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Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubborn Old Man) Barley Wine

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Baird Ganko Oyaji ("Stubborn Old Man") Barley Wine gains its depth and complexity from simple enough sources -- i.e. a grist bill featuring just English Marris Otter pale ale and caramel malts (as well as a hint of Japanese candy sugar), and a hop bill highlighting English Fuggles. The hedonistic pleasure plays out oxymoronically -- i.e. bitter and sweet, heavy and light, exhilarating and exhausting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (492) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 23, 2015
Bottle from Hasegawa. Poured into a snifter. Pours a copper brown with little to no head. Big aromas of melon, fig, and grain with a hint of booze noticeable as well. Light-medium body with an oily texture and average carbonation to lively carbonation. Tastes sweet at first with the stone fruit and fig standing out then the bitterness comes out and lingers on the palate. The 11% booze stands out a little too much for me, but still a solid barley wine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skatanarchy (62) - - APR 19, 2015
베이드 브루어리-고집& 늙은이 발리와인 9% ABV 건포도, 껍질째 간 포도즙, 삶은 붉은 대추, 감초, 흑설탕 류의 한약재 냄새. 병을 따자마자 풍기는 냄새가 맥주의 속내를 드러낸다 그리 고집센 노인은 아닌듯 가는 거품, 조밀한 입자의 매우 많은 부유물, 탁한 고동색. 사탕수수 내가 강한 설탕 류의 단맛에 치우쳐 타닌감-비터함& 잔재미는 조금 부족한 느낌. 의외로 일본식 카레에 곁들이면 잘 어울릴듯. https://twitter

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2726) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 14, 2015
On tap at Molto Stand. Ganko oyaji barleywine from Baird pours a lovely shining copper with a stone fruit & rich port character plus some booze in the aroma. Med-light bodied, a bit too thin. The taste is grainy, raisins, sweet umeshu and crackers/breadiness. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (627) - ESTONIA - FEB 10, 2015
Draft at Baird Nakameguro Taproom. Pours copper, somewhat hazy, nice foamy top, reduces soon. Aroma is sweetish, honey, fruit marmalade. taste is full, warming, surprisingly fragrant for such a big beer. Autumn fruits, ripen. Bitterness is not apparent in the beginning but is coming out stronger and stronger in the aftertaste. Nice big beer, superb for slow tasting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (950) - - MAR 9, 2014
Mild caramel aroma, pear. Deep plum flavor, caramel malt, raisin, apple, creamy sweet finish. Pleasant smooth brew, quite flavorful with sweetness covering most of the alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Mildly caramelized cereals (for the style) are topped with citrusy hops and their wooden depths as resinous bitterness seals this competent Barley Wine.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the cloudy amber.
-The flavor profile is harmonious throughout.
-This is not a heavy example ; it’s quite approachable and engaging.
-This sample was quite young (2013 vintage) and I imagine the aroma will especially come together with a little more time.

On tap at Goodbeer Faucets.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2013
Draught at Craft Beer Market, Tokyo- RBJG#2. Clear golden/amber - white head. Alcoholic, sweetness, sharp hoppy/alcoholic, bitterness, barley, dried fruits, bisquit, raisins, nutty, toffee, caramel, citrus, far too boozy/young/unbalanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4512) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 1, 2013
Draught at Craft Beer Market Toranomon, Tokyo. Deep amber colour with a minimal white head. Sweet honey aroma. Sweet caramel, alcohol flavour. A bit too light bodied for a barley wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2476) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 2, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2015 Tap at the Watering Hole. Murky dark orange amber colour, not much head. Aroma is double ipa style, booziness and hops. Spicy malty too. Taste is full on, sweet, boozy, bit caramel, touch of citrus. Quite weird, but alright. Seems more like a big iipa than a barley wine. Lots of booze, maybe too obvious, almost spirit-like in the finish. Not bad, but probably won’t rush to have it again. Rerate on tap at Pump. More fruity than last time. Can still feel the booze. Maybe still lacking a spark for me but deserves a higher score this time. Raisins, orange, booze. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 6, 2013
Enjoyable barley wine. Good viscous mouth feel and a nice malty backbone. Lacks that something special.

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