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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

556 Ratings
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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 23
Gots: 40 | 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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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden amber color with ruby edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy and leathery malt aroma with a surprisingly strong floral and citrus hop presence. Citrus and tropical fruit notes along with hints of leather and dark fruit. Slightly earthy and oily with some mango, pineapple and grapefruit followed by toffee, caramel malt, raisin and fig.

Interesting take on the American barleywine style. I'm used to a ton of hop bitterness in this style but this is dank and floral with a surprising amount of citrus and tropical fruit sweetness. There's still some dry, resinous bitterness but hints of grapefruit, papaya and orange peel balance things out. Earthy malt backbone with hints of leather, caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes. Some plum, raisin and date add a vinous character that compliments the sweetness. The high ABV is very well masked with only slight heat, making this strong beer dangerously drinkable. My only complaint, and it's not a minor one, is that the bitterness and tropical fruit sweetness overwhelm the barleywine characteristics. A bit too sweet and in my opinion needs more heat and malt flavor. Otherwise, it's a pretty solid, enjoyable beer.

Serving type: can

03-12-2013 05:29:37 | More by corby112
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vicsju1991

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-12-2013 03:11:50 | More by vicsju1991
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-12-2013 01:09:39 | More by Hopstout
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jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt copper color with a thick creamy head that just lasts and lasts. Extremely piney hop nose, with hints of citrus peel. Big malt backbone detectable too. Bit of rum raisin and a kick of booze.

Wow that has every aspect of a barley wine you'd expect. This is a massive massive beer in a tiny little can. Big grapefruit hop explosion on the tip of the tongue along sweet malts roll into big pine flavor toffee caramel rum raisins and other dark fruits. Raw herbal hop on the finish with giant underlying bitterness and a lingering sweetness. As expected a bit of a boozey finish as well. Lots of malt, dark sweet fruit flavors with piney and bright hop flavors, all with a boozing as throughout. Lots of good flavors and again every flavor you'd possibly expect from a barley wine but it seems a little young. While the flavors aren't offensive and match each other rather equally, they need a little time to mellow out and find their groove.

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 20:53:18 | More by jtierney89
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Pookie

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-11-2013 19:18:24 | More by Pookie
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PaulMc

Georgia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-11-2013 03:45:48 | More by PaulMc
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-11-2013 01:19:06 | More by deapokid
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 8. 4 oz can

Appearance - GOlden tan/brown, 1/2 inch creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Alcohol, malts, caramel malts, added sugars, some hops, dark fruits.

Taste - First sip is hot, plenty of alcohol with the classic caramel/hop note most american barleywines have. Nice Fruit flavor, grapes, pine, fig and rasins. Does have a coffee.chocolate flavor mixed in.

Mouthfeel - The alcohol and malts coat the tounge. Lots of sugars and fruits cover palate along with some malts. The aftertaste comes up warm, malty and sweet.

Overall - I Hate the 8.4 oz can size, im not a rookie, i can handle 12 oz just fine. This is a nice beer but rather hot, and nothing special abut this, balance is fine, flavor is fine but its not as complex as a bigfoot or as flavorful. Not bad, would like to try this one with a few years on it. Solid beer, maybe next year release it in 12 oz cans.

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 01:01:19 | More by wvsabbath
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8.4oz can. Canned on: 02/15/13 on the bottom. Pours a reddish, dark brown color with almost no head. Some lacing. The aroma has alot going on. Boozey with some malts, dark cherries, sweet orange and maybe a bit of cough syrup. The taste is malty and boozey followed by cherry cough syrup. A bit woody. Some hop bitterness at the end but not much of the orange I got in the nose. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This is a little more than a month old but isnt overly hot. Interested in seeing how it ages. Overall, hate the 8oz can, really like the beer.

Serving type: can

03-11-2013 00:03:51 | More by PicoPapa
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Evan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-10-2013 23:35:14 | More by Evan
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This is my idea of a perfect statement on an American barleywine. (To my son:)This is not your father's barleywine. No sizzing and dripping either. I don't think what I got here is aged much at all. Although that wouldn't hurt it, it is not necessary.

It pours lighter than expected and drinks heavier. Very nice looking for a barleywine. The sweetness of the aroma and taste are huge, but what a treat. Love it.

I will make it a point to get this again and, (since it IS Sunday) again.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 17:48:54 | More by schoolboy
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a clear copper color. The head was fizzy and white with a light amount of lacing. The smell of the beer is malty with a decent hoppy aroma in there as well. Sweet smelling with some citrus. The taste of the beer is loaded with caramel flavors with a bitter citrus flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the carbonation. Overall it's a decent Barley Wine. It's good it might be better with age also.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 04:25:48 | More by Knapp85
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark caramel amber with a thin lacing of white head

S - huge bread, caramel, tropical fruit

T - bread, caramel, candy sugar, dark fruit, earthy hop character, booze

M - full bodied, warming alcohol, well carbonated

This is a rather good beer. It has a huge malt presence as is to be expected and a mild hop character. The alcohol is intense, but not overwhelming. The tropical fruit nose a bit different but intriguing. This is an all around enjoyable beer. It may not be the most complex, but it does come in this adorable little can. I'll definitely have another.

Serving type: can

03-10-2013 02:01:00 | More by tdm168
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-10-2013 00:24:19 | More by msubulldog25
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BrotherLogic

United Kingdom (England)

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-09-2013 17:42:21 | More by BrotherLogic
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rheimbro

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-09-2013 16:20:50 | More by rheimbro
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-08-2013 17:51:08 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange/red with small head, not much lace.

Alcohol, caramel and citrus smack me right in the face.

Caramel, grapefruit, booze and candy start this off. The canning date was a month ago and this beast needs age. Right now it's a wild and obnoxious youth, two, maybe three years from now this will probably be much, much better. Dropped two in the cellar so I will certainly rereview.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 03:57:19 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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Lukass

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-08-2013 02:21:04 | More by Lukass
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-08-2013 01:47:48 | More by iL0VEbeer
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kaseydad

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from the itty-bitty gold can.

Pours a nice and pretty clear amber ale with an off-white head.

The aroma consists of light citrus and sweet malt. Cinammon. Some dark fruit. Red grapes.

Taste is slightly bitter up front with a decent amount of hops. Citrus is blended into this barleywine which takes it away from the traditional. Light grapefruit rind on the aftertaste. Long finish.

Overall this is a decent barleywine. The fruity/citrus taste was good but not great. Got a little tiresome even from the small can. Worth finding and trying but overall just not my style of BW. I will say the 8.4 oz. was an interesting can. I hope some of the other high alcohol beers take this concept. Plus it's pretty easy to sneak into a sporting event. Just saying.

Serving type: can

03-06-2013 01:52:09 | More by kaseydad
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark clear honey colored. Not much head but some swaths gather around the rim.
smell: dark fruit and butterscotch as it warms. Fresh out of the can there seemed to be an odd "canny" smell. As it warms it opens up.
taste: Butterscotch and caramel, dark fruit. Bitter hops in the finish. The 2 profiles are at odds in my opinion.
overall: I'm probably jaded after Sucaba and now Arctic Devil and MOAS (yeah, I know those are barrel aged). Also just had an ST BackBurner that was very nice. So many great barley's. This is tasty but not great.

Serving type: can

03-05-2013 23:26:43 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.4%

03-05-2013 05:53:42 | More by JeffTheJuice
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Nocontrol1977

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13%

03-04-2013 01:26:22 | More by Nocontrol1977
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csustar001

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-03-2013 13:29:57 | More by csustar001
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.