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

bottled
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 225   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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3.8
colui72 (1029) - HONG KONG - JAN 5, 2016
Pours black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is a bit weak, roasted malts and coffee. Taste gets much better though, with chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toffee, well balanced by the hops. Medium body, quite boozy, a very good effort of Baird. Keep it up!

3.7
kaser (6312) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2016
Black with brown head. Coffee and sweet sugar and coffee flavor. Maybe toffee too. Good stuff. Had this as part of a flight at TAP The Ale Project, in Hong Kong.

3.6
zvsn (2092) - ISRAEL - DEC 20, 2015
Bottle shared at a tasting. Pours brown black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, licorice and roasted grains. Taste of sweet malt, milk chocolate, coffee, prunes, alcohol with bitter finish. Medium bodied, smooth and relatively dry.

3.6
tomer (3517) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 19, 2015
At a tasting, thanks, almost no head, very dark brown color, dark bread aroma with some chocolate cake, hint of dark fruits and dark chocolate, noticable sweetness, light to medium bitterness, quite mellow. Nice and not too heavy.

3.4
rayaron (1836) - Kfar Saba, ISRAEL - DEC 13, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel, Tel Aviv. Thanks zvsn. Deep brown with brownish head. Sweetish aroma with notes of dried fruits, licorice, milk chocolate and cookies. Sweet flavor with notes of chocolate, coffee, some roastiness, liqueur, a bit salty, alcoholic, dry. Oily texture, medium-bodied.

3.4
DSG (14784) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - DEC 8, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks zvsn. Very dark brown to black. Aroma of roast, licorice, some dark fruits, alcohol. Bittersweet flavor with roast, licorice, some fruitiness, and a bitter finish, with a bit of alcohol. Medium to full-bodied.

3.8
BenH (3439) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle. Black with tan head. Aroma is roasty, chocolate, dried fruit. Taste is roasty, chocolate and toffee, molasses. Quite sweet

3.9
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - DEC 1, 2015
from Erzbierschof - black beer without foam; heavy roasted nose of cacao, dark chocolate and vanilla; full-bodied, light oily, sweet and decently bitter, low carbonation; more vanilla, roasted chocolate and warming alcohol notes; a bit chestnutty - robust

3.8
dfearnley (2145) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 20, 2015
It’s been a while since I’ve had a Japanese beer, and I’ve been missing them. This was a bottle to a pint glass. Plum, soy, motor oil, licorice, caramel, and black currants. It’s an opaque, dark reddish brown, with just a thin ring of a head, despite trying to shock one out. Also, there is almost no effervescence. Taste is soy, caramel, molasses, lightly toasted malt, buckwheat, a hint of whiskey, and a touch of dark chocolate and sourness. Mouthfeel is slick oil, medium bodied, and there’s a slight warmness. This is a fine brew.

3.8
AgentAle (1750) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 16, 2015
Aroma is deep rich malts,caramel and toffee. Taste is rich almost chewy malts, mocha,chocolate and molasses. Light bitterness on tip but undermine by the thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Appearance is black with a thin light brown head that retains fairly poorly.


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