21st Amendment Lower De Boom Barleywine

Another start to a long work week. Nothing all the crazy happened today, but I’m sufficiently tired. I’ve been working an average of 70-80 hours a week, so I feel like I’m constantly tired and in desperate need of sleep. Anyways, the other half picked this one up for me awhile ago. I wanted to try it when it first came out, but never got around to it. Let’s see how this one went.


ABV: 11.5%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In 1859, Shaun and Nico arrive in San Francisco for the gold rush. Ten years late. That was Shaun’s fault. They stop in Cornelius De Boom’s supply store. Cornelius pegs our boys as suckers and sells them a forged ‘treasure map.’ Shaun and Nico find themselves in a dinghy in the middle of the Bay. ‘Curse you Cornelius!’ Jumping in anyway, Shaun finds two boxes of riches: In one, gold ingots; in the other, a rare and perfectly preserved beer. Suddenly, the dinghy springs a leak! They leave the gold and grab the beer. With this ‘liquid gold,’ they become beer barons. They acquire De Boom Supply and throw Cornelius out the back door. Today whenever anyone gives them trouble, they exchange a look across the pub and say, ‘Lower De Boom.’ Lower De Boom is a powerfully balanced American-Style barleywine packed with citrusy Pacific Northwest hops. Chestnut brown in the glass with notes of toffee malt, fruitcake, toast, piney hops and more than a hint of alcohol. Our liquid gold is the first American craft beer in a can offered in the traditional barleywine ‘nip’ size. Perfect to enjoy sipped at the end of a long day. More than that and you might feel like the boom has been lowered on you.”

Random: I’ve only had 2 cups of coffee so far today. I definitely need another one.

This brew poured with a half a finger of pure white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but did leave a slight crown on top of the body. The body was a very cloudy mahogany color with very little carbonation visible. The nose had a lot going on. I got some bready and biscuity malt, coupled with vanilla and oak and then some citrusy fruit with a touch of pear. There was a definite booze presence as well. The taste was a bit different. I got vanilla and wood, then serious hop presence that was really bitter and did not mesh all that well with the malt and toffee characteristic that came right afterwards. The booze was overly present as well and made this brew even more disjointed. After a few sips, some burnt sugar came through as well. The body was medium thickness with low carbonation and could have used a little bit more. The booze lasted until the finish, which was also very long with lots of malt. I really wanted to love this beer, but there was something missing for me. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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