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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (2538) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 21, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TimE (5081) - 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.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Westkyoto77 (623) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jinroh (1241) - ESTONIA - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle. Pours almost black, beige head, decent head and foam that leaves nice lacings. Aroma is relatively soft, with some injected robust roastiness and a bit of fresh hops, green apple. Taste is quite fruity, hop bitterness mixed with some soft raisins and dark plums. Long lingering bitterness at the end, half of it coming from hops and second half from burnt-roasted malts. Overall, the body feels quite round and soft, medium, so the strong hop profile at the end comes a bit of a surprise. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
motelpogo (7705) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (21834) - 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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2760) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3537) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 1, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shoulderbroken (3831) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 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. Rerate Jun 15. Very different, oaty and treacle, smoke and caramel. Interesting. Lots of malt and light hoppiness at the end. Quite different.

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