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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 188   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12447) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (7541) - 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.

3.2
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4608) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
smcolw (600) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - 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!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
doublebock (527) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5094) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
omhper (21265) - 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.

4.3
   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!


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