willisread (407) - 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.
shoulderbroken (2424) - 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.
TimE (3638) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Westkyoto77 (542) - 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.
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
cgarvieuk (15966) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 ...
Capa (2159) - Transient., - JUN 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
hawthorne00 (2663) - 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.
biirusaikou (900) - - 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!