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


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RATINGS: 352   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (1032) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - JAN 17, 2010
This was a very good porter , Excellent balance of cholate and coffee .Highly Recommend,I’m going try to buy up a nice collection personally .

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pita1369 (1) - - AUG 16, 2015 does not count
Crisp with a sweet finish. Not heavy. Paired well with a spicy sausage and squash.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
gscratch (8) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2013 does not count
Wow. I may be new to quality beer, but this was a treat. Home consumed draught in a howler. Poured clear dark amber brown, minimal head but lovely lacing. Hearty nose of coffee / caramel / chocolate, with a little breadyness. A little herb-iness perhaps. Strong flavour, only slight bitterness, but mouth filling creamy richness. Soft carbonation, but most certainly because this was a draft brought home. Unexpectedly, the palate was left surprisingly clean with little residual flavour. Later, sipped while enjoying a light tiramisu cake, and I almost exploded from the experience. JOY!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2009
12oz bottle. Thick black-brown color some stained-glass red edges. Nice foamy head. Smooth, rich, malty, bitter choco-coffee notes. This is an excellent Porter. Creamy mouthfeel. A touch of sourness. I really found this to be top notch, not unlike recent Scandinavian Porters. Perfect balance between the sweet malt and the bitter choco-hop taste.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
77ships (8104) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2011
36 cl. bottle @ home – purchased from the Alvinne shop (best before 09.2012 – probably vintage) – A: very dark mahogany brown with a tanned head – S: roasted coffee & roasted malts, touch of ash & overripe berries – T: sweet dark caramel malts & lots of delicious hazel nuts, overripe dark fruits, aftertaste is overripe berries & touch of roasted malts & roasted coffee, hint of ashes B: rather light maybe even a touch to light upfront but does get fuller in the finish, overall a great, delicious, easily drinkable porter with lots of delicious hazel, it is hazel that really does it for me

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernest (7322) - 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 can’t believe I didn’t explore this brewery more thoroughly when I was in Japan last year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcolw (617) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 13, 2009
Deep brown color where light does shine through Smells like a chocolate malt--milky, chalky, and of course chocolatey. Here’s a solid porter. It has a rich body with muted carbonation--creamy and chewy. Strong cocoa flavors, but with enough hop to make it complex. The aftertaste is similar to chocolate milk. This is a lovely porter if you prefer to have no coffee flavors in this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
TAR (2676) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (17283) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle from GBBF 2011 and drunk at home. Black beer with lasting dark beige head. Yes some choc on aroma but a complex dark plum damson fruit thing going on too. Dark choc, proper belgian dark choc dark fruit truffle aroma. That is distinctive and captivating. I’ve just evicted a huge spider from my flat. Twice. That is one aggressive spider. Yet this beer calmed all that down. The sophisticated choc fruit mix, the complex malt structure, the refined swallow. Just simply a magical beer. Why does my fridge sound like its zipping up a jacket? The fruit is simply superb. Almost unlike any other beer I’ve had. Just so juicy with only a touch of sourness to it. This is a stunning piece of the brewing craft. Wow. As good as anything I had from GBBF.

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