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


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RATINGS: 273   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!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (9596) - Tallinn, - JAN 25, 2012
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DedicatedToFun (3026) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Tap, brown pour, tan head, nose is coffee, taste is chocolate, smooth, rich, awesome

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5704) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Tallahassee, Fl - Beer Stop - bottle split with Aurelius, Dark, ruby red pour, off white head, light lace. Prunes, molasses and chocolate in the aroma. Molasses, light chocolate some date like fruitiness in the flavor. Back end roasty notes. Thick enough mouthfeel. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (4371) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Candied, caramel aroma. Dark and effervescent. Earthy, sweet, malty... Some cocoa. Implied peppers in the finish. Beer Stop, Tallahassee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Torrefacto (653) - Madrid, SPAIN - OCT 18, 2014
Color negro, reflejos caoba, espuma beige. Aromas tostados, cafe y ligero lupulo afrutado. Cuerpo bajo, sabor tostado, acafetado con final amargo moderado y seco. Rica.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuu666 (3549) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 7, 2014
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours black, nose is sweet toffee, light roast, taste is fruity, roasted.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (2166) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 20, 2014
Bottle. Aroma caramel, chocolatey, soft. Light herbal hops. Very dark colour. Soft malty, chocolatey taste, light English hops flavour, almost moderate bitterness. Soft slick mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (2266) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 30, 2014
This was poured into a pint glass. The appearance was a nice dark brown close to black color with a thick foamy yet bubbly looking off white to white head dissipated within about less than thirty seconds. . Light lacing pervaded throughout. The smell had a really nice sweet nutty roasty coffee to caramel to toffee to chocolate goodness. The taste replicates the same as the smell. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a pretty good sessionability about it. The carbonation was good for the style as it just enough to be sharp but not overbearing at any resort. It leaves a nice creamy and smooth trickling sweetness rolling over my tongue. Overall, hot damn, what a really nice porter I’d quickly have again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (759) - USA - JUL 20, 2014
Very dark brown, beige head. Biscuit and cocoa malt, bittersweet chocolate, some licorice, nutty notes, a little leathery age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1390) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Love this porter from Baird. Easy to drink with a slight smokey flavor. Pours a dark brown almost black in color. Slightly hoppy an just crushable. Had at sunda ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sulawang (641) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
Visual: Extremely cool Japanese-style artwork on the label. Pours ultra-dark brown with a nice-sized cream-foamy head, good retention, sticky lacing, several micro bubbly streams near the base of the glass. Nose: sweet roast coffee-chocolate malts, very enticing (lvl-8)-pungency Attack: silky smooth-crisp, mild fizzy Mid-palate: creamy-smooth mouthfeel, (MAIN) chocolate malts, roasted coffee, mild soy sauce Finish: just a touch of coffee sourness, soft bitter malted hops + roasted bitterness, hint of black pepper spiced malty finish. Summary: Ultra smooth, crisp and well-balanced, this one is now one of my favourite porters. This makes me reconsider my love for imperial stouts.

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