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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
egajdzis (5622) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2010
Dark brown red color with a small, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of dark fruits, caramel malts, vanilla, citrus, wood, nuts, and alcohol. Taste of much of the same, with citrus being more pronounced, oxidation, and an alcohol burn in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 18, 2007
On tap at Stone. Deep reddish brown with a fizzy white head. Great hoppy aroma of maple, pine, and cedar. Decent malty backbone with some cereal character and a good hoppy pine and citrus taste with alcoholic warmth in the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5487) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2008
A deep copper pour with a yellow green head. A solid raisin and other dried fruit on the nose. A flavor of oak, oranges, and dried fruit taking up the slack. Palat is just a bit thin. A good beer all round complex and very different from most BW’s.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a hazed medium to deep amber with a thinning head- fades. Aroma is very sharp earthy crystal malt, caramel, honey, maple, earth, light grassy hops, and ok fruity raisin esters. Flavor is also a touch too sharp with dark crystal malts, brown sugar, sweet molasses and earth with a light hoppy finish- somewhat smooth- ok.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4948) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours is a clear gold with thin white head. Mostly sweet caramel malt, with notes of fruit, oak, vanilla, and earthy hops. Pretty good, but not one of my favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
vtafro (4929) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Draft. Brown amber pour with tan head. Sweet and fruit malt aromas. Flavor is more butting, herbal and bitter tones, some malt tones and a touch of warming.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4902) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Excellent. Tons of caramel molasses flavor. What a good beer. On the sweet side, but I drank this down until I was too wasted, to the chagrin of many, but it happens sometimes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (4827) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2012
Location: Draft at Cork City, 12/15/12

Aroma: The nose is fairly malty, with caramel, molasses, toffee, and some earthy hops
Appearance: It was served in a tulip, with a dark reddish color to the pour, and a beige head
Flavor: The flavor is medium sweet and fairly malty, with a solid earthy and a little citrusy bitterness
Palate: This one has a medium-full body, an average carbonation, and a bit of boozy heat
Overall Impression: I thought this was some pretty good stuff. It has a bit of heat from the alcohol, but it doesn’t overpower the beer. It isn’t a perfect Barleywine or anything, but it is a more than solid offering.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4740) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2012
10z for $10.00 of pure let down. Yeah this shot was WAAAYY overpriced but I paid it for a new rape, er I meant rate. Poured a pitch black body with an average to smaller creamy beige head. Aroma was rather subdued even after sitting for some time. Notes of chocolate, light molasses and a hint of toffee. Medium bodied with decently strong carbonation for a BarleyWine. Flavor of light chocolate, brown bread, grains, cold coffee???? Is this the right beer??

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 23, 2010
Tap at CAH. Pours a hazy deeper brown with amber notes and a medium creamy off white head. Aroma was rich and complex. Dark fruits, toffee, caramel, nuts, port qualities and woody notes. Flavor of tge same complex notes, loads of dark fruits. Excellent barleywine, perfect base beer to barrel age.


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