Lower De Boom Barleywine | 21st Amendment Brewery

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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:
817
Reviews:
188
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
94
For Trade:
4
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Photo of DovGibor
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12/17/15 can into snifter. Color is medium-dark amber with light carbonation and a bit of haze. Aroma is tangerine citrus upfront and light sweet malt blended in the back. Unique and enjoyable aroma, but a bit one note for a barleywine.

Taste is rich malt with a solid hop-bitterness balance. There are caramel notes without any sweetness. Lemon and mild citrus notes, but the dry, bitter finish dominates. Mouthfeel is rich but not as thick as some barleywines. The carbonation is light on the palate but noticeable.

I really enjoy barleywines, and I think this is an excellent choice given it's size and price. Does it exemplify the style? Not quite, but it's damn good and comes in a really enjoyable 8.4 oz can. I'm honestly giving it some credit for that fact alone.

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

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

Photo of sachie23
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mitch3114
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gambyt20
2.67/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of InfragilisBrew
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 250-ml can (8.4 oz.)
Glass: Clear tumbler glass
From: Bine & Vine in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $3.79
Purchased: Feb. 26, 2016
Consumed: March 12, 2016
Misc.: Canned on Dec. 17, 2015 at 6:03 p.m. PT

Not a huge fan of American Barleywines, so not expecting much from this. Kind of perplexed by the tiny cans, which I’ve seen recently in four-packs. Thinking a 22-oz. bomber would be better (and maybe more affordable).

Poured an auburn, amber, clear color with 1-2 fingers of off-white, fizzy head. Some bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Poor spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Minima retention. (Sight - 3.50)

Smelled toffee, caramel, Citra hops, brown sugar (kind of like Brown Shugga’), apple, slight hints of cinnamon and oak. Not smelling like 11.5 pct. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste pretty much followed the nose. Getting sugary caramel, toffee, toasted brown sugar, oak, Citra zest, woody pine, light grapefruit, hints of vanilla, bitter citrus rind and red apple. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Oily-to-sticky texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, boozy, somewhat oaky finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was pretty good for the style and definitely better than I thought it was going to be. Would have it again for sure. (Overall - 4.00)

3.91 | 88 | B+

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tiny can from 7 eleven in Kittery.
Pours a deep copper color with a decent sized off white head that persists. Big fruity caramel notes with a bit of alcohol presence. Strong tropical especially pineapple notes with lots of resinous pine hops. Sweet almost sticky mouth. Light carbonation. Decent brew.

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

Had that amber and auburn color scheme going for it, thin off white head 1/6". Funny it comes in an energy drink like can. Aroma of heavy caramel malt and alcohol. Hops take a back seat.

Taste did drop hop on ya, lots of bitterness and alcohol. Brown sugar, roasted not burnt malt, booze, bitterness, toffee, dark citrus, dark fruit, a sweetness not unlike harsh rum. For all the flavors, not overly thick or harsh.

Good stuff, nothing groundbreaking.

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Photo of Czarkazm
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 12/17/2015. The beer has a nice burnt amber, reddish-orange color with a half a finger of light khaki head that disappears quickly. Good amount of carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the snifter. The smell is full of sweet caramel and hops. Caramelized brown sugar, toffee, raisins, plums, rum sweetness, candied citrus and tropical fruit, molasses, a rye spiciness. The body is a medium-full, syrupy consistency that is not too overbearingly sweet. In the flavor, I get heavy dark fruit, dark caramel, spicy pine hoppiness, burnt citrus, toasted oak, figs, and slight vanilla. Healthy amount of carbonation makes this one feel crisp and relatively easy drinking for a 11.5% barleywine

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Photo of allistermcg
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kinmundy77
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of BPMeyer27
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of riotontheroad
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of SawDog505
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz snifter canned on 12/17/15. Pours an attractive almost red, with a 2 inch white head that leaves behind a little lace.

Smell is apricot, brandy, fig, vanilla, oak, burnt toffee, caramel, and alcohol.

Taste follows apricot immediately, brandy, fig, toffee, vanilla, caramel, and warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is a creamy medium, moderate carbonation, on the dry side, and a sipper even though it goes down fairly easy.

Overall this is a great Barleywine, that drinks easier than it should, but also a very complex and aggressive beer.

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

Photo of kkmiller76
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of droomyster
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The skinny 8.4 oz can pours a dark brown body with a small tan head with poor retention. The potent abv comes through on the nose, carrying with it the promise of humungously strong and big taste to come. Aromas of dates and figs, molasses, with and holiday spices. Chewy flavors of toffee, brown sugar, tootsie-roll and molasses dominate the front and mid-palate before an oily textured citrusy hop floods the finish. Tastes great! I'll have another please!

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

8.4 oz can. Pours clean deep orange amber, finger off white head fades quickly to a lasting ring, soapy lacing. Sweet bready malt aroma, dark fruit. Malty sweet aste with fruity hops, some citrus, kinda overtaken mid sip by alcohol burn. Finishes dry and bitter. Mouthfeel a little thin. Not bad but was expecting a little more from this BW.

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Photo of JoeMans
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ogman
4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lower De Boom Barleywine from 21st Amendment Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 817 ratings.
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