Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine
BA SCORE
3.78/5
820 Ratings
Lower De Boom BarleywineLower De Boom Barleywine
BEER INFO

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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#17,021
Reviews:
188
Ratings:
820
pDev:
11.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
96
Trade:
4
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 820 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of jpd026
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ElGallo
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ohiovania
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
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 Briken
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.37/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The nose is a little off--a touch sour, with a bit of acetone maybe--but still contains some dates and raisins, along with a decent toffee note. Tastes better than it smells as the initial caramel sweetness is quickly suppressed by a ridiculous amount of citrus bitterness. This beer is two years old and the hop bite is still very pronounced. Boozy and a bit harsh, I can't imagine what this would have been like fresh. Oh well, it was dirt cheap.

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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvghost
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Cobratrooper
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThomasAWilson2
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tucquan
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-07-29 in Charlotte, NC from a can.

Smells of caramel, toffee, hop resin. Carries into the flavor with the addition of lots of pine, cherry, fig, and toasted dark bread. Thick feel and low carbonation. Alcohol is well disguised.

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Photo of tedho21
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WesMantooth
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 2/13 dated can that appears to be 8 to 10 oz. Doesn't say anywhere, but my New Belgium snifter has a 16 oz. line (technically .47l so not quite) and it seems to be about halfway??

Anyway, it is a beautiful looking deep reddish -orange/ copper/mahogany color. Murky with a significant off white to tan head that stays around the entire time as a film toward the end.

This thing does not smell good at all. Astringent alcohol, sour, musty.

Tastes much better than it smells. Some orange and pineapple sweet and sour up front, followed by candied sugar, bread, caramel, some dark sour fruit, and green hops and alcohol at the end.

Medium body. Pretty drying.

Probably not optimal to review a 2 1/2 year old American Barleywine from a can, so I took that into consideration with my scores. As in I thought it smelled worse than it taste. Still decent hop profile, but it just drinks pretty boozy and a little harsh at times. I have been a fan of many of 21st's beers, but I dont think I will seek this one out again.

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Photo of mthomp081
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BradExtreme
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dlmvh5150
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gopens44
2.92/5  rDev -22.8%
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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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 820 ratings
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