Baird Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Scotch Ale
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Thistle


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RATINGS: 41   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
Scotland long has been one of the important centers of beer brewing. The cold climate has favored cultivation of the hardy barley plant in Scotland, while the relative paucity of sunshine has proved problematic for the growth of hop plants. Accordingly, Scottish Ales tend to be richly malty rather than zestily hoppy. Moreover, relatively cool ale fermentation temperatures result in brews that are not highly attenuated -- i.e. they remain rich in residual sugars and thus round and full-bodied in flavor. Noted beer writer, Roger Protz, calls Scottish Ales, "a kind of liquid version of porridge." Baird Yabai-Yabai Strong Scotch Ale 2006 (ABV approximately 6.5%) is, in a word, rich! It is liquid opulence that verges on decadence. It’s deep mahogany color and creamy tan head immediately conjure images of northern country fall foliage. The warming effect begins in the nose, with the wafting of soft fruit esters and warm fusel alcohols. As the aroma dovetails into the flavor, notes of molasses, caramel apples, rum cake and maple syrup perform a fall festival on the palate. Just as a chewy malt sweetness blankets the mouth, however, it is pealed back by the ethereal pull of a vinous character reminiscent of port or sherry. One fulsome pint is enough to take the bite out of the evening autumn chill. Two pints will leave you toastily, and blissfully, warm. Three pints and…. YABAI!

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Westkyoto77 (640) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 18, 2017
Taster at LBK Craft, Nara. Dark nutty red. Slightly fizzy body. Malts to the max, but nicely balanced and warming. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

flying_pig (1695) - SCOTLAND - NOV 9, 2017
330ml Bottle from Sinanoya Food & Liquor, Shinjuku, Tokyo (¥507):
Another fine Barid offering that opened with a lot of sweet malts, caramel & toffee flavours as well as some darker fruits that helped keep things balanced & mask at least some of the alcohol content of the beer, although there was still a little showing in the early going. It's quite a strong beer with a lot of flavour & complexity but it remained easy to drink & is definitely one of the better Scotch ale's I've tried, although it's not a style of beer I've drank many of recently but this is definitely one that I'll keep my eyes peeled for in future given how much I enjoyed this bottle.

RyanCheng (3) - - OCT 12, 2017 does not count
Dark brown with minimal head Well balanced, medium to full bodied, medium lasting. Malty, malty, some herbal, some vanilla and cream, the barrel comes last. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

tiong (7823) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2017
Draught @ LBK Craft, Nara. Pours dark reddish brown with a smooth head. Aroma of caramely malts, toffee, earthiness and syrup. Taste is smooth, slightly earthy and hoppy with some toffee and syrup. Finish is smooth, slightly earthy and caramely with some toffee and pine. Pretty balanced.

martjoobolut (5468) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 19, 2017
Tap at pudel. Pours murky brown-amber. Aroma is sweet, malt, caramel, some fruits. Flavor is sweet and bitter, malt, caramel. Finish is sweet and dry bitter. Overall: very good.

FatPhil (17511) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 12, 2017
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2017 Tap (Pudel, Tallinn)
Sweet jammy fruity initially, later a rich sweet maltiness. Hint of sourness in the taste briefly. Nice rich roasty bready malts. Fullish sweetish palate, a bit limp - this feels keg, but OK carbonation stops it from being dead. A bit boring, but drinkable. Covers the alcohol, so a bonus point for that. Rerate (Pudel again)
Murky brown, with ring head. Mostly caramelly aroma that’s slightly tarry, in a dirty way. Perhaps a hint of boozy vapours or phenolic aspects, which carry over into the taste. Sweetish, fizzy palate. A few mushrooms, and this has a caramel and mushroom finish, with sweet treacle in the late finish. A hint of sourness again. Served too cold.

Marduk (8829) - Reval, ESTONIA - MAY 11, 2017
Tap. Dark amber color. Medium size, beige head, stays. Alcohol, sweet, herbal, caramel and Belgian yeast in aroma. Caramel, alcohol, yeasty, nutty in taste. Walnuts, alcohol and Belgian yeast in aftertaste. Medium carbonation. Harsh to drink. Boozy and yeasty brew.

k0mpsa (3235) - Tuusula, FINLAND - APR 1, 2017
Tap at sori taproom, helsinki. Deep brown color, white head. Aroma has caramel malts, some licorice notes, some coffee and hint of oak. Nice oaky and malty taste, some hops, hint of cognac.

Alusmamuts (2222) - LATVIA - MAR 18, 2017
Dark brown with minimal white head. Slight sweet-sour aroma with some roasted and fruity notes. Medium sweetsourness followed by medium strong roasted bitter notes. Slight bitter aftertaste.

mjs (7814) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2017
(Keg at Sori Taproom, 20170313) The beer dark brown and clear. Its head was medium sized and white. Aroma had malts, caramel and berries. Palate was medium bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were sweetness, grass, caramel, malts and bitterness. Aftertaste was sweet, toasty and bitter. A decent malty brew with bit disturbing side notes.

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