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RATINGS: 122   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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3.8
yngwie (17284) - 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

3.8
Daytonbeer (730) - 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.

3.8
smcolw (617) - 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.

3.8
rlgk (18843) - 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.

3.8
GenDV138 (7900) - 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.

3.8
beertholomeus (1814) - 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
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 1, 2005
2/19/05. On tap at Toronado Barleywine Festival ’04 in San Francisco, CA 2/19/05. Glossy clear, dark red-orange amber. Very good appearance with a lingering tan head. Good lacing that sticks lightly and a tidal wave of fast reverse lacing. Nose is very freshly hoppy, almost green, and nicley balanced to a red-amber "Hop Whompus"-like hop medley and malt tickle. Sweet and inviting with floral nectar richness. Too much carbonation foam feeling, not much flavor. Plain brittle bitterness and low malt backing. Very dry finish that picks up some of the slack, brightly bitter with a little grass and some dead leaves. Very disappointing after a promising start.

3.7
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2005
The beer poured a brownish red color w/ orange hues; thin lasting head and lacing. The aroma had caramel, dark fruit, slight citrus, and plum/raisin notes. The flavor had dark fruit, caramel, malts, slight citrus and hop notes. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, and creamy w/ a dry finish.

3.7
chilehead (186) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Tasted this last night on tap at Pizza Port’s strong ale fest in carlesbad. Poured with a big frothy head, somewhat unusual for a barleywine. Color was red/amber and quite pretty. Flavor profile reminded me of Green Flash’s 2nd anniversary barleywine (one of my favorites) but without quite as many roasty notes. Quite good.

3.7
IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Draft at the Bistro’s First Barrel-aged Beer Fest; 5 months old 8weeks in the wood for 8 weeks; Nose of caramel and dark fruit; red with a small pink-tinged head; flavor of caramel, alcohol and grapy fruitiness.


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