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


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RATINGS: 170   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (3764) - 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 (1341) - 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, it’s a bit coating but it also seems thin for an imperial stout. The carbonation is low. I think it’s a solid brew, but I was disappointed in this one since the other Baird beers I’ve tried in the past I liked a lot. I’d like to try this again in the future, but I think I’ll wait a while before I do. $10.98 a bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scipio (708) - 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 can’t really think of something that is similar. I enjoyed this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JulienHuxley (3256) - 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.

   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...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brigadier (3000) - 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 doesn’t have the punch of bigger bolder imperial stouts it is fine for being only 7.6% ABV.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madmitch76 (15309) - , 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 ’green’ freshness that is in the Kurofone porter but not as bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
larsga (6240) - 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 it’s 9.5%, though.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimhilt (2412) - 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.

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