Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Brown Ale
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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Beneath the cool facade of the warrior, a red-hot flame of intensity, determination and, yes, anger burns. So it is with this unpredictable Brown Ale: fleeting malty sweetness and warmth hide complexity, a barely controlled bitterness, and, naturally, a bit of an angry edge. Youíve really got yourself into a situation now. "Anger is energy. Use it, then let it go." Kampai!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2009
12 oz bottle
Priced a bit steeply for a brown ale at $4.99 I will likely be passing on this in the future despite it being a well crafted beer. I understand why it has such a markup; the beer has to make its way across several continents and Baird probably isnít the biggest brewery. Nonetheless this is a good enough beer that I am glad to have tried it once.

Aroma / Appearance - An ashen head and caramel bronze body provide nice contrast. Carbonated and active it yields a nice mix of brown rice, fallen tree limbs, and cocoa powder. Everything is light and subtle rather than in your face.

Flavor / Palate - Brown rice hopped up subtly slides across the tongue. Transitioning to a slight bitterness it plays against the senses as you would expect. Iím skeptical of the ABV as it felt heavier than 7% ABV. Were it more affordable this would be a must buy. Instead it is one to grab if you get a good deal.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4423) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Appearance: Pours a deep, dark mahogany-hued body layered with a rich, lather-like, off-white foam. Splotches of lace on the way down. Smell: A pleasant duality of malts and hops -- dark, toasty breadiness, then itís leafy and spicy, then itís hints of dry dark caramel and citrus fruits, then itís walnut shells and more leaves. Taste: Heady maltiness with tastes of oven-charred bread crusts and roasted biscuit top. Slight background nuttiness. A drop or two of sweet dark caramel and bakerís chocolate. Pleasant hop mixture gives off tastes of punchy spices and citrus (lemon and pink grapefruit) with a medium-high bitterness. Pleasant, engaging back-and-forth of predominately bready malts and bitter hops until the near dry finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: Another enjoyable, fine ale from Baird. Theyíre 2 for 2 with me now. A well-balanced, bold brown from Japan.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Bottle @ Mondial 2009. Aroma is a rich malt, (like an old ale) orange hops and a touch of chocolate, hazy amber/gold, tiny toffee head. Flavour is a rich malt, caramel and toffee. Medium bodied, crisp bitterness. Very good offering.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sammy (8942) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2009
Mondiale 2009. A brown with an edge of a red. Its on the brown colour side, very drinkable and bitter, just short of harsh. A little licorice and brown characteristic, secondary to a good hopping main feature. Carbonation right there.Not very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroSpud (1741) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2009
12oz bottle. $5.99. Itís pretty good but Iím kinda annoyed about how much I paid for this bottle. Pours a cloudy dark brown with alot of carbonation. Definitely more hops to this than your usual brown and they mostly hit you in the after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Huge head beige head that recedes in a rocky fashion. Lots of chunky lace. Light brown color; some cloudiness. Surprising level of floral hop. If blindfolded, I would think this is an APA. Great malt base and an even better hop bite. Well-balanced and easy to drink. Compared to most modern ales, this one has higher level of carbonation. Simply a beautiful beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Hoppy but with a truly elemental earthiness. Aroma is citrus and wet earth, overturned compost. Flavor; way citrusy; even more grapefruit than the pale ale! With less ability to take away from it at the same sensory level - by this I mean the pale ale was flowery and worked; the brown malts here have no chance to meld. None. Nice body, nice bottle-conditioning.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Pours to a murky brown body with a coating thin fizzy tan head. The aroma I swear has a nutty wet dog thing going on. The flavor is dry walnuts and brown malts. Sweet medium body with a dry grassy hop.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Palidor19 (2998) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
this has a overall amount to what a good brown ale, however their is a extra of hop bitterness at the end to that makes this beer less than stellar. slightly toasty with some harsh grassy hops.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nick76 (4258) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
The aroma is what I expect from a brown ale. It has caramel, malt, and hops to balance. I would like some chocolate but all in all itís still pretty good. The appearance is hazy brown with a nice head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter, papery finish. The palate is average. Overall not too good, not too bad.

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