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Dark Sky Imperial Stout - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Dark Sky Imperial StoutDark Sky Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%

Winey and malty aromas, burnt grain, coffee
Bright dark brown under a 1" rocky tan tinted off-white foam cap.
Palate: It has the malt which starts at first but then it blossoms into a coffee, burnt grain astringency. The malt is a bit different here than in some of the other Imperial stouts. The roastiness of the grain is more prominent – it is a little drier and thinner than some of the other Imperial Stouts but then at the same time the flavors are very deep. There is some caramel in the flavor.
Medium to a shade less on the body, medium to medium high carbonation.

pat61, Thursday at 06:28 PM
Photo of ivyman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

ivyman, Wednesday at 10:35 PM
Photo of bnes09
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%

bnes09, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

On draft, pours jet black, very still, looks like used motor oil, a little head, but not much.

The smell is alot of roast, dark chocolate, bitter coffee rinds, nutty, and just a bit of fruity hops. The flavor is roast bitter chocolate, rice, toast, roasted malts and a little licorice. It comes together well for an easy drinking finish. The alcohol is hidden well, but a few of the flavors (rice note) come out too strong for me.

This makes me think of an American beer more than what I would expect from Japan.

nmann08, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Latarnik, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

largadeer, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

westcoastbeerlvr, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of FrankShirley
3.25/5  rDev -14%

FrankShirley, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of cyrushire
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

cyrushire, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +5.8%

afsdan, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +5.8%

wrightst, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of djeyez
4.5/5  rDev +19%

djeyez, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Hoppsbabo
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

* I think mine was aged because the label was different from the current one.

A: Impenetrable black body with a small beige head.

S: Chocolatey with fruity hops – American smelling.

T: Intense but mild if that's possible. Very chocolatey and not very bitter at all. It's certainly American in character. It's hoppy and fruity with smokey fudge in the aftertaste. Tart as well.

O: By a mile the best beer I've had from Japan. Really lovely. Wish I bought a few.

Hoppsbabo, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Rifugium
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmm. I would never have guessed this was from Japan. But anyway. Standard stout appearance, dark brown-black--might as well call it black--with a small cap of tan head that receded to a ringlet, leaving some spotty lacing on the glass. Dark roasty malts in the nose, toasted pumpernickel, some vaguely citrus hop notes. Similar in the taste, roasted malts, toasted dark bread, spent coffee grounds, touch of smoke, anise and raisins, faint but noticeable hoppy oils. Body was medium, maybe a tad thin for the style. Decent overall, but nothing I'd see myself going back for.

Rifugium, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Norseman
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Norseman, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of jabo134
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jabo134, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -14%

mpayne5, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Magery, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours black with a tiny head.
Nose shows roasted malt, dark chocolate, nutty notes and liquorice.
Pretty similar flavours but less complex, mainly roasted malt, dark chocolate and coffee liqueur.
Needs more carbonation, pretty much flat at the moment.

CrazyDavros, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -20.6%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of beergoot
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Opaque blackness sporting a thick, creamy head; good lacing and sticky clots of foam clinging to the glass. Malt grains give off a light, roasted scent with hints of cocoa and dark fruit. Excellent charred grain flavors, nicely offset by a well-balanced hop bitterness. Smooth, medium bodied; crisp and dry.

A well-made imperial stout, packed with lots of dark ale malt and hop goodness. Subtly complex and nicely balanced. The malt and hop characteristics do a good job of masking the alcohol. Rich, smooth, and darkly delicious!

beergoot, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

neckbracesub, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of Ego
3.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

eyes...
2 full fingers of dark cocoa head, black but not totally impenetrable, a good amount of carbonation traffic is observed, the head layers out in near flawless fashion, lacing and legs embrace in this very sweet looker, the head fades at a reasonable pace, but mostly this is a really solid looking brew

nose...
boozy raisins, some dry chocolate, a bit of wood must, caramel malts just peeking out from around the corner, nice but nothing amazing

taste etc...
follows the aroma with a bit more depth though, the carbonation makes this drink light but when that initial lightness fades a heavy flavor is laid on ya, the initial blasts are a bit too much in the raisin department for this old beerhound.... it is a bit distracting, the ABV is well hidden on this so... watch out. I suppose the best aspect of this brew is the nice lingering bitter chocolate tone left in your mouth for quite the long after glow...

verdict?
pretty good. it almost strays into barleywine taste territory a bit for me but not bad.

Ego, May 04, 2013
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

CaptainNomihodai, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of chanokokoro
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fairly aggressively oured from a 12 oz. bottle into an unbranded snifter

A Russian imperial stout brewed in Japan at Baird Brewing Company located near Mt. Fuji. As someone who is very interested in Japanese culture and history and craft beer this brew is of great interest.

Pours an extremely dark motor oil brown capped by a fluffy beige two finger head that slowly reduces to a substantial foam ring. Above average retention, a good amount of splotchy lacing along the glass. Big roasted malt and grain, bakers chocolate, burnt raisins and some espresso notes. Opens with strong dark chocolate, black cherry, roasted barley and grain, dried dark fruit and some port accents. Finishes with abundant bitter hop notes, espresso, and bittersweet cocoa powder and a bit of warming alcohol. Lighter side of full bodied with a fairly high level of carbonation when compared with other Russian Imperial Stouts, smooth and slick. A very solid RIS. A bit lighter bodied than some other brews in the style, but fairly complex and definitely a brew that is worth revisiting. Kampai, indeed!

chanokokoro, Feb 14, 2013
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Dark Sky Imperial Stout from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.