Brewed by Baird Brewing Co.
Style: Porter
Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Kurofune (means "Black Ships") was the word the Japanese used to describe the American gunboats that came to open Japan to western trade. Kurofone Porter is sleek and forceful, but leaves a winning bittersweet taste of chocolate and coffee on the tongue. "Do not resist the superior might; cunningly acquiesce, and embrace." Kampai!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1538) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 11, 2009
Murky, deep brown appearance with an average size khaki head and very nice lacing. Roasted malt aroma, tweaked with chocolate, coffee and hazelnuts. Bittersweet chocolate taste, moderately hoppy, some dark fruit, some earthiness. Smooth, malty, medium bodied mouthfeel, softly carbonated, leading to a long, lingering finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Palidor19 (3038) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
this beer has a bit of tobacco flavor. the malt gives a off a slight cocoa with a rich creamy head. touch strong at the end. very good though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
nick76 (4302) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 6, 2009
The aroma is burnt toast, roasted malts, coffee, and a touch of chocolate. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The flavor is like the aroma but too astringent. The palate is a bit thin. Overall it’s not that good but drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GodOfThunder (1248) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Bottle from Five Points Bottle Shop in Athens, GA. Pours a thin black color with a decent amount of carbonation. Flavors are fairly light, with dark chocolate and coffee taking over. Decent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 28, 2009
On tap at Nakameguro Taproom, Tokyo. Almost black with a creamy beige head. Good chocolate aroma with hints of roast that take over in the mouth, giving an overall dry impression. Coffee and chocolate flavours. Forceful as the "Black Ships" it was named after.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (7211) - Enghien, BELGIUM - APR 14, 2009
pours dark brown with thick beige head. Aroma malty and light chocolate and possibly some sweet lactose? Taste, malty with notes of mocha, coffee, chocolate with light roasted coffee in after taste and light bitterness. Remains and finishes sweet with touch of coffee. That’s one amazing porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2009
Pours a deep deep brown with nice head retention... Aroma of chocolate covered raisins, alcohol and roasted malt... Flavor of roasted malts, chocolate, a touch milky, touch sweet, not very complex... Medium bodied, medium mouthfeel, lingering chocolate... Good Porter...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Pours a reddish brown color with a medium white head. Fair head retention and decent lacing. Aroma of caramel, raisin and slightly roasted malts. Taste is light but bitter roasted malts and muted fruit notes. Some coffee as well. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3905) - - MAR 7, 2009
brown under a large creamy beige head. different aroma that is floral hopped with sugary malts but not really roasty. i would not know this was porter by simply aroma alone. the roasty malts show up in the flavor with some sweet toffee, and still a big earthy floral presence. milk chocolaty sugary cereal(cocoa puffs) flavor. light to medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4917) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2009
12oz bottle. Thick black-brown color some stained-glass red edges. Nice foamy head. Smooth, rich, malty, bitter choco-coffee notes. This is an excellent Porter. Creamy mouthfeel. A touch of sourness. I really found this to be top notch, not unlike recent Scandinavian Porters. Perfect balance between the sweet malt and the bitter choco-hop taste.

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