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


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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4914) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2009
Bottle. Nice porter; dry chocolate malt, roasted coffee, hint of dark fruit, bread, earthiness, and slight bitter hops. Nothing amazing, but it is a good dry herbal porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle. Quite a dusty and dry porter i thought, some light roast and some dry dark fruits. Soft and round, with a very subtle bitterness, and some salty characters. Kind of a bit earthy as well as far as the malt flavours were concerned.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kramer (5360) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body with a nice fizzy light brown head that hung around forever due to the vigorous carbonation. Dry cocoa powder and chocolate notes on the nose with some roast and coffee. A touch of earthiness and leafy hops. The flavor is dry and husky with an almost dirt like earthiness. Some coffee and heavily roasted barley with a moderate bitter green hop finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a bit of astringency on the finish. Moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, not too impressive, there was nothing smooth or soft about this making it not so easily drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4535) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Appearance: Pours a near black, dark brown body with a smallish, fine, light beige head. Smell: Dark chocolate, dark toffee, and Colombian coffee tied up with notes of roasted grains and dark fruits and interspersed with hints of dried herbs. Taste: Dark, roasty malts with passing tastes of chocolate, toffee, coffee, and burnt bread crusts. Any sweetness drops out fairly quickly. Small pinch of char. Dark fruitiness. Herbaceous, leafy, earthy hops pair with the roasted grains to provide for an assertive, medium-plus bitterness. The roasted malts push and shove their way back into the fore on the latter half. Finishes roasty, lightly bitter, and with a faraway touch of dark fruitiness. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. Agreeably smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: I respectfully disagree with this being entered in as a Baltic Porter, but that’s neither here or there. Recommended! Overall, an enjoyable, flavorful, well-balanced beer and another solid effort from Baird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BroSpud (1856) - , Massachusetts, USA - JUN 4, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours dark with nice creamy head and good lacing. Subtle chocolate and cofee flavors with a nice smokiness covering it all. Very drinkable. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of weak coffee, chocolate. Flavor is dark chocolate with a hint of sweetened coffee, roasted malt. Not bad, but a bit thin in flavor and body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - MAY 31, 2009
Bottle from West Lakeview. Pours like coffee with a frothy cappucino head. Smells predominantly of hops, which I found suprising. Tastes of bittersweet cocoa, additional hops, black tea, rose water, and hazelnut. Quite proper.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
after4ever (6692) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 29, 2009
12-oz. Pours jet black with a toweringly massive, creamy, rocky, pitted head that takes forever to settle and leaves impossibly dense and complex lace on the glass. Whoa. Mild, slightly milk-sour nose. Man, if there’s one stereotype of an english porter that’s pretty much always a turn-off for me, it’s that sour milk thing. Well, two: not big on chalkiness, either. But the Baird shows no chalkiness, so I probably ought to contain my rant. Creamy body, but light--almost waterier than creamy. Roasty, chocolatey, bit of coffee there, and a bunch of sour milk tang in the middle of the mid-palate. Meh. Mild bitterish finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Near black with a hint of umber shining through when held to the light. Moderate light tan head. Decent lace. Sweeter aromas, with light chocolate, syrup, molasses and lightly roasted malts. LIght sweet roasted malts and oats come in the picture from the first sip. Some bits of honey in the finish. LIght tar in the linger along with a bit of coffee. A easy drinking porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Mahogany prune. Rocky, tiny-bubbled grayish head shows stellar retention. Glowing aromas of blackcurrants, licorice, smoky molasses, and port-steeped plums. Hints of leather, dark chocolate, creamed coffee, and airy phenols. Feathery soft carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Opens suggestively gritty with roast, yet with a silky-soft and luminous assortment of fruity esters and coffee-toned malt. Slightly nutty as well, with a deceptively firm mineralic snap which keeps the sweetness at bay. No flabbiness, whatsoever, despite the high concentration of dark fruity esters which bolsters the hearty of the beer. Masterful balance between the teasing sugary richness, dense fruit and clean, well-textured malt. Airy phenols enhance the squeaky-clean attenuation by contributing a bit of zip which echoes the crisply defined and skillfully-extracted malt. Closes with an earthy fusion of malt and leather, and a lurking trail of candied dark fruits touched with a bit of iron. Love the traditional approach Bran takes. His beers are very polished, clean, and exquisitely balanced, yet rustic and characterful at the same time. They even look beautiful in the glass and feel wonderful in the mouth. An exceptional porter.

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