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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mcberko (19880) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 3, 2010
Bottle sampled at SIB, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Flavour of extremely smooth oatmeal, roasted malt and chocolate. Outstanding imperial stout.

bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 25, 2010
Bottle. Very dark mahgogny beer with a brown head. Malt and caramel aroma with earth, backing hops, and chocolate. Chocolate and malt flavor with caramel, earth, and light citrus. Medium-plus bodied. Very well balanced. Caramel and chocolate ligers with light roast and light citrus.

AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 19, 2010
Black color/ viscous brown head. Nice dry dark chocolate, deep roasted malt, mineral aromas. medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Dry, ashy blackened malt flavors, then sweet dark chocolate, mineral in the middle. Drys out again for the finish with black roasted malts. very good.

gam (4142) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
Tan bubbly head very dark stout aroma vanilla caramel chocolate or more cocoa coffeee malt flavour has a creaminess smooth bitter vanilla chocolate like malted milk taste verymorishing mild coffee some liccorice finish smooth full tasting malt aftertaste medium bitter as well very good indeed

BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUN 10, 2010
633ml Bottle 9%. Thick, dark brown pour, almost black, with a creamy tan head that lasts a while. Aroma is quite roasty and has notes of dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and malt as well as some hoppy hints of citrus and stone fruit. The hops are even more noticeable in the flavour, which is a little less roasty and a bit more salty, chocolatey and fruity. Thick, oily mouthfeel with low carbonation and a long bitter, roasty finish. A very good imperial stout from Baird that is very much in the American style and also dangerously easy to drink.

donfardz64 (538) - Wellington, New Zealand, NEW ZEALAND - APR 21, 2010
Pours black, red edges with a brown head. Hoppy aroma, citrus mixed with burnt toffee.
Flavour is an intriguing combination of light citric hop flavours and heavy roast malt character. The body is lacking just a bit, finish is warm and roasty.
A great American imperial stout.

SamGamgee (2585) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - APR 4, 2010
633ml bottle. Black with a tan head. Dark dried fruit and roasted malt with a touch of hops in he nose. The flavor has some dark chocolate and fruit with medium bitterness and some toasty grain in the finish. Medium bodied. A bit light for an imperial stout, and nothing about the flavor stands out at all. Decent, but far from worth the cost to import it here.

MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Pours blackish with a little caramely head. Smells like molasses, toast, and hops. Tastes like chocolate with sourish, sharp coffee grounds taste. A bit sharper than I would have liked, not pleasant to drink.

Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2010
750mL bottle. Poured transparent deep brown (near black) with a looser-bubbled beige head. The aroma picked up moderately-roasted molasses, licorice, and sweeter cacao notes with light earthy and floral hop accents.. nothing great jumped out of the glass, but it was well-rounded. The flavor found licorice, molasses, coffee, and more genero-black patent malts at the core.. some malty sourness, earthy bitters, and a blend of sweet vanilla and chocolates around.. sharper on the finish with the aforementioned malty sours, chocolate bitterness, and a touch of peppery alcohol. Medium-bodied with a slick feel at times on the palate.. a little too sharp toward and through the end, but other than that it felt pretty good. This is one of the few beers I’ve thought would benefit from a nitro pour.

Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2010
633mL bottle pours deep dark mahogany with tan head. The aroma is smooth and subtle with roasted malts, burnt malts, some sweet malts, molasses and some sort of vanilla black licorice sort of mixture. The taste is both creamy and thin in body. I get sweetness with malts and subtle molasses notes moving into smooth burnt malts, some coffee and chocolaty goodness. By midway a brief dark fruitiness is noticed adding interest. It becomes more and more roasty to burnt into the finish. Nice stuff.

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