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


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RATINGS: 56   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
Cask at Tokyo Real Ale Festival 2008. Citric and crisp with some outstanding subtleties! Peaches, horseblanket, grainy malts, some dark-sugar and molasses. Strong and full-bodied but doesn’t taste like the 9% claimed. Hazy-amber. I should note that I am told that this is much better on cash than on regular draft, but this one was the festival winner for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAR 3, 2009
Man I’m a sucker for barley wine. Bottle. Very long lasting tan head with awesome lacing, toffee brown body. Sweet aroma of dark fruits, malt, some leather as well, a bit of hop candy apple. Taste is fig and raisin, dark fruits, very sweet but nice hop balance as well. Palate is quite filling with very fine carbonation on the tounge. Any time baby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5187) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KyotoLefty (9306) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (23483) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 24, 2010
Bottle at Hashigo Zake. Pours orange amber, thin off white head. Big malty toffee aroma with orangey hops.
Syrupy toffee malt forms a huge base for a orange peel hop flavour to build on. A drying bitterness on the finish rids the mouth of enough sweetness to make you come back for another sip.
Just a really yum, moreish Barley Wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3882) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonnyguns (1105) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2012
Bottle from mane liquor. Pours a dark orange with very little head. Aromas of sugar and candied fruits like nectarine and some toffee. Taste of candied fruits, roasted malts with slight hints of citrus. Dry aftertaste. Good beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jinroh (1190) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5528) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2015
On tap at CBC15. Pale amber with off white head. Aroma has dried fruit, raisins, grain, slight caramel and citrus. Taste is dark fruit, sweet caramel, citrus, toast with a sweetish caramel finish. Good!

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