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3 Sheets Barleywine | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2008

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4.72/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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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4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Ballast Point's Three Sheets Barleywine - tasted on tap at Free Bridge Wine & Spirits. Brief review from notes. This brew has an extraordinary amber gradient-like look to it, topped with a sudsy khaki head. The aroma is quite fruity, with strawberry, kiwi, and grapefruit notes. Although Three Sheets has a juicy hop profile going for it in the flavor, we predominantly get the sweet fruity and floral malts, that are also very heavy on the caramel, to my palate. Overall, this is a fantastic example of the style, and although strong, it doesn't knock me out of my seat. Highly recommended from a top microbrewery.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3 Sheets Barleywine from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 92 ratings
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