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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (3137) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
The aroma is sweet and malty. The color is dark ruby black with a tan white head. The flavor of sharp sweet thick malts like in any barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrTipple (3081) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 12, 2005
on tap at the "Twisted Stick", one of iceman’s favorite dive bars. Had this one for his going away party. This is a very easy to drink barleywine, Malty & sweet up front, but not too heavy, it was slightly tangy on the finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (2971) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2016
On tap. 2015 vintage. Pour a mahogany color with full head. Aromas of lemongrass, brown sugar and dry sweet malts. Flavors of toasted malts, citrus, alcohol, and a bit of cough syrup. Still harsh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 15, 2007
On tap @ O’Brien’s San Diego. Beer poured a deep rusty amber color with a thin, off white head. Nose of dried dark fruits like Raisen, pruns, dates? Alcohol was present but, not overwhelming. A good bite on the finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Tap at the brewery. Beautiful dark brown/red color, very little head. Nice aroma, slightly sweet, caramel, dark fruit. Awesome beer, very easy going down with a nice hop bite to it. This is the kind of barleywines I like.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (2721) - Silver Spring, Alabama, USA - AUG 14, 2013
On tap at Max's in the Fell's Point distriict, Baltimore, MD. Opaque, dark brown with a small tan head and excellent lacing. Aroma of caramel, toffee, orange, citrus, bread, light fruit and, after it warms some, brown sugar. Taste of roasted malt, pineapple, orange, peaches, toffee, citrus, booze, dried fruit, tobacco, caramel earthy hops, chocolate, red grapes and brown sugar with even more fruity and malty flavors presenting themselves as it warms. Medium/full body and high/medium carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
02.19.05 Tap at Toronado BWF Deep garnet color with little head, but this sample sat on the table for a while before I got to it. Lots of molasses and brown sugar, dried figs, citrus pithiness, alcohol on nose. Flavors are sweet and malt heavy up front, a bit of nutmeg and a punch of clove. Money balance. I dig this stuff. Finish loses luster as it fades to a more light and hoppy IIPA, missing some lingering malt stickiness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jazz88 (2650) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Tap @ Toronado 2005 barley wine festival. Dark cherry color with a big foamy tan head. Smooth with plenty of cherry in the flavor. Finishes dry.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 18, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2005 Draught: Brown/redwood colors..small to no head..molassis aroma with hints of orange cream & pine needles..candy-like, sweet but not overly so...not too thick or sticky either..smooth and warming..pretty impressive.


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