Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Scotch Ale
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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. Its 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13874) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Draft. Clear copper body, small beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, some peat, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, some cherry, light peat. Sticky medium body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Alusmamuts (1773) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjs (6919) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (6067) - 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hermod (7013) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
trentacle (26) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3746) - 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 its richly malty but various things lighten it on the palate to keep it a slow drinker rather than a sipper. Thoughtfully constructed and good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maekchu (3730) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JAN 12, 2016
Tap at Q-Brick (during the Strong Beer Days event). Thick malty nose, light roast and light spice. Very dark copper color, 1cm creamy off-white head. Mild roast matl initial, tangy fruit, berries, sugary in mid palate, all a bit muddled. Medium body. Pleasant with mild fruitiness. Doesnt seem particulary Scotch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinator (2150) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2015
Interesting and not expected. Sweet malt aroma with hints of molasses. Good mahogany color with a tan head. Full and creamy body. Flavors are Scottish in nature and slightly sweet with candied fruit and a woody hint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
willisread (3087) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle from Liquors Hasegawa. Poured into a snifter. Cloudy reddish brown color with a medium-sized off-white head. Nice caramel, sorghum, brown sugar notes on the nose with fig and prune notes also noticeable. Tastes of toasted malts and caramel with more of the fruit notes coming out as it warms up a bit. Also vanilla and cacao nib is noticeable after coming to room temperature. Malt forward, but still fairly balanced. Nice smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer-yum (1537) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 11, 2014
A wonderfully laid back brew that epitomises the Japanese aesthetic. The subtlety only adds to the interesting flavours that abound in this brew.

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