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Ballast Point Three Sheets Barley Wine
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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cloudskipper (17) - Kaneohe, Hawaii, USA - APR 10, 2010
This is an American-style barleywine?! No no no.... Hot nose. Kinda faint, but nice bite of malts, slight hops and vanilla. Dark appearance, almost black. Taste is kinda hot, but a lot of sweetness - malt, vanilla, wood. Everything I love about a barleywine. A touch too hot for me, and a bit thin, but otherwise this is great stuff from Ballast Point. More West Coast English-style barleywines please!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (1438) - California, USA - JAN 24, 2016
Pours an amber color with a white head. Resin, caramel, toffee, toast, hop, floral, fruitand pine aroma and flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Caramel, toffee and toast finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (8628) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2016
On tap @ the brewery. Tawny Amber, golden head. Sweet toffee malts, bready and slightly chewy, with fruity and boozy undertones.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GenDV138 (4594) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2016
4 oz pour on draft at ChurchKey. Clear vibrant amber with beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, light vanilla. Tastes of dark fruit, citrus, floral notes, a touch of caramel. Medium body with a dry finish. Solid hoppy barleywine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (18683) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 13, 2016
Draft at Churchkey. Clear deep ruby amber color, off white head. Aroma has scotch, brandy, dark fruit. Taste is rich, malty, boozy, but with way more hoppy bitterness than your average barleywine. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (4436) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 12, 2016
On tap at tap house pours out a crisp brownish amber topped with a small head. nose is rich caramel heavy malts and a light citrus hop. Taste is more of the heavy malts and a nice sweetness with a grapefruit pithy end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markducommun (621) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2016
Deep reddish mahogany, clear, minimal tan head. Big sweet molasses, caramel, toffee. Some bit of pine and resin. Light upfront bitterness, big sweetness. Fairly clean, medium body. Longish finish. Good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (7618) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Draft Pours golden amber with a white head. Mild sweet malts, some toast and bread, mild bitterness, and just a bit of booze. Balanced and relatively drinkable. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (15812) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2015
Draught at Ballast Point Old Grove, California. Clear amber/copper beer with a decent beige head. Malty fruity caramel aroma, toffee, citrus, grapes, some biscuits and toffee. Malty fruity flavor, grapes, caramel, raisins, figs, warming alcohol, some biscuits. Quite nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kaser (4908) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2015
Draft pour at ballast point in little Italy. Red with white head. Malty bread and winey. Good shit

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (616) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Little to no head, but there’s sone streaky lace. Dark brown where light shines through. Darker malt aroma. Not really toasted or chocolate, but true to style. The flavor is high in alcohol, dark malt (without toast or chocolate), and mild hop. Strong alcohol swallow.


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