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


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RATINGS: 358   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!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FatPhil (15362) - 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 dont deserve quite that term. No idea where they hid the 6%. In my belly, thats 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
colui72 (856) - HONG KONG - FEB 22, 2017
Dark brown with a medium white head, some lacing. Aroma is minimal, some dark malts, very mild. Taste is much more intense than the mild nose, with lots of roasted malts, notes of coffee and chocolate, dark fruits, an unpleasant candi sugar after taste, and something metallic. Light bodied, pleasant carbonation, not too bad, in line with other Baird beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zvikar (5697) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - JAN 28, 2017
At the Backstabbers tasting, pours brown with a small head, aroma of nuts and chocolate, flavor of chocolate, coffee, medium bodied

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joaopcf (22) - Shanghai, CHINA - JAN 26, 2017
Bottle @ Xian Craft Beer Festival. Dark body brown 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
guzgorog (817) - FRANCE - JAN 15, 2017
Belle robe noire opaque, trs fine mousse noisette. Nez chocolat et malts grills. Attaque lgre, caf et malt grills, les saveurs samplifient ensuite avec des notes de chocolat, finale lgrement amre sur des houblons herbeux. Bouche crmeuse, belle longueur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Fules (1058) - Gyngys, HUNGARY - NOV 19, 2016
Kicsi, gyorsan eltűnő hab, fekete szn. Csokis, aszalt szilvs-fonys illat. Szraz, prklt malts, aszalt gymlcss zek. Kzepesen testes, erősen sznsavas, enyhn keserű. Kiss jellegtelen s sok a sznsav.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trapped (2784) - New York, TURKEY - NOV 16, 2016
Draught @ Wishbeer. Dark brown with reddish tint, smallish foamy beige head, very faint mocha aroma, low carbonation, lightly sweet mocha taste with a hint of cherry, somewhat thick body, medium bitter mocha finish. Nicely smooth but more like a milk stout than a porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mateuszk (2544) - Poznań, POLAND - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle. Mainly chocolate and coffee, light roastiness and herbal bitterness in finish. Nice, simple and drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
milewide (2168) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 15, 2016
Not much aroma. Dark brown color with modest head. Very balanced taste with no ingredient standing out.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5754) - Leuven, BELGIUM - SEP 6, 2016
Dark brown, very cream head, nice looks. Refined roasty and coffee aroma, herbal hop. Quite smoothed out, pleasant. Taste is nice but I do feel its a bit heavy on the stomach. (33cl bottle from Saveur Bire)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (4335) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle @ Party Source / Bellevue KY --- bottled 12/19/14 --- Aroma of malt and coffee. Opaque black-brown color (like Coke), off-white head that drops to a cover, stripes of lace. Taste is malt that adds coffee and light chocolate as it moves through light carbonation to a finish that turns chalky and bitter. Starts well, and ends less well. Maybe past the "best by" date. Not a re-do here.

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