Baird Black Fantasy Ale

Formerly brewed at Baird Brewing Co.
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
7.5% Black IPA | 2 Ratings | 95 IBU | Special Release |
Midnight-black in color thanks to a combined grist addition of highly kilned Chocolate Wheat, Roast Wheat and Black Patent malt, Black Fantasy Ale looks like it might be a Foreign Export Stout. The nose, however, says otherwise. Wafting from the tan collar of pint glass foam is a magnificent aroma reminiscent of ripe fruit and freshly picked herbs (courtesy of double-dry hopping with Centennial, Motueka and Saaz hops). No, this is not your typical stout. That conclusion is immediately confirmed with a fireworks-like explosion of layered hop flavor and pungent bitterness in the mouth (95 kettle BUs of Magnum, Galena, Nugget, Centennial, Motueka and Sterling hops). The finish, though, is silky and oily-smooth. Have you ever felt exhaustingly invigorated? Black Fantasy will render you thus. The invigoration, though, triumphs over the exhaustion. It will compel you to return for another go of it. Warning: Your perception of beer will be forever changed. You know what they say Go Baird and never go back!

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