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Baird Forty-Shilling Ale

Baird Forty-Shilling Ale
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Scottish Ale
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.1/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 96   ABV: 3.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This is the lightest (i.e. lowest gravity and alcohol content) in the trilogy of classic Scottish-style ales that Baird Beer brews (the others being 60-Shilling and 80-Shilling). 40-Shilling weighs in at an amazingly low 8.7 degrees Plato and due to high mashing temperatures attenuates (apparent attenuation) only to 69%. This is a quintessential session beer whose light character is betrayed by a dark amber-brown color and a fairly heavy malt flavor that is bready and biscuity in character. Baird 40-Shilling Ale would make an excellent breakfast accompaniment to English muffins and strawberry jam!


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
abemorsten (2831) - Mosterøy, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2009
Pours hazy dark golden with no head. Initial aroma like a bland pilsner, a bit metallic. After some sips a faint tobacco scent blends in. All flavors are light: bitterness, sweetness, acidity. Light bodied with acidic finish. (Sampled @ Nakameguro taproom February 2009)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
My Bottom Line:
This featherweight of the Scottish Ale division might not muscle you into oohs and aahs, but its swift caramel malts and their bready base sure are able to converse with ease.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the orangey glow.
-Carbonation is soft and is obviously aimed at high drinkability.
-its finish is rather shy, which is disappointing.
-This is another Baird beer you could just pound all night.

Bottle; thx Tim!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (3261) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 26, 2007
Med mahogany color with strawberry muffins in the nose. Malty mouth with strawberry muffins. It lacks depth, but its straight forward and knows what it is at 3.2%. I only wish beer was cheaper in Japan, I would definetely drink this as a session beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Capa (2031) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JUL 6, 2007
Copper orange with a thin, light tan head. Lightly roasted malts, caramel, yeast, and bread. Body is a bit thin with a little carbonation. Flavor is light, with bready malts, yeast, some roastedness, and some sweet caramel. Pretty good brew as I’ve come to expect from Baird.


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