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


on tap

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RATINGS: 191   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6801) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
22. Thanks, Pantanap! Pours jet black with a thinnish burnt tan head. At first it pours like the head will just be sloppy bubbles, but then it gathers some substance to it as it settles. Nice. Weirdly soured nose from the herbs and licorice and probably the coffee--smells odd, though the elements are all well familiar from other impys. Watery light body, carb is a little too prickly, and even if it felt right, there’s not quite enough of it. Mid-palate’s got huge coffee flavors, plenty of roast and chocolate, and a slightly more coherent use of herbs and licorice than on the nose. Long acrid finish. Not really what I like in an impy, personally, though I generally go for Baird’s offbeat style interpretations.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7816) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
This opaque brown ale poured with a thin tan head and a coffee aroma. The flavor is heavy on chocolate, with some dark fruit. It’s mostly syrupy sweet, but there is a little carbonation and some bitterness at the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
A dark pour with a good head job makes me happy upfront. I love the pancake. Dark roasted aromas. Full nectar with superb effers. Good creamy texture. A defined roast component defines this with the intrusion of sweetness to follow. High cocoa essence resolves to a long finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12750) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle shared by Marcus. Dark malt aroma with dark fruits. Smells slightly cola. Light tan head, but minimal. Flavors of dark malt, coffee, darkish fruit and perhaps chocolate. Makes one think of barrel aged Scottish stout. Finishes smooth and malty bitter. Reminds of Paradox.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7972) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAY 22, 2009
Draught at the Nakameguro Taproom. Pitch black with lace. Winey, deep chocolate aroma. Amazingly smooth, with solid sweetness but not cloying. Chocolate, smoke, and a bit of coffee in there, as well as something slightly port-like, and cherries or plums. Hoppier than usual, with a lemon tinge. Very powerful, fruity, and delicious.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Tobacco shop & chocolate are dominant in this beer. Appearance is disappointing with modest head, and the nose is somewhat tepid as well. However, the aforementioned tobacco and chocolate flavors make it worth the effort, especially on the finish. It reminds me of that thick hot chocolate I had in Spain.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4651) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Color of tar with a medium head. Big aroma of dark fruits, rich chocolate, rum and a touch of the aforementioned tar. The flavor is strong roasted malt, rounded out with dry chocolate and some prune. A little rum, light pine and citrus hops appear towards the finish. A little acrid. I enjoyed this a lot more than I was expecting to.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (601) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Great start to the beige head. Oddly, it collapsed in the middle. Thin stringy lace after each each sip. Near black in color, no light shines through. Clear chalky, chocolate aroma. Subtle sweetness. The flavor has a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Light hop gives more interest to the bitter flavor. The aftertaste comes closer to chocolate milk with a mild bitterness. Relatively thin body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an easy to drink Imperial Stout that is not on the extreme side.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2985) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Deep brown bordering black with a frothy foamy latte colored head that left a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is toasted nuts, roasted coffee, and caramel. Flavor is a bit burnt and ashy with some dark chocolate. Not as creamy as others...but still pretty damn good!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (532) - California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Solid black with shades of purpole. Very little head. Powerful mocha nutta malty scent. Flavor is rich sweet with burnt caramel, very chewy and some tobacco. Alcohol is well masked but obvious

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