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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Inspired by the hoppier West Coast BarleyWines in the late ’80s and early ’90s. This American Barley Wine is full of rich roasted caramel flavors and the spice and aroma from many hop additions. Eighty Lovibond Crystal Malt helps create a light mahogany color and dry hopping with Cascade Hops add to the many layers of flavors in this ever-evolving ale. When Three Sheets Barley Wine is fresh, it almost leans into the Double/Imperial Red category. Cellar it for a year, expect the taste of the hop bitterness and hop aroma to back off and the rich melanoidin sugars, from a two hour boil, step forward caressing you with a complex malty smoothness.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Auburn caramel color, medium sized foamy off white head. Sweet malt intermingles with heavy pine and citrus hop aroma. Heavy malt presence followed by resinous and piney hop characters. Finish has some woody flavors and a slight medicinal quality. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy, but uncommonly smooth for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a cloudy brown/amber hue with a bubbly head. Aromas of flowers and a nice bitterness. Flavors of old hops, citrus, a little copper, some butteryness with a light bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1249) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 On tap@O’Brien’s: Dark amber brown with a small (bar pour) light tan head. Aroma is light and sweet with dark fruit. Flavor starts malty and sweet with a little burnt caramel and some citrus finishing lightly orange rind bitter. Smooth light palate.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
On tap at the brewery. Vinous plum and pear-like aroma with some noticeable piney hops. Transparent copper color with a yellowish head. Mildly bitter to start finishing sweet and hoppy at the end. I personally like a lot more of the vinous fruitiness in my barleywines. Alcohol hidden well, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
on tap at the "Twisted Stick", one of iceman’s favorite dive bars. Had this one for his going away party. This is a very easy to drink barleywine, Malty & sweet up front, but not too heavy, it was slightly tangy on the finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
YAY!!!!!!!! vthis was was hot. easy to drinmk..... and the only beer i will get street cred for lol

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. Glossy clear, dark red-orange amber. Very good appearance with a lingering tan head. Good lacing that sticks lightly and a tidal wave of fast reverse lacing. Nose is very freshly hoppy, almost green, and nicley balanced to a red-amber "Hop Whompus"-like hop medley and malt tickle. Sweet and inviting with floral nectar richness. Too much carbonation foam feeling, not much flavor. Plain brittle bitterness and low malt backing. Very dry finish that picks up some of the slack, brightly bitter with a little grass and some dead leaves. Very disappointing after a promising start.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2653) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Deep garnet color with little head, but this sample sat on the table for a while before I got to it. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, dried figs, citrus pithiness, alcohol on nose. Flavors are sweet and malt heavy up front, a bit of nutmeg and a punch of clove. Money balance. I dig this stuff. Finish loses luster as it fades to a more light and hoppy IIPA, missing some lingering malt stickiness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 13, 2005
This barley wine pours with a deep reddish-brown body topped by a thick head with lots of lacing. Slighlty sweet and malty with nice fruity notes, some caramel and a nice hoppy bitterness. Full bodied, smooth and a touch dry.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Fresh batch on draft at the brewery. Pours clear dark amber with a creamy yellow-beige head that lingered well and left nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and citrus / piney hops - according to the guy behind the bar, a combination of Chinook, Cluster, Centennial and dry hopped with Cascades. Flavor is very sweet and fruity, yet balanced with a big hop presence - orange and grapefruit with a noticible alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and spritely carbonated. This is still a young barleywine - though it could also classify as a hoppy american strong - and sure to change and mellow as it ages.


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