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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.


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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - JAN 14, 2010
On tap at ballast point. Pours dark reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is mostly citrusy hops and burnt caramel. Flavor is caramel, smooth bitterness, and a lot of citrus. Palate is full, good carbonation and resinous.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeTheYounger (1143) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
p1meatloaf (208) - California, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Taster at urge gastropub. Looks like dark red amber. Smells a little bitter and thick. Tastes at first like a strong hefe, then an ipa, then like a high profile barley wine. Delicious overall 8 of 10.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
10 year blend on tap at the 10th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival: Transparent bright copper color with a frothy, light tan head. Complex sweet toasty caramel aroma has some light fruity complexity and grapefruity hops. Body starts sweet, viscous and caramely fruity with some cherry and strawberry flavor toward a crisp, warming bittersweet finish. Good complexity and seems to have aged quite well.

1 year old barch sampled at the brewery on 11/30/06: Pours a transparent dark copper amber with a nicely-lacing light tan head. Sweet, fresh big grapefruity hoppy aroma has nice caramel malty backing. Body starts viscous and caramely sweet with good fresh piny hoppy bitterness and complexity toward a warming, resiny sticky finish.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Date: December 01, 2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewery
Appearance: muddy dark amber
Aroma: rich malt aroma with earthy hops
Flavor: rich malt flavor, great fruity character, earthy hops, nice bitter finish, an easy drinking barley wine, aged 1 year

Date: December 02, 2005
Words: blend of 3 years
nice citrus in the aroma, but a lots of the rich malt has thinned

Date: November 30, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: brewery
Vintage: fresh batch
very similar to the 1 year old, a bit more harsh on the hops,

Date: December 01, 2006
Mode: draft
Source: strong ale fest
Words: 10 year blend
rich caramel flavor balanced by the earthy hops, picking up a sour oak flavor,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

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   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocJitsu (845) - Florida, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Pours a copper brown with a light taupe head. It has a caramel and grapefruit nose. Caramel and chocolate flavors with some cherry and citrusy notes. The finish is sweet despite the competing esters. The mouthfeel is perfect for the style. It accentuates the flavors and bouquet perfectly.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mensch (246) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Memory of taster @ the brewery. Aroma is heavy on the burnt caramel and molasses. Smooth and strong. Arf!

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (841) - Poway, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Pours a murky dark amber with a one finger tan head which fades to nice lacing. Aroma is of toasted sweet malts, burnt caramel, molasses, and dark fruits. Taste is similar to the aroma but has some nice medium hops and nice piney notes. Has a medium-full body with a creamy mouthfeel and a semi bitter, medium long finish. Overall, a tasty barley wine that hides its ABV very well.


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