Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.78/5
Very Good
828 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:
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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#20,926
Reviews:
189
Ratings:
828
pDev:
11.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
98
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 828 |  Reviews: 189
Photo of bshefftz
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Avatar113
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Azpittil57
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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 Beginner2
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A brilliant reddish-amber. After that, Lower De Boom slips away from me. If I had seen the 92IBUs on the can, I wouldn't have bought it. Hop assault.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

**
02/10/2017

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.

**
09/18/17
**

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

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 powpow_
4.79/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Dougwillhike
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sulty
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jsh420
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OregonGrown7
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 chard_wells
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Timtac
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

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 swierczt
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 828 ratings