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


on tap

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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
gam (3909) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUN 13, 2010
Very dark carbonation medium this had good retention aroma rich roasted malts caramel flavour chocolate very rich the bitter is perfect around medium strength caramel and coffee finish a slight over richness with a good bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUN 9, 2010
36cl bottle. Very dark brown with some ruby highlights and a lasting beige head. Lots of fruity oxidized character in the aroma, which reminds me of many English imports. Maybe a yeast thing as well, but feels like it’s been treated a little rough in getting across the lake. Some toasty, chocolate, and caramel grain notes underneath, but they are definitely underneath. Some nutty malt with a touch of chocolate bitterness and fruitiness. Mild hops and medium body. Creamy. Eh, the oxidation is a touch off-putting, though its still a pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (7839) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle. Pours brown with a beige head. Sweet aroma with some light roasty notes. The flavor has roasted malts, light coffee notes, and a nutty and vanilla like sweetness. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
drpimento (2884) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2010
Not bad, not bad. Not too much into the sweeter beers, such as this - still, not a bad brew. Poured with a gigantic foamy frothy light tan head and lotsa lace. Color is a very dark brown with walnut highlights. Aroma is big malt and some roastiness plus a little caramel. Flavor’s about the same but it’s more sweet. A little too sweet for me. Body’s not bad, a little chewy, good carbonation. Finish is decent and medium in length.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (17461) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2010 Bottle. Pours a deep, dark brown with a fluffy and lingering beige head. Aroma is faint but does give some hints of chocolate and roasty malts. Flavor is the highlight. Lots of roasted malts, bitter dark chocolate, some expresso, and even notes of date and raisin. Medium in body and carbonation. Finish is really clean and crisp. Some lingering bitterness, which is nice, and more burnt malt. Solid porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6608) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Clear mahagany color/ viscous beige head. Chocolaty earthy nutty aromas. Light to medium body. Decent dry, nutty, chocolate flavors with earthy malts, mild coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 13, 2010
Very frute, lovely bright hops - notes of coffee, hazel and pine. Lovely legnth and clean finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - FEB 8, 2010
Bottle on Oahu: Darkly roasted. Light textured. Highly carbonated. Bold elements of bitter black coffee and bitter hops. Very little sweetness, just a hint of molasses, char and tar. Not much depth, but it had some decent aromas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3405) - Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Dark cola brown. A little fizzy. Cocoa, a touch of toffee and toasted nuts. Pretty tasty beer, but definitely a fairly light porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3918) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 24, 2010
bottle - Pours dark brown with a light tan head and some lacing. It smells of roast malt and coffee. The flavor is dark roast malt and lots of good coffee character. This brew is medium bodied and finishes with a pleasant, bitter coffee note. I wouldn’t call it complex, but it works very well.

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