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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (17201) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13938) - 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 (11234) - Orange County, 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 (11173) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: December 01, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: muddy dark amber
Aroma: rich malt aroma with earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, great fruity character, earthy hops, nice bitter finish, an easy drinking barley wine, aged 1 year

Date: December 02, 2005
Words: blend of 3 years
nice citrus in the aroma, but a lots of the rich malt has thinned

Date: November 30, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
Vintage: fresh batch
very similar to the 1 year old, a bit more harsh on the hops,

Date: December 01, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: strong ale fest
Words: 10 year blend
rich caramel flavor balanced by the earthy hops, picking up a sour oak flavor,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9984) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9635) - The ’Sham, Surrey, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9365) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Draft... RBSG ‘08... Looks like caramel in a glass with a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. Terrific retention. Plush, lightly acidic, caramelly aroma. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel and subdued carbonation. Bows toward the bitter side of balance... citrus and earthy hops are layered upon a caramel malt backbone. Lengthy, caramel and grapefruit rind finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8507) - 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 (8038) - 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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