Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
173 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine

Brewed by:
21st Amendment Brewery
California, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175  | next → last
Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 769
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

 552 characters

Photo of jsg978
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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.

 297 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

 857 characters

Photo of Theseanlewis
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

 613 characters

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!!

 332 characters

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

 1,439 characters

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

 458 characters

Photo of socon67
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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.

 486 characters

Photo of thain709
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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

 969 characters

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.

 627 characters

Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,190 characters

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

 582 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 762 characters

Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

 563 characters

Photo of DevilsCups
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into a small snifter DeCicco Brewster NY.

A - Great mahogany color, crystal clear. Bone white head with great lacing. Beautiful.

S - Caramel and breast malts are pretty dominant, with a punch of citrus hops in the back seat. Vanilla is prominent as well.

T - Spot in follows the nose, but with a nice hop bite up front. Subtle, citrus hops followed by caramel, vanilla and breast malts. Great taste.

M - Perfectly carbonated for the style (your mileage may vary, as I'm drinking from draft) and great thick mouthfeel. Not too thin, not too thick. Just right, and leaves a nice coating.

O - Very, very enjoyable barley wine from 21st and I wish I could see how cans stack up to the kegs. Definitely recommended!

 727 characters

Photo of beertunes
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in tulip. Poured a very nice light mahogany color with about 1/2 inch of dark khaki head that had very good retention and good lacing.

There was a noticeable hop bitterness at the front of the aroma, then came a bit of spiciness (from the yeast, I think) and the expected malt and grain were providing a nice foundation in the background. On the tongue, the story was pretty similar. A lightly sweet malt base supporting an interesting bit of hop sharpness and a touch of spice. Those hops did linger a bit on the finish.

The body was good, fairly typical for the style, although the beer did have a slightly syrupy finish. Drinkability was pretty good, smooth and easy it went dangerously easy. Overall, a pretyy good, but not great, example of the style. Certainly worth trying when you see it.

 805 characters

Photo of nickd717
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review dated 2/17/2009.

On tap at Toronado barleywine fest ’09. Dark reddish-brown with an off-white head. Aroma is dark fruit, sweet malt, and sugar. Taste is more sweet malt, port-like notes, caramel, and hop bitterness on the finish (it is 95 IBUs after all). Smooth, fairly full palate.

 293 characters

Photo of Lothore
3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep amber color with a big, thick, chunky head.

S- Smell is toffee, indistinct maltiness, very sweet.

T- Generic American BW, fruit, indistinct sweetness, hints of alcohol on the back end.

M- Thick with medium carbonation.

D- A decent brew but nothing to write home about. I wouldn't repeat.

 307 characters

Photo of largadeer
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at 21A. Chestnut brown in the glass, clear save for a light haze, with a creamy off-white head atop. The nose is a beautiful mélange of toffee malt, fruitcake, tropical fruit, toast, piney hops and a hint of alcohol. Sweetness and esters are pleasantly restrained. The taste doesn't live up to the excellent aroma, exhibiting somewhat harsh solvents alongside flavors of burnt toast, fruitcake, bitter grapefruit peel and pine. Bitter and especally dry for the style, this is an American-style barleywine through-and-through, a style I've never been able to fully embrace. A toasty and rich mid-palate leads way to a solventy, moderately harsh and overly bitter, sappy finish. Not bad, not great. Bigfoot fans may enjoy this.

 733 characters

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled at Toronado 2009 Barleywine Festival.
Pours deep clear copper with gold edges and persistent thin tan head. The aroma has a decidedly sugar roast malt character with dark fruity esters in the back. I also get a mild chemical alcohol note that is only slightly distracting. The flavor has an initial pulse of lightly roast malts mixing with a sugary sweet maltiness before the dark fruity esters join in. It has a pretty smooth flavor but struggles to hide the alcohol and makes for a bit of a rough finish.

 514 characters

Photo of beerguy101
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted at the 2004 Pizza Port Strong Ale Fest. Medium orange color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is orange, malt and sweet. A medium bodied barley wine. Malts are fruity and sweet, touch of orange and citrus. Hops are grapefruity and floral. Nice balance. Slightly bitter. Nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

 387 characters

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.
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

 637 characters

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.

 563 characters

firstprev| 101-125 | 126-150 | 151-175  | next → last
Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 769 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!