buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 14, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black and mysterious. Smell of raisins and leaves, Assam tea baked in sunshine, blackberry pie, figs encased in rum pudding. Complex yet so drinkable. Simply fantastic...Baird’s best brew, by far.
TimE (4895) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a supped up version of their IBA and is supposed to be loosely based on Rogue’s Brewer.
Dark brown color, no head. Sweet malty nosewith hints of dark chocolate, toffee and cherries barely make any presence on top of the lucious citrusy, cotton candy hop bomb. Wonderful. Up front bitterness attacks on top of milk chocolate brownies, cherries and toffee. Mouth is sweet, but dripping hops seem to make things balance out. Gangster rap style hardcore bitter finish. No-hop heads need not apply. Somewhere between Rogue Imperial IPA and Theakstons Old Pec. A work of art.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark. Aroma of citrus grapefruit, dark fruits, and malts. Nice. Medium, well carbonated body. Strong hops, grapefruit, citrus, light caramel malts. So much flavor packed into this brew. Finishes dry. Hoppy, bitter, tasty. Baird definitely got this one right.
omhper (23017) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Ushi-Tora, Tokyo. Almost black, small head. Rich grapefruity nose. Medium bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Plenty of orange and licorice. Flavourful and refreshing. Great beer!
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - MAR 20, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this at "Ushitona" in the Shimokitazawa district ofTokyo with TimE. We both selected this as our first beer that night! A dark brown cola colored brew, no head to mention. Strong citrus/pine hop scent with plenty of rich malt sweetness to balance. Fruity, rich, like a prune dessert (flambes?) A delicious lingering bitterness follows. Tim is writing notes that rival War & Peace, he said "This beer is awesome", I agree!
MartinT (9191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This bountiful India Black Ale offers a scintillating kaleidoscope of hop resins, blackberry fruitiness and roasted maltiness that dazzles the tastebuds throughout the glass. Quite bitter, it still presents balance within its intensity.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the ruby black.
-The hops possess citrusy tips.
-Alcohol is not a factor in the flavor profile at all.
-This is really similar to their Divine Vamp III...although in a slightly more intense presentation.
On tap at Ushitora.
jonno (2450) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Arrogant Bastard rip and quite pricey, but still a great brew. Poured a dark brownish black with a minimal fuzzy head. Lots of solid dark malts fighting with some big hops here. Quite aggressive for Baird. Well done, although wouldn’t go out of my way at some 1300 yen a pint
KyotoLefty (9040) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2010 Draught at Ushitora. Brown, very bitter, with big hops and a little dark fruit. Caramel flavors with fruit—cherry and grapefruit. Soft malts, nicely roasted, with licorice and some coffee, great hops. Smooth and luscious. A very good black IPA.
thebeertourist (5178) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ushi-Tora. Dark brown with almost no head. Citrussy hops and dry chocolate. Good bitterness. Very good.
shoulderbroken (3538) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 3, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Ushi-Tora. Dark brown with not much head. Aroma is dark roast malt, bit fruity, pine hops, coffee. Taste is roasty malt, grapefruit citrus bitterness in the finish. Perfectly nice black IPA.