Baird Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Scotch Ale
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   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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martjoobolut (4816) - 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 (16635) - 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 (8059) - 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 (3019) - 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 (2061) - 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 (7510) - 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.

jookos (6908) - FINLAND - MAR 13, 2017
[email protected], thx hermod! Reddish dark clear. Almondy marzipan, caramels herby nose. Med bodied, swetness, spft bitters. Herby hoppy, nice. Kinda interesting. Gerting some woody thing too now. Seems like a more complex beer than Id expected

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Hermod (8110) - Vantaa, FINLAND - MAR 13, 2017
Tap @ Sori Taproom. Poured mahogany color with a thin white head. Aroma has raw licorice, malt, raisins, plummy notes. Flavor has licorice, plums, malts, hops, some warmth. Pleasant.

trentacle (28) - NEW ZEALAND - FEB 25, 2017
Its easier to find great beer than great packaging and this has both. A delicious, viscous brew ensconsed within a post-impressionist art piece and a no-BS description of what this ambrosia actually is.

hawthorne00 (4029) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 27, 2016
Bottle, 12C. Clear dark brown with a dense beige head that lasts OK. Avoided the fair amount of sediment. Fat malty aroma with layers of caramel and stewed fruit, dried banana. 7+ Full bodied, a mite chewy. Lowish carbonation is good for this sort of thing. Fairly sweet and dark Sherry-like but not over the top and with a bit of a lean towards dry at the end accompanied by pudding spices and gentle but insistent bitterness. I like the way it’s richly malty but various things lighten it on the palate to keep it a slow drinker rather than a sipper. Thoughtfully constructed and good.

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