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Baird Big Red Machine Fall Classic

Baird Big Red Machine Fall Classic
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Oktoberfest/Märzen
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Baird Big Red Machine Fall Classic Ale (5.8% alcohol by volume) is a brawny brew in the depth and richness of its malt character. Here, it is a reflection of the heart and soul of the Big Red Machine battery ? Johnny Bench, George Foster and Tony Perez. The malt muscle, however, is balanced beautifully by a dexterously sprite hop character that mirrors the roles played by Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion and Ken Griffey in the Reds lineup. The color of the brew is firebrand red, much like the personality of the Big Red Machines' great leadoff hitter, Pete Rose. A richly complex aroma of ripe fruit and flowers in bloom gives way to equally rich and complex flavors of nuts, figs and honeyed malt. This amazing amalgam of flavor components is brought together to achieve a sublime unity of purpose by a crisply compelling, base-clearing type of finish. It's as if Big Red Machine manager, Sparky Anderson, were present in the conditioning tank cajoling and ultimately commanding the flavor team to come together !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willisread (2473) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2015
On tap in 2014 at NakaMeguro Taproom. Cloudy amber color with an off-white head. Caramel, peach, fig, and malt aromas present. Taste is sweet and bitter. Well-balanced. Slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1207) - ESTONIA - DEC 30, 2014
Had this a few months ago. Pours red copper with a white head that reduces fast into a thin layer, leaving some lasting lacing on the way, looing like a knittingwork. Aroma has some fall fruits, rowan, cranberries. Sweet and some bitterness lurking underneath. Taste reveals abundant hopping, there is not only aroma but you can feel the fragrant bite of whole hops. Fruits are also there but they are bitter - rowan but not as mushy as rowans sometimes are. Aftertaste is clean, bitter. Beer is quite nicely balanced while maintaining complexity and multiple.layers. Long bitterness lingers in your mouth longer, just as if I had a handful of rowans straight from the tree. Autumn this is.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westkyoto77 (623) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 3, 2014
Draught at Bungalow. Lovely dark amber colour, fine thin head. Aromas of caramel, burnt toffee and booze. Slightly sticky aftertaste, with that back-of-postage stamp flavour I love. Good depth and balance. Quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
PotjeBier (2724) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - NOV 1, 2013
On tap @ The Hangover, Nakano, Tokyo. Hazy, orange to red colored. Off white head. Aroma’s: caramel, sweet malts, fruity, piney. Additionally some herbal hoppiness retronasal. Flavor is moderate bitter and moderate sweet. Medium bodied. Finishes rather dry and with a herbal hopbitterness. Usually not a fan of red ales, this was pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maekchu (3460) - Hirakata, JAPAN - OCT 19, 2013
Draught at Tadg’s. Fragrant, crushed peaches, even minty, nose. Hazy red-brown color. Juicy, rich maltiness / gets rounded and down into good balance. Medium body. Exceptional malt, good balance. Had this a few years ago at the source in Numazu, and it’s as good as ever. Go Reds!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4598) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 18, 2013
A cloudy  muddy orange pour on tap at Tadg’s. The aroma is a nice balance between hops & Malta. The taste is full bodied with a touch of chocolate/caramel malts but perfectly balanced with hops. Really easy drinking stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shoulderbroken (3755) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2011
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Orange colored with frothy white head with small bubbles. Aroma is plenty of malt, bit bready, bit roasted and bit caramel. Taste gives plenty of the caramel in the smell, ultra malty. Bit spiky in the mouth. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jonno (2489) - JAPAN - OCT 16, 2011
Fairly straight forward fest beer, ie malty lager, with the nice addition of some spicy and citric hop notes. Certainly not a hop monster, but a nice, clean american take on a classic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (15150) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2010
Draught at Bulldog World Beer Bar & Food. Clear dark amber - white head. Fruity hoppy. Berries. Fruity. Resin. Orange. Citrus. Medium malty. Light benzin. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (9310) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2008
Bottle. Faint, but very hoppy nose, with medium amber malt, grass, plums, earthy caramel. Deep amber color with a huge off-white head. Fruity, somewhat earthy flavor with medium hopping and caramel. Citrus hops. Finish is long-lasting bitter hops, with a touch of earthy malts and fruit lingering. Nice, though not as malty as I had hoped. Hops took over.

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