Dark Sky Imperial Stout | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Japan
bairdbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
137
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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Photo of BretSikkink
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.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Dark Sky Imperial Stout from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
3.78 out of 5 based on 137 ratings.
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