Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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
Ratings:
814
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
95
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 814 |  Reviews: 188
Photo of darian
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Vonstein15
4.28/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 11/7/13,American Barleywine
A- copper color slightly cloudy
T- missing the hop presence but expected after 5 months.overall nice malt background and ABV is will hidden
M-just what you expect from a Barleywine,simple but complex at the same time
O- will buy more esp. At a low price of $5 a 4 pk

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

Canned on 11/07/13 and poured and drank on 3/27/14
A - Cream head on initial pour that all but disappears. Attractive translucent amber color.

S - Very intense sweet malt like you'd imagine.

T - Sweet caramel malt flavor with hop citrus. Lots of booze as well but it's expected and warranted. Looking for a little more hop bitterness but it's not there.

M - Little carbonation and a very smooth malt full bodied feel.

O - It's good. The more you drink it the more you like it. I'm actually more familiar with aged barleywines so this was hard to rate at first.

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Photo of iatethecloudsfor
3.25/5  rDev -14%

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

tiny little unassuming cans can sometimes kick your butt, and this is definitely one of those. unsuspecting all the way, its simple in nose, moderately hopped with a molasses undertone, but smelling not an eyelash above 7.5%, never letting on to its real magnitude. the head too, im not used to such big ones in barleywines, so im fooled by this. some lightness to the color, and enough bubbles to cut the viscosity, its just hard to identify as a super strong ale. flavor is balanced between thick and sweet barley somewhere in the middle of the roast spectrum, and hops, which have a citrusy flavor, but not enough acid or bitterness to rise above the grain. lovely stuff, one can is plenty and im glad its not bigger, but a really solid as well as interesting take on barleywine. constantly evolving arent they?

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Williaar
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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

From the little 8 fl. oz. can. Sampled on March 22, 2014.

The pour is a slightly cloudy medium amber color with a short-lived cream colored head. It fades to nothing after a moment but generally looks like it should.

The aroma is full of barley malts and caramel sweetness. Little to no booze but that aroma is very much like it should be for the style.

The body is medium but there is an astringency to it.

The booze is a bit more notable in the taste but overall it is still a bold barley and sweet character with little in the way of hop bitterness. These 8 oz cans seem to be pointless though.

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Photo of osant37
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from 8.4 oz can. canned on 11/07/13 into a snifter.
A - pours a viscous, almost snapple iced tea like brownish amber.very quickly dissapating head. visible alcohol legs.

S - very sweet malts. toasted coconut hints, caramel candies, and booze & more sweet stingy booze. fruity west coast hops in there too. excellently balanced aroma.

T - sweet caramel up front. fruity hop bitterness in the middle of the mouth. delicious!!! booze warmth on the back.

M - viscous and full bodied as an american barleywine should be. could use just a bit more carbonation.

O - great take on a barleywine. this definatly stands out to me. i love the west coast hop take on a malt bomb style. the booze is definatly present. i wonder how it would age in the can? im gonna hang on to a few to see how that goes. will definatly buy again!!!...cheers!!!

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

8.4 oz. can poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a honey golden brown into the glass. No head to speak of appears. There's a very, very fine sheen of lace on most of the surface, with a small island of fine bubbles in the middle. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is a sunset orange-red and somewhat opaque.

S - Nicely toasted malts sit underneath an ABV-supported, somewhat astringent mix of grassy citrus floral notes, flinty metallic, light fruit juices (apple and pear), and sugary caramels and hard candy. As the beer warms in the glass, the sugars begin to better shape the nose. This may well be a beer that really needs to warm up to present properly.

T - While noticeably more focused on the toasted malts and caramels in the start of the quaff, big hops of equal parts citrus and resin push their way forward and take over. The finish is a dollop of honey, orange, and caramel in the center of the tongue surrounded by herbal bitters along the sides. The ABV is well-masked in the taste profile, but quickly shows up warming the tummy.

M - Creamy, with mouth-filling carbonation. Medium body. Components are nicely integrated. Finish is rather dry and short.

O - Quite hop-forward and somewhat unbalanced for a barleywine. The components of the nose don't really compliment each other, but instead present a hodge-podge that begs to be sorted out. I like to enjoy the nose of a big beer apart from its taste, but I really couldn't do that with this beer - too much conflict. This isn't a barley wine I could recommend unless someone is specifically looking for a pretty bitter IIPA / barleywine mash-up.

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Photo of Zach122
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of MattXT
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of GPHarris
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - poured a 1/2 finger thick tan head into a snifter that left a ring of lace throughout. the body was a dark amber color.
s - big caramel malty aromas with a hint of hoppiness.
t - sweet then citrusy with a spicy finish.
m - medium and coating.
o - solid american barleywine with a good hop profile. i enjoyed it and i liked the slim can for a beer with an ABV this big.

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Photo of RHVC59
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lisahope27
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hollywood_15063
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Pug
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Brushkanna
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of greg33027
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, because why not at this point. Just want to say that 21st Amendment has some of the best can designs out there.

Deep, deep amber almost brown color, with an almost nonexistent head. (Probably too cold when poured.)

Have to write this, smells like Juicy Juice fruit drink. Strong but pleasant candied or dried fruit, almost brown sugar/caramel smell. Not as strong as a quad but similar scents.

Sweet, orangey, malty right away gives way to a nice bitter hop finish. A bit of alcohol but the toasty malt backbone and balanced hop flavor all work really well.

Nice pleasant body, a little thinner than the smell would lead you to believe. Then the light carbonation hits and it just dries up from there. Really nice finish and definitely way more drinkable than I thought.

Big thanks to Beer Geeks at CBC Braintree for the recommendation. I have only had one or two barley wines before this so I not too familiar with the style. This beer is great. I don't know if this is a true rep of the style but this is great beer. Good balance between malts and hops and really drinkable.

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Photo of slvrmon82
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 814 ratings.
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