Lower De Boom Barleywine - 21st Amendment Brewery

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Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 26
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:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 09-12-2004)
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of beerme411
3.45/5  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 +7.5%
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
3.75/5  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 -6.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.46/5  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%

Photo of kevgod
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of NastyNate11
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of CalbeDacks
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of tripelz
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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.

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..

Photo of morningthief
4/5  rDev +6.7%

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.

Photo of Phillyz
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BeastLU
3/5  rDev -20%

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.

Photo of eawolff99
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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.

Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of Hopstout
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.