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


on tap

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RATINGS: 225   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   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.

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kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011

Date: May 15, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Brusin Ales, Asheville NC
Appearance: black, creamy tan head
Aroma: sweet chocolate aroma, light roasted, caramel and licorice sweetness
Flavor: rich roasted flavor, dark chocolate, growing caramel sweetness brings out a rich chocolate, light hops and bitterness, long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+ /4

Leighton (21239) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at chriso’s. Pours dark, ruby-brown with a foamy, beige head. Mild roast and dark malt nose. Nice flavor, medium sweet, lightly roasty, some dirty earth, dark sugar. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Pleasantly roasty finish with some slight age to the malts. Mild bitterness of earth and cocoa. Nice, restrained impy.

reebtogi (6267) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
650ml bottle pours black in color with a large thick beige head that settles slowly leaving some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasted malts and traces of chocolate and coffee. Taste is roasted malt and coffee bitterness balanced nicely with some malty sweetness and some pleasing hoppy bitterness to finish things off. This is a smoother easy drinking stout which still is loaded with flavor. Very nice.

EdKing (2586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Pat’s birthday tasting at Chriso’s. Oily opaque black colour with brown edges. Nose is roasted, burnt, chocolate, dark fruits, possibly a bit of sourness. Taste is roasted bitterness, burnt sugar, chocolate cake, dark fruits and something a little sour in their too. Berry sour.

harrisoni (18578) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Bottle at Chriso Patriks Bday tasting. Black beer lasting beige head. Very choc sponge. Very decent. Lots of choc sponge.

Drake (13737) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. I’ve had this for quite some time now. Pours a very dark brown color with a large frothy brown head. Good head retention. Big aroma with notes of roasted malts, chocolate, bitter hops, wood, coconut, toffee. The taste is roasted malts, soy, oxidation notes, toffee, bitter hops, sweet malts. Medium-full bodied.

dmac (6262) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle from Cranbury Buy-Rite. Poured a very nice looking pitch black body under a large foamy beige head. Aroma was very syrupy with notes of melted slightly burnt chocolate, espresso, vanilla extract, tar, soy sauce. Great body with soft carbonation, a fuller but not overpowering mouthfeel that is slightly syrupy and no alcohol heat at all. The flavor is more burnt and roasty than the aroma, notes of wet old espresso beans, vanilla extract, tar, tobacco, dark fruit. Really good stuff that gets even more complex with some warmth.

johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Pours solid black in color with a huge fluffy khaki head that shows great retention and lace. Smells predominately of dark fruits, cherries and berries mixed with a little chocolate and roast. Earthy hops cut through some of the malt to balance things out a bit. Taste is a bit vinous. Roasted grains have been used sparingly but are present enough to provide some chocolate and coffee flavors. Caramel, fruit, and burnt sugar round out the flavors quite nicely. Medium to thick body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, Light level of carbonation. Wow this is a really good stout. Reminds me of Expedition a bit, well what I remember it to be. I didn’t really get the torrential hop downpour that was promised me from the side of the label, but with no bottle dating I have no idea how fresh this is. Honestly its drinking great right now.

pineypower (3327) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dmac for sharing. Pours out black with a small off white head. Aroma is of light chocolate, some roast, and light coffee. Taste is much the same, lots of chocolate, some coffee, light licorice, roast and a very slight dry hoppy note creeping in there on the finish. Silky smooth mouthfeel. This one was pretty tasty.

dabre4 (6) - , AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2011 does not count
Light brown head. Smells fantastic, caramel, vanilla, coffee with slight hop. Viscous mouth feel. Tastes of burnt sugar, and dry roast malt, a little sweetness first up balanced by a smooth bitter aftertaste. Bloody nice beer.

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