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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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616 Ratings
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Ratings: 616
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 25
Gots: 55 | 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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Photo of mntlover
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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%
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
Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev +6.7%

morningthief, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 8+ oz. can into a little tulip glass - medium amber and clear, finger or two of off-white foam, lacey start settled into a filmy cap w/ some lace specks left behind

S: dark bitter fruits and musky earthy hops

T: semisweet toffee and caramel malt, some alcohol and bitter fruit, resin, pine, and citrus hop tastes mixed in with barleywine maltiness

M: smooth, slick, fairly light-bodied for a barleywine, moderate carbonation

O: a very respectable barleywine, but perhaps nothing mind-blowing - I do draw enjoyment from the small can and box presentation. A quick, fun barleywine fix for sure. I'd buy it again.

Greywulfken, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Phillyz
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Phillyz, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +6.7%

kaelingirl, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of BeastLU
3/5  rDev -20%

BeastLU, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, the feel on this beer is very nice. Slick and smooth with the minimal carbonation I want to see. Flavor is good, but seems fairly one-dimensional and falls off too soon for me. I'd like to see it linger more really. And I'd like more complexity. But maybe ate would bring that out. Perhaps I shall get more to see what happens with them over time. Either way, excellent example of the style. It will be interesting to see how a barleywine ages in a can.

RblWthACoz, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

eawolff99, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Axnjxn, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of corby112
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

corby112, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +6.7%

vicsju1991, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Hopstout, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

jtierney89, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Pookie
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Pookie, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of PaulMc
4/5  rDev +6.7%

PaulMc, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -20%

deapokid, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

wvsabbath, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

PicoPapa, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Evan, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

schoolboy, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of tdm168
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

tdm168, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +6.7%

msubulldog25, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BrotherLogic
4/5  rDev +6.7%

BrotherLogic, Mar 09, 2013
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 616 ratings.