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


on tap

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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crit (3809) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 31, 2010
Black,lasting beige head.Light roasty nose and profile.Fruity overtones.Lacking something. Strange bitterness and far too pricey

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigaleale (20) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 31, 2010
Bottle at HashigoZake. Roasty, raisn, rum, toast and ash on nose. Quite intense aroma - barley wineish matured pleasant one. Itís almost cocoa. Bitter chocolate thick flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
360ml bottle from 16th St.Liquor in West Vancouver. Pours a very dark brown with thin tan head. Good lacing on this one. Aroma is both smoky and bitter with hints of coffee and a thin whisp of perfume I canít quite identify. Taste is thick with coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, a touch smoky. More akin to a stout than a porter. The finish is lingering and slightly boozy. Overall this is very good if slightly big for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 9, 2010
12oz bottle from K and B. Pours an opaque deep brown with a nice sea foam like beige head, great lacing. nose starts with cocoa dust followed by vanilla and roasted malts. Flavor holds bittersweet chocolate with a roasty finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Sample at Wine World. A deep red beer with a brown head. Scent is sweet/roasted malts. Taste is light for a porter, its roasty but not deep.

   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 itís 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 (8030) - La Mesa, 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 (3079) - 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. Flavorís about the same but itís more sweet. A little too sweet for me. Bodyís 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 (18222) - 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.

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