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


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RATINGS: 32   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sic1314 (4754) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndySnow (4533) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3898) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 19, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 25, 2015 Thick bubbly white head, sweet malty nose with mild citrus flavors and cotton candy in the nose. Thick sweet malty mouth with brandy, cherries and chocolate, but the complexity still isnft quit what I expected. Sharp dry bitter finish with moderate hop resiness. Rerate 8yrs later. Now 11% and much more British with lots of gingerbread, dried strawberries and cherries. Smooth body with alcohol well hidden. The finish is a bit non-descript, but overall nice beer that would age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arve_Christian (3701) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3493) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3404) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - MAR 24, 2008
12 oz. bottle, 2006 Vintage, picked up in Japan and shared by hogfodder on 3/20/08. Pour is hazed cheddar orange fluffy white head. Aroma of lemony citrusy pine hop. Floral bouquet as well. Taste is softly citrusy with a nice malt backbone. Lots of sweet fruit from the middle through the finish. Hugely impressed by Baird. Really nice, thanks for sharing this one Rick.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2746) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
asheft (2671) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2007
[on tap at Popeye] Nice balance of hops and aged, raisiny dried fruits. A strange, little scotch tape note in the aroma. Bright copper with some lace, but no top. Quite strong U.S. hops, that give that characteristic salty highly hopped feel, followed by apricot and caramel. Later on, cotton candy makes an appearance. Summed up by a bitter, nutty finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

   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 wont 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - FEB 16, 2009
A good sharp kick in the bollocks of a brew. 2009 real ale version. A heady nose of apricot and sweet fruits. Big ,burly taste on the palate and a nice warming finish. Well surprised by the quality of this one even though barley wines tend not to be my favourite.

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