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

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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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3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nsanders (1144) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Deep brown with a creamy brown head. Light aroma, smells dry and clean/crisp. The flavor was moderately bitter and had a smooth medium-heavy body. This beer was very drinkable, as the first Japanese dark beer I’ve tried, I was impressed. (The lighthouse on the label was a beer bottle, seemed odd)


3.6
onceblind (9689) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 22, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2017 Black hue with a thin light tan head. Big rich inky earthy aroma with sweet char and earthy roast. Smooth flavor that’s dark and roasty and a little chocolaty but also with a dose of honey and this odd plastic tone with a gently sweet earthy black malty roasty sweetness. Odd all around but still kinda tasty. Just a normal-ish roasty semisweet Stout with mild chocolate tones, honey and plastic.

3.8
explosivedog (1184) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 14, 2017
UPDATED: JUL 15, 2017 330ml bottle. Pours black with a good head. Chocolate, coffee, orange peel, little grapefruit, nice charcoal stuff. Bigger hop character than I was expecting, leads to a really nice bitter imperial stout.

4
nearbeer (5422) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2017
33 cl. bottled 09/13/2015. Deep ebony brew has a small disc of lasting cream. Aroma is oats, dark bread, caramel supplemented by mild notes of cocoa, tobacco and coffee. Tastes of dark chocolate, coffee, berry and pralines Finish of ash and pithy wood. Medium-heavy body is soft and smooth with low carbonation and a nice drinkable balance.

4
chinchill (5024) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2017
12 oz bottle served in a goblet. Pours very dark brown, near black and opaque in the glass. Little head or lacing, and the head is too bubbly. Aroma: rich, nicely complex and very appealing. A bit boozy with hints of licorice and molasses. Flavor: robust, rich, refined and well-balanced. Leans slightly towards sweet. Very good mix of dark fruit and roasted grain flavors with a touch of coffee and licorice. Feel: full body with soft, low carbonation. Overall: excellent

3.6
chuwy (50) - JAPAN - MAR 6, 2017
Bottle. My home. Deep dark black with off white billowy head. Aromas of roast and.acrid black.with some.chocolate and toffee. Medium.heavy mouthfeel and rich dark.choc coffee notes with some roast character. American style hopping here adds a touch of bitterness but also a little hoppy fruit flavour too. Enough to.make.it interesting.

2.3
CyborgX (109) - THAILAND - MAR 3, 2017
Bottle - a faint malty aroma. Pours dark almost black with a whispy white head that hangs around longer than expected. Taste is initially slightly sweet and alcohol, but quickly flips to a medium bitter middle and end. The bitterness spoils it for me, leaving me with gritted teeth and an unpleasant lingering taste ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 22, 2017
On tap at the Baird Harajuku Taproom. I can taste why this is the best rated Baird beer. It’s really good! Chocolate and coffee aroma. Roased toffee sweetness. Very smooth body. Lots of complex flavors. Too easy to drink. Very tasty.

3.5
hackobock (4029) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
February 11, 2017. Bottle, courtesy of tkrjukoff, thanks!
Dark brown almost Black with a small tan head. Aroma is green apple, light roast, wood, soft roasted, some almond notes. Taste is medium sweet, soft bitter. Medium bodied, soft carbonation Finish is smooth sweet and roasted, touch of dried fruits, smooth chocolate.

3.5
AdmiralVernon (1195) - SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2017
A: Deep dark brown coloured with a thin brown lacing N: Raisins, plum, light coffee T: Coffee, plum, bitter chocolate O: Quite thin... Coffee is noce rhough.

4.2
mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 9, 2016
Bottle from Hop City. From September 2015. 10%. Menacing black pour produced a gorgeous, fluffy dark brown head. Stuck around nicely. Aroma was huge, deep, dark roasted malt, melted candy bar, vanilla, cocoa, awesome. Flavors were much of the same, intense malt bill, dark and bitter, slightly sweet up front, espresso like bitter finish. Plus mouthfeel with slick carbonation. This is a wonderfully done, no frills imperial stout. Big fan.


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