Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2012 - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 2 | Display Reviews Only:
4.01/5 rDev -4.5%
I've been sitting on this bottle for ages, for some reason, and never really thought of a reason to crack it. So I cracked it tonight for no reason whatsoever. 633ml tall bottle purchased from Slowbeer.
Pours a fine but heavy reddish amber hue, with a very solid hazing. Head forms a smattering of tessellated large bubbles across the top of the glass, leaving a sheen of yellow-white. Minimal lacing apart from the specks of a few of those broken bubbles. Carbonation is wonderful: blissfully fine and powdery, and the body is thick enough to make it near-static on tilting. Overall, it looks very good.
Nose is spicy and boozy almost from the very start. Rich, rummy sugar notes, with a heady waft of vaporous alcohol. Slight corky hints of oxidation, but only mild, and oddly suited to this style of beer. Fruity notes evolve from the booze: raisins and currants come to mind, along with a prickly cherry astringency. Overall, it's very potent but quite good.
Taste is less immediately sharp and boozy: instead, there's a tempered sweetness which coats the tongue, allowing the spicy, volatile components to warm and evanesce until you're practically smelling them anyway. More rum-like booze, sweeter notes of the sultana fruitiness, and a warming finish like cognac. Hops are probably there, adding their own subtleties to the spice, but this is more about body and booze than anything else.
Feel is smooth and silky, and perhaps not as chewy as I expected. This has a lightness to it despite its depth.
It's interesting to see a brewer play with some of the lesser-appreciated aspects of the beer flavour spectrum—here is a noticeably boozetacular barleywine that still manages to stay remarkably balanced and approachable.
01-15-2013 06:20:22 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.28/5 rDev +1.9%
I have tried this at both Nakameguro and Baschamichi Taprooms, (and have drank bottled as well).Color is cloudy amber to amber, depending upon where in the keg it is taped from??? Though the alcohol percentage is high, the notes and initial taste are refreshing without being too young, after which, the complexity of the brew shines through. This is the best Baird Beer I've tried, and I've tried many. I'm looking forward to next year when they open the bigger brewery.
I love Barley Wines, in Japan most are WAY too young, this is different! すげい！すごく おいしいかた！今飲む だから うれしい！
02-09-2012 09:35:54 | More by vegantreats
Ganko Oyaji Barley Wine 2012 from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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