3 Sheets Barleywine - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 9
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2008

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Ratings: 79 | Reviews: 14
Photo of Hotrod88
4.61/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is a fantastic beer, I ha dit poured into a goblet at their new Little Italy location. The aroma is nice and fruity and the taste does not dissapoint. For being one of the light in ABV Barley Wines I've had I like it. Overall one of my favorite barley wines next to old numbskull.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, and a strong alcohol aroma. Taste is much the same with fruity and strong alcohol flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer but it's very boozy and strong in my opinion.

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler

Thanks for opening this with me, VaTechHopHead!

Bright but dark amber in color with a moderate-sized light khaki colored head which leaves oily and dotted stick down the glass.

Sweet aroma with some caramel and mild toffee notes leading the way, along with floral and mild citrus hop character. The alcohol is fairly well hidden in the aroma.

Fairly big bitterness, along with floral and citrus hop notes, and bready and sweet malt profile. The alcohol is present, but doesn't affect the overall enjoyment of the beer.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation, though crisp and enjoyable.

Tasty, somewhat bitter, and straightforward for the style. Very drinkable.

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 02/18/12 notes. Had on tap at Rattle N Hum in NYC.

a - Pours a bright amber color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, light caramel malts, annd bready malts. Smell is a bit muted and more fruity then most barleywines, but nice.

t - Tastes very fruity, or fruity malts, oak, citrus hops, floral hops, bready malts, toasted malts, and caramel malts.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall a decent barleywine, but more on the fruity side vs. caramel and toffee. Worth checking out.

Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Linda Vista/Home Brew Mart

A: The pour is dark amber in color with a creamy khaki head.

S: As expected for a barleywine, a malty nose with some caramel and toffee along with a light hoppiness. The hops give a definite perfume character and somewhat of a floral note. Some booze on the finish.

T: A slightly more fruity hop character with a touch of pineapple, which lasts all the way through the sip. Plenty of toast and just a mild roast and bitterness. The hops give their same perfume notes and there is certainly some booze. Perhaps a touch of dark chocolate and citrus peel.

M: This is certainly full in body with a medium carbonation.

O: I had wanted to try this beer for quite awhile, but it didn't really live up to expectations. Sort of stuck in the middle between a hoppy barleywine and a sweet one.

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7/19/2011

On tap at Home Brew Mart.

A: Slightly translucent dark amber with a small beige head.

S: Prune, dried date, and a little fig. Earth and some grapefruit with evident alcohol wafting from the glass. There's a short-lived candy sweetness in there. I get a little baked bread as well.

T: Dried dates with a strong booze profile. Light caramel and toffee. Notes of plum and prune with a moderate bitterness. The caramel is lightly sweet in the midpalate, but that fades as the flavor progresses toward the bitter dried fruit boozy finish.

M: Upper medium body with a matching level or carbonation. Sticky and dry mouthfeel.

Overall: A pretty good American Barleywine. I remember liking this a lot more a couple years ago.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.81/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Served in a 9 oz snifter for $3 during the keg kicker happy hour. (Normally $6.25)

A: Half a finger of medium-light brown head, foamy and creamy with short retention. A partial film and thin collar is all that remains. The body is much darker than most barleywines, and maybe the darkest I've had to date. Dark mahogany brown edges are visible only when held to light, otherwise pitch brown.

S: The aroma is full of heavily toasted maltiness (becomes roasted as it warms). Wood, grains and a huge wheat bread component. Dark fruits of raisin and prune dominate and PLENTY of alcohol comes through. Overly ripe red grapes. Slightly vinous, reminiscent of how a robust red captures the essence of the local soil. The aroma isn't as wide as it is deep and surprisingly, I don't detect any hops at all. Moist tobacco mixed with a dank, earthy yeast. The nose is personally interesting and quite unique (becoming wider as it warms) but not exactly barleywine-like or personally satisfying to me. More of an American strong ale mixed with old ale.

T: Taste follows, and a bit more in line with stylistic guidelines but a far cry from how I like my barleywines. Steeped leaves.

M: The mouthfeel is actually the highlight of this brew in my opinion. Just the right amount of fine, tickling carbonation, medium body and slick without being cloying. Lingering finish. Unfortunately that means the flavor lingers too, which doesn't work out favorably for me.

D: Drinkability is low because even before the small serving has been consumed, I'm ready for something else.

Photo of weeare138
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears a murky dark amber with a deep mahogany hue and a thick, off white cap that slowly fades out into a gentl cap and hearty collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of rich toffee, caramel, cocoa, nouget, minerals, and tobacco.
Taste is of the aromas with an astingent flavor of nailpolish pulling through before the end of the finish with molasses.
Mouthfeel is full bodied, sugary, sticky sweet, and syrupy.

Photo of kaseydad
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark red amber colored pour with a thin off-white head that slowly evaporates. Initial hoppy aroma is mixed with some boozy brandy that entices me to drink it. Though the aroma is boozy the taste is very smooth. It has the alcohol punch but also blends in some nice hoppiness to neutralize the brandy. It works. While this is a sipping beer it was a very nice beer overall. The aging in brandy barrels really brings forth an interesting take on the Barelywine style. Nicely done.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this fresh version side by side with the BA version.

Served in a sampling glass.

Served with /2 finger of light tan head. Color is a clear copper gold.

Aroma: Big malt profile, caramel, toffee, floral hops, and citrus. It reminds me of a big IPA.

Taste: Big malts again. Nice toffee and caramel notes. Tons of floral hops along with the citrus. Just like the aroma. A nice b-wine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with a touch of heat. Full bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very malty, but a little dry.

Overall, a nice hopped up b-wine. I enjoy it a lot. It is fairly drinkable for the abv. I would easily have this again.

Photo of Kaiser81
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ballast Point brewery on 1/14 - a full pint!

A - Murky brown with red highights. No real head to speak of (which led to lack of aroma). A small/faint ring was left on top, but there really wasn't anything to speak of. There was minimal lacing left on the pint glass.

S - Some hops up front. There was a bit of toffee and caramel mixed in. A slight boozy aroma followed, but due to no head, it was hard to pick up any other scents.

T - I get more of that caramel/toffee mix, that helps balance things out, more than anything. There might be a slight bit of hops at the front, but the aftertaste was very boozy.

M - Very minimal carbonation. It's a heavy body and very syrupy.

D - It's 10 % ABV and you feel it. But it is tasty, and goes down pretty well. The pint went down pretty quickly.

Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ Hamilton's. Pours a gorgeous clear amber with long lasting tan head and sheet lacing. The aroma is a bit mild with highly roasted malts and faint fruity esters. It smells mildly barleywine like. The taste is roasty and hoppy, wow. Highly roasted malts, some crystal malts (90L maybe), Special B, a hint of chocolate and an abundance of pine hops. The hops aren't too bitter though. They are either including some late addition hops or the malt bill is so strong it pushes over the hop bitterness. This is really a big load of malts and lacks some of the dark fruity esters and kettle caramelization of the style I'm used to. Seems more like it might be an American Strong.

Photo of magictrokini
4.72/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Tap @ O'Briens. Cloudy brown with a short tan head. Dank, oaky, caramel, earthy malt aroma with a fair amount of grapefruit and pine tar. Excellent taste that seems to swirl resin, dates, figs, caramel, oak, and alcohol in your mouth. There is a constant earth overtone that stays with you throughout that is very nice.

Photo of scottoale
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since this was just added to this site recently, by the BP Brewery I assume, I figure this will become a bottled version in the Robust Series. I added and reviewed the Three Sheets Barleywine (Barrel Aged) almost two years ago, that was aged in Syrah barrel only. This version here, had on tap at O'Brien's is called "Bourbon/Syrah Barrel Aged Three Sheets Barleywine". I didn't see the need to add an additional 3 Sheets listing, because there are four as it stands now, one being "Retired". On to the review.

Served in a pint glass, very dark mahogany brown
with ruby highlights coming through in the light and a healthy khaki-tan head of 1/2". A viscous looking ale with ample carbonation and decent head retention.

Malty nose with light caramel sweetness, followed by some grapefruity hops, bourbony notes and a twang from the Syrah. The bourbon and Syrah become more pronounced as it warms.

The taste starts malty and oaky, with caramel, chocolate, prune and wood. The hops come into play with a grapefruit citrus peel, along with the alcohol, too change the tempo to a tart Syrah embedded finish. It is truly an unusual mix/blend of flavors. Never sweet, nor bitter. A great tasting brew.

A rather hefty body to this brew, the alcohol is very evident in the nose and the taste, but never gets out of control. Well balanced and very drinkable for a big barleywine, with a twist. It's one of my very favorites from Ballast Point. Seek it.

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3 Sheets Barleywine from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.