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


on tap

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RATINGS: 55   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (36972) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAY 11, 2015
From tap. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma is bubblegum, fruity. Sweet, toasted malty and slight caramelish. Toasted malty. Mild bitter and light fruity finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (8401) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAY 8, 2015
Draught @ CBC 2015. Pours golden with a very small offwhite head. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel, sweet ripe fruit, alcohol. Flavor is sweet, malty, caramel, coconut, bread, alcohol. Medium body, soft carboantion, rather warm alcoholic finish. 010515

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marduk (4500) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 7, 2015
Tap. Cloudy dark amber color. Small size, white head, stays. Diacetyl, sharp sourness (both disappear later), prunes, raisins, sweet notes in aroma. Plums, raisins, sweet, bready, caramel in taste. Caramel and raisins in aftertaste. Very soft carbonation. No alcohol detected, but feel of it is there. Nice balanced bitterness. World class brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
martjoobolut (1898) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
Tap@Hopner, Tallinn. Pours amber with off-white head. Aroma is sweet, caramel, malt. Flavor is sweet, fruits, caramel, citrus, and some bitterness. Finish is herbal and citrus with some bitterness. Alcohol is rather well covered. Overall: nice one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11817) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
Tap (Hopner, Tallinn, meet the brewer tap takeover)
Nice bitter hop aroma. Nice red, carbonation moderate. Viscosity remarkably low, but thatís good in the palate, itís quite light for an 11% brew. Lovely malty body, but huge bitter hop component too. Absolutely lovely barley wine, covers the alcohol brilliantly. Finish has pleasant tingly bitterness. Good one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
suurjuust (2038) - ESTONIA - MAY 4, 2015
Tap. Dark hazy amber beer, small beige head. Fruity, malty, caramel nose, sugar. Flavor is fairly smooth and malty, some sweetness. Finishes with kind of a rough bitterness which clashes with the smooth malty caramel. Lingering herbal-hoppy bitterness, some sweetness. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Donít like the finish that much l, otherwise itís nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4776) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAY 3, 2015
At CBC. Poured medium amber with an off white ring. Aroma of sweet berries. Full body, flavour of moderately sweet berries, lightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (4128) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 1, 2015
On tap at CBC- København. Hazy copper colored, good foam. Medium / high aroma intensity ; caramel, barrel influence, light hops. Medium full body & complexity . Some sweetness. Very Enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (18513) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Tap at CBC15... Copper.. Thin white lacing... Soft sweet dry toffee fruit nose... Soft musty toffee fruit

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (1282) - 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.

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