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


on tap


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.54/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1348) - 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 (2290) - 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 (1998) - Manama, BAHRAIN - 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 (14194) - 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 ...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (6579) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2009
on tap at the nakameguro taproom. deep black with some purple around the edges of the glass and a lasting light brown head. the dryhopping showed through in the aroma with the amarillo really standing out, also some hints of pine and moss. burnt raisin toast flavour with hints of red berry, complex flavour with hints of caramelised stonefruits, similar to an imperial stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6339) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 1, 2008
On tap at Nakameguro. Black with a fine tan head. Strong hop aroma, with burnt malt and chocolate. Flavor of burning hops, coffee, chocolate, dark malt, caramel and a bit of dark fruit. Dry, hoppy finish; burning, bitter and burnt. Dry and long-lasting. Very interesting, hoppy and burnt beer. Dry and bitter with almost enough malt to balance. Could be a bit sweeter. A bit too bitter, but still nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Tried with TimE at Bulldog pub in Tokyo. Let me first say that Im impressed with Tim and his ability to try 67/77 of Bairds beers, when most people have tried a 0-3. Interesting hoppy aroma. Some chocolate. Mild hop bitterness. Dark brown color. These black IPAs throw me for a loop. They either confuse me or I dont like them. Reminds me of my early attempts at trying sours, but now I realize they wont kill me, and I love them. Im not sure about these black IPAs. They still might kill me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (3148) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2008
Very similar to the Divine Vamp III in that it is an IBA with massive citrusy hops and a roasted malty backbone. Perhaps this has more mocha and molasses flavors stemming from the black sugar they put in. Aggressively bitter finsih. Very nice.

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