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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%).


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (677) - 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 (2852) - 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.

1.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Landmonger (156) - USA - JUN 21, 2012
Insipid beer with a sweetish aroma, it is sweet on taste with roasty, maltish, thin on the palate with mild bitterness, no carbonation to speak of it is forgetable...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (2875) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 9, 2012
22 ounce bottle
The beer that comes out of the bottle is nothing special for an imperial stout but is still quite a fine example of the style. It was not hard at all to knock off the entire contents in about an hour while watching some television and trying to stay cool on a humid night. This is proof that Japan can do more than just sake.

Aroma / Appearance - The fluid black body pours steadily into the open mouth of the goblet. A bubbly ebony head fights attempts to be reabsorbed into the base. Anise, coffee, malt, and chocolate dipped plums meld into a cohesive experience that fills the air with a dessert like texture.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate in the form of rich truffles coats the palate in chewy ethanol. Anise, plums, and coffee come in their own time. The lasting finish of bittersweet chocolate tastes like drinking a high quality glass of cocoa. While it doesnít have the punch of bigger bolder imperial stouts it is fine for being only 7.6% ABV.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (14282) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2012
11th January 2010
9.0% Bottle. Opaque black beer. Thin chocolate - brown head, dies away quickly. Light airy palate. Dark malt, almost creamy and lightly toasted. Very light! A good streak of licorice. Finisihes dry with a licorice aftertaste. Also some of the ígreení freshness that is in the Kurofone porter but not as bad.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6120) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2012
Hardly any head. Opaque black body goes dark brown at edges. Roasty earthy black chocolate aroma with fruity notes. Dry-sweet roasty chocolatey taste with resiny caramelly notes. Fullish body. Mild, slightly hot mouthfeel. Dryish roasty wooden chocolatey aftertaste with resiny burnt coffee and fruit notes. Lovely! Vivid, clean, sharp, and fresh. (0.2l draft at Popeye, Tokyo. Menu says itís 9.5%, though.)

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2387) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours with a two finger khaki head that fades quickly to ring layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is roasted malty chocolate. High ABV (labelled 9%) is hidden. Not labeled a RIS but tastes like one. $9.99 for a 633ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Natai (87) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
Deep and dark, virtually no head, light aroma, balanced on the palate with fairly even flavor, coffee and raisins aftertaste. Lighter than its appearance suggests. Good, and excellent for what I paid $8.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6178) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle:   Black, thin foamy light brown head, sparce lacing.   Chalky nose, roasty, a bit herbal, make that very herbal.   Very shrubby on the tongue, herbal, with roastiness and soft bakers chocolate.   Not a hopped up Imperial Stout, but one that is soft and herbal.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Comes across as very smooth.   This is not a hopped up Imperial Stout, instead its on the dry chocolate malt side.   Not sure how Imperial this one is, but it is enjoyable.   Alcohol is well hidden, which isnt surprising given its only 7.6%.   Lighter side of an Imperial Stout, and one that is not overly hopped.   Fairly solid, and a bit different in that its a little shrubby.   Others in its class like to hit you over the head with either hops or malts, but this one seems a little more well balanced.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours dark brown, nearly black with a big-bubbled head resulting from an aggressive pour. Nose comes across grainy and thin but itís much more rich, dense, and complex in the taste. Licorice, toffee, hops. Almost barleywine-like as much as an impy stout. Great taste.


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