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

bottled
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RATINGS: 189   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
633ml bottle. Black with a tan head. Dark dried fruit and roasted malt with a touch of hops in he nose. The flavor has some dark chocolate and fruit with medium bitterness and some toasty grain in the finish. Medium bodied. A bit light for an imperial stout, and nothing about the flavor stands out at all. Decent, but far from worth the cost to import it here.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Pours blackish with a little caramely head. Smells like molasses, toast, and hops. Tastes like chocolate with sourish, sharp coffee grounds taste. A bit sharper than I would have liked, not pleasant to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7387) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured transparent deep brown (near black) with a looser-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up moderately-roasted molasses, licorice, and sweeter cacao notes with light earthy and floral hop accents.. nothing great jumped out of the glass, but it was well-rounded. The flavor found licorice, molasses, coffee, and more genero-black patent malts at the core.. some malty sourness, earthy bitters, and a blend of sweet vanilla and chocolates around.. sharper on the finish with the aforementioned malty sours, chocolate bitterness, and a touch of peppery alcohol. Medium-bodied with a slick feel at times on the palate.. a little too sharp toward and through the end, but other than that it felt pretty good. This is one of the few beers Ive thought would benefit from a nitro pour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
633mL bottle pours deep dark mahogany with tan head. The aroma is smooth and subtle with roasted malts, burnt malts, some sweet malts, molasses and some sort of vanilla black licorice sort of mixture. The taste is both creamy and thin in body. I get sweetness with malts and subtle molasses notes moving into smooth burnt malts, some coffee and chocolaty goodness. By midway a brief dark fruitiness is noticed adding interest. It becomes more and more roasty to burnt into the finish. Nice stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle shared by argo0 on 7/3/09: Pours a transparent dark mahogany with a thin wispy lacing light tan head. Aroma of dry toasty dark malts and dark chocolate with a touch of roasted malts. Starts with good fullness and rich milk chocolate and toasty dark caramel malts before a lightly smoky finish. Could use a little more body and complexity, but a pretty decent and drinkable imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Haslinger (876) - 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 doesnt 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 (4925) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle @ Pauls 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 (6923) - .....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..


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