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

On-tap 2/19/2016 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a deep coppery brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains brown sugar, some fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar and fruit. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty and brings a good balance. There’s an alcohol bite in the taste but does not burn like you find in some other high ABV beers. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.93/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(8.4 oz can, canned on 12/17/15 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, somewhat burgundy colored liquid... very little foam on the pour, and it leaves only a very meager, thin collar... head is appreciated, and this looks rather flat and unappealing due to its absence - its brilliant jewel glow is nice, but little consolation - it just looks industrially processed

S: smells nice!... maybe some floral embellishments via hops, but not very 'hoppy' at all... has a rather familiar set of aromas (for an Amer. example): brown sugar, sweet citrus marmalade, underlying brown bread crust... not much of a boozy scent - pretty impressive for 11.5%... overall intensity moderate

T: very clean, rich crystal-ed malt, citrus rind-y hop resins... the booze becomes well apparent in the finish and aftertaste, almost has a mellow peppery hum combined with the soft neon glow of hop bitterness... bit of tobacco lingering...

F: very little residual slickness... quite a taut medium body, on the lighter side in the finish, but certainly sporting a dense oily texture... one of the more 'wine'-like mouthfeels for the style

O: not at that bad, though nothing particularly memorable about its taste... but its execution is fantastic, if this is in fact 11.5%, which I'm skeptical of (drank on empty stomach, and I don't feel that much more sedated than I did yesterday when I drank a 5% pale ale)... it's servicable, but it doesn't warrant the price tag

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Photo of creepinjeeper
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 02/05/2013
Look is murky rich orange amber. Thin whispy head with no lacing.
Smell is bread soaked in stone fruit juice. Peaches, plums.
Taste is slightly boozy, hops haven't faded much over time. None of the stone fruit that tantalized my nose. Metallic tinge.
Feel is very astringent. Light on the carbonation.
Overall, I have to wonder how this beer would benefit from being in a bottle, especially when it come to aging. Otherwise, it's a decent barleywine.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 8.4 oz. can into snifter. It pours a pretty orange-amber with a thin, ecru colored head and minimal lacing. It smells of malt, caramel, brown sugar, hops, and a whiff of grapefruit. It is very boozy. The caramel is fairly subdued and the taste overall is quite bitter and hoppy. There is a strong alcohol burn and it feels heavier than the 11.5% ABV. It is medium in body and moderate in carbonation but the alcohol burn makes a hard to drink. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy high ABV beers and I really like a good barleywine but in this one the tastes are overwhelmed by the alcohol burn. I don't think I'll be drinking this one again.

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Photo of EMV
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a snifter.

L: Pours a clear medium amber color. 1 finger of off-white head falls rapidly. Attractive lacing.

S: Caramel and malts intermingled with resinous hops and booze.

T/F: Caramel malts up front... brown sugar and faint notes of raisin. Gives way to an almost tart citrusy hop character. Boozy... warming... sticky on the palate. Finishes somewhat drier than expected.

O: An average to slightly above average American style barleywine. A bit harsh and boozy, and a year or two in the cellar may benefit this one. Doesn't come close to my 2 favorite California barleywines... Stone's 'Old Guardian' or Lagunitas' 'Gnarly Wine'. Also not a fan of the 8.5 oz can pour. Who wants 2/3 of a beer?

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Photo of Moose90
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage with a Canned on: 12/17/15 17:17

A — Pours a red tinged coppery amber hue into the glass, a light creamy off white colored head forms and leaves behind some subtly rings of sticky lacing with each sip. Nice.

S — Smell is hoppy, juicy even, piney, resinous, sappy, bitter, caramel, maple syrup.

T — Taste is piney, juicy hop nectar, caramel and vanilla, maple, orange peel, ginger, lemon and citrus, piney and resinous hop assault.

M — Bold and rich, smooth, mellow, very light boozy note on the finish.

O — Very good overall, a piney, resinous hop forward barleywine with little residual sweetness.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Harvest06
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've got to say I love these cans. They're the perfect serving size for the style. Great for camping. This is very hot fresh and cellaring in cans isn't practical.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Canned on: 11/7/13.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, pineapple juice, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, caramel, and candied citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is still quite hoppy and bitter even at almost a year old.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of barleybutt
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%

Poured aggressively in a pint glass.

A: Little to no head even after an aggressive pour. A nice cloudy copper color with little sign of carbonation.
S: Toasted malts up front. Strong baked bread with prunes and orange coming shortly after. You can smell the 11.5 ABV.
T: Not nearly as bitter as expected. The assortment of flavors were unexpected. First thing tasted was the malt that remained boring until the pleasant fruity bitterness blended properly. The alcohol added to the experience and did not overwhelm.
M: medium/light. Surprisingly light with no carbonation.
O: Very tasty. This was expensive treat, but I did enjoy it. A solid release, but not one of the best barleywines I have tasted.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle, Minneapolis
Nose: rich winey large pitted dark fruit esters, hop citrus.
Pours a deep brilliant rich garnet under a thin head. Has some legs, very thin lace.
Rich complex malts blend with large pitted fruits - mainly plum, possible cherry, and slowly give way to citrus rind hop bitterness that dries on the finish with a touch of hop astringency.
Sweetness up front is balanced by the alcohol and hops.
Chewy, oily, medium low carbonation.
A solid sit by the fireplace and watch the snow fall beer.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

8 oz. can, 2013 version, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a very pretty, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color, speckled with orange and reddish highlights, and a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty and hoppy. There are strong notes of toasted malt, imparting bready aromas of freshly baked sourdough bread, immediately followed by lots of floral, piney hops and a touch of alcohol. I also get notes of dried stone fruit, such as raisins, prunes and dates, as well as some candied sugar and toffee. Very nice aroma.

Taste: Delicious! Malty and hoppy at the same time! Strong flavors of bready, earthy toasted malt up front, imparting flavors of French brioche and sweet Hawaiian bread. There’s also lots of brown sugar-like sweetness which helps balance the strong flavors of floral, piney hops, but very little bitterness. Finally, I get strong flavors of toffee, dried stone fruit, such as dates, figs, raisins and prunes. It’s a delicious beer!

Mouth feel: Slightly chewy, a touch viscous and very smooth as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 11.5%, there is a very pleasant alcohol warmth on the palate.

Overall: This is a brilliant, fantastic barleywine! I can’t wait to see what it is like with some more age on it. Barleywine fans should really like this!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

This poured a hazed honey orange with golden hues and a honey brown tint. Lovely with a fat enough head of tan foam that fell off and left a film on top. Noe i hops. Bright grapefruit and some leafy herbal. A big malt with brown sugar and honey and soft bread. The taste is sumptuous. It's sweet but not cloying. It has grapefruit that is tart and pithy and has the peel. The hops are leafy and wide. The soft bread and brown sugar all come together for a malt that is sweet and delectable with a bit of sitckiness to it. Earthiness gives way in this to a firm herbal and a bit of alcohol that grazes the back palate. The finish is dry and there is an ample bitter to leave you with a bit of resiny coating on the mouth and time to taste all those tremendous flavors again while a bit of spice lingers at the back palate.

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Photo of mactrail
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Dark amber in the Old Fashioned glass with minimal foam. Mouthfeel is quite sudsy, the stuff seems to erupt when you take a sip.

A little woodsy, cedar taste Quite dry. This is even less sweet than the typical double IPA. Very alcohol tasting. Hot and astringent. Quite bitter aftertaste. I don't taste any of the advertised "citrusy" hops, unless they mean a slash of grapefruit pith. This delivers the booze, but it is so un-malty it's a rocky road down the throat.

Great packaging, like what the English would call a "nip." From the 8.4 oz can purchased in the four-pack purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of Suds
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a tiny little can, this barley wine is a hazy chestnut color with a thin head. It is very dry, with a lot of citrusy and resiny hops. Perfume, fruit (ripe prach and orange) alcoholic scents dominate the beer. The taste has malt and sugar flavors. Heavy bitterness. Full and rich mouthfeel.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thick cloudy amber with a thick 1" white head that dies down to light foam with a clinging foam lacing on the glass. Smell of hops and caramel, dates, plums, and dark fruit, and spicy hop notes. Taste is caramel malts up front, mild bittering hops on the middle and back with the caramel, brown sugar, and a dash of cinnamon toast. Great mouthfeel, richly carbonated and buttery, thus making for a decadent barley wine. Reminds me somewhat of a more caramel version Sierra Nevada's Big Foot. Very VERY nice.

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

Boom, indeed. Forget the little cute can it comes in, this one hits full on from the get-go with alcohol burn. Aroma and taste give away to high ABV, faint malt backbone lies somewhere in the mix, but an overall smooth and slightly sweet experience. Nice!

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

poured from an 8.4oz can into a tulip glass. Canned on 11/7/13, so 6 months on.

Poured a nice hazy dk amber/coppery color. Around 3/4 inch foamy head, which dissipated somewhat, but reamined throughout the drink. Lacing was minimal.

Aroma was almost completely boiled candy, with a faint booziness.

Taste was actually a little different than expected. While the candy was certainly very forward, there was a nice hop bitterness as well. I'm usually firmly in the English Barleywine camp, and haven't like American offerings, but this, perhaps due to the bit of age on it, was very nicely balanced. Booze coming through a little at the end.

Mouth was around medium.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Not sure what's up with the whacky can size, would have enjoyed a 12 oz, but...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.07/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

8.4 oz can into a pint glass, dated 11/7/13.

A: Pours a copper color. The two finger head has a pale yellow shade and nice retention for the style. There's a nice, consistent ring of lacing left as the head fades away.

S: There's an intense fruity component that also seems to be both leathery and alcoholic. I wouldn't call the alcohol 'well hidden', that's for sure. Some slight notes of pine and tobacco indicate some of the hops are still floating around, but playing a lesser song next to the boozy caramel. As expected, the nose improves once this opens up - it gains some brown sugar and even chocolate notes. There's some good aromatic complexity.

T: It starts off with a leafy, tobacco-esque bitterness. Caramel-y malts start to appear after a while, finishing quite boozy. There's a touch of tart fruitiness, must, and leather - again, seemingly alcohol derived. I'm disappointed it isn't more complex considering how forward the booze is (if a beer tastes boozy, that usually means it's also quite deep). Nor am I enamored by its flavor profile.

M: This is a heavy-feeling beer, but seemingly dry and well attenuated. There's still plenty of residual sugars and lingering booze to turn this into a pure sipper. Carbonation isn't really a factor.

O: Wow, 8.4 oz is an absolute perfect size for this beer. I mean, 'cause it's so boozy and hard to drink. I don't know how well this would age - it seems like I'll have to give it another chance fresh (and that's a shame, because even the hoppiest 'Murican-style barleywine can age well...) Right now, it's not horrible, just hard work.

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Photo of DerelictPI
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Unfortunately this was a little pour at a beer tasting...so take this review as such. This is a very nice representation of the style. I wouldn't say that it is in the middle, but it isn't the best, but it certainly isn't the worst.

Taste: Deceivingly sweet as you first sip it, then the hops kick in. This works very well for the beer. The sweetness and the hop is fruity.

This is definitely worth a try!

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Photo of steve8robin
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Small red bull sized can. 92IBU. 11.5%ABV. Tagline on can: "American style barleywine ale packed with citrusy hops".

Pour lends a medium browish-red / rust color. Hazy apple juice color in snifter. Started with a small head that fades quickly into non-existence. Aggressive swirl causes carbonation bubbles to cake a tiny eggshell colored head that again quickly fades to nothing.

Upon opening can, immediately could smell citrus notes from the can. Upon further sniffing, caramel sugar being bathed in by orange peel.

Aggressive swirl followed by first sip leads to aggressive piney hop melting into thick sugars pounding your taste buds followed by a dry tongue and creamy sugary throat.

Less complex than hoped for a style begging for complexity.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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