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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 107   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmhancock (21) - USA - JAN 26, 2010
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours deep reddish brown. Aroma is sweet with malt character. Taste is refreshing, smooth and sweet and some spicy, earthy undertones with a bit of warmth from the alcohol but very balanced. very good. I liked this better than the barrel aged version

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 25, 2010
On tap at Downtown Johny Brown’s. Pours a dark ruby red with a thick creamy off white head that leaves behind a wall of lacing. Cotton candy and maple syrup aroma. Sure it has a big sweetness, but it has the hop content to balance this out. In fact, this seems smooth enough to be somewhere between and american and an english barleywine. Lots of cherries to the finish.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
neepsntatties (1240) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Had this on tap this past weekend at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK. Colour... cloudy, dark amber. Nose... pub mustard, garlic and BBQ sauce. Palate... sour, tangy, some hops and rotten, spent malt. Something is fouled here! Bad lines?? I’ve had a few beers from these folks and they’ve been outstanding. This one, however, is not quite right!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1153) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Appearance was clear amber with small. Aroma was sweet sugars and hops. Taste was very smooth well balanced and hoppy. Nice pallet. Overall very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
On tap at ballast point. Pours dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops and burnt caramel. Flavor is caramel, smooth bitterness, and a lot of citrus. Palate is full, good carbonation and resinous.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 22, 2009
On tap at Ballast Point. Pours deep reddish brown. Nose has a lot of good sweet red fruit and inviting malt character. Taste is very clean, smooth and sweet with a candy component and some spice undertones. Very nice barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Served from tap at the brewery. Appearance is clear bodied amber hue with no real head. The aroma and flavors of this barley wine are more English tasting with the malt profile. A nice toffee and caramel flavor adds the sweetness to this brew. A good barley wine that has some unique notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6861) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Draft. Rich amber beer with a light tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Rich malt flavor with toffee, brown sugar and light earthiness. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee lingers with some darker malts. Richer malts with hops backing and some light fruitiness.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - FEB 18, 2009
Leftover from BW fest at Toronado. Pours with a fairly dark color. Did not like this at all, very medicinal and boozy tasting seemed way off. Maybe the keg had a problem.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3241) - Panama City, Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Draught at Toronado SD. Very pleasant and drinkable barley wine. Not overpowering at any point and certainly easy to drink. Seemed very mellow and I did not get some of the heat from the alcohol that others mentioned. Solid barley wine that is true to type.


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