Dark Sky Imperial Stout
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #826
Ranked #27,931
3.81 | pDev: 11.29%
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Very Good
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GreatStoutman from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 2014 in 11.2oz.

Pours slick and black, lays down in the glass without a trace of carbonation. No head, but a layer of soapy looking bubbles on the surface... they disappear and there's nothing but a sheet of black ice.

Smells vanilla and roasted malts, maybe some caramel. Smokey, and if you told me this was barrel aged I would believe you. Really nice smell.

Thin mouth feel and no carbonation at all, I think calling this flat would be fair. However, it lays really nice on the tongue, and it really has some complex flavors. I get porter, but if they want to call it a stout thats fine too. Bitterness kicks in late and its fairly strong. I get some chocolate notes here too.

This is 10% abv and labeled Imperial Stout so I understand why some people would be thrown off by this - because its not a chewy RIS - but its got some redeeming qualities. Still, it's flat and its hard to ignore, but its a good beer and I would definitely have it again (although maybe not for the $5.50 this 12oz bottle cost).

Jan 17, 2016
More User Reviews:
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nicole309 from Alaska

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Dec 08, 2014
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Trilogy31 from California

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pitch black with a dark tan head. Nice carbonation and leaves light lacing. Smells of dark coffee, some earth and bakers chocolate after some searching. Flavor of toasted smoky malts, coffee and some dark fruits. A bit astrigent but still drinkable just not very complex. Solid effort and good but far from spectacular.

Apr 04, 2011
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CaptainNomihodai from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Feb 28, 2013
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kaips1 from Kentucky

2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Jul 17, 2012
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Texasfan549 from Texas

3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Apr 15, 2015
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DonFrap from Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Jul 18, 2013
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claytong from Vermont

4/5  rDev +5%

Jan 15, 2013
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bigred89 from Maryland

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

Feb 14, 2015
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Jsenay from Texas

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Jul 13, 2012
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mpayne5 from Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Oct 10, 2013
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phichifiji00 from California

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Nov 16, 2011
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Hopstout from Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Nov 21, 2014
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FrankShirley from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Aug 02, 2014
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Kuges from Texas

3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 23, 2017
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Hoppsbabo from England

4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Feb 03, 2014
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Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Feb 12, 2015
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chanokokoro from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

Feb 14, 2013
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shigg85 from Japan

3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this again after a few years, and I found it to be really sugary. That's pretty much it. It's a tasty stout, but I look for something more than that in a Russian with 10% ABV.

May 07, 2012
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iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Mar 12, 2015
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neckbracesub from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jun 23, 2013
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redfox405 from California

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aug 07, 2016
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Jhatwig from California

4/5  rDev +5%

Apr 04, 2012
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jeremiahoden from Indiana

4/5  rDev +5%

Oct 16, 2014
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JohnBender from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 29, 2015
Dark Sky Imperial Stout from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 145 ratings