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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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85
very good

637 Ratings
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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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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of barleybutt
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured aggressively in a pint glass.

A: Little to no head even after an aggressive pour. A nice cloudy copper color with little sign of carbonation.
S: Toasted malts up front. Strong baked bread with prunes and orange coming shortly after. You can smell the 11.5 ABV.
T: Not nearly as bitter as expected. The assortment of flavors were unexpected. First thing tasted was the malt that remained boring until the pleasant fruity bitterness blended properly. The alcohol added to the experience and did not overwhelm.
M: medium/light. Surprisingly light with no carbonation.
O: Very tasty. This was expensive treat, but I did enjoy it. A solid release, but not one of the best barleywines I have tasted.

Photo of Washuffizi98
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of msquared36
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle, Minneapolis
Nose: rich winey large pitted dark fruit esters, hop citrus.
Pours a deep brilliant rich garnet under a thin head. Has some legs, very thin lace.
Rich complex malts blend with large pitted fruits - mainly plum, possible cherry, and slowly give way to citrus rind hop bitterness that dries on the finish with a touch of hop astringency.
Sweetness up front is balanced by the alcohol and hops.
Chewy, oily, medium low carbonation.
A solid sit by the fireplace and watch the snow fall beer.

Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

8 oz. can, 2013 version, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color, speckled with orange and reddish highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy. There are strong notes of toasted malt, imparting bready aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread, immediately followed by lots of floral, piney hops and a touch of alcohol. I also get notes of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates, as well as some candied sugar and toffee. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Delicious! Malty and hoppy at the same time! Strong flavors of bready, earthy toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of French brioche and sweet Hawaiian bread. There’s also lots of brown sugar-like sweetness which helps balance the strong flavors of floral, piney hops, but very little bitterness. Finally, I get strong flavors of toffee, dried stone fruit, such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes. It’s a delicious beer!

Mouth feel: Slightly chewy, a touch viscous and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a brilliant, fantastic barleywine! I can’t wait to see what it is like with some more age on it. Barleywine fans should really like this!

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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.24/5  rDev +12.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

This poured a hazed honey orange with golden hues and a honey brown tint. Lovely with a fat enough head of tan foam that fell off and left a film on top. Noe i hops. Bright grapefruit and some leafy herbal. A big malt with brown sugar and honey and soft bread. The taste is sumptuous. It's sweet but not cloying. It has grapefruit that is tart and pithy and has the peel. The hops are leafy and wide. The soft bread and brown sugar all come together for a malt that is sweet and delectable with a bit of sitckiness to it. Earthiness gives way in this to a firm herbal and a bit of alcohol that grazes the back palate. The finish is dry and there is an ample bitter to leave you with a bit of resiny coating on the mouth and time to taste all those tremendous flavors again while a bit of spice lingers at the back palate.

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of rbail012
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the Old Fashioned glass with minimal foam. Mouthfeel is quite sudsy, the stuff seems to erupt when you take a sip.

A little woodsy, cedar taste Quite dry. This is even less sweet than the typical double IPA. Very alcohol tasting. Hot and astringent. Quite bitter aftertaste. I don't taste any of the advertised "citrusy" hops, unless they mean a slash of grapefruit pith. This delivers the booze, but it is so un-malty it's a rocky road down the throat.

Great packaging, like what the English would call a "nip." From the 8.4 oz can purchased in the four-pack purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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