willisread (632) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Review from last year. On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Served in a stemmed tulip. Jet black with purple highlights and a nice big soapy head. Strong chocolatey malt aroma with hints of currant, muscat, citrus, cacao, seaweed and kale. Burned flavors are also present along with some pine needles. Mouthfeel is oily with an astringent finish of charred vegetables. Really interesting and awesome offering from Baird. Easily one of the best seasonals they offer.
GenkiGonzo (545) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Yamaoka. Black with beige head. Chocolate malt aroma, no hint of hops. Flavour has a nice hop finish to balance the initial malty chocolate hit.
biirusaikou (981) - - JUN 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the nicest Baird seasonals in a while, dark chocolate malt balanced with nice fruity hops and hints of berries. Very smooth for a black IPA, okawari kudasai!
KansaiBeerLvrs (2888) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Bungalow. A dark reddish brown pour with a thick foamy light beige head. A good dose of chocolate malts & resinous hops in the nose. Medium bodied with a good chocolatey creamy flavor and a lightly bitting bitter hop finish. Good.
Westkyoto77 (555) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from The Craic, Takamatsu. Good stinky nose of dark fruits, musty hops, and, yes, kelp. Medium to high fizz, but nicely rounded. Slightly sticky aftertaste. Sweetness of licorice and blackcurrents there too. Juicy and hoppy. I like.
shoulderbroken (2643) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Good Beer Faucets. Dark brown, very dark red colour with golden head. Aroma is cream, chocolate, roast malt, bit of smokiness, pine and citrus hops. Taste has some dark fruits, lots of malt, ovaltine-like almost. Touch of spice in there too giving it a bit of a prickle. At the same time, some chocolatey sweetness. Maybe something herbal in there too. Finish is toasty with subtle bitterness. Very smooth and medium bodied. Very nice.
hawthorne00 (2737) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, 12C. Black with a large beige head. Smells very fruity with stone and citrus fruits, some chocolate, pine and slight burnt notes. Oily mouthfeel. Not all that sweet. Astringent roasted and coffee notes straight away, but peaches and a little citrus are there too. A bit of dark toffee and pine are underneath. Bitterness is there but not as pronounced as I’d guess - there’s nearly as much astringency at the end as bitterness. Tasty and well-balanced.
maneliquor (3415) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Nice dark brown pour with a very fluffy, off white head. Roasted malts and a little ash on the nose followed by a touch of pine and chocolate. Cocoa powder and roasted malts mingle throughout. Finish with pine and more of the roasted bitter notes. Quite flavoursome and very easy drinking. Good beer
gam (3526) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large biege head weak carbonation very black pour aromas citrus malt sweetness flavours near medium bitter honey citrus hop taste grapefruit lemon some styonefruit finish sweet maltiness honey citrus stonefruit mix lasting bitter but no fizz or sparkle bit of resin not as good as hoped
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bordering on jet black with a billowy tan head. Little yeastie chunks floating around. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and burned caramel, with a fair resinous hop whack in there too. Flavour is dominated by the roasted malts, hops + hop bitterness are there but tend to pop the astringency out of the malt. Mouthfeel is thick and rich. Big beer, just slightly to roasty and bitter for its own good.