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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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 7, 2005
Sprucey, resiny, pine orange hops in the nose. Clear golden coloured body with a fine bubbled white head that recedes to lasting cover. Fruity esters are notable beneath resiny, green, strong, pine-like, orange bitterness. Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Definitely West coast, this seems like a cross between and I2PA and a BW. Sampled at GABF 2005.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2007 Draft @ Ballast Pt. This was just the 1 yr. old: Hazy dark amber with a reddish hue. Medium cream colored head. Hop aroma of citrus and pine comes out first. then malty toffee and nut underneath. Some fruitness. big malty flavor. Caramel with some raisins. Hop flavors come through. Nice warmth.
9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Fest: 3 Year blend (00,02,04 I believe) big malt and hops very smooth and a great balance.8/4/7/4/16

10th Annual SD Strong Ale Fest: 10 Year Blend Third time trying and third different blend this time was a blend using some as old as 10 years. Poured a highly hazed ruby amber color with a creamy beige head. Big aroma that was full of sweet fruity malt. Big citrus and piney hop. Nice caramel base. Malty and fruity flavor with a big piney hop flavor and finish. Semi-dry finish. Full bodied. The best version for sure.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4193) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Draft pour at ballast point in little Italy. Red with white head. Malty bread and winey. Good shit

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3960) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Draft at the Bistro’s First Barrel-aged Beer Fest; 5 months old 8weeks in the wood for 8 weeks; Nose of caramel and dark fruit; red with a small pink-tinged head; flavor of caramel, alcohol and grapy fruitiness.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (3728) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2008
tap at the brewery - What an appropriate name for a barley wine... it pours dark amber with a thin, long lasting head. The aroma is of heavy malt and dark fruit. Those fruit notes carry on well through the malt rich flavor. Some good hops accents kick in to balance it out and there’s some fairly mild alcohol presence. This barley wine is excellent.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3703) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Dark amber body, medium to thin pale tan head, spotty lacing. Toffee, caramel, earth, a spot of tootsie roll, florals. Medium to full bodied with moderate to gentle carbonation, light sweetness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3673) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2010 On tap at Toronado for Barleywine fest 2009, then again in 2010. Reddish-brown color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, dark fruits, brandy, and some hops. Flavor is lots of caramel malt with toffee notes, somewhat fruity, with some port-like and vinous flavors and noticeable alcohol. Full mouthfeel, fairly low carbonation, and just mild booziness. A very good barleywine overall.

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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3499) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
On tap at the brewery. Vinous plum and pear-like aroma with some noticeable piney hops. Transparent copper color with a yellowish head. Mildly bitter to start finishing sweet and hoppy at the end. I personally like a lot more of the vinous fruitiness in my barleywines. Alcohol hidden well, though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3435) - 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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