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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 102   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 27, 2007
NorCal tasting Feb 07 - This was a very tasty barleywine and something I can work with after a couple disasters from Ballast Point. A sweet, sweet nose with caramel being the biggest aroma. Underneath the carmael was a little brown sugar, some earth and even a little hops. Appearance was beautifully clear, with a maple syrup/deep dark golden color with a minimal head. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but nothing major. Flavors were caramel, toffee, dark fruits. Everything was really nicely balanced.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2008
Pours a hazy amber red color with a tan head. Aroma is malty, caramel, some aged malts, alcohol, and some hops. Flavor is aged malts, caramel, some aged hops, and a nice bitter hop finish. This barleywine is great it combines the great aged barleywine flavor with the fresh hop bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Slipstream (2024) - USA - FEB 22, 2012
On tap at Good Beer. Pretty hoppy finish on this barley wine. Mild aroma. Molasses sweetness to start, then moving to a more bitter hop taste. Good, but not really exciting.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1961) - Manhattan, New York, USA - APR 21, 2010
On tap at the brewery event at Rattle n Hum. Courtesy of CUJO. Poured into a flute glass. Tons of molasses and brown sugar, soft vanilla smokey aroma..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MadRobin (1940) - Silver Spring, 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

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (1879) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
nice rich barleywine. big fan of the rum/bourbon version. the base is very different, but good. rich dark malts and a good dash of nearly IPA like hops. I hope to have again.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Fresh batch on draft at the brewery. Pours clear dark amber with a creamy yellow-beige head that lingered well and left nice lacing. Aroma of sweet malts and citrus / piney hops - according to the guy behind the bar, a combination of Chinook, Cluster, Centennial and dry hopped with Cascades. Flavor is very sweet and fruity, yet balanced with a big hop presence - orange and grapefruit with a noticible alcohol bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is full and spritely carbonated. This is still a young barleywine - though it could also classify as a hoppy american strong - and sure to change and mellow as it ages.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - OCT 20, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2007 Tried from tap at Ballast Point’s 11th anniversary celebration. 1. 2006. Palate getting a little burnt out by this time. Very dark amber color. Small bubble wispy head. Light grapefruit hop aroma and taste. Leans sweet, but still very hoppy, grassy,and young. Good, but not great, like the 1996/2006 blend. 7/4/7/3/17:3.8 2. 2006+1996 blend: Dark amber color. small microbubble head. Nice oak aroma, some caramelized malts. Aroma is somewhat mild. Sweet. Oxidation present, but in low levels. Excellent, excellent barleywine. A tiny bit of orange citrus hop bitterness. 8/4/9/4/18:4.3

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zdk (1809) - New York, New York, USA - APR 27, 2010
tap at RnH - hoppy barley wine. citrus and astringent, sugary and some nuttiness. Over carbonated. not a big fan of this one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1758) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 8, 2014
A really interesting barley wine.. Pours a dark mahogany. Aromas are sweet and vinous. Dark fruit too. Flavors are sweet raisins, dark fruit and a nice cherry tang on the back end. Some booze too. I really liked this.


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