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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 104   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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeuroPliny (159) - Calgary, Alberta, - MAR 24, 2013
Served in a tulip glass from the tap at Ballast Point Brewery. Pours dark mahogany with a generous frothy head. Malty aroma with notes of molasses, oaky rum, and burnt sugar. There is a surprising hint of sourness. The flavor is rich in malts that is well balanced with an underlying subtle bitterness. Full body. A great barleywine overall.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PacNWDad (89) - Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2014
10/18/2014. On draft at Chuck’s 85th as part of a 4-Ballast Point beer sampler. Thick and dark, modest amount of off-white head, not much lace. Beer holds its own against the glass. Aroma is caramel, molasses, some herbal notes, a little musty (barrel?). Fairly sweet, with a hint of the bitter from the hops and some spiciness from the alcohol. Body is not as heavy as I would expect for a barleywine, oily, light carbonation, medium-long finish. Overall, very enjoyable for the last beer of the evening, fortunately just samplers or I would be in trouble.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1354) - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Dark ruby nice minimal head but great for a BW. Rich malt hop and slight fruity etster aroma. Big rich mouthfeel and loads of flavor from caramel malt to great hoppiness. Finish lasts forever A++++

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cards04 (1803) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kathouse (1022) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Daytonbeer (650) - Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2013
Pours hazy orangish brown with tan head and light lacing. Aroma of raisins, brown sugar, and spice. Taste is sweet with some burnt sugar, dark fruit, and an alcohol burn. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
Draught @ Public House -Venetian, Las Vegas, NV
Pours clear dark amber / brown with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, alcohol, dried fruits, yeast and toffee. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long warm, toffee and fruity finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geokkjer (5887) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
On tap at Public House . Pours amber with a small off white head. Aroma of malt, dried fruits, some brown sugar and some oxidized notes. Flavor is sweety and malty with some caramel, dried fruits, warming alcohol and brown sugar. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (13693) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 21, 2013
On tap. An unclear dark orange brown beer with a small, light beige head. Some curtains. The aroma has some alcohol, dried fruits and green pine cones, as well as caramel and a roasted touch. It’s full bodied and lightly warning, softly carbonated. The flavor has a nice bitterness, with a little bit alcohol, some caramel and pine cones. Lasting warning finish with bitterness, sweetness and a fruity touch. A nice barley wine, although not as complex as the best. 130821


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