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


on tap

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RATINGS: 181   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 228   ABV: 7.6%
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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%).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5029) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 2, 2009
2009 version, weighing in at 9% ABV. On tap at Nakameguro Taproom, Tokyo. Black with a big light brown head. Roasted coffee and dark fruit aroma. Also some chocolate that appears with more strength in the mouth. Good roasted dryness with hints of fruit as well. A very complex and rich imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (20568) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 24, 2009
Bottled (8%) Opaque black, beige head. Coffee and caramel up front. Mid sweet with gentle soft mouthfeel.Mildly warming with plenty ofcocolate and tobacco. Full flavoured and mouthfilling, yet soft and inaggressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque really dark brown colour with a small beige lasting foam. Rich and deep velvety soft malt aroma of roasted malts, plums, dark chocolate, mint and figs. Full-bodied and chewy flavor of roasted malts, almonds, figs, raisins and plums. Velvety mouthfeel. Long warming finish of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, plums and figs. Delicious stuff!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6422) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 22, 2009
Bottle (633ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown with a small diminishing creamy tan head. Aroma’s dry and roasty with a good amount of green hops and some hints of coffee and chocolate. Flavour -- whoa, that’s boozy! -- of roasted malt, herbal hops, earthiness, alcohol and a dry hoppy finish. Slightly creamy mouthfeel. Average to medium bodied. Quite good, I liked it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2009
CPLYFO 09. Pours a deep dark brown near black with a thin off head. Aroma is nicely toasty, brown malts- good chocolate and tootsie roll character- earthy and slight leather with a on fruitiness and slight coffee- green and slight tropical fruits but becomes a bit minty -weird. Minty and fruity hops int he flavor with more toast and dark malts, chocolate light coffee, and more burnt and nutty malts. Pretty good despite a very low abv for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3284) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 15, 2009
Solid. 22 oz bottle. roasty, choclately, coffee. none of the flavers overpower. a great all around beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3509) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet molasses, roasted malt, and a touch of smoked meats. Flavor of sweet roasted and charred malt. Mostly just sweet and boring. No real flavor at all. A let down. 7/4/6/3/13 (3.3/5)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of chocolate, ash, grass, anise, overall ok, something just seems missing. Flavor has some nice roast and a solid bitterness but is also somewhat vegetal (sorry, I can’t call it herbal, it’s just vegetal) with a sugary sweetness. i don’t think it has so much of a thin body as thin flavor resulting from the vegetal, and possibly other, off notes. Weird, bitterish finish. Not really a winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6368) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle and served in Bells snifter: Pours deep brown with some ruby highlights topped by a tan creamy head which left very lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of anise, pipe tobacco, leather, herbal and grassy hops, chocolate, coffee, and plum sauce. The taste is surprisingly more hop forward than expected but still balanced by sweeter malts and an overall earthy and tobacco base. Licorice and peppery finish along with a metallic and mineral driven character. The mouth feel is lively and creamy but a tad too thin bodied for the flavor profile. Not too shabby and better than the porter but still short of being a Impy worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1545) - Newark, Delaware, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle shared by bruce the crazy canuck at SL on 4-6-09. Black in color. Sweet aroma of sugar. Sweet taste as well. Taste is light coffee and roasted malts. Not over the top or over done at all. On the lighter side texture wise. Easy drinking. Nice beer

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