Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - MAY 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the old man. Amber with a nice tight off white head. Aroma is malty, light caramel, dried fruit, burnt sugar. Taste is dried fruit, lightly malty, mild alcohol, very mild roastiness in the background. Lacks complexity, but still good.
joeneugs (2778) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the First St. Alehouse. It pours an amber/copper color with a creamy orange head. The aroma is very fruity with some cherry, plum and orange. Moderate maltiness. The flavor is pretty much the same with lots of fruit, a solid piney, earthy bitterness and strong alcohol presence. Mouthfeel is a bit weak for the style. Pretty standard barleywine.
bhensonb (10194) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the brewpub. Pours darkly ruddy with a beige head. Malty aroma. Med + body. Flavor is balanced hop/malt. Brown sugar is well under control. Heat not bothersome. Nice to drink.
bigbish (489) - California, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice golden orange color. Thin head. Nice smooth flavor, touch of alcohol. Lots of caramel flavors.
IrishBoy (3725) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from bytemesis who got it at El Toro. Label says El Toro Yo Winter Brew labeled with print in top margin saying BREW 1590. Nose is bubblegum, light pine resin, sweet toffee, and floral. Lightly hazy cherry wood brown with a medium, lightly lacing, beige head. Flavor is moderately sweet toffee with some dark fruitiness and a very light bitterness. Very smooth and drinkable. Finishes with a hint of bitter and alcohol warmth.
bytemesis (2420) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours clear deep amber, medium creamy off white head, great lacing. Aroma is quite light with notes of toffee, dried fruit, citrus. Flavor is the same, light sweet, very light bitter, medium warming finish. Light-medium body, creamy.