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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

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Ratings: 637
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 61 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004

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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.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jimmah120
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Kegatron
3.81/5  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 -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 637 ratings.