Three Sheets Barley Wine - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DocJitsu:
4.05/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
11-04-2012 01:37:56 | More by DocJitsu
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4.83/5 rDev +20.8%
Presentation: Sampled at The 9th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival. I recall my good mate xlperro raving about this one, so as soon as I saw it listed at #5 on the Beer Menu it was sampled. I note that the Pizza Port SAF Menu lists this at only 9.0% Alcohol by Volume though, Im sure thats because it is difficult to maintain a consistent strength when blending 1, 2 and 3 year old versions of Barley Wines though.
Appearance: Dark brown body with some ruddy flashes, held to the light I remember an attractive ruby mahogany body. Surprisingly, the head had good retention, tan colored and comprised of large bubbles it lasted throughout the sample and added a nice looking slaked lacing.
Nose: Toasted and roasted malts with some light vinous character in the back end. The vinous aspect was a little like an English Old Ale, not too much, but just enough to be attractive.
Taste: What a great idea to blend 3 different years worth of Barleywines, a Gueuze-Barleywine of sorts. But it is so skillfully done here, ever so smooth with lots of subtle malt complexities, a very soothing big-ass blended Barleywine. In the second sample I noticed some dark chocolate and a little bonfire toffee with a very delicate vinous almost vinegary tinge, but in a rather good way. This is a really great brew.
Mouthfeel: Solid, utterly immovable, yet far from over powering, heavy or sickly. Basically it has everything that you need. So hard to describe but it reminds me of seeing massive pieces of Equipment weighing hundreds of thousands of pounds being moved at Power Stations on a couple of small airbags, its that finely balanced.
Drinkability: Sooo smmoooth, a lovely rich malty smoothness, silky almost. I am sure it is the result of blending the 3 years together; I had a couple of these throughout the Festival. Supremely drinkable!
Overall: So after the excellent Ballast Point Schooner that I sampled at the recent Wet Hop Festival at OBriens a few weeks back, Ballast Point yet again gets my vote for Beer of the Festival, but for the 3 Sheets Barleywine this time. Ballast Point dont seem to get much coverage in these parts with the bigger better know Cali brews, its why I added this Review. Bloody Hell I really wish they would bottle more of their brews!! This is one of the best Barleywines that I have ever had, almost perfect.
12-10-2005 20:23:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4.4/5 rDev +10%
From fresh growler into elongated Stone Tulip.
A - Nice .5 inch head on gentle pour. The color of very strong brewed orange pekoe tea, perfectly clear. Head leaves within minutes, lacing a persistent when tilting the glass.
S - Rich sweet malt, alcohol, some bread and fruit.
T- Beautiful. Solid malt, less sweet than smell, subtle yeast and fruit.
M - Medium body, perfect carbonation. Creamy, coating, finish is clean. Something about the finish that reminds me of a really quality grappa. Cannot explain it.
D - Each sip begs for another. The high ABV would eventually kill this session.
01-14-2008 04:23:51 | More by srandycarter
Three Sheets Barley Wine from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.