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

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RATINGS: 214   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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.


Nsanders' rating

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (986) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Deep brown with a creamy brown head. Light aroma, smells dry and clean/crisp. The flavor was moderately bitter and had a smooth medium-heavy body. This beer was very drinkable, as the first Japanese dark beer I’ve tried, I was impressed. (The lighthouse on the label was a beer bottle, seemed odd)


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rosenbergh (10176) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 22, 2016
355 ml bottle at the ISKTR 2016, Hervanta, Finland. 9%.
From a trade with IslandHaole. Thanks Dan for this one!

Dark reddish brown color with a tiny white head. Roasted malt and vanilla in the aroma. Moderate bitterness, hops, roasted malt, ashy dryness and soy in the flavor. Quite tasty. A bit thin though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jultsu (705) - TAMPERE, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
@ISKTR 2016. 9% alc. Tummanruskea kotikaljamainen vaahto ja väri. Tummahko, rusinainen tuoksu, rusinaisuus jatkuu suutuntumassa, melko laimeahko suutuntuma, lähinnä sulanutta suolaista lakritsaa, makeaa nektaria, ei hapotusta. Silti ihan kiva.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9185) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 20, 2016
355 cl bottle @ ISKTR 2016.
Pours dark brown color with a small head. Hops on the nose, roasted malts, grain, wheat notes and raisins, some plums too. Flavor is raisins, plums, dark roasted malts, subtle coffee bitterness. A bit thin but OK.
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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RRistow12 (692) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - AUG 1, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is caramel, toffee and chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet with a faint bitterness. Flavors of chocolate, toffee, caramel, faint dark fruits. Overall an average to below average imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5996) - 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!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
minutemat (4144) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
varanid99 (990) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SanfordBrewer (1478) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (1103) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
colui72 (635) - 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!


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