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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
THE BROS
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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 kojevergas
2.08/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

633ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness goblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California. Expectations are average. Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over time. Not paired with food.

A: Pours no head whatsoever - excepting traces of floating tan foam on the edges. Colour is a solid off-black. Not real appealing, especially for the style. 9.00% doesn't excuse how bad/nonexistant this head is. The colour is suspect; it isn't quite black.

Sm: Roast and hops. Some light chocolate. Caramelized malt. A light to mild strength aroma overall.

T: Some roast and caramel alongside some hops. Imbalanced and badly built for the style. The lack of sufficient carbonation lends it a watery character, and it might even be a bit astringent. Some alcohol does come through. The hops are nice. I don't like it.

Mf: Horribly undercarbonated/flat. Smooth and wet. Too thick; a bit syrupy.

Dr: Difficult to drink because of its bad flavour and lack of carbonation. Not in any way refreshing. The ABV is poorly concealed. I'd never get this again, and I'll be regarding any future beers from this brewer with heavy skepticism. Inexcusable. This beer never should have made it to market.

D

kojevergas, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of SawDog505
2.65/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a 20 oz Duvel tulip. Pours a very dark brown with a half inch of tan head with a very aggressive pour, little nervous something isn't right with this brew, but there is some spotty lacing. Smell is chocolate, coffee, molasses, and tobacco. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, and dark fruit. Body is thin, very little carbonation, dry even for the style, and not overly drinkable because of lack of life and body. Very big let down and I really don't think it was a spoiled bottle, because there was some carbonation and some lacing. First time ever saying this, but this my last bottle of this ever.

SawDog505, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of DocJitsu
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

DocJitsu, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of kaips1
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

kaips1, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The color is black with brownie highlights at the top of the beer. Just a little foam after the pour that leaves a very thin latte like film.

Heavy roasted nose gives off aromas of black coffee and dark chocolate. The alcoholseems to cut the nose a little short with a stand alone heat. The alcohol dominates instead of incorporates the aromas of the malt a little too much.

The taste starts a little musty and boozey. The middle mellows out with creamy mocha, dark brick chocolate, and 7-11 black coffee. The finish is a boozey coffee with just a drop of Bailey's.

The palate is warm and comforting. But not as inviting to take another sip. This is not a session beer of course, but the flavors along with the palate raen't very conducive to a fully enjoyable, sipping RIS.

scruffwhor, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -20.6%

oline73, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of DonFrap
3/5  rDev -20.6%

DonFrap, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of hopdog
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

633ml bottle shared courtesy or weewee138 (thanks!).

Poured a dark black with brown edges and a small sized off white head. Aromas of roastiness, chocolate, coffee/coffee grounds, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, lighter roastiness, and lighter coffee.

hopdog, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet molasses, roasted malt, and a touch of smoked meats. Flavor of sweet roasted and charred malt. Mostly just sweet and boring. No real flavor at all. A let down.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 13/20
(3.3/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of jpmclaug
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Stone IRS snifter. Grabbed this at CBX the day of the BA Blackbeerd release.

A - Black body with a slight brown head. Lots of bubbles ran up the side for an amazing appearance when this was first poured.

S - Light notes of chocolate and roast. Not too much aroma though.

T - Decent mix of chocolate and a light roast but not really what I was expecting from a 9.0% RIS. Slightly lingering bitterness but man this is just lacking. What a let down.

M - Another let down here. medium bodied with a light carbonation. Not a RIS body at all

D - I mean this is decently drinkable but I was hoping for a beast of a RIS. Oh well. This was worth trying but I don't see myself picking it up again.

jpmclaug, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of Hoops4life511
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle with no visible date poured into snifter.

Appearance - Poured an opaque black with a frothy patchy quarter inch tan head that falls to patches but leaves patches along the cap. Smell - Hop forward with a sweet molasses in the background. Some faint hints of plum and raisin. Pleasant aroma, I expected more roasty aromas though.

Taste/Mouth - Thin feel with a dry oatmeal like taste. Some malty sweetness with a dry bitter hop finish. Carbonation is mild and pleasant I just wish this had a fuller body, it could be a lot better.

Overall - Not bad, but not what I expected or hoped for. With a dark ominous label and a big aroma I expected to be wowed, but wasn't. Very average beer.

Hoops4life511, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 12oz. snifter.

Appearance: A standard pour nets a quarter inch of foamy, brown head. It slowly recedes to bubbly patches and a thin halo, but it drags nice, web-like lacing all the way down. Body is black and totally opaque. Looks medium-bodied for the style.

Smell: Cocoa, molasses, dark chocolate, and figs. Certainly roasty, but those aforementioned sweet aromas really make this one. I get more and more fig as it warms, accompanied by blackberries. Nicely done!

Taste: Smoke and char do a number on the taste buds, making themselves especially known in the aftertaste. Caramel, blackberries, and something acidic (thinking another dark fruit) are also in there. Finishes pretty acrid. Tastes fruitier as it warms (and I become more buzzed), but overall it's not that much better.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-light bodied for an RIS. Carbonation is light and prickly. Finishes dry, and aftertaste is long-lasting. Meh.

Drinkability: As I reach the end of this 22oz. bomber, I'm still enjoying the smell. It tastes better than it did initially, and I'm OK with the mouthfeel. With that said, I'm totally indifferent about Dark Sky at this point.

ThreeWiseMen, May 27, 2010
Photo of FrankShirley
3.25/5  rDev -14%

FrankShirley, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of mpayne5
3.25/5  rDev -14%

mpayne5, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Dieu du Ciel's Japan taps special. Black body with some white head. Above average carbonation. Chocolate and coffee, centennial and amarillo hops, giving it an American experience. A bit of mould in there. Was not very complex, this is a fresh tap yet did not display its best on tour.

Sammy, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Eh. This beer lack balance. Too malty tangy with a sweet edge that just doesn't work. There are some mild smoked tones that don't mesh well at all. It's lacking and poorly constructed. Doesn't work at all for me. A shame too, considering the price.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
Photo of H1N1
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pitch black with a half finger of off white head after a super aggressive pour.

S- Sweet chocolate malts with not much else going on. A bit of alcohol. It's nice, but not very complex.

T- Much like the smell, but with a bit of coffee on the back. Even though it isn't complex, it's nice.

M- A little thin for a RIS. Average.

D- It's good, don't get me wrong, but nothing super special.

H1N1, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

unusual 633ml/1pt,5.4oz size. no date or batch code found. tasted in late may/early june 2009. poured into tulip glass.

opaque, jet black, w hints of brown under direct light. nearly 2-finger medium brown head, gradually fading to sudsy bubbles and thin creamy wisps. a few splotchy rings of lace.

aroma: roasted malts and dark caramel w hints of dried cherry. wood note? (cedar?) earthy hops in the back, mixing w coffee tones. esters in the back, but whiffs of alcohol become apparent too.

taste: caramel, almost molasses, and touch of fruit. some earthy hops and roast, w coffee tones lingering into the aftertaste. moderate to bold bitterness. all a bit boozy and alcoholic however.

medium body, somewhat smooth, but astringent alcohol seems to thin things out. mild to moderate carbonation gives tingle, but is relatively neutral in overall effect.

an interesting attempt, but needs a touch more complexity and a lot less alcohol presence.

tai4ji2x, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark brown, nearly black color. A one finger tan head forms, good retention. Light lace.
S: Roasted malt, plenty of sweetness. Caramel, vanilla, chocolate, coffee.
T: Follows the nose, and pretty standard for a stout. Roasted malt, caramel sweetness, coffee, lots of chocolate.
M/D: A medium-full body. Low carbonation and on the thin side. Not hard to sip on, but one is enough.

Not bad at all, but just average. Enjoyable to try once, but a one and done for me.

champ103, May 19, 2012
Photo of cyrushire
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

cyrushire, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Magery
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Magery, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

largadeer, Aug 05, 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 phichifiji00
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: black with tan head. No lacing.

Smell: roasted malt, chocolate, some hop presence.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate, a bit hoppy.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth.

Overall: A good imperial stout. Not very complex. Good drinkability.

phichifiji00, Nov 16, 2011
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
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Dark Sky Imperial Stout from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.