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


on tap

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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dabre4 (6) - , AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2011 does not count
Light brown head. Smells fantastic, caramel, vanilla, coffee with slight hop. Viscous mouth feel. Tastes of burnt sugar, and dry roast malt, a little sweetness first up balanced by a smooth bitter aftertaste. Bloody nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (9611) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Hearty opaque dark brown with finger-thick light brown mattress. Aroma is sweet and toasty, as it has time to sit the sweetness evokes stewed fruits with the earthy roast. Palate is very soft, full- bodied, with nice roast and bitter chocolate, hints of ash and dried stonefruits. Finish has a minerally dryness more than bitterness. Can an imperial stout be mellow? This one seemed mellow, but still very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3484) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a nice, large and foamy beige head. Aroma of rich chocolate and dark fruits. Slight liquorice tones in there as well. Earthy hops combine with some chocolate and coffee matls. Very balanced and solid stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5359) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Sampled on 5/28/2011. This Imperial Stout pours a deep eclipse color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, tobacco and licorice. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, semi sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Very well balanced. Very drinkable Imperial Stout. It not over the top, its not aged in a barrel, they didn’t add magic beans or weasel poop coffee. It is just a very solid well made, nicely balanced Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
natejgood (483) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Pours very dark with a beige head. Not quite as thick looking as some imperial stouts. Smells like rich chocolate, dark fruit and molasses. Lacking the coffee aroma often found in an imperial stout. Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Less sweet than the aroma would lead one to believe. Bitter chocolate is the overwhelming flavor. A bit less body than many imperial stouts, but it is fairly crisp in the mouth as a result.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
rodenbach99 (4260) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2011
Bouteille de 633ml. Merci Patrick. Cette version à 9,0% est noire, la mousse beige est légère, la bouteille a été recapsulé. Le nez me rappelle les céréale shreded wheat qu’on aurait ajouté de la mélasse ( c’est ainsi que le je les mange). La bouche semble mince, les goûts rôtis sont présent et bien agréable. Une finale avec une amertume houblonnée bien agréable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5193) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2011
(From Vertical Bacon Strips, 633 ml, 9%) Le liquide est profondément noir. La tête mousse s’efface tout doucement et laisse de larges traces sur son passage. Le nez est construit autour de céréales rôties et torréfiées : des grains de café fort et des grains brûlés laissent échapper un mince filet de chocolat amer. L’alcool réussit timidement à s’affirmer à travers des arômes de mélasse. Des effluves d’herbes finissent par chatouiller les narines. Le goût est une suite logique des choses avec un malt foncé et des notes bien noires : la torréfaction s’accroche vigoureusement aux papilles tandis que les petites notes brûlées choisissent d’accompagner des flaveurs qui rappellent la réglisse. Les houblons sont ici plus évidents et transpirent les conifères. En bouche, le liquide est en manque de corps avec une effervescence modérée et une texture trop légère pour le style. La finale est marquée par des notes amères de torréfaction et de houblons sur lesquelles souflle le vent chaud d’un alcool parfumé.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tgncc (3100) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3439) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5723) - 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.

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