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


on tap

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RATINGS: 233   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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Landmonger (155) - 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...

Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, 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.

madmitch76 (26453) - , 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.

larsga (7680) - 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.)

jimhilt (2635) - 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.

Natai (152) - Sacramento, California, USA - APR 23, 2012
Deep and dark, virtually no head, light aroma, balanced on the palate with fairly even flavor, coffee and raisins aftertaste. Lighter than its appearance suggests. Good, and excellent for what I paid $8.

5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Bottle:   Black, thin foamy light brown head, sparce lacing.   Chalky nose, roasty, a bit herbal, make that very herbal.   Very shrubby on the tongue, herbal, with roastiness and soft bakers chocolate.   Not a hopped up Imperial Stout, but one that is soft and herbal.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Comes across as very smooth.   This is not a hopped up Imperial Stout, instead its on the dry chocolate malt side.   Not sure how Imperial this one is, but it is enjoyable.   Alcohol is well hidden, which isnt surprising given its only 7.6%.   Lighter side of an Imperial Stout, and one that is not overly hopped.   Fairly solid, and a bit different in that its a little shrubby.   Others in its class like to hit you over the head with either hops or malts, but this one seems a little more well balanced.

durhambeer (2585) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours dark brown, nearly black with a big-bubbled head resulting from an aggressive pour. Nose comes across grainy and thin but it’s much more rich, dense, and complex in the taste. Licorice, toffee, hops. Almost barleywine-like as much as an impy stout. Great taste.

fonefan (52426) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 3, 2012

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ chriso [ oh6gdx birthday bash tasting ].

Dark brown colour with a average to large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, sweet malt, wood. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration, light salty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20111203]

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - JAN 1, 2012
[email protected] [email protected] Black colour, small brown head. Aroma is liquorice, alcohol, some mild fruity and dark berries as well. Flavour is liquorice, alcohol, mild riped fruits as well as some raisins.

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