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


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RATINGS: 216   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
AgentAle (1610) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiong (6714) - Espoo, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2015
330ml bottle. Package date 09 06 14 - Pours pitch black with small bubbly brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, licorice, cocoa, dark chocolate and hints of coffee. Taste is smooth, roasty and sweetish with hints of salty licorice and dark chocolate. Finish is smooth, sweetish and slightly roasty with some licorice and salty notes. Quite generic but balanced imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8171) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 2, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2016 35,5 cl bottle (10%) @ home, bottled 09.06.2014
Aroma is nice and sweetish with licorice. Flavour has salty licorice, some coffee and hints of soy sauce. Rather typical IS but also a solid one.

33 cl bottle (9%) @ ISKTR
Re-rate: Too salty but not that bad. 8-4-7-4-14=3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UncleKorm (1248) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Bottle poured a black hue w/ thin tan diminishing head. Bold aromas of chocolate, soy sauce, roast, and booze. Initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are dark chocolate, licorice, dark toast, vanilla, and prune. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2426) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Tap. Still looking nearly black body, no head. Milk chocolate, slight alcohol, dark fruits in the aroma. Flavor is a bit dull, mostly with dark fruit, small chocolate, not much roast, and quite malty and touch dark fruit sweetness. Slight paper comes in which is unfortunate. Medium velvety body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (4654) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2015
Draught @ Haket. Pours black with a small frothy mocha head that leaves a small spotty trace on the glass while dissipating. Smell is malty with dark bread, burnt caramel, toasted oatmeal, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, liquorice, moist soil and hints of alcohol. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty. Mouthfeel is soft, astringent, tiny boozy and medium bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and bitter with dark bread, burnt caramel, dark roast coffee, dark chocolate, moist soil and hints of alcohol. Solid malty and pleasantly bitter hopped stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (18834) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2015
Draught at Haket, Gteborg. Opaque black beer with a decent beige head. Roasted chocolate and cocoa aroma, smoked cheese, vinous, figs, raisins, dark bread, licorice, some caramel. Roasted chocolate and cocoa flavor, licorice, figs, dark bread, caramel, ash, some tar, warming alcohol, some woody notes. Well balanced and full bodied

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - AUG 11, 2015
11.2 oz bottle: Appearance is pitch black with minimal tan head. Aroma is of leather and hints of spice. Taste is fairly leathery with a bit of depth in the spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1740) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2015
Bottle. Pours an opaque jet-black with a shallow brown head that disappears quickly leaving only a lacy ring. Nose is milk chocolate, smoke, dried fruit, vanilla, allspice, and coffee. Very dry on the tongue; vanilla and coffee, but with no sweetness. On the midpalate it shifts to umami, herbs, and chicory, with licorice and fennel following. Its just an amazing melange of surprising and harmonious flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, round, and glycerine. Finish is all licorice and chicory. Outside the box is a great place to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4229) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 24, 2015
on tap @ Ei8ht Ball / Bellevue KY --- Opaque black color, thin tan rim head, thin strips of lace. Taste is bitter, syrupy, roasted malt that glides through a lightly carbonated swallow to a finish that reveals herbs and anise rather than traditional hop bittering. One-trick, with bitter malt consistent all the way. Big, but not laced with alcohol.

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