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

bottled
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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2011
The aroma is licorice, chocolate, roast, vanilla. No scent of dry hopping. The appearnce is deep black, brown/grey head, dissipates quickly. The flavor is bitter chocolate, roast, wood, a little weaker than I might have thought. The body is medium, maybe a little thicker than medium. The finish is earthy hops, lingering. Good stout, not as good as I had hoped.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3306) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 9, 2011
633 ml. bottle. 9% ABV per the label. Pours a medium mocha head of long duration, with slight lacing, over a cloudy brown (SRM 35) body....nose is coffee, chocolate, yeast, beef, slight soy....taste is heavy toffee/caramel, light brown sugar, molasses, yeast, soy, hints of licorice, finishing with a lingering bitterness....mouth feel is soft and chewy, alcohol hidden, carbonation adds a spritz. This is a well balanced Imperial Stout. The soft, sweet malts are nicely met by the hop back bone, giving it a nourishing richness. It is not as complex as some, but it definitely drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable. BJCP 8/3/14/4/8

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5421) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle at Butters’ Slutfest: Charred oak, heavy on the wood, some chocolate aroma. Opaque black, thin tan head. Sweet licorice, wood, clover, cherry flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (11840) - Escondido, California, USA - APR 24, 2011
Bottle shared by Butters at Slutfest 2.0. Pours opaque with a medium, rocky tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, coffee), light hops (herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, peat, prune, raisin, alcohol, and licorice. Flavor is heavy malt (roast, dark fruit, coffee), light hops (herbal), and average esters (fruity) with notes of smoke, peat, prune, raisin, alcohol, and licorice. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation with a sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4033) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2011
Sampled at Slutfest 2.0. Sweet rich dark chocolate. Hops in background. good and smooth. A little thin on the palate. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (2392) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 20, 2011
A very average imperial stout in my opinion. The pour is nearly pure black with a large light tan head. Aroma is sweet and roasty with some alcohol present. Fairly unimpressive aroma, mostly bland and expected. The middle is sweet, roasted with not much going on. As is the finish with a mild roast and chocolate. Really, an average imperial stout, mostly boring.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Black with a creamy tan head. Bready chocolate aroma and taste with a roasted grain finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Poured very dark brown, roasted malts, dark chocolate, earthy hops, little dark fruit, dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (955) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Deep brown with a creamy brown head. Light aroma, smells dry and clean/crisp. The flavor was moderately bitter and had a smooth medium-heavy body. This beer was very drinkable, as the first Japanese dark beer I’ve tried, I was impressed. (The lighthouse on the label was a beer bottle, seemed odd)

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4881) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
The first whiff of this beer was surprisingly yeasty, but subsequent sniffs caught the aroma of a good imperial stout: smoky with tones of roast coffee, molasses and unsweet chocolate, as well as a hint of miso. It pours a rich, opaque sable with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Mouth filling smoky flavor has tones of quality coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice and toffee. There is also a fair alcohol kick, but this complements the rich flavor rather than overwhelming or even dominating it. Flavor is quite tingly and edgy, hardly smooth, thanks to a strong fizz and the alcohol bite. Recommended to all stouties.


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