Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Memory of taster @ the brewery. Aroma is heavy on the burnt caramel and molasses. Smooth and strong. Arf!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (2539) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 2, 2016
Part of the Victory at Sea campaign. I think this one is aged in a rum barrel. Outstanding!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JHeath99 (1676) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - MAY 22, 2016
Tap. Pours a darker brown with a thin layer of beige head. Aroma and taste of caramel, roasted malts, and sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
valpoaj (730) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Deep ruby red pour - beautiful in the light.with a good amount of tan head. Aroma is caramelized malts, piney hops, toast, brown sugar and booze - quite the conglomerate. Flavor is similarly quite boozy...lots of sweet malt, brown sugar, and a good bitterness throughout - finishes bitter. Palate is not thick but oily - this one drinks as though its higher than 9% - quite ’hot’. Wonder how one of these would do with some years in the cellar...good, but far from great offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NikkTwist (2769) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2016
Draft at Tria Taproom. Very dark clear garnet pour with a fair amount of soapy beige froth. Splashes of lace. Medium-dark malts. Somewhat sweet on top but finishes mostly dry. Plums and prunes. Black grapes. Toffee. Carob. Molasses. Coffee candy. Pomegranate. Caramel apple cider. The hops brighten things up, maybe too much. Makes everything feel fresher. Boozy but drinks well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3156) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. 2015 vintage. Pour a mahogany color with full head. Aromas of lemongrass, brown sugar and dry sweet malts. Flavors of toasted malts, citrus, alcohol, and a bit of cough syrup. Still harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1723) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Pours an amber color with a white head. Resin, caramel, toffee, toast, hop, floral, fruitand pine aroma and flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Caramel, toffee and toast finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9592) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
On tap @ the brewery. Tawny Amber, golden head. Sweet toffee malts, bready and slightly chewy, with fruity and boozy undertones.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (6093) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear vibrant amber with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, light vanilla. Tastes of dark fruit, citrus, floral notes, a touch of caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. Solid hoppy barleywine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21638) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Clear deep ruby amber color, off white head. Aroma has scotch, brandy, dark fruit. Taste is rich, malty, boozy, but with way more hoppy bitterness than your average barleywine. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (6102) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2016
On tap at tap house pours out a crisp brownish amber topped with a small head. nose is rich caramel heavy malts and a light citrus hop. Taste is more of the heavy malts and a nice sweetness with a grapefruit pithy end.

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