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 Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 8+ oz. can into a little tulip glass - medium amber and clear, finger or two of off-white foam, lacey start settled into a filmy cap w/ some lace specks left behind

S: dark bitter fruits and musky earthy hops

T: semisweet toffee and caramel malt, some alcohol and bitter fruit, resin, pine, and citrus hop tastes mixed in with barleywine maltiness

M: smooth, slick, fairly light-bodied for a barleywine, moderate carbonation

O: a very respectable barleywine, but perhaps nothing mind-blowing - I do draw enjoyment from the small can and box presentation. A quick, fun barleywine fix for sure. I'd buy it again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Well, the feel on this beer is very nice. Slick and smooth with the minimal carbonation I want to see. Flavor is good, but seems fairly one-dimensional and falls off too soon for me. I'd like to see it linger more really. And I'd like more complexity. But maybe ate would bring that out. Perhaps I shall get more to see what happens with them over time. Either way, excellent example of the style. It will be interesting to see how a barleywine ages in a can.

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Photo of corby112
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark golden amber color with ruby edges and a half finger off-white head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.

Earthy and leathery malt aroma with a surprisingly strong floral and citrus hop presence. Citrus and tropical fruit notes along with hints of leather and dark fruit. Slightly earthy and oily with some mango, pineapple and grapefruit followed by toffee, caramel malt, raisin and fig.

Interesting take on the American barleywine style. I'm used to a ton of hop bitterness in this style but this is dank and floral with a surprising amount of citrus and tropical fruit sweetness. There's still some dry, resinous bitterness but hints of grapefruit, papaya and orange peel balance things out. Earthy malt backbone with hints of leather, caramel, toffee and dark fruit notes. Some plum, raisin and date add a vinous character that compliments the sweetness. The high ABV is very well masked with only slight heat, making this strong beer dangerously drinkable. My only complaint, and it's not a minor one, is that the bitterness and tropical fruit sweetness overwhelm the barleywine characteristics. A bit too sweet and in my opinion needs more heat and malt flavor. Otherwise, it's a pretty solid, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burnt copper color with a thick creamy head that just lasts and lasts. Extremely piney hop nose, with hints of citrus peel. Big malt backbone detectable too. Bit of rum raisin and a kick of booze.

Wow that has every aspect of a barley wine you'd expect. This is a massive massive beer in a tiny little can. Big grapefruit hop explosion on the tip of the tongue along sweet malts roll into big pine flavor toffee caramel rum raisins and other dark fruits. Raw herbal hop on the finish with giant underlying bitterness and a lingering sweetness. As expected a bit of a boozey finish as well. Lots of malt, dark sweet fruit flavors with piney and bright hop flavors, all with a boozing as throughout. Lots of good flavors and again every flavor you'd possibly expect from a barley wine but it seems a little young. While the flavors aren't offensive and match each other rather equally, they need a little time to mellow out and find their groove.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 8. 4 oz can

Appearance - GOlden tan/brown, 1/2 inch creamy head and plenty of lacing.

Smell - Alcohol, malts, caramel malts, added sugars, some hops, dark fruits.

Taste - First sip is hot, plenty of alcohol with the classic caramel/hop note most american barleywines have. Nice Fruit flavor, grapes, pine, fig and rasins. Does have a coffee.chocolate flavor mixed in.

Mouthfeel - The alcohol and malts coat the tounge. Lots of sugars and fruits cover palate along with some malts. The aftertaste comes up warm, malty and sweet.

Overall - I Hate the 8.4 oz can size, im not a rookie, i can handle 12 oz just fine. This is a nice beer but rather hot, and nothing special abut this, balance is fine, flavor is fine but its not as complex as a bigfoot or as flavorful. Not bad, would like to try this one with a few years on it. Solid beer, maybe next year release it in 12 oz cans.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8.4oz can. Canned on: 02/15/13 on the bottom. Pours a reddish, dark brown color with almost no head. Some lacing. The aroma has alot going on. Boozey with some malts, dark cherries, sweet orange and maybe a bit of cough syrup. The taste is malty and boozey followed by cherry cough syrup. A bit woody. Some hop bitterness at the end but not much of the orange I got in the nose. Medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This is a little more than a month old but isnt overly hot. Interested in seeing how it ages. Overall, hate the 8oz can, really like the beer.

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Photo of schoolboy
4.44/5  rDev +17.5%
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 Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This poured out as a clear copper color. The head was fizzy and white with a light amount of lacing. The smell of the beer is malty with a decent hoppy aroma in there as well. Sweet smelling with some citrus. The taste of the beer is loaded with caramel flavors with a bitter citrus flavor in the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit sharp on the carbonation. Overall it's a decent Barley Wine. It's good it might be better with age also.

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Photo of tdm168
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
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 OBeerMeGreatOne
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark orange/red with small head, not much lace.

Alcohol, caramel and citrus smack me right in the face.

Caramel, grapefruit, booze and candy start this off. The canning date was a month ago and this beast needs age. Right now it's a wild and obnoxious youth, two, maybe three years from now this will probably be much, much better. Dropped two in the cellar so I will certainly rereview.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review is from the itty-bitty gold can.

Pours a nice and pretty clear amber ale with an off-white head.

The aroma consists of light citrus and sweet malt. Cinammon. Some dark fruit. Red grapes.

Taste is slightly bitter up front with a decent amount of hops. Citrus is blended into this barleywine which takes it away from the traditional. Light grapefruit rind on the aftertaste. Long finish.

Overall this is a decent barleywine. The fruity/citrus taste was good but not great. Got a little tiresome even from the small can. Worth finding and trying but overall just not my style of BW. I will say the 8.4 oz. was an interesting can. I hope some of the other high alcohol beers take this concept. Plus it's pretty easy to sneak into a sporting event. Just saying.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: dark clear honey colored. Not much head but some swaths gather around the rim.
smell: dark fruit and butterscotch as it warms. Fresh out of the can there seemed to be an odd "canny" smell. As it warms it opens up.
taste: Butterscotch and caramel, dark fruit. Bitter hops in the finish. The 2 profiles are at odds in my opinion.
overall: I'm probably jaded after Sucaba and now Arctic Devil and MOAS (yeah, I know those are barrel aged). Also just had an ST BackBurner that was very nice. So many great barley's. This is tasty but not great.

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Photo of jsg978
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Stange.

A very mellow flavor for a 11.5% ABV barley wine. The 92 IBU did not hit as strongly as an IPA would. Good balance of flavors.

As a barley wine fan this is a good choice amongst some pretty lame American Barleywines. Better flavor than the Bigfoot from Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11 ounce pour - $7.50 at Taco Mac in East Roswell, Georgia.

Appearance: Dispensed a dark brown, opaque body with a near inch of ever-so-slightly yellowed head with surprising staying power.

Smell: Toasted, near burnt breadcrusts layered with sweet-scented notes of rich caramel and brown sugar. Some fruitiness within. Pithy, resiny hop elements, and, of course, some noted booze underneath it all.

Taste: Deep, heavy toastiness, some light accompanying roast, and a big taste of Brach's caramel cubes. It's plenty sweet, but, not too sweet. Mild ripe dark fruitiness. Citrusy, resinous hops are fighting the sweetness, pushing to be seen, to be heard, delivering a growing bitterness. Closes out dry, bitterish, and warm, with a lingering earthy, pithy quality.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A barleywine you say "sure" to.

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Photo of Theseanlewis
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-poured into a snifter, light khaki foam head, deep amber or copper in color
S- biscuity almost cookie like, followed by hints of dark fruit, ending with a citrusy,
almost grapefruit punch.
T-bitter from beginning to end, opens with caramel, hints of leather, and tobacco.
After a hop punch in the back, leaves a toffee almost fresh baked brownie like
after taste
M-medium body, leaves heavy amount of bitterness behind
O-a good barleywine, the aroma leaves me wanting less leathery flavors and more
biscuity, ready flavors. The hops presence is aggressive but controlled giving
It a good citrus punch.

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Photo of donquixote
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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 feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st Amendment Lower de Boom Barleywine. 10.5% ABV, 92 IBUs.

And here we have a brew they've only kegged, never canned, and I was lucky enough to snatch one up. Have to take notes before it's gone.

Looks fantastic. Beautiful dark brown/ruby coloring, under a thick, pudding-ish creamy white head, lasts long, and leaves lace. Lovely. Love it.

Aroma: bright ripe fruit, rich malty complexity. Leading into something good.

Taste: Mmm! Mix of chocolate and rich dark fruits, leather, cognac, port wine, and cigar smoke. Medium bodied, a bit woody. Cherries, grapes, figs, with a fierceness that grows. The alcohol can't hide very well, as it's on the large side. A trifle smokey, as well, with growing complexity. Terribly tasty, and utterly indulgent.

Just a touch on the bitter side, and never too sweet. This is a large and in charge barley-wine that doesn't ache at the sides. Plenty of what I look for in a barley-wine, not missing a thing. Good balance, but not too balanced, if you know what I mean and I hope you do.

Here's what they say about it: "Deep, mahogany color, rich malt candied, rock sugar flavors with sweet burnt currant and fig aromas. It’s strong alcohol content is tempered by a clean bitterness and complex flavors. This Barley Wine is named for Cornelius de Boom, the San Francisco Belgian Consulate General (1850 to 1851) and surprisingly the name of the alley along-side the 21st Amendment on 2nd Street.

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

On tap at Sessions yesterday.Poured a deep amber with a thinner off white head atop.Alot of brown sugar and caramel malts in the nose,a decent shot of resiny hop lingers.Quite sweet and cake-like on the palate,alot of brown sugar and dark fruit,again there is a decent shot of resiny hops in a lingering finish.It's hybrid to me between an English and American barleywine with its big sweet malty flavors and hoppedup finish,not bad but not overly drinkable.

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Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark copper\brown color. Thin foam head. Minimal to no lacing.

S - Smells of mohagany wood, caramel, nuts, and malt.

T - Rich flavors of caramel, sugary fruit, and malt. A typically complex barelywine, Da Boom has a slight burn in the finish with sone brandy-like qualtities.

M - Good sipping beer, and balanced well to make this a solid way to end a good meal.

O - Decent for the style, 21st Ammendment did a good job with this. Those who enjoy the style should give it a try.

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Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Served with a semi-clear, dark copper body with some red tint...the head was one finger and creamy white...it showed nice retention and actually left some decent lacing

S - The nose presents a big sweet side with caramel, toffee, butterscotch, and vanilla...but it's balanced out by a resiny hop presence

T - Just as the nose suggested, this one is very sweet...all three (caramel, toffee, and butterscotch) dominate the palate...there isn't any "malt" flavor throughout, it's all sweetness...there is a touch of chocolate that comes through as the beer has a chance to warm...the resiny hops are slightly presented, but mainly kept towards the finish...the finish is syrupy sweet with a little oiliness to it

M - Medium bodied...almost thick...syrupy sweet, slight hop oils

O - This one became overly sweet for me...this one was even fresh, but it seemed that the hops were ousted by the malt bill...it wouldn't have been bad if there was a little more balance

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Photo of DIM
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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 JTSbeerislife
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bullshead Public House, Lititz PA

Poured into a 12 oz Brandy snifter, 10 oz serving, an acceptable glass.

Pours a nice ¼”, off white, head with very good lace, the head lasts briefly while the lace sticks around a little longer, both could last longer.

The aroma is malt dominated with a light, resiny hop presence, but the malt is king, distinct and rich with a pronounced caramel smell. This is followed by some faint yeast, dark wheat bread, and dried figs. The hops try to come through but are buried by the big caramel malt.

Nicely crisp, but ultimately average, entry on the palate of light resiny hops, followed by very distinct, very rich caramel malt. The hops try again to come out but are overwhelmed by the caramel malt. Hints of dried figs. Full, creamy mouth feel with average, fine, carbonation.

Medium long finish of rich caramel malt, quite acceptable.

A tasty ale, but in truth I expected more from the 21st. The aggressive caramel malt overpowers everything else making this ale somewhat unbalanced. Also it is rather sweet. There are some hops present but completely buried by the malt.
Still I appreciated the opportunity to have had this on tap.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear dark amber in color. It poured with a thin off white head that left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. There is also some lacing on the sides of the glass.
S: The nose has aromas of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. Some warming from the alcohol is noticeable.
O: This is a good barleywine to sip. The alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with a half finger tall beige head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of sweetness present in this beer with some hints of vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch. The beer is very malty with some hints of citrus hops.

T: Up front this beer is very sweet with the caramel, butterscotch, and vanilla flavors coming through. Then the beer finishes with a citrus hop bitterness.

M: medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly creamy.

O: Enjoyable but very sweet - glad to sip on this beer but I did not want a very large pour of this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Too butterscotchy, by a lot. Beer served on tap at the Meridian Pint the other night. Beer is amber / copper and clear with a thin off white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, malty, Marris Otter sort of sweet, nice, a little candy in the nose.

Beer is medium in body and butterscotch jumps off the palate at me, it dominates the midpalate by a lot and it is a little offputting, by the time I finished, I knew I didn't want more. The beer does have a nice finish, mildly dry, mildly sweet throughout. Not a repeat.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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