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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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very good

644 Ratings
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Ratings: 644
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 29
Gots: 61 | FT: 4
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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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a snifter, the beer is a dark, slightly hazed, amber-copper coloring with a thin, filmy ring of head on the surface. Aromas of tropical fruits, heavily ladened with mango and pineapple, with a subtle roasting and some darkly sweet fig in the backbone. Also some citrusy spicing throughout the nose, with orange zest and pepper dancing around the sinuses. Flavors are heavily roasted and rich, with a dark caramel backbone and tobacco highlight. Pepper and tamarind spicing throughout, with a subtle boozey kick to keep your tastebuds going. The tropical fruit becomes a much more blended characteristic on the palate, with a fruit punch feel, but much more concentrated. Resiny characteristics in the aftertaste, adding to the richness. Sharp, boozy kick at the end of the aftertaste, leading to a slick, slightly bitter, tangy lingering finish. Tasty brew.

Photo of millelacsmark
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Kerfluffel
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter. 8.4oz can

a: poured a clear intensely reddish brown with a light tan head leaving considerable lacing that sticks to the glass..

s: aroma is deep rich and complex. Notes of caramelized dark sugar, roasted nuts, toffee, dates, dried green figs, and booze with bite-y citrus and earthy, floral hops.

t: maple syrup, toffee, dried green figs and raisins, subdued pineapple, hops contribute deep blood orange, lemon, and earthiness. Dry, very boozy with a whiskey quality, and a lingering bitterness.

m: silky, full mouth with an overtone of bitterness and booze that only threatens to throw it off balance, close but not over the edge. Nice carbonation for the style.

o: great barelywine for the money. The booze notes on the flavor can be a bit much, and the aroma is my truly my favorite part of this beer. I'm glad they started canning this.

Photo of Slatetank
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had this from the small redbull-style 8.4oz can purchased at Wegmans

It is an attractive package that stands out, but my rating is not based on the look of the beer since I enjoyed it straight from the can. The smell is very hop forward with slight caramel sweet malt aromas and mild alcohol ester. The feel is hop dominant also with slight acidity and moderate sweetness to balance with light alcohol warming in the finish with moderate carbonation.

I like the nice citrus notes the hops impart and the malt is not cloying but it is enough to balance the bitterness and alcohol is not overdone for the 11.5%, Overall I would drink this again it is a good example of the American barleywine style and a half pint is a good sample size unless you would prefer to share.

Photo of Beergelden
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours to a nice Ruby-brown color, a light tan head that disappates quickly but lingers around the edge of the glass and laces the top of the beer. Nice clarity and legs that run down the side of the glass all day! The color in the picture doesn't quite represent the beer, it has a much lighter, more transparent look to it.

Aroma - The alcohol bloodies your nose as soon as you dip into it. Hints of caramel, brown sugar malty sweetness. Orange, citrus and dark cherries round it out.

Flavor - The first taste is of dark fruit, with a big alcohol hotness through out the middle and a mild hop bitterness in the end. Lingering earthy, slight citrus hop bitterness and the taste of bitter orange on the back. There is an ever so small malt flavor that hangs in there too, but the finish of fairly dry overall. The hops are not as forward as I would expect in an American Barley-wine, using Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada as the benchmark for this style.

Mouthfeel - Heavy body as one would expect from a Barley-wine, low carbonation with a biting alcohol hotness that dominates.

Overall - To me, the alcohol was a little overwhelming and it really took control of the flavors and aroma. With some age it would mellow out considerably, i'm sure, but I was hoping for something a little more special from 21st Amendment. This one just falls a little short for me. I have a couple more cans cellaring in the basement and will revisit this one in a year or so, and hopefully get the flavors I was yearning for!

Photo of Craftonly23121
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of BrokenStones
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of AndyP612
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Pizza Luce St. Paul in tulip.

A- Dark amber not overly inviting, no head to speak of.

S- Sweet nose with slight hop present.

T- Earthy with a hint of biscuit, caramel. Big heavy malt with a kiss of hops to finish. Feels like the diesel most barleywines carry yet I would not have expected the abv so high just on taste alone.

M- Medium heavy semi malt syrupy.

O- Nice hop touch. I had my doubts after the small sample the bartender insisted I tried and I was right but I didn't want to be annoying and turn down the sample and the full pour. I may order this again to give it another go. I just need to develop more of a taste for barleywines. Cheers.

Photo of justintcoons
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz can poured into a tulip.

Red with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and very low carbonation.

Candied orange and lemon. Pineapple, rich caramel and hints of booze.

Oily notes of orange, lemon, pineapple and mango. Rich caramel, brown bread and candy sugars. A little boozy. Finishes with pine resin, orange zest and hints of leather.

Full bodied, silky, oily, smooth and warming.

This is a really well crafted American Barleywine. Really good stuff. Fat beer in a little can.

Photo of squidrobot
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of TheLevi4000
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of roywilliams
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of ChefHopMeister
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of notdriving
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of beerme411
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Golden brown with a thin white head that fads quickly

S-caramel malts, dark fruits, and booze

T-Taste very much follows the nose. Has a slight sweetness to it that adds to flavor in a good way. Very balanced balanced, but does have a touch more alcohol presence to it then I like. Warm alcohol finish that increases as it warms to room temp.

M-medium body with light carbonation.

O-The 8.4oz can reminds me of energy drinks, almost too much had to stop a friend from making that mistake, apparently he's illiterate. Above average barely wine with a nice story behind the name. Perhaps some aging will mute the booze and bring forth more dark fruits. Another good brew from their insurrection series which I like much more then their regular and seasonal lineup.

Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A barleywine in a can is something I can get behind. A barleywine in a little Red Bull can is something that catches my curiosity. Having a fresh one:

Bright tangerine body with a soapy half finger of tan head. Lots of lace, lots of legging, lots of beading.

Caramel malts melded with citric and tropical hops. Biscuit notes, more mushy fruit, plenty of classic American barleywine characteristics.

It's got a little bit of that orange cream soda thing going on with bitter orange peel and smooth sweet malt. Not as hot as I thought it would be, there's some mellow vanilla and a slight suggestion of conifer.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz can from Beaumont Market. This is the perfect size for a barleywine. More companies need to can in this size.

A: Cherry wood colored that glows red in the light. Very thin head speckled by bubbles. Stains the glass.

N: Sweet pineapple, caramel malt, maple and brown sugar, A little bit of earth and some walnut. There’s the crystallized sweetness I associate with malt forward DIPAs. Enjoyable.

T: Bitter and hop forward. This leans toward the biscuity, the earthy, and there are hints of singed oak. A little bit of tobacco and leather. A lot of grass and some spruce. This actually works because it’s fairly well balanced.

M: Very, very dry and maybe a touch on the light side with the mouthfeel. That said, it’s not thin or watery.

O: A very nice beer and one I’ll glad have with decent frequency. You can’t beat the size, and it’s a worthy sipper. Curious to see if this gets a bit sweeter as it ages.

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Little can has been in the fridge for more than a week now.. Tonight it was poured into my HotD goblet... deep amber brew has nice clarity... short lasting tannish head leaves only spotty lacing.

The nose is definitely American BW territory... plenty of piney hoppy bitterness and a nice background/yet sorta balanced caramel/toasty maltiness. solvent EtOH.. even acetone with warmth.

Flavor immediately makes me think of Old Boardhead... Not as hoppy/or bitter as Bigfoot.. heavy American hops and a good West Coast malt balance.. with warmth some figgy/date sweetness arises.. a bit odd for sure.. as it warms it gets pretty muddy.. and boozy... hot EtOH.

Body and carbonation are about right.. the nail polish is really blooming.. Headache?

Good/decent when cold.. downright harsh when warmer.... smells and tastes like a headache.


Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of kevgod
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of NastyNate11
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 644 ratings.