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Dark Sky Imperial Stout - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Dark Sky Imperial StoutDark Sky Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
85
very good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.43%


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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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a bubble sticky film swirling on top. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide to the surface.
S- This beer has a smooth roasted black malt aroma with a deep red wine quality to it and a black grain hint in the finish. T- This beer has as big roasted chocolate flavor with a dark cola notes underneath. There is a red wine quality without the tannins. This beer has a slight tang in the finish with a roasted note and a nice bitter black note. There is a bourbon note without any booziness.
M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a texture that coats the mouth with each sip.
D- This beer has full flavor but all the mellow qualities making it mysterious smooth and good depth in subtly. There is a dark malt richness that still shows of the subtle complexities.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 16:39:16 | More by rhoadsrage
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Gilgemesh for this one!

Looks quite dark, a deep dark brown rather with a few hints of port sneaking in around the edges of my glass. The head is a smooth tan and even film.

Smells of sweet, sticky barely that fades into milk chocolate with a soft toasty coffee beneath to give it some balance.

The flavor begins quite sedate, with a soft tickle of coffee along the sides of my tongue. This quickly unfolds into a more pronounced and robust smoky coffee that lingers long into the finish. Successive sips seem to burn this coffee into my mouth. Beneath I catch glimpses of ginger bread and molasses cookies.

Feels a bit big and sluggish although dry enough to finish clean.

Nice. Reminds me of other takes on the style that I remember fondly.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 23:09:32 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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lackenhauser

Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black in color. Nice sized tan head on top. Moderate aroma of roasted malt and cocoa. Big chocolate flavor upfront. Nice grainy flavor. Moderate hop bite to it. Not overly complex-failry straight forward taste wise. Decent body-has a mellow softness to it with a somewhat dry finish. Very drinkable beer. Not overly done or in your face. Nice to try a Japanese craft brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:20:35 | More by lackenhauser
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 09:05:29 | More by tai4ji2x
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown, nearing black with a dark tan head that slowly fades out into a mild cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is roasty, with caramel, cocoa, espresso, prunes, and "stuffed grape leaves" coming through.
Taste is of the above aromas with espresso, and vanilla flavors standing out.
Mouthfeel is gritty, full bodied, and slightly hot.

I'm glad I got a chance to try this one from Japan. It's been on my radar for quite some time.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 20:57:17 | More by weeare138
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 20:52:17 | More by hopdog
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown with a substantial, light brown head. Nice lacing. Smells of coffee, cocoa, and dark fruit. Dark, biscuity malt with very light alcohol burn. Dark roasty, almost burnt malt taste, with coffee and chocolate again. Raisins and brown sugar. Slight warming alcohol. Full bodied. Nice, refined stout that doesn't beat you over the head with extreme flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 17:10:20 | More by philipquarles
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spointon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured a deep dark jet-black color. When held up to the lamp, this one was not letting any light through. The foamy dark tan head poured 3/4" and quickly settled to a 1/8" cap. Some nice streaky and spotty lacing down the glass.

S= I found aromas of sweet dark malts, dark chocolate, roasted espresso beans, dark ripe fruit, and some alcohol presence. This was dark, dark, dark!

T= Pretty much a carbon copy of the aroma report - roasted cocoa and coffee beans, ripe cherries and plums, a rich yet tart vinous flavor and a sizeable alcohol character. The finish was full of warmth, dry, and possessed a slight bitterness from the roasted grain notes.

MF= Heavy full body with a creamy and moderately carbonated feel.

D= A pretty solid example of the style and one that I would drink again. A sipper for sure though!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 04:25:43 | More by spointon
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tobacco shop & chocolate are dominant in this beer. Appearance is disappointing with modest head, and the nose is somewhat tepid as well. However, the aforementioned tobacco and chocolate flavors make it worth the effort, especially on the finish. It reminds me of that thick hot chocolate I had in Spain.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 05:27:08 | More by yemenmocha
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Great start to the beige head. Oddly, it collapsed in the middle. Thin stringy lace after each each sip. Near black in color, no light shines through.

Clear chalky, chocolate aroma. Subtle sweetness.

The flavor has a touch of coffee and dark chocolate. Light hop gives more interest to the bitter flavor. The aftertaste comes closer to chocolate milk with a mild bitterness. Relatively thin body with moderate carbonation. Overall, an easy to drink Imperial Stout that is not on the extreme side.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 01:10:40 | More by smcolw
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A) Poured from a 22oz bomber. 99% opaque, 1% reddish hue. Thin creamy, tan head. Great lacing.
S) Roasted barley, chocolate, and a touch of caramel sweetness.
T) Smoky, slight alcohol effervescence, and a nice toffee sweetness.
M) Creamy, chewy, and hearty. Definitely a full bodied brew.
D) A well crafted and delicious stout.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 00:28:23 | More by u2carew
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

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)

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 21:29:53 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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MPLS

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this one for its exclusivity factor and the fact that Minnesota is still freezing.

Poured a couple of glasses from the odd shaped bomber to a snifter.

A: Opaque, dark, brown, minimal head, moderate lacing.

S: Roasted malts, faint chocolate, alcohol, sweet soy sauce.

T: Similiar to the smell, melted chocolate dipped in coffee soy sauce? Up front it's sweet, followed with a charred alcoholic bitterness.

M: What a softy, was hoping for something a bit more viscous.

D: Had fun drinking the bomber, this guys lacks the complexity of what I've come to expect. This stout could have had a fuller body and made better attempts at masking the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 22:53:07 | More by MPLS
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BretSikkink

Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Side note: the label on this beer is absolutely gorgeous. This is very fine quality, from the pleasing color palate of the Meiji style painting to the matte finish of the paper. Baird means business.

Dark, oily looking liquid. Moving right up to the cusp of black and sticking a toe out. The foam builds some momentum from large bubbles to a fairly tightly packed brown head. After the first glass, some lacing is evident, and more follows. Looks like there are some hops in this beverage!

The nose is quite strong, with elements of roasted barley, dark fruit, and the unmistakable waft of American hops. Coffee and caramel play off each other, figs and raisins dance 'round the fire, and for complexity there's a large dosage of peppery, spicy hops that lend a nice pine, herbal edge. A lot of character in the nose; I'm really impressed.

The flavor is the equal of the nose, which is wonderful. Chocolate is more apt than coffee as a descriptor, although it would definitely be bittersweet. Caramel and toffee also make an appearance, later in the flavor cycle. There is an herbal component as well - the hops are quite prominent and earthy. Star anise is somewhere in the mix, with a tiny bit of mouth-numbing going on. Is this as complex and palate-shattering as the best R.I.S.s on the planet? Maybe not. But it's very well balanced, and there's plenty of complexity and character to go around.

Smooth, velvety soft mouthfeel. Not hugely full, but definitely solid. The finish is acrid and burnt, and lasts long. Alcohol is prominent, but not over the top of all the other outgoing characteristics. The generally large amount of bitterness start to finish caused the "low" score in drinkability - I actually really like it, but I'm not looking to drink more than the 533 cL provided me.

Dark Sky is a really well put together beer. It's going up against some nasty competition amongst other members of its style, but I would bring this to a tasting with The Abyss, Speedway, and Peche Mortel. It's really terrific, and if you see one, don't sleep.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 04:10:49 | More by BretSikkink
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Naerhu

Japan

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pitch black body with nice thick dark brown head.
S - Mellow by deeply coffee aroma, with sweet prune finish.
T - Delicious rich coffee flavors dominate, almost too rick, amazingly long lasting finish. Well balanced with restrained bitterness and sweetness.
M - Thick heavy and syrupy.
D - This is definately like a port wine, not a wine cooler, in that you have to sip it slowly or it will be too much. A bottle lasted me 90 minutes.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2007 00:10:55 | More by Naerhu
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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
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snogglethorpe

Japan

3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, but with an oddly white chunky head.

Smell is inviting, a little bit of alcohol.

Taste/mouthfeel is thick, roasty, satisfying. Pretty much exactly as one wishes for a stout. Alcohol comes forward a bit too much, but the taste is still very nice.

Because the ABV is so high, it's kind of hard to indulge as much as one might wish, but this is a very nice beer in small quantities.

It'd be cool if Baird would try making a lower-ABV version of this...

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2011 02:21:16 | More by snogglethorpe
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basica

Singapore

4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Baird Beer Nakameguro Taproom in Nakameguro, Tokyo, Japan - http://bairdbeer.com/en/taproom/nakameguro-taproom

A - Tapped a jet black color into a small taster glass yielding a large, round milky tan head (4.5)

S - Fresh roasted malts with some smokiness on the nose (4)

T - Pleasant leathery flavors upfront with roasted malts showing up in the middle; hop sneak in towards the finish, lasting well into the after taste along with roasted malts and a moderate bitterness. Generally very delectable stout flavors but more pronounced on the leather tastes than most stouts I have tried (4.5)

M - Light to medium bodied with an apt amount of carbonation and a very creamy smooth texture; I would prefer a slightly thicker body for this style. Goes down extremely quickly and easily (4)

D - One of the most refreshing Imperial Stout you can find; great flavors and mouth feel lends credence to its wonderful drinkability (5)

This was the second of 3 beers I sampled at Baird's Nakameguro Taproom. The other 2 beers I had were the Jubilation Ale 2010 and the West Coast Wheat Wine

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 15:25:25 | More by basica
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 21:33:01 | More by Sammy
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SargeC

Japan

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy, black brew. Almost has a touch of grey. Minimal tan head.

Smell: Bold roast malt, cherries, fig and alcohol. Undertone of hops for good measure.

Taste: Very dense malt flavor balanced well with a touch of hops. Semi sweet with a warm wave provided by the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Not as sticky as many imperial stouts. The alcohol is evident in the mouthfeel.

Drinkablity: Very complex and tasty. It was a treat to find a well crafted imperial stout in Japan.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2009 05:09:55 | More by SargeC
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Dark Sky Imperial Stout from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.