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Baird Dark Sky Imperial Stout

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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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. Note:- ABV may vary each year.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1367) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours an opaque jet-black with a shallow brown head that disappears quickly leaving only a lacy ring. Nose is milk chocolate, smoke, dried fruit, vanilla, allspice, and coffee. Very dry on the tongue; vanilla and coffee, but with no sweetness. On the midpalate it shifts to umami, herbs, and chicory, with licorice and fennel following. Itís just an amazing melange of surprising and harmonious flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, round, and glycerine. Finish is all licorice and chicory. Outside the box is a great place to be.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2879) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2015
on tap @ Ei8ht Ball / Bellevue KY --- Opaque black color, thin tan rim head, thin strips of lace. Taste is bitter, syrupy, roasted malt that glides through a lightly carbonated swallow to a finish that reveals herbs and anise rather than traditional hop bittering. One-trick, with bitter malt consistent all the way. Big, but not laced with alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
12 oz bottle. Black with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, french roast coffee, light ash, smoke, doughiness, light vinegar. Taste is of molasses, light acidity, soy sauce, dark chocolate, and bread dough.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maris (1150) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2015
From a 330ml bottle on 13/6/2015. Pours close to black with a smallish head. The nose is rich and malty, featuring chocolate, molasses and soy sauce. The flavour features dark chocolate, caramel and sweet soy, followed by a slightly spicy bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A solid enough impy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3964) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 18, 2015
330ml bottle (thanks FatPhil). Very dark brown color, almost black. Medium size, brown bubbly head, stays. Malty, spicy hops, nettles, roast, licorice in aroma. Chocolate, malty, spicy citrus, faint orange marmalade in taste. Nice malty citrus in aftertaste. Soft roasty bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (10810) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - MAY 15, 2015
330ml bottle (Uba ja Humal, Tallinn)
Lovely spicy hoppy roasty aroma. Classic imperial stout. Nice black, small tan head. Nice tarry taste, great roast, some soy, love the burntness, itís all the way there but with no astringency. Just a little bit of dry coffee grounds in the palate, so just a bit drying. Nice tempting coffee-ish stout, and the tarry aspects are very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2254) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 12, 2015
Pours ebony with but the faintest wisp of head. Chocolate, roasted malt, a bit of coffee bitterness and caramel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (1263) - - APR 25, 2015
10 abv bottle, pitch black, no head. Rich roasted malt, dark caramel, green/minty hops, hints of dark fruit, low carb giving it a light sirupy mouthfeel, nutty dry finish. Quite different from a usual stout, hopped up and almost as rich as a barley wine.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thirstyrabbit (1433) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 18, 2015
Bottle, 10% ABV. Dark body, minimal tan head. Aroma has smooth roast with cedar wood and light vanilla. Kind of light mouthfeel but the alcohol is very well hidden. Smooth taste with more cedar and vanilla in the light finish. Interesting. Very "beery" in the sense that itís light and drinkable like a beer should be and not so much a liquefied dessert with extreme viscosity. So props for that.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martjoobolut (1561) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 17, 2015
UPDATED: APR 18, 2015 0,33L bottle (from Koht, Tallinn), bottled 09.06.14, ABV 10%. Pours black with brown head. The head stays for a moment. Aroma is dark chocolate, roast, malt, coffee. Flavor is roast, dark chocolate, coffee, malt, fruits. Finish is dark chocolate bitter. Overall: well-made, enjoyable brew.


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