Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

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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Photo of StoutSeth
1/5  rDev -73.5%

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 mportnoy
1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

Photo of Rekrule
1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

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 Abragg3
1.92/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of MichiganBeers
2/5  rDev -46.9%

Photo of JayKay412
2/5  rDev -46.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of shirtless_mike
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of Gambyt20
2.67/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Phelps
2.72/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the can into my little Three Floyds tasting snifter. Canned on date of 2/5/13.

A menacing-looking ale. Dark, murky burgundy pours thick from the can's lip, with nearly no head created upon its entry. A hold to the light gives up some burnt orange hues, but it's still like looking at the sun when at the bottom of a swamp.

Malt has made the aroma very sweet, with caramel and toffee taking the lead over some herbal hops. Maybe a little mint, cilantro.

Eek. Something's amiss here. the tangy, sugared sweetness of the malt isn't balanced by a beefy hop bitterness, but rather does battle with it. Burnt biscuits, caramel, grass, orange peel. All of them are in there and none of them seem to be getting along.

A bit of redemption is found in the body, to which the sugary malt has lent a nice full viscosity. The carbonation, absent from the head, is on full display in here, prickling the tongue with tiny bubbles.

Not a great barleywine, but not undrinkable.

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Photo of hoerr
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of timmos1
2.81/5  rDev -25.5%
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....

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Photo of harrymel
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Canned 03FEB13

Cool little 8 oz can deceptively marketed. Pours a nice brown with a sheet of light tan foam. Smells of malts, some soap, some floral hops and a touch of sugar - nothing special. Flavor is sweet and fruity with lots of esters, hints of bubble gum and banana with a really English yeast flavor. Overly sweet for me. Medium bodied with low carb and a slightly sticky finish. I was hoping this would be really good so I could buy a good bunch for the cellar, but alas, not the truth.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.91/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8.4 oz. can poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a honey golden brown into the glass. No head to speak of appears. There's a very, very fine sheen of lace on most of the surface, with a small island of fine bubbles in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a sunset orange-red and somewhat opaque.

S - Nicely toasted malts sit underneath an ABV-supported, somewhat astringent mix of grassy citrus floral notes, flinty metallic, light fruit juices (apple and pear), and sugary caramels and hard candy. As the beer warms in the glass, the sugars begin to better shape the nose. This may well be a beer that really needs to warm up to present properly.

T - While noticeably more focused on the toasted malts and caramels in the start of the quaff, big hops of equal parts citrus and resin push their way forward and take over. The finish is a dollop of honey, orange, and caramel in the center of the tongue surrounded by herbal bitters along the sides. The ABV is well-masked in the taste profile, but quickly shows up warming the tummy.

M - Creamy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Medium body. Components are nicely integrated. Finish is rather dry and short.

O - Quite hop-forward and somewhat unbalanced for a barleywine. The components of the nose don't really compliment each other, but instead present a hodge-podge that begs to be sorted out. I like to enjoy the nose of a big beer apart from its taste, but I really couldn't do that with this beer - too much conflict. This isn't a barley wine I could recommend unless someone is specifically looking for a pretty bitter IIPA / barleywine mash-up.

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Photo of gopens44
2.92/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Well I remember this one, and I remember not being a big fan. Not incredibly well balanced, bitterness that didn't correspond with the nose of a hop characteristic that left an odd cloying sweet bitterness behind with a little rubbing alcohol. Just not much I could enjoy with this one.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of DStoked
3/5  rDev -20.4%

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