Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
21st-amendment.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

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#23,784
Reviews:
192
Ratings:
830
pDev:
11.94%
 
 
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Photo of SLeffler27
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(SRM 17-18) Crystal clear, dark copper in an Offero oversized wine glass. A thin veil flashes over the top leaving tiny islands and a ring of fine lace. A thin film produces many legs after each sip.

This Barleywine opens with strong pine hops before yielding to similarly strong caramel. Warmth draws out vanilla and butterscotch. The background is filled with herbal white tea and honey.

The flavor is quite bitter and generally follows the nose. Sweetness plays tag with bitterness winning out by a long shot. The finish is long and sharply bitter.

The slick texture compliments a full, almost dense, body. Alcohol is sharp with a mild warmth. The carbonation is fine and prickly.

While the American Barleywine variant is supposed to be more bitter than the English Barleywine, this is much closer to the American IIPA. I found it to be an enjoyable beer, though outside the style. Those who favor sharply bitter beers will certainly enjoy this. My can was aged approximately 28 months from the canning date of 17.Dec.2015. This makes the alcohol presence all the more impressive.

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Photo of Shade1951
1.22/5  rDev -67.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I like the high ABV.

That's about it for me. I poured this from a can into a glass. I know cans are supposed to protect against skunkiness, and that high ABV ales are often storable for several years. Nonetheless, there is an off-taste to this.

It smells skunky. It tastes skunky... and way too hoppy in addition. I don't like hoppy barleywines. I don't know why some brewers insist on adding loads of hops to everything they brew.

I've sipped about 2 oz. out of the tiny 8.4 oz. can. I just cannot finish it. And that sucks because I suspect that this one was among the more expensive beers I purchased earlier today.

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

8.4 oz skinny can with a 17 Dec. 2015 canning date.

Look- Copper colored clear body with a thin off-white head that soon fades to a durable partial coat and ring.

Aroma- dark fruits and sweet malts.

Flavor- malty with hints of figs, plums, fruitcake and piney hops.

Feel- low carbonation; full body; light warming but no heat in the mouth even with 11.5% ABV,

Overall- except for being more hoppy than average, this is a solid, mainstream barleywine.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Spluger
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dctarga
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SpaethJam
3.71/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bad_Attitude_Brews
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

'15 vintage. What a cute little can.

This one pours a mostly clear light amber, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like zesty citrusy hops, rye bread, caramel malt, and pine.

Even two years in, this is still quite hoppy. I can't imagine how hoppy this one is out of the gate. There's lots of citrusy hops- with the sweet malt it almost feels like orange marmalade on some sort of rich bread. There's a clean bitterness on the finish.

This is medium bodied, surprisingly crisp and clean, with a good level of carbonation.

This isn't my preferred style of barleywine, but it's still fairly tasty and clearly well done.

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Photo of Gemini6
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Commandophile
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Muss42
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance had a somewhat hazy caramel brown color, the head was a thin half finger-ed white, no lacing. The smell had caramelized malts with a subdued hoppiness but has a certain dryness about it. The taste was sweet all the way through with some added brown sugar and dark fruits, no aftertaste, quick dry finish. On the palate, it sat at/about a medium on the body. It seems like it wants to show a decent sessionable quality to it but it still has that ABV that hides itself well enough to not show its face, there seems to be a dryness coating my mouth and tongue. Overall, oddly enough, the hops hold up in this one a bit more than expected. Pretty good as is.

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Photo of CleanTaps
1.86/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

More a crazy bold IPA than barleywine. The pineapple comes the moment you open the can. Served cold and I didn't wait for it to warm up.
Surprised at the abv as I'd have guessed it was around 8 or 9 tops. Not 11.5!
Hoppy, not enough body for my barleywine soul. Too strong for food. Not a thoughtful beer. Gave the other and away.

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Photo of EdFed
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of chefbigjon
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AirBob
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rarigney
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of evanwoertz
4.69/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mitchmoore12
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look- 4.25- Dark copper, crystal clear, off white head, one finger head, fades fast. Left small amounts of lacing.

Smell-4.25- dark and sweet malt character, with notes of fruit like plum and apricot, maybe peach.

Taste- 4 - malt character like dark sweet bread with faded hop flavors of pine and resin. Dark fruits like cherry and plum. Notes of peach and apricot.

Feel-4.25- low carbonation as per style, thick full body even when room temperature. Hot alcohol feel in throat and mouth numbing capablities.

Overall- 4.25 - when I rate, I rate 80% to style and 20% to personal preference. I don't particularly enjoy this style, but it fit in the style neatly. I thought it could have had even more malty presence and perhaps a little more complex flavors but overall a solid example of the style. However, not my favorite. Probably won't buy again based on preference but I'm glad I branched out and tried it.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 830 ratings