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

bottled
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RATINGS: 177   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   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 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SrSilliGose (3277) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LilBeerDoctor (3507) - 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)

3.1
   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 canít call it herbal, itís just vegetal) with a sugary sweetness. i donít 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6301) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1528) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2009
Thanks to 17thfloor. Opaque black with creamy pancake, medium tan/beige head. Smokey aroma with roast, light and dry. Dry, roasty flavor with some smoke, chocolate, cigarette smoke, slightly chalky, dry dark chocolate bar, really green hop, botanical. Medium to light body with light carbonation. A really hopped up imperial stout, hops dry it out a bit despite the initial sweetness. Thanks G-man.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6150) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle (633ml). Shared with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and tupalev. Thinnish-looking black pour with a small frothy tan head. Quite a mild aroma to this one - acid/acrid coffee, some dusty-dry hop bitterness, with hints of cocoa, cranberry and light sweet spice. The taste is also pretty thin - Iím sorry, this is no imperial stout - not much alcohol presence at all, sour coffee grounds, an earthy bitter chocolate feel to it, not much spice. Very thin-bodied, weakly carbonated, slightly acidic with an odd mineral aftertaste - this one just didnít do it for me - it seemed more like a slightly amped-up scharzbier, mixed with a little bit of dishwater. Not a fan.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2755) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry, shared with the TO crew. Bottle states 9% rather than the 7.6% listed here. Appearance: Dark black, thin tan head. Aroma: Creamy, coffee, slight winter fruit, spicy, fruit pudding. Flavour: Spicy, fruity, bitter, plums, alcohol! Long bitter green hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (8153) - 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


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