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

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RATINGS: 224   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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3.7
laiti (8468) - Tampere, 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.
9-4-7-4-15=3.9

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

3.3
UncleKorm (1319) - 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

3.4
Nickls (2535) - 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.

3.8
_angst_ (4802) - Göteborg, 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.

4
rlgk (18850) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 9, 2015
Draught at Haket, Göteborg. 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

3.8
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.

4.2
degbert (1773) - 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. It’s 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.

3.4
rondphoto (4431) - 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.

3.5
jkwalking05 (4735) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JUN 13, 2015
12 oz bottle. Black with a small tan head. Aroma is of dark chocolate, french roast coffee, light ash, smoke, doughiness, light vinegar. Taste is of molasses, light acidity, soy sauce, dark chocolate, and bread dough.

3.7
Maris (1513) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2015
From a 330ml bottle on 13/6/2015. Pours close to black with a smallish head. The nose is rich and malty, featuring chocolate, molasses and soy sauce. The flavour features dark chocolate, caramel and sweet soy, followed by a slightly spicy bitterness. Medium bodied with average carbonation. A solid enough impy.


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