Shimaguni Stout
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Shimaguni StoutShimaguni Stout
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Irish Dry Stout
Ranked #181
Ranked #34,926
3.66 | pDev: 10.66%
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Shimaguni StoutShimaguni Stout
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 36
Photo of 2beerdogs
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap.
Deep, dark brown. Milky tan head.
Nose is roast and some minor sweet chocolate.
Flavor is a smooth dance of roast, roasted malt, understated chocolate notes, and a mild earthy finish. Really a fine Irish dry stout. Mouthfeel is almost creamy. Love it.
Overall, a great surprise for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear black in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger thick foamy tan head that reduces to a mottled thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts with light aromas of roasted malts and a light amount of sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of chocolate malts with a light flavor of roasted malts. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of cocoa and baker's chocolate. Light amounts of roasty bitterness in the finish.

M: Just a hint heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink and enjoyable though a bit one dimensional with just the chocolate flavors and aromas really being there.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Alphabet City Beer Co., New York, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high dark beige head that has good retention properties and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a coating down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of chocolate malts are present in the smell.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but the flavors of chocolate malts are a little stronger.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink, but might seem to be one-dimensional since the only aromas and flavors are those of chocolate malts.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of beermejapan
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A mild, light stout. Some balanced roasted malt; a stronger nose than mouthfeel.

Somewhere between a black ale and a stout. I'd probably prefer a bit further hops or malt, but otherwise an enjoyable brew.

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Photo of BlazerT
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shaker glass.
A: Pitch black with medium, light mocca, medium lasting, dense head. Medium lacing.

S: Roastiness, mainly chocolate, than caramel and coffee. Some graint notes, but really low. None hop aroma.

T: Noticable medium roasted malts - mainly chocolate. Ashy, roasty, smokey, little salty. Medium hop bitterness. No hop flavor. Light acidic sourness. In general bittersweet Long lasting ligh bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium-dry beer. Medium body. Creamy and smooth. Medium carbonation. No alcohol warmth. Ligh bitter and low chocolate finish.

O: Solid nice session stout with goog saltiness and dryness.

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Photo of Oakenator
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown to black as anticipated. Good head at pour but disappates over time to almost nothing but some lacing left on the side of the glass. Smells of roasted coffee and othe mild malts. Somewhat watery mouthfeel but not bad. Flavor is good - coffe again with some added smokiness.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a small, light tan head.
Nose is restrained but shows soft roasted malt and dark fruits.
Bigger roasty flavours, with hints of coffee and oatmeal. Finishes with a bold roasty bitterness.
Unfortunately the body seems watery.
Not a bad beer but somewhat plain.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

360ml bottle, weird abstract bridging of Ireland and England map imagery on the label, and nothing beyond the name in English (or Irish, for that matter).

This beer pours a very dark reddish brown hue, with two fingers of foamy, puffy pale beige head, which leaves some rare random chunks of lace around the glass as it slowly settles. It smells of straightforward toasted dry malt and day-old coffee. The taste is dry chocolate, more bitter stale, sour coffee, and some earthy, leafy hops. The carbonation is average, if maybe a bit on the low side, the body light, but not thin, and smooth enough. It finishes quite dry, the malt having given up the sweetness jig, over to a multifaceted earthy bitterness.

Overall, a pretty decent example of the style - bitterness, coffee, and big drinkability, booze-wise. Sounds Irish to me.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice take on an Irish Dry Stout. Dark, near-black ruby with a lacy, coffee-and-cream head.

Coffee, roasted malts and hints of chocolate in the nose. Slightly sour. The sourness is more noticeable in the taste, but there's a good, dry stout character there with dark chocolate and light coffee flavours. Slightly lemony taste. A little bit too bitter for what it is.

Good body, a little thin but not too much. Carbonation is decent. A nice beer, a good way to end the night.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out a dark black that is still slightly translucent when held to light. Tall chunky beige head that slowly settles.

Dry roast and burnt malt on the nose, not really much more than that.

Dry burnt malt with hints of sour char in the flavour, dry astringent finish with some notes of leafy, spicy hops.

Medium-light bodied mouthfeel, silky smooth and somewhat slick texture, moderate carbonation.

Hits most of the right notes for the style, however personally it doesn't thrill me the way other variations of stouts do, just too dry for my tastes. Worth checking out all the same if the chance arises.

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Photo of basica
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque dark brown black into my Samuel Adams Globe pint glass with a thick rocky layer of foam that gradually reduces to a finger-thick tan head; not really typical of most stouts I've seen which spot creamy/milky heads (4)

S - The nose is roasted malts with quite a bit of hop aroma, notes of coffee and ever so slightly sweet. (3.5)

T - Upfront notes of coffee and cocoa with a certain citrus fruitiness that's typical in American ales; the usual roasted malts were revealed in the middle, lasting towards the finish where it meets a moderately bitter hop flavor. Interesting for the style and seems to me like a cross between an American ale and a Irish dry stout. (4)

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and goes down creamy smooth and fairly dry (4)

D - An interesting and easy drinking stout that I'd definitely opt for over stouts of a similar style. (4)

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Photo of ADZA
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a dark cola hue with decent carbonation that leaves behind a creamy two finger head and sporadic lacing,it has nice aromas of roasted coffee,dark chocolate and dark berries,it has a nice dry mouthfeel which is lightly bodied and well carbonated with tastes of mocha,dark coffee and dark plums which finishes very dry and a touch bitter,overall a nice dry stout that would revisit.

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Photo of snogglethorpe
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a nice but not so long-lived tan head. It has the same not-quite-light-not-quite-heavy mouthfeel as Guinness, and shares the same dry, very slightly acrid, taste, not really "roasty," but with hints of roasted malt. Light enough in to be drinkable in quantity, but there's definitely a good amount of flavor there too.

It's basically like Guinness but with a slightly fuller and more intense flavor (and I know people on BA love to hate on Guinness, but I think Guinness on tap is pretty good). Very drinkable, but not so interesting... a "backup" beer.

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Photo of Shakujin
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Baird Shamaguni Stout

Appearance: bottle into pint. Poured nice cookie looking head which is thining out but kinda staying up there for a while. Black, only some tiny highlights at the bottom. Lotta tiny carbonation bubbles. foamy head.
Smell: burn smell, think I might be getting a little bit of hop it there to. I almost wanna say burn chocolate powdery smell, dry

Taste: Im tasting what one would expect in a stout, burt malts, little bit stringent, definately got that dry taste going on. Some coffee chocolate going around in there. Its got a good balancing amount of hops as well. Also got a little sweet astringency somewhere in there.Finish is light roast, with some hops, fairly quick finish, although the dryness hangs around for a while.

Mouthfeel:Not as heavy as I might expect, but it has some heft and stickiness to it for sure.

Drinkability:As dry stouts go, it was good.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Nakameguro Taproom, and described as a take on the Irsh Dry Stout. Hopefully its not as bad as Guinness.

Midnight black with a considerable tan head, good retention and lace. Aroma of slightly stale coffee grains, cream and chocolate. Good dry flavour, if 'dry' can be a flavour. Everything has a certain dustiness to it, and tasting the flavours is akin to viewing a scene through a light fog. Upfront there's a good dose of coffee and chocolate, but in behind I'm pleased to find a smoky peatiness adding complexity. Fairly full bodied and smooth, which only adds to the admirable nature of this brew. Its about as pleasant and sessionable a stout as you can hope for.

Brewer's description: "This is the Baird version of the quintessential Irish beer style called Dry Stout. The pitch-black color and rich, roasty dryness belie the relatively low gravity and alcohol content of this stout. Japan and Ireland, both "island countries," now have one more thing in common -- great locally brewed dry stout!"

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Photo of crwills
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Club Popeye in Ryogoku, Tokyo.

An average stout, very similar to Guinness or Murphy's but with less body. Not much else to say about it, although I will comment that I have a hard time telling most dry stouts apart. A decent palate cleanser between more interesting beers.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Purchased Baird's Stout in Tokyo, for 505yen ($4.28USD), no date on the bottle.

This one poured out a good stout appearance, with a creamy brown head and a really dark, black bottom. The head was thick and inviting, foam sparkled and maintained itself well.

Sweet, malty aroma, fruity like berries, with a touch of roasted coffee beans. Little hints of chocolate, too, but overall I felt the aroma was a little weak in tone.

Strong roasted malt character with a twang of hop bitterness, but really light and pale in the mouth with a watery body. No creamy mouthfeel, which was somewhat disappointing, but it was overall enjoyable. Also, some coffee and chocolate notes contained in the taste.

An interesting beer, but I'm not so sure how definitive it is as a Stout. Clean, pure and watery finish wasn't quite what I had hoped for, as I was expecting something a little more milky/creamy/smooth. Still, not a bad Baird brew and certainly enjoyable and drinkable.

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Photo of tjd25
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice persistent brownish head, very dense and creamy. The body is of a great black color. The smell is grat: sweet red fruits, let's say strawberries, and some powdered mild chocolate. Very fresh, maybe a hint of citrus. Nice sweet red fruits flavor, quickly overwhelmed by a crazy dark chocolate taste that dominates the palate. Some roasted coffee. The mouthfeel is bitter, and I found it a bit watery, which was suprizing. Not very thick. Weird for a stout. Still decent, I guess.

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Photo of donnebaby
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Phat two cm. head moops around over this heavy, heavy-looking black ooze. Head's light brown with a tight consistency. Thick, uneven lacing. Smell is similar in excellence and potency to the other Baird beers I've tried: ripe strawberries, black cherry syrup, vanilla extract, high cacao content chocolate, charred elements, and some earthy hops.

Taste is similar to that of the porter: light fruits within a watery body flow down the throat quickly and leave behind charcoal elements and baking chocolate. Vanilla extract fruitiness returns once again towards the end.

Smooth mouthfeel is creamier and thicker than the porter's, which I liked. Carbonation is once again low. I found this stout highly drinkable, due, I thought to the lightness of the fruit character that predominates over the bitterness.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.6/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Completely opaque black body with a dark brown head. Residual yeast visible at the bottom of the bottle.

Charred balsa wood and chocolate chip cookie aroma.

Moka arabica coffee, same charred wood. Nice, unobtrusive hoppiness. A well balanced beer.

Fine micro carbonation

This claims to be an Irish-style dry stout, but I find this to be ridiculous. I think it is impossible to find a such a finely crafted rich flavored stout in Ireland. This is rapidly becoming my favorite Japanese brewery.

This is the Baird version of the quintessential Irish beer style called Dry Stout. The pitch-black color and rich, roasty dryness belie the relatively low gravity and alcohol content of this stout. Japan and Ireland, both "island countries," now have one more thing in common -- great locally brewed dry stout!

Malt: Marris Otter Pale Ale, Wheat,
Carahell, Black, Roast Barley
Hops: Simcoe, Perle, Cascade
O.G.: 1.046
Alcohol by Volume approximately 4.6%

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Shimaguni Stout from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 36 ratings