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


on tap

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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sturmthis (896) - Ohio, USA - APR 1, 2015
On draft. Black with tan head. Chocolate and roasted malt. Didnít taste as strong as the ABV. Average.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
willisread (817) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 20, 2015
On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Served in a stemmed tulip. Black with slight reddish hue and nice tan head. Really bold coffee and chocolate flavors present. Strong coffee and chocolate forward stout rounded out with nice dried dark fruit flavors: fig, prune and currant. 10% alcohol is almost unnoticeable. Very drinkable imperial stout. Oily mouthfeel with a well-balanced finish thatís slightly bitter and sour. Great imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenkiGonzo (617) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2014
Draught at Bungalow 10%ABV. Jet black with a tan head and good lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, not too roasted. Great carameland chocolate flavour with a bit of coffee. Canít believe I havenít tried this before.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenDV138 (3366) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2014
140 ml glass on draft at Bairdís Harajuku Taproom. 10% ABV. Black with tan head. Aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, roast, licorice, coffee, subtle dark fruit. Tastes of dark chocolate, roast, coffee. Full body with a dry finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, woody, and boozy, with hints of coffee, molasses, toffee, tobacco, and ash. Taste/Palate: syrupy, sweet, and creamy; finishes slightly astringent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from a 12. Appearance is very syrupy and thick. First flavor is a little thin, sweet at first and finishes with a chocolate, tobacco flavor. It smells boozier than it tastes. Has hints of caramel and vanilla for the sweet flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
edwardbass (645) - Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2014
A lighter-bodied Imperial stout. Aroma is marshmallow and dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, booze and maybe a tiny bit of coffee, along with lightly-roasted malt. Itís very light-bodied for the style and feels like itís missing something. Itís good, but not great.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
22oz bottle - Suprised to find this and several other offerings from Baird at my local BevMo. Intrigued by an imperial stout from Japan, I got this and the other bottles. The aroma carries aromas of dark chocolate, molasses with a touch of alcohol burn. Flavor has a strong showing of dark chocolate, very dry and it dominates pretty much everything in the flavor other than a strong showing of chocolate. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of things, but still dense enough to notice its not a watery lager. Overall, not a bad imperial stout. Far from an elite stout, or even an above-average "damn this is good" stout. The one dimensional chocolate and alcohol notes detract from the overall enjoyment of the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RABinCO (1399) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2014
12oz bottle into a goble. Bottle says 9%. Gonna have to follow up on that.. Pours black as night with a thin tan head. Aroma is vanilla, bittersweet chocolate, slightly oxidized...but it works? Taste is bitter, chocolate, espresso, light floral notes...like chewing chocolate-covered espresso beans. This is...excellent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"an interesting mix of stout flavors that are not always found in the same stout. chocolate, hops, licorice, dark fruit are all prevelant, though it wasnít quite as hoppy as i thought it would be. thick full feel, but really a well-rounded medium bodied impy stout. a very good beer, barely above average for the style."

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