1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

3 Sheets Barleywine - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Not Rated.
3 Sheets Barleywine
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
87
very good

69 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 69
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10%
Wants: 8
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2008)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 69 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of magictrokini
4.75/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of scottoale
4.68/5  rDev +20%
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.

scottoale, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of Hotrod88
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Hotrod88, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of nasa258e
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

nasa258e, Feb 17, 2012
Photo of ralphw56
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

ralphw56, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of cubixrube
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

cubixrube, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of brandonasplundh
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

brandonasplundh, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Gatch, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of nanobrew
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

nanobrew, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of tbeq00
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

tbeq00, Dec 11, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

GrindFatherBob, May 13, 2013
Photo of JohnW58
4.25/5  rDev +9%

JohnW58, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of PEIhop
4.25/5  rDev +9%

PEIhop, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of rawfish
4.25/5  rDev +9%

rawfish, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +2.6%

largadeer, May 01, 2013
Photo of robear
4/5  rDev +2.6%

robear, May 24, 2014
Photo of straightlambic
4/5  rDev +2.6%

straightlambic, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of alalvarez75
4/5  rDev +2.6%

alalvarez75, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of KG710
4/5  rDev +2.6%

KG710, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +2.6%

drewone, Mar 25, 2013
Photo of djaeon
4/5  rDev +2.6%

djaeon, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of sisterthelonious
4/5  rDev +2.6%

sisterthelonious, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Zbeetleman, May 15, 2013
Photo of broken22
4/5  rDev +2.6%

broken22, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of jwelsh
4/5  rDev +2.6%

jwelsh, Dec 01, 2011
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
3 Sheets Barleywine from Ballast Point Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.