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!

FatPhil's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (13646) - Tallinn, - JAN 25, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2015 360ml bottle (BierKompass.de)
6 Pleasant portery aroma, a bit of coffee, but a bit of pulses too.
4 Very dark red, large tight tan head, fairly persistent.
7 Solid roasty taste, pleasant sharp burnt edges, some dry barky hoppiness too, in particular in the retronasals ig you linger over swallowing. Some painty pencil sharpenings too.
4 Full and smooth in the palate, pleasant carbonation crispens it up nicely. Finish has most of the best parts of the taste, and few of the weaker parts. The dryness is palpable, this is very well attenuated.
14 Yet another corker from Baird - this is such an easy beer to drink despite the aspects they are quite happy to describe as "acrid", but for a lover of bitterness, and dryness, I think don’t deserve quite that term. No idea where they hid the 6%. In my belly, that’s where - all gone...
Rerate: Keg (Pudel, Tallinn) (7:4:7:3:13=3.5)
Honey and dark grains aroma. Very dry hoppy bitterness, and nice malts in the mough. Fizzier palate - keggier. Still very good, but with its strengths in different places.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Blueshawk (82) - Bad Bellingen, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2016
- schwarz-braune Farbe mit geringer Schaumbildung - Aromen nach Röstmalz, Bitterschokolade und Kaffee - passende Carbonisierung - geschmacklich verschwinden die Aromen leider völlig hinter der dominierenden Bitternis - aber auch den Körper kann man nur als schlank, wenn nicht sogar wässrig bezeichnen - der Abgang wird dann endgültig bitter und ausdruckslos Fazit: Ein Porter, welches außer „bitter“ nicht viel zu bieten hat

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SeniorZozo (1167) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 4, 2016
Beermarket.hu Tasting session @ Budapest. Aroma: good malts with coffee and chocolate. Taste: a little watery, caramel, coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUN 11, 2016
Tap at Craft Beer Base Bud in Osaka, JP. Murky brown pour with good foam and lace. Nose is muted, low coconut. Flavor of dusty cocoa powder, fairly dry, sharp roasted malt, fairly robust. Clean, neutral end. Simple, no major flaws.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
[8056-20160130] 330mL bottle. Toasted grains and wet sweet balloon aroma. Dark rich brown body with a quick foamy off-white head. Sweet roasted grains flavour has a long aftertaste. Full body. Good. (7/3/7/4/15) 3.6
(c/o Radek Kliber)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (959) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2016
Bottle. Pours a deep brown/ cola colour, with a thin off white head. Nose is sweet, roasts malt, caramel. Tastes sweet, a little roasty, touch bitter, chocolate, a little chalky on the tongue. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drsandman (1035) - New York, USA - APR 28, 2016
Very old bottle, 2-3 years? From Leighton. Pours a thin black, tan grey head. Aroma is caramel, roasted malt, raw veggies, dates, prune, chocolate. Flavor is light silky sweet malt and rich fruits, caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mrjez (442) - Osaka, JAPAN - APR 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours near black with a low creamy tan head, decent lacing. A light milk coffee aroma, gentle chocolate and light caramel. Smooth dark malt flavour, chocolate sweetness, a tinge of coffee. Really easy drinking, a creamy texture, coats the tongue, light-medium body, low bitterness. A beer that’s so smooth and not assertive that it glides by, nice gentle flavour, easy to down a few in one session.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Geiserich (4103) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 11, 2016
Bottle at Craft Bier Fest Linz: Almost black color, brownish creamy head. Malty aroma, caramel, roastiness, toffee and note of nuts. Flavor is also malty, medium bodied, notes of roasted malt, toffee, caramel, hints of oak, cacao powder and dark chocolate. Tasty, good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sebilinz (1759) - Linz, AUSTRIA - APR 11, 2016
Bottle. Dark brown body with tan head. Aroma is some coffee and chocolate.Taste is slightly sour with some roasted malts and cocoa. Aftertaste is more sweet than bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bawelt (515) - Lyon, FRANCE - MAR 20, 2016
Pas mal. Nez assez frais de café et de notes légèrement fumées, avec un fond de verdure, d’un léger houblonnage assez fruité et herbace. La bouche est légère, corps timide, attaque plutôt caramel qui se porte vite sur le café et une superbe longueur fumée et un houblonnage semi agrumes semi herbace et floral. Joli bière, assez aqueuse mais qui propose des choses.

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