Tasting: February 21, 2014
Beer #: 519
Lower De Boom
Cute little 8.4 ounce can holds this 11.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) barley wine. This one should be more of the “California” variety as it has an IBU of 92 (highly bitter). California-style adds a hop bitterness, while English barley wines have a syrupy rich dark fruit quality.
Lower De Boom is very simple — boozy, a bit fizzy somewhat meek with some green apple tartness and very little in the way of any caramel or dark fruit sweetness. Hops are off-bitter and harsh. I’ll label Lower De Boom as disjointed since the flavors don’t work in harmony or have any balance. I’m not really enjoying Lower De Boom and after the week I’ve had – I need a better experience. Lower De Boom gets 72 points in my book.