Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Black IPA
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
Like a fearsome storm cloud, Rainy Season Black Ale will unleash a torrential downpour of hoppiness (80 IBUs of American Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo) on your unsuspecting palate. A symphony orchestra of hop smells play on the nose; a huge amalgam of fruity and spicy hop flavors reign in the mouth; a sticky, resinous cascade of hop bitterness follows in what seems like a never-ending finish (and who would possibly want to bring this fun to an end?). Underlying it all rests 17 degrees plato of muscular malt flavor (Maris Otter, Wheat, Caramel Wheat, Caramel, Chocolate and Roast Barley). A burnt, molasses-like character stems from ample additions of Japanese black sugar. The rainy season never tasted so good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2011
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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stewac01 (62) - AUSTRALIA - JUL 29, 2011
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 13, 2010
Pours dark deep red brown with tan head. Nice hoppy aroma, citrus and peach with a light roast malt. Hops show up front in the flavour, citric bitterness followed with a dry cocoa roastyness. Finish is bitter, slight chocolate. Aggressive, roasty and hoppy. Almost like a black American brown ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Pours dark brown with a tannish head. Aroma of caramel, malts, and some hops. Flavor is of malts and hops. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1517) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Pours a dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is of light hops, some chocolate malts, and caramel. Hops come out a little more on the flavor but not as much as I was expecting them to. Some chocolate and molasses come out on the flavor as well. Slight bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
Pours a deep brown color with a ruby tint and a light brown head. Aroma is malty, caramel, roast, some chocolate, and very intense piny citrus hops. Flavor is roast, caramel, toast, and a very flavorful piny citrus hop finish. Really good dark hoppy beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jonno (2524) - JAPAN - JUN 29, 2009
Another disappointing seasonal from Baird. Looked the business, very dark. Minimal malt/hop nose. A lot less hops than I was expecting. Very nuetral in this aspect for a supposed 80 IBUs. Quite malty, perhaps more balanced than expected for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2770) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Draught at the Fishmarket and Towers. Dark body with a beige head. The hops are prevalent throughout the aroma and flavor. Bitter, malty, light molasses sweetness, fruits, some floral, pine, and a touch of chocolate. Very enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - JUN 24, 2009
Had this on tap at Popeye’s in the middle of a beautiful sunny Saturday early evening (in the middle of rainy season). Had some intriguing flavour ideas i.e. roasted coconut, pepper, spice, coffee, hop bitterness...made me think of an IBA-styled brew. Kind of interesting beer, but I felt it was not really taking me anywhere. This was the 4th pint of the night so I should possibly reinvestigate...?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21897) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2009
Bottle at home ... HUGE thanks to TimE for this @ EBF08 ... black thin tan head ... big coffee fruity spicy nose little pine hop ... good roast malts ... light coffee ... big hop that mellows down ... light chocolate ... light rasins ...

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