Lower De Boom Barleywine
21st Amendment Brewery

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Barleywine - American
Ranked #348
Ranked #27,352
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States
Very Good
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to eyebereej for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Oddly small 8.4 oz. can - almost like a V8 container. 2013 vintage, stored appropriately, consumed on 11/28/19 to kick off Thanksgiving this year. Poured into a Firestone Walker tulip glass.

A: Hazy rich caramelly brown, with lots of visible carbonation – large active bubbles and clinging to sides of glass. But it only manages a short-lived thin white fizzy head.

S: Caramel and brown sugar and toasted malts. Faded grapefruit and citrus rind hops. Minimal oxidation, but really not a lot of aroma at all – not good or bad really. I will say there’s minimal alcohol on the nose for the 11.5% listed on the side of the can.

T: Caramel and boozy sweet malts, a thin toffee flavor and the toasted bready malts. Then booze soaked grapefruit pith and orange rind. Some mild cardboard oxidation but accentuated by the faded hops. Still the hop bitterness with some resinous notes with lingering sweet caramel after the swallow.

M: A medium body for style. Carbonation sensation is on the low side despite appearance. The alcohol is obvious and warming, though I’m not sure I would have guessed a chunk over double digits.

O: This was a passable barleywine at best, I think. It’s not offensive, but the hop flavors present really don’t play well with all the sweet and caramel-forward malt bill flavors. 92 IBUs as listed on the can just seem unnecessary, and even extended aging hasn’t done much to tame them. It almost reminds me of a re-labeled DFH 120 Minute.

Apr 01, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

2/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Canned 12/17/15; drank 2/12/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through purple/red appearance.

A violent pour yielded a nice, noisy khaki head which quickly dissipated; decent lace.

Grapefruit, sour hops, sweet caramel & booze heat notes in the nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Tart grapefruit & cloying caramel flavors up front; faint trash water notes on the finish. Strong booze heat notes emerged as this warmed.

This plays strongly to everything I dislike about American barleywines; a clash of hops & malt that is inharmonious, plus abrasive booze heat. No bueno.

May 06, 2019
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Sep 30, 2018
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Shade1951 from Pennsylvania

1.22/5  rDev -67.9%
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.

Aug 31, 2018
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Jul 06, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Nov 20, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Jun 24, 2017
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CleanTaps from New Jersey

1.86/5  rDev -51.1%
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.

May 29, 2017
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Mitchmoore12 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

May 04, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear amber orange with two fingers of bone color head. Splotches and rings of lace.
Smell is malty with some mild hop bitterness.
Taste is sweet rich malts with a bit of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Finish is medium dry with lots of malt sweetness.
Overall a big Barleywine in a small package. $3.79 for 8.4 ounces. Seems about right.

May 01, 2017
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boom boom boom, everybody say way-ho.
Tiny can, much barleywine. All the memes.
Described recently as "old man candy". Let's find out.

Bright reddish orange, fully saturated, spotty lace.
Candied orange and sticky malt aroma. Caramelized sugar.

Tastes like a sweeter Bigfoot, mildly citrusy, big caramel malt.
Medium bodied and sticky, creamy and smooth considering the ABV.
This dainty can is about the perfect serving size. Not a bad beer and the can is a fun novelty.

Apr 16, 2017
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Beejay from Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium brown with a small tan head full of frog eyes.

S: Huge malt with raisin and toffee, and the smell of citrus fruit bought in bulk, and left to sit for perhaps a touch too long. Finish is syrup with a twinge of citrus.

T: Malt forward with hints of almond, cherry and tangerine. Linger is citrus with hints of toffee and earthy bitterness.

M: Medium body with fine carbonation.

O: Not quite as hoppy as I would have imagined, and the citrus seems a touch out of place with the malt.. Not bad, but not amazing.

Apr 14, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

8.4 oz. canned on 12/17/15

Pours mostly clear amber red with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like toffee, caramel, molasses, cherry, plum, red grape skin, apples, asian pear, rich vanilla, mild chocolate, toasty graham crackery malts, some grapefruit and orange citrus, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like toffee, caramel, molasses, spice, cherry, plum, red grape skin, apples, asian pear, vanilla, mild chocolate, toasty graham crackery malts, some grapefruit, orange citrus, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice barleywine.

Mar 05, 2017
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

8.4oz can poured into a snifter. The taste is a ton of sweet malt, some citrusy hop notes, and some warmth from the alcohol. Overall, a solid barelywine.

Feb 13, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


Can to Snifter.

LOOK: Clear mahogany-like color. Almost no head.
AROMA: Fruitty, but not really citrusy as I expected. More apple, pear, raisin. Maybe a hint of lime underneath. Something tinny as well.
TASTE: The flavors in the nose show up in the front of the taste. Later there is some more complexity; oak, vanilla, something a little bit floral.Something a little soapy. Alcohol burn kicks in, but only after sipping for 15+ minutes; masked pretty well.
FEEL: Pretty smooth. 90% of the way to "Full-Bodied". Minimal carbonation.

Good barleywine; but, not quite sitting right for me. I would have another. Maybe aging would help this beer some, but I only have 1 right now and something about aging beer in cans still doesn't jive with me.


Feb 10, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/7/13, poured into a snifter. Most of the hoppy character is gone, but the hops that have faded leave some sweet, juicy reminders on the nose that they were once there. All-in-all this thing tastes fine as a more malt-forward brew with sweeter, bready malts for days.

Feb 01, 2017
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timmos1 from California

2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm frankly dismayed by the glowing reviews of this beer. I'm having it on tap at the brewery. It doesn't taste good. It's like a piney orange creamsicle. Forget the beauty of the brew, do you really want a barley wine that tastes like an alcohol infused tangerine orange peel? I guess people must l like that, but I'm not digging it in a barley wine. Cudos to the brewing, at 11% it's not overly hot. I can't imagine it aging well. Good for ipa fans and anyone who has to have all their brews massively hopped. The sweetness turns citric hops into orange candy flavor, not good to me. Just saying....

Jan 16, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky medium-deep amber (the brew clears as it warms), producing a shy 2 fingers of somewhat lasting, frothy tan head that leaves a thin wash of splotchy lacing. Aroma brown sugar, caramel & vanilla with citrus, floral & resinous hops. Taste is caramelized malt sweetness, fruity & well balanced with cedar wood, orange & pineapple hops up front with hops dominating by the finish & becoming full throttle & tongue numbing delightful in the aftertaste. Noticeably boozy nose & mouth. Mouthfeel is medium-heavy bodied, moderately carbonated, a dry-sweet tug of war, drawing on the tongue, syrupy, oily, chewy. Puts me in mind of Avery's Hog Heaven barley wine. But unlike that brew this one is slightly sweeter & thus more balanced, still lopsided but more balanced.

Dec 22, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage consumed in late 2016, so this beer has a year of age on it. It also comes in a slim 8.4 ounce can, so thank goodness for a portioned serving size for this 11.5% ABV monster. On to the beer:

This beer has a muddy look and an orangish-brown color, topped with a light soapy head above. The aroma explodes on you; big on the toffee and big on the grapefruit, with a few trickles of booze running through. Despite its age, the hops still show plenty of life. Orange and grapefruit and among the biggest flavors around, with an all around citrus aura. The base of pleasing sweet toffee keeps the beer in check and onto the pathway of American Barleywine, as does the present booze. With its full body and full flavor, Lower de Boom is a beer best sipped with a small plate of snacks on the side.

Dec 09, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Brewery "Lower De Boom"
8.4 fl. oz. can, "Canned on: 12/17/15" and sampled on 10/10/16

"Lower De Boom" pours a clear deep copper (almost mahogany) body with orange highlights beneath a short head of white foam that drops readily to a creamy collar. Lacing is slightly better than average.

The aroma is floral and fruity (citrus, ripe red fruit, some dark skinned fruit) over a gently caramelish and bready malt base.

The flavor is wider than the nose suggests, adding notes of dark fruit, pine, subtle sweet red berries, and a little bit of toastiness to the malt. Of course there's alcohol as well, but it doesn't step too far forward; and along with solid bitterness (probably close to 90 IBUs) it helps to bring it to a dry finish.

In the mouth it's medium with a dextrinous edge that leans it towards medium-full but doesn't quite get there, and it's livened by a gently tingling, moderate carbonation.

Overall it's fairly impressive, and well balanced, but in the end the 11.5% ABV cuts into its drinkability just as it cuts through its maltiness. My sample is also almost a year old, so I'm guessing that the hops have diminished a bit, although I feel if they were a little bit brighter that would only help, and certainly not hinder. Worth trying.

Oct 10, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Impressed by this one. The four pack of small cans is a neat idea, and one that suits barleywines particularly well. This had a strong balance of sweet malt and dark fruit, dates, and figs, without being overly saccharine. A strong brew from a brewery that I've not been blown away by historically.

Sep 18, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Look: It pours a caramel cloudy color with a large tan head.

Smell: There are aromas of molasses, citrus, plums, grains, figs, and alcohol.

Taste: The flavors are dominated by the molasses and alcohol with the citrus, plums, grains, and figs in the background.

Feel: It has a full body with a slightly hot alcohol feel to it with strong bitterness.

Overall, this is a strong alcohol beer that finishes a bit hot with a good combination of citrus and dark fruits combined with molasses and grains.

Sep 04, 2016
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jopezu from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a hazy dark mahogany with almost zero head. nose; sweet malt, pine, citrus hops, oak, & toffee. taste; heavy caramel malt, piney hops (centennial?), grapefruit rind, & ethanol. ethanol seems to build on the finish, to the exclusion of the other flavors. low carbonation & medium, oily mouthfeel. pretty non-complex for a big barleywine. quickly breaks down into ethanol & pine solvent. the nose is much better than the taste here.

Jul 28, 2016
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

250 ml can into tulip glass, canned on 12/17/2015. Pours slightly hazy reddish/orange/copper color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, citrus peel, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, citrus peel, raisin, plum, fig, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, raisin, plum, fig, leather, pine, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero astringent hop flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, moderately sticky/resinous, and creamy/slick balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a very nice American Barleywine. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jul 24, 2016
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zac16125 from South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8.4oz can (for realz) into a snifter
Canned on: 12/17/15

A: Pours a translucent dark amber/ruby with close to 2 fingers width of dense appearing slightly off white colored head. Head dissipates slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing. Beautiful beer. 4.75

S: Aroma is sweet malts, more subtle piney and citrus hops, and some booze. Pretty significant candied sugar and toffee. Some green apple notes. Really nice aroma. 4.25

T: Taste is similar to the nose, but not as strong as I anticipated. Candied sugar and caramel/toffee up front, some subtle booze, hoppy bitterness on the finish. Booze grows throughout the drink, to become pretty prominent and detracts somewhat from the other characters. 4

M/D: Full bodied but not think, carbonation on the lower end but its not flat, ABV is certainly noticeable and is a bit strong, but its not hot going down. Drinkability is pretty good. 3.75

O: Good American Barleywine here. Perhaps a bit boozy, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. I would certainly drink again. 4

Jun 05, 2016
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