Wednesday, June 12, 2013

21st Amendment Lower de Boom

Hey all, thanks for coming by!  Every now and then while Kerry and I are shopping at our local Wegmans supermarket, we take a stroll through their mix a six-pack area to see if they have anything unique.  They have one of the largest mix a six-pack areas I've seen.  A lot of the selection is seasonal and flagship beers, but every now and then we find some special releases mixed in.  Last month, they had some 21st Amendment Lower de Boom!  I quickly put two in our six-pack, one to drink now and another to save in the cellar.

21st Amendment Lower de Boom
All 8.4 fl. oz. of Lower de Boom

After checking out 21st Amendment's website, I learned that Lower de Boom is part of the Insurrection Series.  The other two beers listed as part of the Insurrection series are Marooned on Hog Island and Hop Crisis.  I have high hopes for this beer, let's see what it's made of!

Lower de Boom
21st Amendment Brewery
American Barleywine
11.5% ABV, 92 IBUs
Canned on 02/05/13
Enjoyed on 06/12/13

21st Amendment Lower de Boom
21st Amendment Lower de Boom

Appearance and Aroma:  Lower de Boom pours a bronze color with a small off-white head.  The aroma is of sweet molasses, caramel, honey and if I dig my nose in hard enough, I can grab some pine aromas out of the beer.  

Flavor and Mouthfeel:  Big hops and big malt!  Caramel, molasses, pine bitterness.  Some dark fruits if I try real hard.  A touch of an alcohol burn in the finish.  Full bodied.  There was enough carbonation to tickle the tongue, but it didn't come close to interfering with the beer.

Overall:  Very good beer.  I'm not sure I like it as much as Bigfoot or Monster, but I'll definitely be buying this one again (if it's released again, that is!).

Have you had 21st Amendment's Lower de Boom?  Let me know what you thought of it in the comments!

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