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Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout

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60
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Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Imperial Stout
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
common

Regional Distribution

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RATINGS: 170   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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Imperial Stout is the biggest of the black beers and to drink Baird Dark Sky is to experience a foreboding libation. The aroma is gorgeously complex (dry hopping with American Centenniel & Amarillo hops) and the flavor is a stunning smorgasbord (chocolate, toffee, herbs, coffee, licorice, etc.). The mouthfeel is soft and enveloping. The finish is piquantly acrid and warming (alcohol approximately 7.6%).


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1365) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2014
12oz bottle into a goble. Bottle says 9%. Gonna have to follow up on that.. Pours black as night with a thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, slightly oxidized...but it works? Taste is bitter, chocolate, espresso, light floral notes...like chewing chocolate-covered espresso beans. This is...excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5822) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"an interesting mix of stout flavors that are not always found in the same stout. chocolate, hops, licorice, dark fruit are all prevelant, though it wasn’t quite as hoppy as i thought it would be. thick full feel, but really a well-rounded medium bodied impy stout. a very good beer, barely above average for the style."

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4135) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 15, 2014
Overly bitter for my liking - almost astringent. Lots of roast and some coffee. Thick consistency. Some dark chocolate. Medium bitter finish. Black pour. Tap at Churchkey.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6571) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Taster on tap at Ei8ht Ball. Pours a very dark brown color. Clear around the edges. Very little bit of off-white lace on this. A ridge of lace. Nice coffee in the flavor, some licorice, dark fruit. Little dark chocolate. Medium body. Very light carbonation. More slick texture. Seems like it could be more carbonated. Some tropical fruity hop character to it. Moderate sweet, moderate bitter. Solid, interesting imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jbeatty (1039) - New York, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle, 06/02/2014. Pours black, light tan creamy head rests to a fine foamy haze on the surface, thin dense ring of lacing builds up around the glass. Aroma is chocolate brownie, pleasant full roast, dark fruits hiding underneath, noticeable hops adding a nice dimension, all well put together. Taste is lightly sweet chocolate, fruity with cherry licorice, dark roast, touch of coffee, tobacco, moderate lingering bitterness. Medium full body, really well balanced, very drinkable. Quite tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Taster - nose is coffee. Sip adds chocolate. Oddly light yet chokful of flavor. Short finish and almost refreshing. Roasty.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Niko100 (2015) - Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2014
Dark brown/black color; Medium to heavy creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, & some caramel; Flavor of roasted sweet malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and some vanilla; Lightly carbonated; Pretty decent.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndyW68 (1108) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Dark pour with minimal head. Aroma roast malt and chocolate. Taste is licorice, chocolate and dark cherry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (5554) - Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Bottle shared by wihorock in Oct. 2012. Pours dark brown to black in color with a small tan head. The aroma and flavor has roasted malts, soy, dark fruits, dark chocolate, licorice with a mild nutty character. Not bad for an under the radar beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (2163) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JAN 19, 2014
600 yen bottle from CBB. This beer’s been popping up all over the place. Served in a snifter. Thick viscous inky black pour with almost no head but some slow acting carbonation bubbling up. Plums, figs, umami, candied fruit & Hershey’s chocolate syrup in the nose. Wonderfully smooth medium body that reveals a slick mouthfeel in the aftertaste. As I keep drinking I started to feel the body was a bit light for the style. The flavor is dark bitter chocolate, coffee beans & licorice, good savoury umami + soy sauce as well. After warming up quite a bit you get some molasses & smoke in the nose... pretty good with a bit more tweaking this could be a killer beer, I need some kind of carbonation-being able to get a cm of foam would be nice as would a bit of a thicker body. Other than that quite strong.


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