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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
neepsntatties (1179) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Had this on tap this past weekend at the Great Alaskan Beer and Barley Wine Festival in Anchorage, AK. Colour... cloudy, dark amber. Nose... pub mustard, garlic and BBQ sauce. Palate... sour, tangy, some hops and rotten, spent malt. Something is fouled here! Bad lines?? I’ve had a few beers from these folks and they’ve been outstanding. This one, however, is not quite right!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1142) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Appearance was clear amber with small. Aroma was sweet sugars and hops. Taste was very smooth well balanced and hoppy. Nice pallet. Overall very good.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 28, 2005
Pours a cloudy brown/amber hue with a bubbly head. Aromas of flowers and a nice bitterness. Flavors of old hops, citrus, a little copper, some butteryness with a light bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Tap @ O’Briens. Cloudy brown with a short tan head. Dank, oaky, caramel, earthy malt aroma with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine tar. Excellent taste that seems to swirl resin, dates, figs, caramel, oak, and alcohol in your mouth. There is a constant earth overtone that stays with you throughout that is very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
Dig It. Pours deep dark brown with a small brown head. Nose is wood, pine sap, little caramel and wheat bread. Taste is sweet, but has a great bitter ending. Mouthfeel is crisp and sticky, body is heavy and the finish is long.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 29, 2007
On tap @ Live Wire. I love Ballast Point, and I love Barley Wines, but this one just did not work for me. The pour was beautiful, but this is very malty, with some smoke and oak in the mix. Probably resembles a European barley wine, rather than the American hoppy BW’s im used to. Good, but not what im used to.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 12, 2005
Auburn caramel color, medium sized foamy off white head. Sweet malt intermingles with heavy pine and citrus hop aroma. Heavy malt presence followed by resinous and piney hop characters. Finish has some woody flavors and a slight medicinal quality. Mouthfeel is fairly chewy, but uncommonly smooth for the style.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at Barley Wine Fest at Toronado. Pours a clear chestnut brown with khaki head. Aromas of molasses, caramel and alcohol. Full mouthfeel with lots of bread, molasses and full grain with some slight dark fruit.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (934) - Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Deep red and brown with a thin head. Smells like brown sugar and raisins. Alcohol presence is very noticeable. Sweet with toffee, raisins, and candied caramel. Finish lingers. Good and hot.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hapjydeuce (926) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2007
On cask at Pizza Port Strong Ale Festival 07. Deep orange-brass color with a minimal tan head that settles into nice lacing. I was pretty damn sauced up by the time I got around to this one, so Im going on scribbled handwriting and hazed notions of what I thought about this one. I remember being upset about the incredible booziness of this barleywine; citrus, light caramel and pine notes with light fruits comprise the flavors. Finishes very hot, nearly overwhelming, the alcohol content needs to be tamed here. Whatever, ya know?


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