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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

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173
Ratings:
769
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
24.4%
 
 
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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +26%

8 oz. can, 2013 version, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color, speckled with orange and reddish highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy. There are strong notes of toasted malt, imparting bready aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread, immediately followed by lots of floral, piney hops and a touch of alcohol. I also get notes of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates, as well as some candied sugar and toffee. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Delicious! Malty and hoppy at the same time! Strong flavors of bready, earthy toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of French brioche and sweet Hawaiian bread. There’s also lots of brown sugar-like sweetness which helps balance the strong flavors of floral, piney hops, but very little bitterness. Finally, I get strong flavors of toffee, dried stone fruit, such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes. It’s a delicious beer!

Mouth feel: Slightly chewy, a touch viscous and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a brilliant, fantastic barleywine! I can’t wait to see what it is like with some more age on it. Barleywine fans should really like this!

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Photo of Oakenator
4.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours brownish to amber with a decent head for a barleywine. Some head remains on top through consumption and even a bit of lacing which is suprising at this strength.

S: Hops - pine and grass, malt - sweet caramel.

T: Hops present up front and grab you mellowing later with malt sweetness, belgian candi sugar, and a slight alcohol finish but less than expected for a barleywine of this strength. Really nice.

M: Good after dinner drink, but not as heavy as you might think.

O: Well done and especially like the small 8 oz can - don't have to commit to what is often a 22+ oz bottle of very strong beer. Bravo!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This may give you an indication of the depth of the backlog of The CANQuest (TM): the bottom of the CAN is dtd 05 Feb 2013! It almost made it to its birthday, Wow!

From the (Slimline) CAN: "Ameri[CAN]-Style Barleywine Ale Packed With Citrusy Hops"; "92 IBUs".

I am guessing that, given its age, there may be some lees in the bottom of the CAN, thus requiring a gentle Glug. The Crack! was magnifique and it reeked of booze. How hot was this mo fo originally? I managed to produce a server's head - a finger of light-tan head produced by swirling the glass. The server's trick is to swirl a straw in the beer just before serving it to the customer. Color was a button-bright deep-copper (SRM = > 17, < 22) and once more, I was CANtemplating selling it to Full Circle Recycling as liquid copper. Nose was like a CANtact drunk. If you know of a CANtact high, in which you CAN get high without smoking just by being in a room pungent with weed, this was the same CANcept. I inhaled a LOT of booze on this bad boy! Along with the heat was a caramel/nutty maltiness, leather and dried dark fruits. Mouthfeel was big, not quite thick, but on the approach and it sat on my tongue like a dollop of whipped cream. I kid you not about the heat! Initially, all I could taste was booze until it subsided, then I got the dry mustiness of old leather. Whew! Man, this is a big beer, not to be tackled by amateurs. Finish was extremely dry, to the point that I was actually craving some water by the end of the mere 11.2 fluid ounces.

#HappyHulaintheCoolaDay

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Photo of BierJager89
4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Opaque, though not reallly hazy, plum color with a short, creamy, tan head.

S: Orange, tangerine, mango, tropical fruit in the nose.

T: Orange, grapefruit peel, tangerine, then sweeter fruits like mango, pineapple, tropical fruit, then it gets a bit tart with lemon, some malt, some grass, some floral notes, pine and papaya.

M: Full bodied, pretty smooth, some alcohol sharpness and a tiny bit of alcohol astringency.

O: Definitely an America-style barelywine (in my experience akin to a double IPA, but with a higher ABV). It's hoppy, tropical in taste and smell, has a pretty good mouthfeel, and it's delicious.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of KevBot89
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark mahogany, almost see through when held up to the light. Minimal tan head.
S: a bit stuffed up, couldn't smell much of anything.
T/M: Very hop forward and super smooth. Herbal and woody hops. Some grainy malts. Certainly hoppier than malty. Lots of fruit flavors (mango, pineapple); sweeter than bitter and finishes with nice, mellow alcohol. Lowly carbonated and light body.

Could have warmed a bit. As I drank it some of the grainy flavors were more present and the hop flavors were also more accentuated.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.41/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged exactly two years and one day.

Looks murky.

Smells liked bready hopped caramel.

I usually don't care for american barleywines but two years seems to have treated this beer brilliantly. This is how I wish all those wasted bottles of bigfoot would have aged. The hops, although present in the nose, are just a tad there in the flavor. Sweet bread and a vestige of ripe fruit are complimented by the lingering hops.

Mouthfeel is spot on what I like in a barleywine.

Overall I wish I had more to see how it would be in three and four years.

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Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a looker. Poured from its tiny can into my glass, it rests a thick, murky, rich orange-red. It grows a lightly tinted head to two fingers and the diminishment is never beyond one finger. This is a rich, creamy, frothy head that pillows the beer beautifully. As the beer subsides down the glass, the foamy creaminess that's left in a barely-tattered sheet is more head than lacing, coating the glass entirely.
Toasty breads with hints of caramel mingle with a pithy hoppiness. There's actually a very interesting (not offensive) note of cheese, sort of medium cheddar, in there too. I think it's just how my nose is picking up the pith and resin playing with the malts.
This is simply an excellently constructed barleywine. The way the flavors play out together just works so well. Along with the bread crust and toasty notes and dark fruits and caramel that never get too sweet balancing so well with floral and resinous hops bitterness that never gets too bitter, I have to wonder how difficult it is to keep it from going too far in either direction yet marvel that it doesn't. The flavor ends up favoring the hops, though they never overpower, and alcohlic warmth and flavor certainly makes itself known.
It's almost hard to believe how exceptionally creamy this beer is. Thick and rich, I expect some smoothness, but this exceeds my expectations in that regard. Combine that with a crispness that doesn't go overboard but gives support and liveliness every sip, and the feel of this beer is nearly perfect.
This may be my new favorite American barleywine, reviews be damned. Old Ruffian's not easy to upseat, but whatever people are missing here is gain for those who know what this beer should be.

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Photo of vgarneth
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect serving size for an American Barleywine. 21st Amendment makes great beers and this one is a testament to their creative packaging by placing it in an 8.4 ounce can. Nice appearance and inviting nose. Great taste with a little kick, so enjoy two if you're up for it!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep deep ruby color, almost brown. Little bit of carbonation and a small thin head that was a little dirty. Nose was sweet with some fruit, taste was sweet followed by some pronounced bite. Well hopped and well done.
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A: Poured a deep ruby color with good carbonation and a small tannish cap

S: Big citrus nose, plenty of sugar, caramel

T: Has a nice smooth taste of citrus hops, caramel, light brown sugar, some dark fruits to it. The flavors are seamless and this beer is sweet and the booze is well masked

M: Big body, silky texture

O: Very good all the way around. Much better than I recall from the Toronado in 2008

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Photo of LAp
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of Vonstein15
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 11/7/13,American Barleywine
A- copper color slightly cloudy
T- missing the hop presence but expected after 5 months.overall nice malt background and ABV is will hidden
M-just what you expect from a Barleywine,simple but complex at the same time
O- will buy more esp. At a low price of $5 a 4 pk

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle, Minneapolis
Nose: rich winey large pitted dark fruit esters, hop citrus.
Pours a deep brilliant rich garnet under a thin head. Has some legs, very thin lace.
Rich complex malts blend with large pitted fruits - mainly plum, possible cherry, and slowly give way to citrus rind hop bitterness that dries on the finish with a touch of hop astringency.
Sweetness up front is balanced by the alcohol and hops.
Chewy, oily, medium low carbonation.
A solid sit by the fireplace and watch the snow fall beer.

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass. The appearance is a cloudy dark amber with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma is malt with some vanilla. The taste is a thick sweet malt that quickly warms you from the alcohol.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I guess this has been around for a while but I just saw it in NH today for the first time. Got two 8.4oz cans at The Beer Store at $3.50 each. Going for one as a nightcap.

Half-filled a small tulip. It's a clear, deep mahogany and chestnut colored beer. Head is minimal, basically a few fine, beige bubbles near the rim. Lacing is also on the very light side. Smells of rich caramel and rindy citrus. It is very smooth, and a touch chewy, and almost syrupy.

Like the aroma, the flavor has some strong caramel malts along with hints of toffee and vanilla. Though there are still some strong resiny, piney notes, the bitterness has faded somewhat since it was canned on 17DEC15. The maltyness stands out now, making it more akin to an English style barleywine, like Victory Old Ho.... Still, I like it. Prosit!

4.24/5 rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dirty copper color. Appears clear. Modest head that leaves a couple of streaks and spots on the glass.

Strong, sweet caramel aroma. Creamy, nutty and toasted notes come through.

At 92 IBUs, one might expect some strong bitterness, but at this level, there's just enough to give a bit of counterpoint to the strong, oily malt base. The malt is borderline chocolate in terms of the darkness, but it remains a solidly caramelized beer. Lots of alcohol warmth and very sweet. The swallow brings up the bitterness, thank God, otherwise this beer would have too much sugar bite. There's enough carbonation to keep the rich body from becoming syrupy. A good entry into this style.

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately this was a little pour at a beer tasting...so take this review as such. This is a very nice representation of the style. I wouldn't say that it is in the middle, but it isn't the best, but it certainly isn't the worst.

Taste: Deceivingly sweet as you first sip it, then the hops kick in. This works very well for the beer. The sweetness and the hop is fruity.

This is definitely worth a try!

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

This is the first beer from 21st that I actually like. The high gravity helps with this style and I believe they hit it on the head with this one. Overall a good drinkable beer and meets the expectations of the style. Looks, tastes and feels like a good Barlywine and I'm not typically a Barlywine or 21st fan. Have one and Probst!!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

8.4 fl oz. can, canned on 12/17/15 printed on the bottom of the can. Finally cracking into this 4 pack from 21st Amendment Brewery. "American-Style Barleywine Ale Packed With Citrusy Hops".

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter glass.

A - Firstly, let me start by saying that the format behind this thing is amazing; everything from the box packaging, the truly amazing and unique artwork, and the unique serving can, this thing is truly a work of art. It pours a thick dark syrupy golden orange, nice and hazed with some light flecks of sediment, with about a quarter inch of white foam head that settles as a ring.

S - Huge aroma of sweetened caramel malts, vanilla, toffee, oak wood, some minor syrupy alcohol fumes. An absolutely mouthwatering aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose: huge sweetened malts, oak, wood, vanilla, toffee, caramel, cream, marshmallow fluff. Hugely flavorful and complex.

Overall, this can was aged about six months, so not exactly "citrusy" but definitely a hugely unique and delicious barleywine in an awesome format. Amazing stuff, glad i was able to score the 4pk of this. Not sure why this stuff is so poorly rated here on this site.

21st Amendment Lower De Boom Barleywine -----4.5/5

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Photo of KFBR392
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Color is a ruby/amber red color. Above average active carbonation in the glass while drinking. Light head on the pour and present on the edges of the glass.

Smell: Citrus hop jump out right away. Solid piney bitter base. Sweet/juicy barley body really peaks this aroma. Little bit of a boozy bite which just adds some depth more then anything else.

Taste: Rounded barley mixes well with the citrusy hop tones on the front. A richer barley presence warms up on the body. Bitter hops pop up on the back end. Tad boozy on the finish but it's well kept. Nice transitions between flavors in this brew.

Mouthfeel: The barley provides some nice layers on the palate but could stick around for a while longer. Carbonation is pretty low on the mouthfeel.

Overall: This is how American barleywine should be. Big, lots of barley, bitter hops, and some boozy tingle. Reminds me a lot of Old Guardian from Stone which is a personal favorite of mine. Highly recommended!

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Photo of mpedara429
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Normally I drink from the can, but something this fancy deserved a pour into a glass. Poured out a slightly hazy copper color. A thing layer of off white head with little to no retention and lacing.

S: A very malty red licorice type smell. A very subtle floral and boozy quality.

T: Red licorice, vanilla, booze, earthy and floral hops.

M: Thick and stick body with a softer tingly type carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one. The boozy flavor may be off-putting for some, but there is great complexity in this beer that should not be overlooked.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin 8.4oz can poured into a snifter. Brown-orange in colour, hazy quality, almost no head whatsoever.

Smell: Powerful malts mix with a citric hop aroma and an alcoholic sweetness.

Taste: Very strong hop presence to start. Bitter and citric flavours give way to bready malts and a strong alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body has a silky touch. Finishes with a slight carbonated nip.

Overall: This is a rather elegant brew. The flavours are strong yet simplistic while remaining interesting.

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Photo of DIM
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Silly name, but I can't pass up the chance to try a new to me b-wine.

a: This was a dark, murky reddish color. Looks a bit like an India black ale or whatever they are called. It was served to me with a large, firm tan head.

s: Fairly mellow but appealing. I found surprisingly strong fruit aromas of grape, plus cola, caramel, and resinous hops.

t: I've never tasted anything quite like this, but it works for me. Lots sweet caramel and cola plus kind of vinous, kind of candy like grape or cherry flavor. Strong but largely flavorless bitterness at the end.

m: Big and borderline syrupy.

o: Very different but very good.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this 10.6% ABV barleywine on tap at the brewery in San Francisco, CA. It had a thick white bubbly head (over an inch thick) on top of a deep red/brown color. Served in a snifter. It was cloudy had lots of lacing. The smell was both sweet and bitter at the same time - sort of like a cider or apple juice, just with more alcohol in the aroma. The taste is of strong bitter hops with a hops and alcohol aftertaste. Hops is the predominant taste though it doesn't come out in the aroma. Later in the aftertaste there is a more complex fruity and apples flavor.

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