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

bottled
available

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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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (7376) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Bottle @ Pauls Gathering. Black pour with no head. Roasted coffee, chocolate, smoked malts. Very pungent finish. Abv low for an IS but comes through.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Served from a 22 oz bottle from Pizza Port Bottle Shop. The appearance is a deep chocolaty brown with a super small roasted brown head. The aromas are rich with roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, with a touch of hops. The flavors are chocolate covered cherries initially and then quickly turn into heavily roasted malts and oak with some lactose in there and some herbal note. The mouth is medium dry with a low amount of carbonation. An above average but not great IS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (8294) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2009
japan beer drinker-san .. . aged 1 1/2 years .. pours a very dark plum with a medium roasty head, lacing is very good too .. . mtv is for pussies .. . tar, choc, aged sherry, pressed fruit skins in the nose .. . aged to perfection .. . toasty tar and black roast flavours.. holds its own with the american impy stouts..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (6093) - Wauwatosa, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Dark brown with a thinner, somewhat wispy tan head. Aromas of roasted grains, coffee, molasses, some char, dark fruit and earthy hops. Flavors start sweet and lead to some chary bitterness. Finish has some coffee grounds and dark chocolate. Technically correct imperial stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12347) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2009
22oz bottle @Pauls Gathering-pours a light brown ring for a head and black color. Aroma is sweet dark malt, dark fruit-cherry/prune. Taste is sweet dark malt, dark fruit-cherry/prune, secondary earthy hops. Mild carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours super dark, thin but solid sheet of tan sheet of suds atop. Smells somewhat charred, cola-like, with heavily roasted coffee notes, licorice, and leafy, resiny hop tones. Thick, super oily body with resiny hop notes, and humid warmth. Flavors are roasty and resiny with licorice notes. The bitterness is almost overwhelming here as the other flavors are having a hard time refining themselves. Overall, the beer seems to have a problem organizing its flavors and everything seems kind of unrefined and flimsy. The bitterness is somewhat distracting as well as it overwhelms the flavors that there malts are trying to portray. Nothings offensive or off, but i dont think the pieces really fit together here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Looks like an oil spill in the artic ocean with a subtle milky lacing. Nose is heavy with chocolate, coffee, boric acid, caramel, and smoke. Red vines, cherries, chocolate, nuts,smoke, and hibiscus flowers. Dry mouth feel kind of bitter with a warming alcohol finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3366) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, light chocolate, coffee and caramel. Flavor was chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, licorice, caramel and had a hint of smoke.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (10069) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle at Pauls tasting. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head. Light hop presence, chocolate, coffee, a touch of vanilla and barely a hint of bourbon. Medium body, light chocolate, roast, and coffee. Finishes with a touch of warming alcohol and a long lingering roast character.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bomber. Good oatmeal and toffee aroma. Black body with tan head. Good thick smooth body texture with chcolate for the most part which was good. Some vanilla and coffee in the mix. Good nite cap slept like a baby.


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