3 Sheets Barleywine | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
92
Reviews:
16
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.81/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of C_S
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of bertram
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Tom-Peters
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

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Photo of Sanderson
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sunofneurot
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of stumac
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of TheFightfan1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of The_Jerk
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of chefduff2
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Zorora
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of BigMcLargeHuge
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerswag
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ehammond1
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3 Sheets Barleywine from Ballast Point Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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