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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 107   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2007
PP Strong Ale fest. Deep orange and copper in color with a nice off white fluffy head. Malty toffee bready aroma. Earthy hoppy toffee caramel flavor. Figs, raisins, dates and oak notes. Medium bodied. Finish is roasty. Very drinkable. Enjoyable.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Cask at Hamiltons SD. Odd color, but very complex nose with a wild over rip muddled fruit but comes together for a nice finish. Barley wines can be a bit much for me sometimes, this held it together. Cask conditioning may have helped add some texture. Cask froth stuck around. Just lots going on and this brew stands out, something I like to see.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 7, 2008
Enjoyed this on tap at the brewery. Brimming with sweet fall spices red apples and citrus. Lots of creamy malts and bitter hops on the finish along with an aggressive amount of alcohol. Certainly one of Ballast Points better beers.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 13, 2009
On tap at Stone Brewery. Dark brown pour with a good 1 finger head. Smell is of dark fruits, caramel, and a delicate hint of hops. The mouthfeel is very smooth and the flavors blend together beautifully. Dark fruits, caramel, and roasty malts with a gentle hop finish. You can really tell that this is a blend of some older barleywines as it has really had a chance to mellow and smooth out. Great beer.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 7, 2010
A damn fine beer, I would drink it until my liver gave way. Nothing offensive at all, just beer bliss. My favorite of all the 3 sheets variations, very hoppy, bold, sweet, bitter, really a complex beer that i think is at its peak right off the bat.

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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 (1049) - 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 (259) - 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 (1000) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 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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   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.


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