In Japan, as in so many places, it has been tradition that "the nail that sticks up gets hammered down." Well, we like protruding nails at Baird Beer. We think they represent iconoclasm and irreverence and innovative spirit -- all fundamental to the generation of creative new things. Protruding Nail Citrus Porter is nothing if not creative and new. It is a Robust Porter in spirit, a heavily wheated (Pale Wheat, Caramel Wheat, Chocolate Wheat) dark ale in body, and a magnificently fruity-citrusy (additions of freshly cut Summer Mikan peels and freshly squeezed Summer Mikan juice) beer in countenance.
Dark chocolate-brown in color, with a distinct low-pH derived turbidity from the citrus additions, Protruding Nail Citrus Porter sports a creamy tan head. The aroma is citrus, but one of a peppery, spicy, even minty character. The flavor is like a citrus carnival that has come to inhabit your mouth for a gloriously fun and entertaining performance. This is a protruding nail that simply will not be hammered down! We promise to brew it annually until someone hammers us down.
MartinT (8957) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 2, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
The roasted maltiness and citrusy fruitiness of this wacky Porter ingeniously meld into a perilously drinkable vehicle, ending on a refreshingly bitter note of more roastiness. Believe it or not, this actually works!
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the brown-sleeved black.
-Most of Baird’s many fruit beers of the same quality, it seems.
-Even though some chocolate cake can be tasted in here, maltiness is not the center of attention.
-Carbonation is smooth and thus the mouthfeel is easygoing, like most of Baird’s mouthfeels.
On tap at the brewery tap room.
TimE (4704) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color. Chocoate malt and citrusy nose that is not particularly strong. The mouth jumps out with tooties rolls, caramel, citrus, brownies. Slightly tart, but well balanced. Chocolately finish with moderate tartness and bitterness. Kind of like an unsweet tooties roll liquified and put in grapefruit juice.
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