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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: 24   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6775) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (5598) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3475) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (2459) - 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 won’t 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TimE (3767) - 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 isnft 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
after4ever (6477) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1101) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 22, 2011
27/07/2011 Brasserie 4:20 (bottle). Degustazione al Baird Beer Festival. Bellissimo color ambrato/arancia, con riflessi rubino, schiuma quasi assente e poco persistente, lievemente giallina. Al naso ha una intensità notevole, un bel caramello, decise note fruttate e luppolo a volontà. In bocca è dolciastra con un lunghissimo finale luppolato incredibilmente intenso e persistente. Si sente parecchio l’alcol che dona una piacevole sensazione di "warming". Corpo medio-pieno, carbonazione soft. Ottimo Barley Wine, molto americano, molto convincente.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8328) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (900) - - MAR 9, 2014
Mild caramel aroma, pear. Deep plum flavor, caramel malt, raisin, apple, creamy sweet finish. Pleasant smooth brew, quite flavorful with sweetness covering most of the alcohol.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2706) - 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.


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