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

bottled
available

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 188   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
liquidhedonism (289) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
12 oz bottle. Aroma: malty, roasty, woody, and boozy, with hints of coffee, molasses, toffee, tobacco, and ash. Taste/Palate: syrupy, sweet, and creamy; finishes slightly astringent.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
plastercasts (5) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2010 does not count
bottle last night, pour is black as the ace of spades thin head with some lacing, smells of coffee, sweet milk and chocolate, mouth feel is nice and thick. taste is of coffee chocolate and vanilla with a mild alcohol warmth. Awesome beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - MAY 26, 2009
A dark pour with a good head job makes me happy upfront. I love the pancake. Dark roasted aromas. Full nectar with superb effers. Good creamy texture. A defined roast component defines this with the intrusion of sweetness to follow. High cocoa essence resolves to a long finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (9325) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle sampled at SIB, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavour of extremely smooth oatmeal, roasted malt and chocolate. Outstanding imperial stout.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (4029) - Georgia, USA - JAN 9, 2011
The first whiff of this beer was surprisingly yeasty, but subsequent sniffs caught the aroma of a good imperial stout: smoky with tones of roast coffee, molasses and unsweet chocolate, as well as a hint of miso. It pours a rich, opaque sable with a fairly thick, fine-bubbled tan head that leaves quite a bit of lacing. Mouth filling smoky flavor has tones of quality coffee, chocolate, caramel, licorice and toffee. There is also a fair alcohol kick, but this complements the rich flavor rather than overwhelming or even dominating it. Flavor is quite tingly and edgy, hardly smooth, thanks to a strong fizz and the alcohol bite. Recommended to all stouties.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thewolf (11490) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
Bottle. [thank you, Tim_E]
Pours completely black. An impressive, beige, creamy, small, head. Fine duration. Aroma is wonderful. Lots of roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, some figs and a bit of tobacco. Nice. Low carbonation, super creamy mouthfeel. Flavour is wonderfully balanced. Quite sweet, some alcohol burn, nice dark chocolate and a light hoppy touch. It is difficult to actually find distinct flavours, as this is so wonderfully well-composed. There is vanilla, figs, ginger, plums and a little coffee as well. Truly amazing

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dunkpigen (379) - Kolding, DENMARK - OCT 12, 2008
Pours dark with at small creamy beige head. Lovely aroma of chocolate, prunes and plummes, vinious and roastet malt. Flavour is dry roastet malt, coffee, chocolate, prunes and plummes and a nice viniousity - very very nice. Palate is very soft and oily, the flavours covers your mouth, and stays there - especially the roasted malt and coffee.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2009
Bottled. Pours out in an opaque really dark brown colour with a small beige lasting foam. Rich and deep velvety soft malt aroma of roasted malts, plums, dark chocolate, mint and figs. Full-bodied and chewy flavor of roasted malts, almonds, figs, raisins and plums. Velvety mouthfeel. Long warming finish of coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, plums and figs. Delicious stuff!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
julesjis (256) - Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Poured from a 12. Appearance is very syrupy and thick. First flavor is a little thin, sweet at first and finishes with a chocolate, tobacco flavor. It smells boozier than it tastes. Has hints of caramel and vanilla for the sweet flavors.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenkiGonzo (614) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2014
Draught at Bungalow 10%ABV. Jet black with a tan head and good lacing. Sweet, malty aroma, not too roasted. Great carameland chocolate flavour with a bit of coffee. Can’t believe I haven’t tried this before.


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