Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

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21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of emerge077
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of Beejay
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
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.


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Photo of Scotchboy
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of timmos1
2.81/5  rDev -25.7%
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 mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of LAp
4.31/5  rDev +14%
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 hman43
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of jopezu
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of zac16125
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of Bierman9
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
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 mfnmbvp
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
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 smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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 DovGibor
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12/17/15 can into snifter. Color is medium-dark amber with light carbonation and a bit of haze. Aroma is tangerine citrus upfront and light sweet malt blended in the back. Unique and enjoyable aroma, but a bit one note for a barleywine.

Taste is rich malt with a solid hop-bitterness balance. There are caramel notes without any sweetness. Lemon and mild citrus notes, but the dry, bitter finish dominates. Mouthfeel is rich but not as thick as some barleywines. The carbonation is light on the palate but noticeable.

I really enjoy barleywines, and I think this is an excellent choice given it's size and price. Does it exemplify the style? Not quite, but it's damn good and comes in a really enjoyable 8.4 oz can. I'm honestly giving it some credit for that fact alone.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 250-ml can (8.4 oz.)
Glass: Clear tumbler glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.79
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: March 12, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Dec. 17, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. PT

Not a huge fan of American Barleywines, so not expecting much from this. Kind of perplexed by the tiny cans, which I’ve seen recently in four-packs. Thinking a 22-oz. bomber would be better (and maybe more affordable).

Poured an auburn, amber, clear color with 1-2 fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Minima retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled toffee, caramel, Citra hops, brown sugar (kind of like Brown Shugga’), apple, slight hints of cinnamon and oak. Not smelling like 11.5 pct. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste pretty much followed the nose. Getting sugary caramel, toffee, toasted brown sugar, oak, Citra zest, woody pine, light grapefruit, hints of vanilla, bitter citrus rind and red apple. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy, somewhat oaky finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was pretty good for the style and definitely better than I thought it was going to be. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.91 | 88 | B+

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tiny can from 7 eleven in Kittery.
Pours a deep copper color with a decent sized off white head that persists. Big fruity caramel notes with a bit of alcohol presence. Strong tropical especially pineapple notes with lots of resinous pine hops. Sweet almost sticky mouth. Light carbonation. Decent brew.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had that amber and auburn color scheme going for it, thin off white head 1/6". Funny it comes in an energy drink like can. Aroma of heavy caramel malt and alcohol. Hops take a back seat.

Taste did drop hop on ya, lots of bitterness and alcohol. Brown sugar, roasted not burnt malt, booze, bitterness, toffee, dark citrus, dark fruit, a sweetness not unlike harsh rum. For all the flavors, not overly thick or harsh.

Good stuff, nothing groundbreaking.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/17/2015. The beer has a nice burnt amber, reddish-orange color with a half a finger of light khaki head that disappears quickly. Good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the snifter. The smell is full of sweet caramel and hops. Caramelized brown sugar, toffee, raisins, plums, rum sweetness, candied citrus and tropical fruit, molasses, a rye spiciness. The body is a medium-full, syrupy consistency that is not too overbearingly sweet. In the flavor, I get heavy dark fruit, dark caramel, spicy pine hoppiness, burnt citrus, toasted oak, figs, and slight vanilla. Healthy amount of carbonation makes this one feel crisp and relatively easy drinking for a 11.5% barleywine

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Photo of SawDog505
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter canned on 12/17/15. Pours an attractive almost red, with a 2 inch white head that leaves behind a little lace.

Smell is apricot, brandy, fig, vanilla, oak, burnt toffee, caramel, and alcohol.

Taste follows apricot immediately, brandy, fig, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, moderate carbonation, on the dry side, and a sipper even though it goes down fairly easy.

Overall this is a great Barleywine, that drinks easier than it should, but also a very complex and aggressive beer.

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