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Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubborn Old Man) Barley Wine
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19808) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2009
Draught at Baird Naka-Meguro Taproom. Cloudy nut brown, small head. Caramelly and fruity, mature with estery alcohol - that’s how it introduces itself. Fairly sweet with solid caramelly body. Salty and grapefruity with depth in the caramely malt and lasting bitterness. Competent and charming.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (13761) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8024) - 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (6643) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 24, 2009
2008 version, on draught at Nakameguro a year later. Aroma of fruit, something funky, honey. Sweet, fruity, vinous flavor with honey and hops. Good bitter hop finish. Nicely done. Has aged very well.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6250) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 25, 2010
Bomber thanks to Mari and Stephen for bringing this over from Japan. Pours a dark brown/red color with a large beige head. The aroma is very sweet caramel candy. A super smooth flavor if rich grains and massive caramel and candy sweetness. Earthy hops. Very tea-like. In between a hopppy American BW and a sweet English version. Quite likable. Very easy to drink. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6239) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2008
12-oz. ’06. Thanks, Hogfodder! Slightly hazy burnished copper medium amber with tons of white suds. Big peach and apricot nose. Medium, slightly carbed and creamy body. Sweet, pithy fruit on the mid-palate. Long orange pith finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5022) - Utah, USA - JUL 26, 2010
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks!
Appearance: Poured hazy amber with a nice off-white head and some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Caramel, candy, sweet malts
Taste: Smooth mouthfeel. Candy, brown sugar
Very nice barley wine, the alcohols are hidden

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (4894) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 23, 2009
On tap at Naka-Meguro Taproom. Hazy red-brown with a creamy tan head. deep raisiny aroma. Raisins, chocolate and nutty flavours, ending dry. Full-bodied. A treat for the senses.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (3947) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3316) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2011
Small head murky dark amber pour aromas caramel honey toffee brown sugar port raisin earthyness flavours rich fruity dried plums raisins sultanas port wine smooth bitter medium ibu toffee brown sugar caramel smooth vanilla pod touch earthyness finish hoppy tastes rich and sweet malts smooth flavours lasting bitter agood model for a barleywine


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