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Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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very good

600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 48 | 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 deapokid
3/5  rDev -20.2%

deapokid, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of wvsabbath
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.

wvsabbath, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
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.

PicoPapa, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Evan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Evan, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of schoolboy
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.

schoolboy, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
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.

Knapp85, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of tdm168
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.

tdm168, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of msubulldog25
4/5  rDev +6.4%

msubulldog25, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of BrotherLogic
4/5  rDev +6.4%

BrotherLogic, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of rheimbro
4/5  rDev +6.4%

rheimbro, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

MikeCactusGordon, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
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.

OBeerMeGreatOne, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Lukass, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

iL0VEbeer, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of kaseydad
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.

kaseydad, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
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.

cindyjeffsmith, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JeffTheJuice, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of Nocontrol1977
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Nocontrol1977, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of csustar001
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

csustar001, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

RedneckBeerz, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of jsg978
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Stange.

A very mellow flavor for a 11.5% ABV barley wine. The 92 IBU did not hit as strongly as an IPA would. Good balance of flavors.

As a barley wine fan this is a good choice amongst some pretty lame American Barleywines. Better flavor than the Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada.

jsg978, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of DStoked
3/5  rDev -20.2%

DStoked, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of johnhenryconway
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

johnhenryconway, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of emilylee
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

emilylee, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

ShemRahBoo, Mar 02, 2013
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.