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


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RATINGS: 270   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9766) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a large, foamy, light brown head, completely lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (lightly burned coffee, dark chocolate, charred nuts), average hops (flowers), average yeast (earth) with notes of vanilla and charcoal. Full bodied, creamy texture, lively carbonation, and a smooth, velvety, creamy finish. Long duration, light sweetness, moderate acidity and bitterness. Wow! This beer has it all, and at 6.0% I could drink this all day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (6260) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark brown, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, chocolate, coffee, nuts), lightly hoppy (herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of scorched earth and vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Wow. Three recent bottled samples of Baird beer, and all three are big winners. The aroma is very enticing if a little on the subtle side. Where this shines is the mouth experience...about as close to perfect as flavor balance gets. I could drink a gallon of this stuff if not for the effects of alcohol...both sippable and quaffable, so you decide how you want to play it. I canít believe I didnít explore this brewery more thoroughly when I was in Japan last year.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
junon (420) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Out of the 3 beers Ive tried from Baird Brewing this one is the most aromatic. Unmistakably a porter. Bold but smooth chocolate and coffee notes. Sediment is present as youd hope for a hand crafted porter. Although not quite full bodies but still more than medium bodied. This is also my favorite so far of the 3 Bairds Ive tried so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5202) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JAN 13, 2009
Bottled from City Beer, SF. Hazy dark color, short off-white head. Aroma of coffee, some roasted malt, some chocolat. Decent coffee taste. Quite good for a Japanese brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4558) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 12, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has chocolate and coffee. Black brown coloured brew with a beige head. Taste is slightly fruity, has coffeee and chocolate, bit roasted. Medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10810) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle from Jungle Jimís. Poured clear dark brown color with a huge frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate chocolate and coffee aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet creamy coffee flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew that I would recommend to a freind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
travita (4053) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2009
Smell is chocolate, roasty, coffee, and toasted bread. Brown color with a light tan colored head. Taste is malts, roasty, chocolate, coffee, sort of dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NoiZe (2324) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JAN 6, 2009
Brown colored brew. Aroma is malty and chocolate. Flavor is smooth, chocolate, coffee, some malts and slightly fruity. Very nice balanced porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2009
(12oz . bottle) Pours a dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma of licorice, roasted malt, some chocolate, and fennel. Flavor of roasted malt, cocoa, light vinous, and coffee with a somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KyotoLefty (6563) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 29, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 Bottle from the brewery. Black, with a tall, fine, tan-colored head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel. Creamy yet burnt. Well roasted flavor, lots of coffee, some chocolate. Smooth, a touch of fruit, somewhat creamy/lactic. Smooth and easy to drink. Excellent balance. A very nice example of a porter. Dryish, roasted finish, yet still smooth and creamy. Very enjoyable, getting more fragrant and opening up as it warms.

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