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


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (22692) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2013
Draft @ Pizza Port Solana Beach, Solana Beach, CA. Pours a dark amber color with a longlasting off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy weak yeasty dark fruit and caramel aroma. Sweetish malty spicy dark fruit and caramel flavor. Has a sweetish malty caramel dry dark fruit finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21196) - Washington, Washington DC, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (18114) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Draught at Ballast Point Old Grove, California. Clear amber/copper beer with a decent beige head. Malty fruity caramel aroma, toffee, citrus, grapes, some biscuits and toffee. Malty fruity flavor, grapes, caramel, raisins, figs, warming alcohol, some biscuits. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (16670) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 22, 2014
Keg at the Little Italy Tasting Room, SD, 12/11/14. Lightly hazed chestnut brown with a decent beige swirl and edgework. Nose is caramel, toasted brown sugars, dark fruits, cake mix, light booze. Taste comprises toffee, melow dark fruit rinds, dates, light spice, hoppy backnotes, nutty twang. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok barley wine, not a huge amount of depth but a decent sipper none the less.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (16483) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
On tap. An unclear dark orange brown beer with a small, light beige head. Some curtains. The aroma has some alcohol, dried fruits and green pine cones, as well as caramel and a roasted touch. It’s full bodied and lightly warning, softly carbonated. The flavor has a nice bitterness, with a little bit alcohol, some caramel and pine cones. Lasting warning finish with bitterness, sweetness and a fruity touch. A nice barley wine, although not as complex as the best. 130821

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (15774) - Dublin, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
A: The pour is dark amber in color with a creamy khaki head. S: As expected for a barleywine, a malty nose with some caramel and toffee along with a light hoppiness. The hops give a definite perfume character and somewhat of a floral note. Some booze on the finish. T: A slightly more fruity hop character with a touch of pineapple, which lasts all the way through the sip. Plenty of toast and just a mild roast and bitterness. The hops give their same perfume notes and there is certainly some booze. Perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and citrus peel. M: This is certainly full in body with a medium carbonation. O: I had wanted to try this beer for quite awhile, but it didn’t really live up to expectations. Sort of stuck in the middle between a hoppy barleywine and a sweet one.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcwattsrugger (12141) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2008
on tap-pours a big retaining rich tan head and deep red color. Aroma is sweet alcohol-medium/dark malt, medium fruit-plum. Taste is oak, spicy, bitterness, sweet alcohol-medium/dark malt, medium fruit-plum. Medium body. Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (12056) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 3, 2013
Tap at Max’s. Pours clear tawny with a small, frothy off-white to beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is cookie and caramel malt, dried fruits, pine and spicy hops and alcohol. Flavor is spicy alcohol and hops, moderate bitterness, dried fruits, caramel and a sweet flavor that finishes dry. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (11330) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Sample at the Linda Vista location. This beer is a mostly clear dark amber color with a medium and creamy beige head that recedes slowly. Thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Aroma of caramel malt and touches of fruit. Rich, chewy body with a somewhat medicinal character. Syrupy sweet fruits along with malt and hops flavors. The finish is tart and fruity with a mild hops aftertaste. Would be well above average but the medicinal qualities knock it down a couple pegs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (10934) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
Draught @ Public House -Venetian, Las Vegas, NV
Pours clear dark amber / brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, dried fruits, yeast and toffee. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, toffee and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.


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