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 | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 09-12-2004

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a very small pour, clean deep amber in color with a finger of beige colored head leaving behind a nice trace of lacing. a nice hoppy aroma, west coast ipa style grapefruit presence, lots of malty sweetness in the nose, some oxidation. a very different flavor than i'm used to in barleywines.. this one being almost fruity (like a quad).. getting a nutty pecan like note, some barley, some rye notes, caramel sweetness, raisins, dates, grapefruit. full body with a creamy mouthfeel, moderate amount of carbonation.

glad i got to try a can of this one, definitely don't think i would've liked an entire 4pack.

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Photo of Rutager
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

B-wine in a can, kick ass!!!

Appearance. Pours a deep caramel, topped with half a finger of off white head.

Smell. Big lemons here, some orange and grapefruit rind, and caramel malts underneath with just a bit of pine needles.

Taste. Lemons again! Lots of lemon flavour including the rind, but not the sourness. Orange and grapefruit rinds again as well and some sweet caramel malts backing up all those citrusy hops.

Mouthfeel. Fairly full body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Maybe not the best b-wine I've tasted but love the citrus dominant flavours. Works very well on this summer evening.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz can, bottom stamped 2/5/13.

bright amber colored highlights. little head. smells of booze soaked fruit, aggressive earthy hops. taste also has the sharp bite of booziness. caramel malt, herbal hops, then finishes dry. medium body, but slick and oily on the the tongue. lower carbonation.

a little hot, although that could be expected for a fresh barleywine, room for improvement in the flavors too.

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Photo of papat444
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Boozecamel for this one.

Poured from a small 8.4oz. can, canned 02/05/13.

Appearance: Reddish copper body, good sized foam that holds at a thick ring, slathering the sides.

Smell: Caramel, candied sugar, ripe peaches & mangoes, bit of hoppiness mixed with earth, sugary malt.

Taste: Sharp burst of hop flavor followed by a wave of candied malt. Kind of a too clean finish.
Flavors could have dwelt a bit longer.

Mouthfeel: Even if there are hops in the flavor, doesn't translate into bitterness at all. Blanket of smoothness all over.

Overall: A good choice. Would have liked a bit more of an expansive feel but overall i liked it.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a hazy orange amber with a thin off-white head that dissipates into patchy foam and a ring around the glass with light lacing. Mild aroma of orange and tangerine citrus, ethanol and faint sweet malt; almost smells more like a tincture of fruit than an ale. Flavor of citrus hops, orange, faint dark and light stone fruit, mild malt, somewhat astringent finish. Medium bodied. An odd take on the American barleywine style that leans more towards a dry double IPA with less dark fresh and dried fruit than generally encountered in a barleywine. The malt body seems thin for the style and ABV. Alcohol is less dominant in the taste than aroma, but is still strong. The bitter orange flavor, particularly in the finish is intriguing, but I'd like to see some more malt support for the fruit and hops here. Worth a try; I'm going to cellar a few to see what happens over time; it's a bit too hot and unbalanced right now.

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Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good solid barleywine. Not a big hops blast, but there are plenty of hops present. Poured from an 8.3 oz can into a pint glass. Brilliant Amber Ruby clear color. Good size off white head with good retention (for that octane level) and rings of lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma, caramel malts and some floral and piney hops.

Good barleywine flavor as well. Caramel malt, a decent amount of hops bitterness, oily /piney hops and some dark fruit. Mouthfeel is rich enough but there is little alcohol burn. This beer is ready to go right now without having to age it for mellowness..

Good barleywine. I like the 8 oz can for an 11.50 abv beer. Nice to drink a fresh, hoppy barleywine without any harsh alcohol accompanyment.

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Photo of mpedara429
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Normally I drink from the can, but something this fancy deserved a pour into a glass. Poured out a slightly hazy copper color. A thing layer of off white head with little to no retention and lacing.

S: A very malty red licorice type smell. A very subtle floral and boozy quality.

T: Red licorice, vanilla, booze, earthy and floral hops.

M: Thick and stick body with a softer tingly type carbonation.

O: I really enjoyed this one. The boozy flavor may be off-putting for some, but there is great complexity in this beer that should not be overlooked.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Deep copper or almost lighter brown in color. Forms a small, bubbly head. Good retention, but not much lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly malty. Lots of caramel. A little vanilla. There is also some orangey citrus in the mix.

T: Taste is also fairly malty, though this one is pretty heavily hopped. However, between the strong maltiness and the caramel, the orange flavored hops come off as overly sweet, almost candy-like for a brief moment. Then there is a somewhat odd and abrasive crispness on the finish.

M: Carbonation is on the lower side, but with this beer being a bit on the thinner side for the style, the combination of carbonation and bitterness comes off as prickly and abrasive.

O: Not a bad barleywine. Not a great one either, but, for the price it's still a solid buy.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 8.4oz can into a tulip. Barleywine in a tiny can? Sign me up!

Appearance: rich, tawny-brown hue with a moderate haze and a light apparent effervescence. Head poured a thick finger of tan foam but subsided pretty quickly. Not much lace on the glass, either.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a lot of caramel and floral notes. The intensity is a bit on the low side, however; kind of unusual. Not bad, but the volume could come up a bit.

Taste: like the aroma, the flavor starts out subdued, but it then begins to build. Very sweet malt with caramel, floral and some light pear right up front, developing some alcohol heat toward the end. The heat really lingers on the palate; a couple years in the cellar might do this beer good (how well does beer age in the can?). The finish is a little rough, then, but overall this is an interesting and smooth barleywine, if not an overly complex one.

Mouthfeel: big body with a rich, round smoothness. Carbonation is pretty low, so there's not much creaminess here. But the strength and sweetness of this brew give it a real smooth, slick feel.

Overall: this is an interesting beer, but the alcohol heat and the bit of roughness in the finish impact drinkability for me. Worth a try, though, if you like the style.

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Photo of ckollias
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a dark amber hue with a white, 2-finger, frothy head that quickly dissipates leaving a good trail and solid lace.

S: Sweet alcoholic malty aroma.

T: Sweet also tart malty flavor with slight hop background and hints of caramel. Finishes slightly bitter and hoppy.

M: Heavy body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent Barley wine – needs to age more. I’m thinking they don’t age as well in cans for some reason.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a deep ruby/amber color with super thin lacing and no carbonation.

S - Overly delicate nose and have to dig deep in my glass to get anything from it. Light toffee, caramel, and citrus.

T - Taste is a little more vibrant than the aroma, but not by much. Citrus/lemon, toasted caramel and toffee, alcohol, and light dark fruit.

M - Thick and full bodied and slick.

O - Nose and flavor are too delicate for a barley.

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Photo of tigg924
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, moderate carbonation, brown color, hazy

Smell: pineapple, deep caramel, and toffee

Taste: pine and earthy start, followed by toffee in the middle, brown sugar, pine, and more hops at the end

Mouthfeel: combo of sticky sweet and harsh bitterness--especially in the aftertaste, heavy in body, moderate carbonation

Overall: A solid and enjoyable American style barleywine. Nice combo of sticky sweet and harsh hops...very well balanced. Certainly one I would pick up again if I wanted this style.

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Photo of deeznuts420
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a very solid barleywine from 21st. 8.4 oz can pored into a tulip. poured a dark reddish brown color with a fingers worth of head. smells of loads of west coast hops. resiny citrus, lemon zest, orange peel. then it shows it's barleywine roots with loads of fig, cherry, raisin, toffee and caramel. mouthfell was medium-heavy with a little bit of booziness. overall a great bw from 21st amendment, although i'd like t see it in regular sized cans. but besides that what is in the can is something i'd definetly buy again.

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Photo of RyanLigeia
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Look- Comes in a uniquely portioned small can, which isnt a bad thing but I personally did not care for the actual look of the cans themselves. Other than that the packaging itself was amazing, as usual coming from 21st Amendment. The beer pours a mostly clear dark mahogany / ruby color. Minimal off-white head with some visible carbonation racing to the surface.

Smell- The hop presence is definitely notable with some delicious smelling citrusy undertones but this one is equalled by a strong sweet caramel maltiness. You can tell its gonna have a little kick to it but I wouldnt have blindly guessed almost %12.

Taste- Unique taste for a barley wine. A bitter hop finish almost on par with a dipa, alcohol is way more present and the malt bill takes the back seat here.

Mouthfeel- lots of alcohol warmth/borderline burn. Carbonation is on the higher end for a 11.5% barley wine. Slightly sticky, "bittering/dry" hop feel as well.

Overall- Def worth a try in my book because it IS unique compared to most barley wines out there. I think this one would improve with about a years worth of cellaring to hopefully mellow out that alcogol bight…but thats just what I feel it'd take to get the beer to where I'd PERSONALLY like it to be. The only issue with that is thee ol hop fade (which may be an oxymoron since that hop presence is something that was mentioned on the packaging as intentional) so some of you hop heads out there will probably ilke this one right where its at off the shelves.

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Photo of Etan
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nip can, 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a pretty dark woody orange with a thick beige head.

S: Caramel, brown sugar, sweet prune, grapefruit, graham cracker, ginger.

T: Taste brings toasted grain, molasses, orange juice, leafy bitterness, whole wheat bread, a bit of sharp alcohol.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: This is a pretty run-of-the-mill American barleywine. Honestly, the style is getting a little boring with so many similar iterations.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

-92 ibus. 11.5%abv. packaged in a micro 8.4 fluid oz skinny can similar to a red bull. packed with citrusy hops.

A: Opens up with a coppery pour with a dark candy apple red in the vessel. Good clarity shows a medium, spacious rise of carbonation. The head as with most per style is thin, skim covering, corkboard brown, no holding power or window dressing.

S: The nose holds a burst of citrusy hops from the opening to the glass. Honey caramelized sweetness with a faint alcohol mention, considering its 11.5% is very restrained. Some freshly sliced apple and semi dry pear perhaps from the yeast.

T: The flavor is heavy caramelized with a base of toasted grains and wet citrus hops. The alcohol is well mannered in the beginning at the lower end of the drinking spectrum, increasing noticeably towards the higher end. Gentle warming but ends with a spicy bite of alcohol laced fruit. Dry boozy scotch-whiskey like finish.

M: The mouthful is heavy caramelized and syrupy with nil carbonation, thick and viscose.

O: Overall malty, good rate of hop ibus, caramelized toasted grains. The 8.4oz can seems like a perfect serving size, while some breweries that try to overload it into a bomber. A can was $3 which was not factored into my overall review, but something to consider for those looking to try, a worthy buy.

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Photo of vgarneth
4.36/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the perfect serving size for an American Barleywine. 21st Amendment makes great beers and this one is a testament to their creative packaging by placing it in an 8.4 ounce can. Nice appearance and inviting nose. Great taste with a little kick, so enjoy two if you're up for it!

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Photo of Pencible
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a cloudy dark copper with some tan head.
S: It smelled like rusty copper hops and alcohol, with some orange and caramel and raisin.
T: It tasted like copper hops and earthy caramel, with some orange and raisin. The aftertaste was somewhat clean and bittersweet, with alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with a little carbonation. Nice slick body.
D: This was an ok brew, but the scent and taste weren't that great. The body was good, but the finish was harsh, so it wasn't that easy to drink. Not recommended.

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Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very surprised and very impressed with this barleywine. Very drinkable for its abv. While not as complex or smooth as Insanity, it's still quite enjoyable. Lots of floral flavors and hints of spiciness. Fair amount of hopiness. Great look and solid feel. Very glad I tried this.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

8.6 oz can was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a dark copper color with good clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted malts, a little booze, tangerine, and grapefruit. Booze is hidden really well.

Taste: Really a lot of citrus happiness. All the malts have take a step back and aren't as balanced as I would think. Tingly bitterness in the rear too.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, boozy, medium to full bodied, tingly bitterness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid beer. Might have to age the 3 other cans from the 4 pack to mellow out the hops.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Single picked up from Julio's a month or so ago. Canned on date is 2/5/13.

Big ol barleywine in a little can, cute. Pour into a snifter a dark amber beer with some haziness, with a small off-white head that forms a partial cap and thick ring. Some good lace left.

Scent is malty and fruity but really quite tame, there definitely should be more strength here considering the beer. Buttery caramel, raisin, earthiness.

Taste improves but really doesn't offer much for a barleywine, could use more flavor and complexity. All malts are of the sweet variety; butter and toffee mostly, lots of earthy and piny hops present, it's much hoppier overall than the nose hints towards. Some brown sugar. Not much alcohol.

Pretty good mouthfeel, it's a little higher on the carbonation than average for the style, could use a bit of a bigger/maltier feel I think.

For a pretty fresh, 92 IBU, 11.5% ABV barleywine, this just doesn't really pack much of a punch. Nothing super remarkable about this one.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8.4oz. can poured into a Flying Dog goblet (canned on 2/5/13)

A: Very hazy/cloudy deep brown with no head and minimal lacing

S: Strong hop nose, reminiscent of Bigfoot with just a whiff of the balancing malt sweetness of the barleywine style.

T: All of it seems subdued. The hops and malts are there, but mellow and not particularly pronounced with flavor. Aftertaste is a nice malty resin but has something a little off, or odd to it. It gets better with a bit of warmth, but there is still something keeping the full flavor down. The alcohol is well hidden and the hops are there but almost inseparable from the malts, unlike some other BWs.

M: There is a subdued carbonation that seems like it is going to dominate, but quickly subsides. You feel a lot of bubbles and coarseness as you are taking your sip, but as soon as it is fully in your mouth it is gone and very minimal, quite ethereal.

O: It is a good BW, but it comes in a weird can size that only has 4 in the pack. However, it packs quite a punch for its size and a 12 oz. bottle might have been a bit much. I was recommended it by my local shop after I came in asking for something similar to Bigfoot. Its got the hops, but you can already tell it is a BW this early in the maturation, compared to the IPA qualities of Bigfoot early on. I will say it tastes good and goes down easy.

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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 8.4FL oz into a tulip glass.

A: Pours dark ruby in color with an off-white , one-finger head that stays around for nearly the entire drink. Some very light bubble streams give it an appearance that is not quite still.

S: Very sweet and fruity aroma up front. A toasted malt backbone finishes off the aroma.

T: Not nearly as fruity or sweet as the aroma leads you to believe. It also has a bigger alcoholic finish that isn't as prevalent in the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. There is a significant burning effect from the big alcohol finish.

O: This offering didn't really impress me too much. I'm convinced the majority of their offerings are much better on tap at the brewery than out of their cans and this one confirms my theory. This beer left a lot to be desired, not much better than an average barleywine.

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Photo of Brenden
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a looker. Poured from its tiny can into my glass, it rests a thick, murky, rich orange-red. It grows a lightly tinted head to two fingers and the diminishment is never beyond one finger. This is a rich, creamy, frothy head that pillows the beer beautifully. As the beer subsides down the glass, the foamy creaminess that's left in a barely-tattered sheet is more head than lacing, coating the glass entirely.
Toasty breads with hints of caramel mingle with a pithy hoppiness. There's actually a very interesting (not offensive) note of cheese, sort of medium cheddar, in there too. I think it's just how my nose is picking up the pith and resin playing with the malts.
This is simply an excellently constructed barleywine. The way the flavors play out together just works so well. Along with the bread crust and toasty notes and dark fruits and caramel that never get too sweet balancing so well with floral and resinous hops bitterness that never gets too bitter, I have to wonder how difficult it is to keep it from going too far in either direction yet marvel that it doesn't. The flavor ends up favoring the hops, though they never overpower, and alcohlic warmth and flavor certainly makes itself known.
It's almost hard to believe how exceptionally creamy this beer is. Thick and rich, I expect some smoothness, but this exceeds my expectations in that regard. Combine that with a crispness that doesn't go overboard but gives support and liveliness every sip, and the feel of this beer is nearly perfect.
This may be my new favorite American barleywine, reviews be damned. Old Ruffian's not easy to upseat, but whatever people are missing here is gain for those who know what this beer should be.

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Photo of EkimGram
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Thin 8.4oz can poured into a snifter. Brown-orange in colour, hazy quality, almost no head whatsoever.

Smell: Powerful malts mix with a citric hop aroma and an alcoholic sweetness.

Taste: Very strong hop presence to start. Bitter and citric flavours give way to bready malts and a strong alcoholic finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body has a silky touch. Finishes with a slight carbonated nip.

Overall: This is a rather elegant brew. The flavours are strong yet simplistic while remaining interesting.

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Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
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