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


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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (1991) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (1978) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 8, 2014
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.

   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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
osu97gp (649) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
biirusaikou (630) - - JUN 11, 2014
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!

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westkyoto77 (518) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUN 3, 2014
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.

   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 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.

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