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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
On tap at the brewery. Vinous plum and pear-like aroma with some noticeable piney hops. Transparent copper color with a yellowish head. Mildly bitter to start finishing sweet and hoppy at the end. I personally like a lot more of the vinous fruitiness in my barleywines. Alcohol hidden well, though.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
papajohn (1248) - San Diego (Mira Mesa), California, USA - JUN 10, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2008 On tap@O’Brien’s: Dark amber brown with a small (bar pour) light tan head. Aroma is light and sweet with dark fruit. Flavor starts malty and sweet with a little burnt caramel and some citrus finishing lightly orange rind bitter. Smooth light palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2007
2007 PP SAF (cask): Coppery hue with a fading head and some lace. The aroma has notes of toffee, caramel, bready malting, some herbal and resiny hops, pepper, apricot, pear, wood, boozy. The taste is quite sticky sweet at first but some resiny bitterness and the alcohol cleanse the palate. Fruity and woody notes follow. With the exception of the bitterness this comes off a lot like a English Styled BW. The mouth feel is sticky and oily, warming and biting. Good but wanted more.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Damico (2353) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2010
The aroma is sweet and malty. The color is dark ruby black with a tan white head. The flavor of sharp sweet thick malts like in any barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6015) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2013
On tap at Beer Revolution. Pours reddish brown with a modest beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a hearty red malt flavor with a dry finish. Less sweet adn more dry than most barleywines, but still pretty tasty.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2005
YAY!!!!!!!! vthis was was hot. easy to drinmk..... and the only beer i will get street cred for lol

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexanderj (3266) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 24, 2007
Draft at Hamilton’s. Was really dark in color for the style Aroma of dark fruits and roasted malt. Flavor was heavy on the roasted side with the above mentioned flavors. Alcohol was well hidden, not really detectable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4080) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 4, 2008
Pours is a clear gold with thin white head. Mostly sweet caramel malt, with notes of fruit, oak, vanilla, and earthy hops. Pretty good, but not one of my favorites.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
Draft. Rich amber beer with a light tan head. Sweet malt aroma. Rich malt flavor with toffee, brown sugar and light earthiness. Medium-plus bodied. Toffee lingers with some darker malts. Richer malts with hops backing and some light fruitiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 22, 2010
Tap at Rattle N Hum for the Ballast Point Promo night with Joe and Zach. Pours a hazed medium to deep amber with a thinning head- fades. Aroma is very sharp earthy crystal malt, caramel, honey, maple, earth, light grassy hops, and ok fruity raisin esters. Flavor is also a touch too sharp with dark crystal malts, brown sugar, sweet molasses and earth with a light hoppy finish- somewhat smooth- ok.


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