highlandlad (1434) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Another in a fascinating raft of unusual Japanese beers generously supplied to an Australian RB gathering by TimE. This Japanese take on a Christmas ale left me scratching my head in between writing notes like "peculiar" and "fucking weird". Burnt umber with a shallow head. Highly spiced aroma - cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and limes. Oily body. Strange mix of flavours, like a spiced lime shandy. Cinnamon again but dominated by strong citrus. The combination didn’t really work for me but it probably suffered from being poured in the midst of a long session. Would like to try again. (Bottle at Sully’s 2007 RB Sydney Xmas gathering)
degbert (1374) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a vibrant amber-red with a high, mixed-grain, pillowy, off-white head. Nose is dark fruit, spice, brown sugar, and orange; the aroma is like a very good Sangria. The front of the tongue is about vanilla and spices; the fig doesn’t come in until the midpalate, where the taste widens out into a smoother, more mulled flavor. The spice is gentle and well integrated, and the finish is long and warm with more of a boozy edge. Very good, and quite restrained for a beer like this.
monk191 (1295) - California, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Was expecting a more unique, original beer. But didn’t really end up having that much flavor. Thought the figs would give a very interesting flavor, but it is actually pretty muddy. Disappointed.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - JUN 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours a brilliant shade of amber with a frothy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells hot with added notes of cinammon and fig, as advertised -- almost like a cherries jubille made with figs. Tastes predominatly of Honeycomb cereal, raisins, powdered creamer, cocoa beans, and sherry. Thin in consistency and dry on the palate, but a nice brew regardless.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper colored with a nice off-white head. Unusual aroma of fruits, light cinnamon and some faint cooked vegetable notes. Lightly sweet candied fruit flavors back by caramel and chocolate malts. Cinnamon spiciness comes through towards the finish, but is not over powering.
Thisis12ptfont (992) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is honey tea and biscuit malts. Appears an amber/copper with a crimson tint. Taste follows nose with sharp honeysuckle, tea, biscuit and sweet caramel overtones. Mid palate is sugary sweet toffee, tea leaf and more biscuit. Overall, unique but too sweet for my taste. B- rating.
Getbetter (970) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had this beer from a 22 ounce , hazy, medium sweetness, I wasn’t anything super special
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazed orange amber pour with moderate rocky off-white head. Dried fruit and bread aroma on it with spicy cinnamon coming through well. Overall gives a fruitcake impression. Starts out honey sweet but moves to bread and dried fruit/figs again. Has a little bit of a metallic note, finishes with warm alcohol and light cinnamon. Not bad, but I wanted more out of a bottle at this price point.
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 2008. This was a really interesting beer. Copper with a khaki colored head. The smell was sweet and malty with light sour, tangy notes. The flavor was nicely balanced between the malts and slightly sour figs. I couldn’t taste any cinnamon though. Body was medium-thin with an above average amount of carbonation. Very easy for me to drink unlike a lot of beers that have spices in them and it remained interesting throughout the entire glass.
willisread (831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle from Liquors Hasegawa (bottled on 10/13/2014). Poured in a snifter. Pours a hazy caramel brown with a modest head that dissipated within 5 minutes. Really clear and strong sweet fig aroma. Slight cinnamon and alcohol aromas present as well. Initial taste was very alcohol forward with strong spice and bitterness present from hops. As it comes to room temperature individual spices become easier to detect: clove, ginger, corriander, cinnamon and nutmeg are all present. Alcohol taste becomes a little milder. FIg aroma is quite strong and lasts throughout the glass. Medium body with a relatively thin texture. Bitter finish. Very unique beer from Baird.