Baird Ganko Oyaji (Stubborn Old Man) Barley Wine

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Barley Wine
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Baird Ganko Oyaji ("Stubborn Old Man") Barley Wine gains its depth and complexity from simple enough sources -- i.e. a grist bill featuring just English Marris Otter pale ale and caramel malts (as well as a hint of Japanese candy sugar), and a hop bill highlighting English Fuggles. The hedonistic pleasure plays out oxymoronically -- i.e. bitter and sweet, heavy and light, exhilarating and exhausting.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Samtzu (364) - Palmerston North, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 25, 2017
330ml Bottle. Pours a light brown with off white head. Sweet nose with hints of a hidden malt complexion. Full body with the strong caramel flavours and malt backbone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
explosivedog (927) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - APR 19, 2017
360ml bottle (2013 version @ 10%). Pours dark brown without head. Caramel, toffee, raisins, candied orange, ginger, pepper, cinnamon, vanilla. Very sweet, not much attempt at balance, but all the better for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GarrettB (1573) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2017
February 22nd, 2017 - Ganko Oyaji is one of the burlier, if not the burliest, brews available at their Takadanobaba tasting room. With a deep dark color, it looks the part, and the smell is stuffed with dark fruits, brown sugar and a boozy finish. Both the 2016 and 2017 smelled largely the same, save that the 2016 versions alcohol note is more pronounced and a little more raw. The same is true of the flavors, each featuring the depth of sweetness of apple sauce, some ripe esters (bananas right before its banana bread time) and some figs. But theres plenty of body to go around, holding up the fermented tasting sugars.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (36911) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2017
Draft. A hazy golden beer with a white head. The aroma has notes of fruit, caramel, malt, and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, malt, over ripe fruits, and caramel, leading to a dry finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
zvikar (6022) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - NOV 19, 2016
CBC2015, Pours orange with a small head, aroma of apples, grain, flavor is sweet with caramel, apples, grain, medium bodied

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (5896) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2015
On tap at CBC15. Pale amber with off white head. Aroma has dried fruit, raisins, grain, slight caramel and citrus. Taste is dark fruit, sweet caramel, citrus, toast with a sweetish caramel finish. Good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - NOV 25, 2015
[email protected] (blue session). Amber colour, small slightly off-white head. ARoma is fruity, some nectary and mildly alcoholic notes to it. Flavour is sweet malts, fruits, mild nectar, raisins as well as a slight alcoholic kick to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25809) - Malm, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2015
Draft @ CBC 2015. Pours a clear orange color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel aroma with weak hoppy hints. Sweetish malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (10148) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 29, 2015
Bottle. Reddish amber, hazy, with a very low beige head that retains poorly. Sweet sticky malts, floral notes, Swedish Berry Candy notes, low bitterness. A bit simple, but ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (18930) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2015
Keg at the 4th Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Session 2, 01/05/2015. Lightly hazed amber with a moderate off white covering. Nose is mellow fruit, caramel, floral notes, sweet tunes. Taste comprises dark fruit rinds, earthy hop presence, toffee, perfume. Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok but a little overly floral and lacking depth for my liking.

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