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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 168   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (7782) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
2009-03-20. Black body with a modest tan head diminishes. (3+) First note of aroma is alcoholic, mild sweet malt with a touch of roast very mild metallic touches. (6+) Flavour is similar with a warming alcohol first wave, lightly roasty malt, sweetish malt base, dry finish has a pleasant bitterness to it. Grows on me a bit as it goes. Solid. Average plus palate. (3+) Pretty decent. Bottle shared by HogTownHarry

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2917) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, GregClow, Jerc, and Garthicus, at Blankboy’s, courtesy of either Harry or Paul (I forgot to write down who brought what - thanks for sharing guys!). Black, good sized white head. Dry aroma, chocolate, alcohol. Taste is good as well - dry chocolate, very hoppy. Nice medium creamy mouthfeel. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2009
At the Nakameguro taproom. Pour with thick, creamy head. Arom of Chocolate and shmaoo hops. Black as black. Taste of plum, coffee, and piney, bitter hops. Slighty winey, with dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Pours black with a smallish light tan head. Smells of some bitter chocolate, roasted malts, and light coffee tones. The flavor had more of a licorice thing going on, backed up by some vanilla and dark chocolate and roast. Very creamy on the palate, and very easy drinking. not a big abv n this for an impy, but the alcohol was masked very nicely. Seems like a solid go-to impy when your in the mood to me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9052) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottle from the Otown throwdown. Black pour with a great light head. Aroma is very roasty with some chocolate, coffee and star anise. Flavor is round and full with good roast, chocolate, vanilla and coffee. Very well done...good balance with the hops.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
C&PLYFOTD: Bottle, courtesy mgumby10. Brownish red pour, lots of creamy lacing and a big head. Nose has dark roast, licorice, slight tart, some peat and chocolate. Very creamy chocolate flavors, marshmallow, graham crackers. Basically a s’more. Full-bodied, creamy lasting oily feeling on the tongue. Yummy.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6641) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2009
Sample at O-town throwdown ’09 pours dark brown with beige head. Aroma had notes of dark fruits, light roasted malts. Taste, dark fruits, light chocolate malts. Finish with a pleasant and light bittering hops. Solid brew, first rating for this Japanese brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2633) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Sampled at C&P Otown Throwdown, big thanks to whoever brought this! Thick cloudy black pour. Roasted grain, chocolate and hints of coffee in the aroma. Tatse is big roasted grain malt, dark fruit and coffee. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sloth (2468) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Medium statured brown head with good retention and a nice lacing. Body is black in color. Nose is chocolate and some tarry notes, dark fruits and faint roast, light berry notes as well. Body is med/full, oily on the palate, velvety and slick. Lotsa roast flavors, light chocolate notes, coffee and some whiskeyish notes as well, black patent with a slight chalkiness. An almost dry, roast and coffee finish. Decent. Bomber procured @statelineliquors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3328) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
21.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with a spongy tan head. Nose is coffee, chocolate and prune. Medium body with buzzy carb. Taste is bittersweet chocolate, peanut and burnt sugar. Bitter grassy finish. Good stout.


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