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


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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.

Tmoney99's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13253) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5982) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 9, 2016
Bottle: Thanks BobbyHeenan: Served in a Chouffe glass: Thin beige light brown lacing. Close to completely black body. Aromas of roast, dark chocolate, raisin, toffee, caramel, fudge, hint of soy, wood roast, nut roast... Quite classic aroma. Flavours of roast, bitters, dark chocolate, cacoa, caramel, some fudge, coal, hint if soy, some toffee, some raisin and some bread... Aftertaste is bitter, roasty, dark chocolate and some earthy raisin... Low carbo, soft light watery mouthfeel, more than medium bodied. Nice!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (4039) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 5, 2016
330ml bottle from Euro trade. Pours dark with no head and no apparent carbonation. Aroma is sweet dark fruits. Taste is oily, with dark fruits, liquorice, some cocoa and roast. Lack of carbonation does affect the enjoyment somewhat, taste appearing a little thin until some coffee emerges. Not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (960) - AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2016
Blackish pour with a thin tan head. Roast, coffee and chocolate aromas. Taste is dark chocolate, tiny little bit of coffee, roast bitterness, little bit of soy sauce, bitter espresso comes through more at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanfordBrewer (1465) - Sanford, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2016
Opaque black with brown head. Syrupy but not silky full body with moderately high carbonation.

Aroma: roast malt, soy sauce, cacao, carob, dark fruit, faint herbal hops.

Taste: tart, burnt, grainy, herbal hops. Gets chalky and phenolic further in.

Oddly thin and grainy flavor in the middle for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1101) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Aromas of dark roasted malts, toffee, chocolate, chalky cocoa, coffee, black licorice and earthy malts. Pours pitch black with a lively brown foam rim and lace. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted dark malts, earthy roasted coffee rinds, wort, black licorice, raisins, plum juice, prune juice, chalky cocoa and campfire roast. Finishes smooth with more dark chocolate and roasted dark malts. Overall, this is actually incredibly complex and decadent. I’m very fond of Japanese culture and their beer scene. I think this is one of the best beers I’ve ever had from Japan. Top 3 for sure.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (618) - HONG KONG - JAN 5, 2016
Pours black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is a bit weak, roasted malts and coffee. Taste gets much better though, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee, well balanced by the hops. Medium body, quite boozy, a very good effort of Baird. Keep it up!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
kaser (5502) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Black with brown head. Coffee and sweet sugar and coffee flavor. Maybe toffee too. Good stuff. Had this as part of a flight at TAP The Ale Project, in Hong Kong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvsn (1533) - ISRAEL - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours brown black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice and roasted grains. Taste of sweet malt, milk chocolate, coffee, prunes, alcohol with bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth and relatively dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tomer (2850) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 19, 2015
At a tasting, thanks, almost no head, very dark brown color, dark bread aroma with some chocolate cake, hint of dark fruits and dark chocolate, noticable sweetness, light to medium bitterness, quite mellow. Nice and not too heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rayaron (1303) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel, Tel Aviv. Thanks zvsn. Deep brown with brownish head. Sweetish aroma with notes of dried fruits, licorice, milk chocolate and cookies. Sweet flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, liqueur, a bit salty, alcoholic, dry. Oily texture, medium-bodied.

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