in the flavor department. This is a pretty earthy barleywine. Although the first couple sips may seem all over the place, everything seems to come together the more I drink it. Mouthfeel is awesome. Active carbonation, but it's still extremely fluffy, creamy and smooth. The alcohol is noticeable with this one.

This is a solid barleywine. Hoppy and boozy. The craftsmanship is definitely there, it just lacks true depth. The 8.4oz cans are an interesting choice. It's actually perfect for a beer of this magnitude, but at the same time it leaves you wanting more. I'm interested how this beer would do with some age on it..

BB1313, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

morningthief, Mar 15, 2013
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.