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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (4187) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (4111) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patrick767 (4010) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BelgianBeerGal (3856) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3710) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
Aroma: heavy grain and caramel malts, some floral hops. Appearance: dark, hazy, amber, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: light bitters coming up, getting dry quickly, flowers and grain malts. Overall: nice Barley Wine, somewhat light aroma. Pint at Ballast Point Brewery, San Diego.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3637) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3542) - Branson, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Draft at Hamilton’s. Was really dark in color for the style Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt. Flavor was heavy on the roasted side with the above mentioned flavors. Alcohol was well hidden, not really detectable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (3426) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Clear Amber pour with an off white head. Sweet malty aromas. The taste follows suit with mellow hoppy bitterness. Not overly hoppy sort of a blend between an American and English barley wine. Good body and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 1, 2007
PP Strong Ale Fest 07. Cask. Pours orange with a 1 finger tan head. Nose is nice sweet and a bit of dried fruit. High alc in the taste, not much of a great taste otherwise. disappointed.

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