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


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RATINGS: 167   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (2992) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Bottle purchased at Hunger Mountain Co-Op, Montpelier, VT. No bottle dating anywhere. This has been sitting in my clear since August. Hard to know how old it is. The beer poured a deep brown/ almost black color with thin tan head that only showed a ring around the snifter. Aroma is roasted malts with mild notes of chocolate and slight coffee. Mostly the same with some sugar upfront and mild licorice undertones. The hops are almost totally gone. Not a huge problem for me. The body leans on the full side with no ABV being detectable. Overall itís a drinkable Impy stout, slightly above average. Nothing about it makes me want to run out and grab another bottle yet it does have some nice flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Purchased early 2009 or so; Sampled November 2012
A very vigorous pour into my Lost Abbey Teku glass produces a two-finger thick, lightly browned head. The beer is a concentrated brown, almost perfectly black color that doesnít pass any light. The aroma smells of smooth, roasted / burnt prunes, touches of fruity alcohol, rich toasted nuttiness, and even some touches of sherry. There is a soft, almost mustiness to the nose, and as the beer warms up touches of roasted, dark, sweet rum, molasses, and perhaps a touch of licorice root are also noticeable.

Smooth, and only very faintly carbonated, the beer is a lot drier than the fruit nose might have suggested. Dry, bitter, roasted, and burnt in the finish, this offsets the hint of sweetness that is found up front. Rich, nutty, slightly sherry like oxidized malt notes add a nice roundness to this beer. A touch of chalky character is in the dark malt here, and there is a bitter, cold coffee roasted quality to the malt as well. Fruit flavors of burnt plums, concentrated raisins, and perhaps some touches of figs provide some interesting character. The beer is somewhat light bodied for an Imperial Stout, I reckon it has lightened up a bit with age, but there is some viscosity here that sits on the palate before it cleans up in the finish.

This has aged quite nicely over the years; it could certainly use some more carbonation, but the beer stands up pretty well without it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (4834) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Bottle purchased at the Party Source. Darkest brown in color with a medium tan head. Malty and chocolatey nose with some roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with a bit of alcohol before a roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3483) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Pours black, nearly no head....just a scattering of greyish soapy bubbles. Aroma is chocolate, dark wine. Taste is ashy chocolate, malt, licorice. Dry, nice bittering....a bit of soy. A very good stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10471) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2012
Bottle share by Ray at Bengal Tailgate. Poured black color with an average creamy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted chocolate, licorice, soy toffee aroma. Median to full body with a creamy texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted sweet chocolate malt flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. This is a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5211) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Bomber to taster. Looks good; a dull black with mocha lacing. Smells solid; malty, roasty, and a little nutty. Tastes the same with a good, slick mouthfeel. Good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - SEP 15, 2012
pours a jet black with a small khaki head, and great lacing. smell is of malt, powdered chocolate, and coffee. taste is dry, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, malt, a touch of licorice, and a little vanilla. ends dry and a little bitter. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3589) - Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2012
22 ounce bottle pours dark black, aromas of chocolate, light coffee, some toffee, light anise, and a touch of hops. Flavors are the same with a touch of soy sauce. Overall not a bad beer, would drink again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cooperii (61) - California, USA - JUL 25, 2012
Poured black with no carbonation. Spicy hop aromas with slight maltyness, subtle sweet fruityness, undertones of fig, cherries and toffee. Strong hop flavors with malty undertones, there is a dark fruit sweetness to it (fig, chery) with a pleasant trailing bitterness. The finish: nice aroma, great flavor, not completely balanced but very good, extensive warmth from the 9%ABV, as the bottle warmed it slightly developed supper fine bubbles with hardly any lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1282) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JUL 14, 2012
633 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stays around for a little while. Not much lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and some coffee. The flavor is more bitter than I expected it to be since the aroma was sweeter. It tastes like dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit coating but it also seems thin for an imperial stout. The carbonation is low. I think itís a solid brew, but I was disappointed in this one since the other Baird beers Iíve tried in the past I liked a lot. Iíd like to try this again in the future, but I think Iíll wait a while before I do. $10.98 a bottle.

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