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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14655) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (14285) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session 2, 01/05/2015. Lightly hazed amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is mellow fruit, caramel, floral notes, sweet tunes. Taste comprises dark fruit rinds, earthy hop presence, toffee, perfume. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok but a little overly floral and lacking depth for my liking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
chrisv10 (13462) - DENMARK - MAY 25, 2015
Tap @ CBC. Dark yellow with small white head. Aroma is malt, caramel, dark fruits, toasted and oak. Flavour is malt, caramel, wood, earthy, warming, notes of alcohol and sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (11818) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Meilby (9999) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 18, 2015
Draught @ CBC 2015, Blue Session, KÝbenhavn
Pours hazy deep golden with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, caramel, alcohol and dried fruits. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long warm, fruity, caramel finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DSG (9317) - Tel Aviv, - MAY 23, 2015
[5/1/15] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2015. 2nd session. Deep golden. Aroma of caramel, graininess, some fruits. Sweet flavor, grainy, malty, caramelly, with some bitter hops. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (8935) - Albertslund, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2015
From tap at CBC 2015. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Aroma and flavour of bread, caramel, malt, alcohol, vanilla and dried fruit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8736) - 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 ; itís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Camons (8402) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (8318) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle. Reddish amber, hazy, with a very low beige head that retains poorly. Sweet sticky malts, floral notes, Swedish Berry Candy notes, low bitterness. A bit simple, but ok.

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