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

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RATINGS: 175   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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%).


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2074) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3878) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5011) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
b3shine (5825) - Indiana, 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!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1383) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11071) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (4070) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (719) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Pours a black with a darker beige head. Aroma is roasty, with chocolate, licorice, cherry, and coffee. More of a fruity taste. Lots of licorice and cherry, chocolate is quite apparent, with undertones of toffee. Texture is creamy and thick. Medium bodied, with an aftertaste of chocolate and licorice. A bit bitter as well. This is quite a different take on this style. I canít really think of something that is similar. I enjoyed this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (3472) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JUN 24, 2012
Bottle. Dark pour, not quite black, deep reddish tints, whitish foam. Aroma of caramel and chocolate, light roastiness and lots of fresh hops. Taste is semi sweet, quite toffee, some hop bitterness. Palate is lightish, medium carbonation. Not sure about calling this one an imperial stout but its a tasty brew nonetheless.


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