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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 222   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.

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3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
EdKing (2526) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 4, 2011
Bottle at Pats birthday tasting at Chrisos. 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (18000) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Drake (13300) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Bottle from Bruisin Ales. Ive 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (6037) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (4115) - 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 didnt 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pineypower (3247) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (10070) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Hearty opaque dark brown with finger-thick light brown mattress. Aroma is sweet and toasty, as it has time to sit the sweetness evokes stewed fruits with the earthy roast. Palate is very soft, full- bodied, with nice roast and bitter chocolate, hints of ash and dried stonefruits. Finish has a minerally dryness more than bitterness. Can an imperial stout be mellow? This one seemed mellow, but still very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 15, 2011
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours black with a nice, large and foamy beige head. Aroma of rich chocolate and dark fruits. Slight liquorice tones in there as well. Earthy hops combine with some chocolate and coffee matls. Very balanced and solid stout

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
Sampled on 5/28/2011. This Imperial Stout pours a deep eclipse color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee, tobacco and licorice. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee, semi sweet. The hops are herbal and earthy. Nice carbonation. Very well balanced. Very drinkable Imperial Stout. It not over the top, its not aged in a barrel, they didnt add magic beans or weasel poop coffee. It is just a very solid well made, nicely balanced Imperial Stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.


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