1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Dark Sky Imperial Stout - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Not Rated.
Dark Sky Imperial StoutDark Sky Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 90
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 70 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
Ego

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 03:33:16 | More by Ego
More User Reviews:
Photo of cyrushire
cyrushire

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

06-19-2014 04:33:58 | More by cyrushire
Photo of afsdan
afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-15-2014 18:59:15 | More by afsdan
Photo of wrightst
wrightst

Maryland

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-08-2014 02:37:31 | More by wrightst
Photo of djeyez
djeyez

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +19%

02-23-2014 19:28:35 | More by djeyez
Photo of Hoppsbabo
Hoppsbabo

United Kingdom (England)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 10:05:32 | More by Hoppsbabo
Photo of Rifugium
Rifugium

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 08:53:58 | More by Rifugium
Photo of Norseman
Norseman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-19-2014 13:36:39 | More by Norseman
Photo of jabo134
jabo134

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

12-08-2013 03:22:05 | More by jabo134
Photo of mpayne5
mpayne5

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14%

10-10-2013 02:59:13 | More by mpayne5
Photo of Magery
Magery

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

09-07-2013 20:00:41 | More by Magery
Photo of CrazyDavros
CrazyDavros

Australia

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2013 11:13:47 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of DonFrap
DonFrap

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -20.6%

07-18-2013 03:43:08 | More by DonFrap
Photo of beergoot
beergoot

Colorado

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 23:44:18 | More by beergoot
Photo of neckbracesub
neckbracesub

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-23-2013 13:42:41 | More by neckbracesub
Photo of CaptainNomihodai
CaptainNomihodai

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

02-28-2013 05:22:31 | More by CaptainNomihodai
Photo of chanokokoro
chanokokoro

Illinois

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2013 03:46:11 | More by chanokokoro
Photo of claytong
claytong

Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-15-2013 05:41:26 | More by claytong
Photo of DocJitsu
DocJitsu

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

11-25-2012 22:54:59 | More by DocJitsu
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
gueuzeonhigh

Maine

4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours as a bible black libation.
a small but long lived head

The nose gave off hints of coffee and toasted malt.

The flavor is/was a nice round "saftig" melange of toasted malt, hints of coffee, chocolate,
hops and everything else to "round out" an imperial stout.

A nice cordial mouthfeel followed the flavor hit.

My criticism is that it doesn't quite have the flavor "Whack" or the "gravitas" of a Russian imperrial-- it's in a way a little "soft" or maybe "pillowy"... yes all the ingredients are there of the Imperial Stout flavor.. even the 9% ABV but somehow the tires aren't fully inflated..

But don't get me wrong-- the strong overwhelming flavor "punch" of an imperial stout has its place. But this beer has its strong points-- it's when I'm not ready to duke it out with an "in your face" beer but I want the heavy stance of an "Imperial"-- here it is..

Then I took a look at where it's from-- and WOW! Usually "American Adjunct alikes" come from this place!

I purchased but one bottle- I'm going back for more...

I like I like I like..

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 01:44:20 | More by gueuzeonhigh
Photo of BEERchitect
BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

And so the brewery at the foot of Mount Juji borrows Russian influence when adapting the roasty, alcoholic, and robustly flavors found in stout that shows that there's no limit to the flavors or techniques that influence their beers.

With a certain stouty appearance, the Dark Sky carries a nearly black coloration, if ever so tilted toward brownish hues because of the stain of roasted barley. A turbulent pour from the large format bottle yields a much lighter than expected carbonation that struggles to find a cask-like loosely knit head that's equally stained with tan. After relaxing a bit, the head settles like coffee creme and skirts the surface of the beer intermittently yet consistently.

The aromas of coffee and chocolate swirl about the nose with impressions of coffeehouse mocha lattes. Diving a bit deeper, the underpinnings of scorched toffee, rum-ish alcohol, and esters that belong to cherries, raspberries, vinous red grapes, and tawny port come to mind in the most savory and succulent aromas possible.

With a first draw off the rim, the flavors of the beer seem scattered with the taste of roasted coffeeish grain, cocoa powder, and ash. But as the subtle carbonation evens out, the beer reasonably light zest of carbon dioxide allows the beer to sit heavy on the tongue with an evenly and velvety coat of malt afterwards. Brownie batter, decedent espresso, and heavily caramelized molasses cling to the surface of the mouth with smothering charm.

Where the label boasts the integration of hop flavor and bitterness, I find those elements to be moderate if not understated. The bitterness of the beer are easily rendered from the coffee roast as much as it is from woodish hops. While pleasantly bitter and slightly astringent with the texture of grape skin and grain tannin, the finish is indefinite and powers through the warm alcohol thinning for a linger of robustly sweet malts that meld seamlessly with the next sip.

The pop of the cap provided the assurance of carbonation, but the pour caused caution to the eye. However, the beer's understated carbonation actually accents beer flavor in all its glory and all its flaws. In other words, the seduction of carbonation eludes the beer and leaves it wonderfully naked.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 06:24:03 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of kaips1
kaips1

Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

07-17-2012 05:58:07 | More by kaips1
Photo of bluejacket74
bluejacket74

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

633 ml bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that stays around for a little while. Not much lacing. The aroma is nice, the brew smells like roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and some coffee. The flavor is more bitter than I expected it to be since the aroma was sweeter. It tastes like dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, and some licorice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating but it also seems thin for an imperial stout. The carbonation is low. I think it's a solid brew, but I was disappointed in this one since the other Baird beers I've tried in the past I liked a lot. I'd like to try this again in the future, but I think I'll wait a while before I do. $10.98 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 21:33:36 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Jsenay
Jsenay

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into Russian River tulip

A - Pours a dark brown nearing black with tons of carbonation and a great head retention that lingers for some time. Very thick lacing.

S - Roasted malts, coffee, toffee, caramel, bakers chocolate

T - Huge flavor explosion of chocolate, dates, coffee and cream. Heavy roasted malt aftertaste.

M - Very smooth and creamy up front. Slightly bitter with a creamy and moderately dry/chalky finish.

O - Very delicious. It can be almost too bitter and dry on the finish but, it fits this beer style very well. It also seems that this beer is rather inconsistent due to some reviewers opening bottles that are basically flat/sour/oxidized. Suppose I lucked out with this one. Either way, this is my first beer from Baird and I am definitely looking forward to trying more of what they have to offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 07:43:25 | More by Jsenay
Photo of kaelingirl
kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +5.8%

06-01-2012 03:56:34 | More by kaelingirl
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Dark Sky Imperial Stout from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.