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

bottled
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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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 (alcohol approximately 7.6%).


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Haslinger (866) - The World of Beer, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2010
22 ounce bottle shared with a former housemate. Nice dark pour, some chocolate in the aroma finishing with a little alcohol. The taste is chocolate but not too much with a bit of malt and some cocoa as well. The abv is surprisingly apparently for how low it is but it doesn’t detract from the taste. Solid Imperial stout!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 31, 2010
THOUGHTS: Decent imperial stout. Very warming in the belly. Nice but nothing special. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was completely, opaque, black in the glass except for slight reddish, amber highlights at the very edges. It also had a small to average, sudsy, tan head that mostly, but very slowly diminishes keeping a nice sheet for a while that left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate to heavy, roasted malt; moderate to heavy piney, resinous and citric hops; and dark fruit. The initial flavor was sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was very sweet, bitter, slightly acidic and umami with a long duration. There was roasted malt, caramel malt, slight chocolate, coffee, pine hops, citrus hops and dark fruit. The medium to full body was syrupy, and fairly oily and then a little dry, but sticky on the lips with tingly, but somewhat soft carbonation and a slightly metallic and slightly alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (4504) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle @ Paul’s Gathering. Black pour with no head. Roasted coffee, chocolate, smoked malts. Very pungent finish. Abv low for an IS but comes through.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. The appearance is a deep chocolaty brown with a super small roasted brown head. The aromas are rich with roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, with a touch of hops. The flavors are chocolate covered cherries initially and then quickly turn into heavily roasted malts and oak with some lactose in there and some herbal note. The mouth is medium dry with a low amount of carbonation. An above average but not great IS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (6673) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2009
japan beer drinker-san .. . aged 1 1/2 years .. pours a very dark plum with a medium roasty head, lacing is very good too .. . mtv is for pussies .. . tar, choc, aged sherry, pressed fruit skins in the nose .. . aged to perfection .. . toasty tar and black roast flavours.. holds its own with the american impy stouts..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4958) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Dark brown with a thinner, somewhat wispy tan head. Aromas of roasted grains, coffee, molasses, some char, dark fruit and earthy hops. Flavors start sweet and lead to some chary bitterness. Finish has some coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Technically correct imperial stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
22oz bottle @Pauls Gathering-pours a light brown ring for a head and black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt, dark fruit-cherry/prune. Taste is sweet dark malt, dark fruit-cherry/prune, secondary earthy hops. Mild carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours super dark, thin but solid sheet of tan sheet of suds atop. Smells somewhat charred, cola-like, with heavily roasted coffee notes, licorice, and leafy, resiny hop tones. Thick, super oily body with resiny hop notes, and humid warmth. Flavors are roasty and resiny with licorice notes. The bitterness is almost overwhelming here as the other flavors are having a hard time refining themselves. Overall, the beer seems to have a problem organizing it’s flavors and everything seems kind of unrefined and flimsy. The bitterness is somewhat distracting as well as it overwhelms the flavors that there malts are trying to portray. Nothings offensive or off, but i dont think the pieces really fit together here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Looks like an oil spill in the artic ocean with a subtle milky lacing. Nose is heavy with chocolate, coffee, boric acid, caramel, and smoke. Red vines, cherries, chocolate, nuts,smoke, and hibiscus flowers. Dry mouth feel kind of bitter with a warming alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (2901) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, light chocolate, coffee and caramel. Flavor was chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, licorice, caramel and had a hint of smoke.


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