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


on tap

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RATINGS: 267   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
caesar (5118) - 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 (4505) - 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 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Bottle from Jungle Jim’s. 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 (3954) - 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 (11942) - 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 (6447) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6037) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 22, 2008
Bottle and served in tulip. Ruby brown hue with a nice frothy beige head which left good lace upon the glass. The aroma has notes of dusty yeast esters, plum, chocolate, anise, grassy hops and a hint of walnut... a tad weak however. The taste is roasty and slightly sweet at first before a splash of fruity acidity comes about. Dry chalky and dusty midsection leads to a nutty, peppery and grassy finish. The mouth feel is well carbonated and ashy. Overall there are some highlights but the overall package is a bit underwhelming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2008
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, dark brown pour with nose of dark fruits and vanilla bean, flavor of caramel, roasted nuts and some smoke

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2316) - JAPAN - DEC 9, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2014 A solid brew no doubt. Poured a pitch black. Going from memory it was a smooth, dry taste, with minimal hoping. Quite quenching actually

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