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

bottled
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RATINGS: 176   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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%).


3.7
   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 (2743) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6863) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head. Light hop presence, chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla and barely a hint of bourbon. Medium body, light chocolate, roast, and coffee. Finishes with a touch of warming alcohol and a long lingering roast character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bomber. Good oatmeal and toffee aroma. Black body with tan head. Good thick smooth body texture with chcolate for the most part which was good. Some vanilla and coffee in the mix. Good nite cap slept like a baby.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4551) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Good imperial stout. Dark brown pour, almost black, tan head. Chocolate, dark fruit, cherries, roasted malt, hint of smoke, earthiness, and finishes with some hops. Pretty easy drinking for an imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2009
Bottle from West Lakeview. Pours black/brown with a small brown head. Nose is fruity and herbal with distant roasty notes. On taste, surprisingly clean and not boozy in the least. More fruity notes, cherries and some spicy hop notes. Finishes pretty dry for an IS and some roastiness at the finish. Pretty good regular IS.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2009
633ml bomber with thanks to BOLTZ7555 for the great bonus! Pours dark brown with a moderate tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, light chocolate and coffee, molasses and a little earthy and spicy hops. Flavor brings the earthy and spicy hops out more, with roasty malts, molasses and chocolate. Quite drinkable but a little one dimensional. Thanks again Jason!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Pours dark brown with small brown head. Heavy roasted malt on the nose with hints of spice. Flavor is rich with coffee, chocolate, and bits of white pepper on the back end. Nice texture and very drinkable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerGestapo (754) - Mt.Joy, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Brewed in Japan... Pours a deep dark brown color with small beige head that dissipates in time. Aroma of molasses, toffee, mild chocolate and burnt toast. Taste is also of burnt toast, chocolate, dark roasted coffee and black licorice. Mouthfeel is medium to thick in body with a nice balance of flavors that ends with a dry hop bite. This Imperial was very enjoyable and worth looking for the next time you go on a beer run.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5401) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roasted malts, cocoa, caramel, and burnt toast. Taste of caramel malts, dark chocolate, roast, coffee, and smoke with light alcohol in the finish.


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