Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
poured from an 8.4oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 11/7/13, so 6 months on.
Poured a nice hazy dk amber/coppery color. Around 3/4 inch foamy head, which dissipated somewhat, but reamined throughout the drink. Lacing was minimal.
Aroma was almost completely boiled candy, with a faint booziness.
Taste was actually a little different than expected. While the candy was certainly very forward, there was a nice hop bitterness as well. I'm usually firmly in the English Barleywine camp, and haven't like American offerings, but this, perhaps due to the bit of age on it, was very nicely balanced. Booze coming through a little at the end.
Mouth was around medium.
Overall an enjoyable beer. Not sure what's up with the whacky can size, would have enjoyed a 12 oz, but...
Serving type: can
05-05-2014 14:59:46 | More by MikeWard
3.03/5 rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
8.4 oz can into a pint glass, dated 11/7/13.
A: Pours a copper color. The two finger head has a pale yellow shade and nice retention for the style. There's a nice, consistent ring of lacing left as the head fades away.
S: There's an intense fruity component that also seems to be both leathery and alcoholic. I wouldn't call the alcohol 'well hidden', that's for sure. Some slight notes of pine and tobacco indicate some of the hops are still floating around, but playing a lesser song next to the boozy caramel. As expected, the nose improves once this opens up - it gains some brown sugar and even chocolate notes. There's some good aromatic complexity.
T: It starts off with a leafy, tobacco-esque bitterness. Caramel-y malts start to appear after a while, finishing quite boozy. There's a touch of tart fruitiness, must, and leather - again, seemingly alcohol derived. I'm disappointed it isn't more complex considering how forward the booze is (if a beer tastes boozy, that usually means it's also quite deep). Nor am I enamored by its flavor profile.
M: This is a heavy-feeling beer, but seemingly dry and well attenuated. There's still plenty of residual sugars and lingering booze to turn this into a pure sipper. Carbonation isn't really a factor.
O: Wow, 8.4 oz is an absolute perfect size for this beer. I mean, 'cause it's so boozy and hard to drink. I don't know how well this would age - it seems like I'll have to give it another chance fresh (and that's a shame, because even the hoppiest 'Murican-style barleywine can age well...) Right now, it's not horrible, just hard work.
Serving type: bottle
04-24-2014 21:45:17 | More by ThisWangsChung
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Unfortunately this was a little pour at a beer tasting...so take this review as such. This is a very nice representation of the style. I wouldn't say that it is in the middle, but it isn't the best, but it certainly isn't the worst.
Taste: Deceivingly sweet as you first sip it, then the hops kick in. This works very well for the beer. The sweetness and the hop is fruity.
This is definitely worth a try!
Serving type: can
04-16-2014 01:07:15 | More by DerelictPI
3.56/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Small red bull sized can. 92IBU. 11.5%ABV. Tagline on can: "American style barleywine ale packed with citrusy hops".
Pour lends a medium browish-red / rust color. Hazy apple juice color in snifter. Started with a small head that fades quickly into non-existence. Aggressive swirl causes carbonation bubbles to cake a tiny eggshell colored head that again quickly fades to nothing.
Upon opening can, immediately could smell citrus notes from the can. Upon further sniffing, caramel sugar being bathed in by orange peel.
Aggressive swirl followed by first sip leads to aggressive piney hop melting into thick sugars pounding your taste buds followed by a dry tongue and creamy sugary throat.
Less complex than hoped for a style begging for complexity.
Serving type: can
04-06-2014 01:21:10 | More by steve8robin
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.