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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   IBU: 92   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Deep, mahogany color, rich malt candied, rock sugar flavors with sweet burnt currant and fig aromas. Its strong alcohol content is tempered by a clean bitterness and complex flavors. This Barley Wine is named for Cornelius de Boom, the San Francisco Belgian Consulate General (1850 to 1851) and surprisingly the name of the alley along-side the 21st Amendment on 2nd Street.

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3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergelden (4) - - MAR 20, 2013
Appearance - Pours to a nice Ruby-brown color, a light tan head that disappates quickly but lingers around the edge of the glass and laces the top of the beer. Nice clarity and legs that run down the side of the glass all day! The color in the picture doesnt quite represent the beer, it has a much lighter, more transparent look to it. Aroma - The alcohol bloodies your nose as soon as you dip into it. Hints of caramel, brown sugar malty sweetness. Orange, citrus and dark cherries round it out. Flavor - The first taste is of dark fruit, with a big alcohol hotness through out the middle and a mild hop bitterness in the end. Lingering earthy, slight citrus hop bitterness and the taste of bitter orange on the back. There is an ever so small malt flavor that hangs in there too, but the finish of fairly dry overall. The hops are not as forward as I would expect in an American Barley-wine, using Bigfoot by Sierra Nevada as the benchmark for this style. Mouthfeel - Heavy body as one would expect from a Barley-wine, low carbonation with a biting alcohol hotness that dominates. Overall - To me, the alcohol was a little overwhelming and it really took control of the flavors and aroma. With some age it would mellow out considerably, im sure, but I was hoping for something a little more special from 21st Amendment. This one just falls a little short for me. I have a couple more cans cellaring in the basement and will revisit this one in a year or so, and hopefully get the flavors I was yearning for!


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tderoeck (9080) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2017
16/I/17 - 8.4Fl. Oz. can @ Taco Monday (home) - BB: n/a, canned: XII/17/15 (2017-51) Thanks to Anthony for sharing the can!

Clear amber beer, creamy beige head, little stable, bit adhesive. Aroma: quite some strawberry jam, fruity, peach, sweet, orange peel, zesty, some citrus. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: sweet start, caramel malts, bitter hops, sugary touch, alcohol, some dried fruits. Aftertaste: alcohol, dry bitterness, caramel, alcohol, dried fruits, strawberry jam, vanilla, sweet, very nice beer! Also great story! :-D

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ffaoe (678) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2017
malty aroma with faint hints of raison and plum. amber and clear in color with nice head. taste is mostly malty but has some hops notes to it. dark caramel malt and raison notes present. taste end clean but rather quickly for a barleywine.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SteveOrz85 (244) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2016
8 oz can from 4 pack. Served in a snifter. Very very thin head. Very little lacing. Beer is a dark honey color. Arom is some floral hops and honey. Taste os medium bitter lightly sweet. Lots of hops, more than expected in a barley wine. High alcohol is obvious bit not over abundant. Not as smooth as I had hoped for and not as sweet. Average to lighter carbonation and full bodied beer. Overall it is ok but not the best barleywine I have tried.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (5535) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 6, 2016
Light amber color. Very hoppy citrusy nose with massive caramel notes. Light body, tons of hops, tons of malt, Lots of bitterness, citrusy bitterness in the finish with lots of caramel. Typical American BW.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2016
Nice American barley wine. Pours nice orange/copper with small beige head. Nose is citrus with slight burnt toffee. Flavour is sweet with same toffee notes. Some warming booze and hop punch. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PorterPounder (7729) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Tallahassee, Fl - Market Square Liquors - cute, tiny 8.4 oz can. Pours a deep dark, sparkling copper with a thin off-white head. Aroma has some nutty accents, a hint of sweet bubble gum. Flavor is thick and full-bodied with some hints of citrus, some pomegranate-like fruity sweetness, a touch of dates and raisins, a brief hint of Christmas spices, just a touch of port-like booziness. Mouthfeel is rich and thick. Impressed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
hman43 (1368) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2016
It pours a caramel cloudy color with a large tan head. There are aromas of molasses, citrus, plums, grains, figs, and alcohol. The flavors are dominated by the molasses and alcohol with the citrus, plums, grains, and figs in the background. It has a full body with a slightly hot alcohol feel to it with strong bitterness. Overall, this is a strong alcohol beer that finishes a bit hot with a good combination of citrus and dark fruits combined with molasses and grains.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (6195) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2016
Aroma is malts and slightly burnt toffee/caramel. The flavor is malts, caramel/liqueur, fruit, mild hops and a mix of alcohol and medium sweetness in the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5558) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 8, 2016
Small can in Portland. Clearish red brown. Brandy and dessert wine. Sweet hoppy American barleywine. Pretty typical, solid, but a little cloying and anonymous. Bitter astringency. Alcohol well hidden. Solid.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
J_man (973) - Tustin, California, USA - JUL 26, 2016
Woody, malty aroma with barleywine sweetness. Medium orange/amber color with a wispy, finely laced white head. Good malt sugar and butterscotch sweetness balanced by an earthy bitterness with notes of green olives. Nice alcohol bite but it seems tame for 11.5%. Finishes a little hot with lasting sweetness and earthy, mushroomy bitterness. Nice English style barleywine.


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