Baird Yabai Yabai Strong Scotch Ale

Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
7.5% Scotch Ale | 38 Ratings | Autumn Seasonal |
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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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
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Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

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Liquid
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Head
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Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

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Bitter
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Sour
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Other
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The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

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Texture
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Carbonation
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Finish
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