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Kurofune Porter - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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86
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 147
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.61%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003

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Reviews: 87 | Hads: 147
Photo of dbrauneis
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear but opaque just about jet black in color with light to moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and faint dark reddish brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of small patches of thick film surrounded by a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of roasted malts with light to moderate aromas of dark chocolate and coffee. Hints of charred malts and earthy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong flavor of dark roasted malts with a light to moderate flavor of charred malts. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate and coffee. Finally there are light to moderate flavors of earthy hops in the finish which imparts a touch of bitterness to the moderate roasty bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Relatively smooth.

O: A little lighter in body than I expected for a Baltic Porter but still very enjoyable with a nice amount of complexity to the flavors and aromas. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. (1,206 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Rochester, NY.

This pours a typical dark porter black, with a half inch foamy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like...nothing, really. Slight roast and slight chocolate, but I really have to strain.

This is weird. It is so watery tasting, it's crazy. There's basically no flavor to this, it tastes like slightly smokey and creamy water. What the hell happened here? It kind of feels like it's on nitro, but it's out of the bottle. This is so puzzling. It doesn't taste bad, because it's so bland, but still, what happened?

This is light bodied, with a creamy and watery mouthfeel. There's a lower level of carbonation.

This was quite poor. (699 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy curtain of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and earth aromas. Taste is much the same with roasted nut, cocoa, char, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of earthy characteristics in the aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle. (608 characters)

Photo of sprat1960
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown, almost black when poured. Low creamy head that dissipates quickly. Decent smell, though not strong. Delicious tasting porter; full of flavor. Nice rich taste with flavors of chocolate and coffee, slightly smoky. I enjoyed the beer a lot; though I did not find myself craving another immediately - probably because I found this beer filling. Medium to heavy body; slightly grainy. (396 characters)

Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

360ml bottle imported March 2012.
Poured with a creamy tan head that had very good retention and lacing. Very dark brown but clear body.

Aroma: lightly sweet, with hints of chocolate, raisins and coffee.

Flavor: rich and complex with great balance and a lasting dark-roasted grain aftertaste. Somewhat similar to a Scottish stout including a hint of smoke.

Feel: Medium body is near creamy smooth even with lively medium carbonation.

O: an excellent porter. (464 characters)

Photo of acevenom
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. The beer pours really dark brown to black with a thin, light tan head and some visible rising bubbles along the side of the glass. The aroma is of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and dark roasted malt. The taste follows the nose. There's some rich bittersweet chocolate and coffee with vanilla and dark roasted malt. It's straightforward and delicious. The body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is slightly dry and the beer goes down smoothly. This is an excellent beer. (507 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Recently stumbled across my notes from The Festival 2012. Lets do this!

A - Poured a very promising brownish cola type hue with a nice fingers worth of foam that just hung around forever. Solid, solid.

S - Aromas though, ehh. Nice roasted malts, chocolate, and then overpowering metallic notes.

T - Taste, unfortunately, is similar to the nose. Lots of roasted malts and chocolate, nice sweetness, then a strong, harsh metallic finish.

M - Mouthfeel was far too carbonated for my liking. Almost soda-esc.

O - Overall, between the over carbonation and the metallic this just didn't do it for me. Least favourite Baird beer. (627 characters)

Photo of Swedgin_Wu
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine & More into a Stout glass.

Appearance - Thickness of the head caught me by surprise. Not quite jet black, very deep brown dark wood type brown on the pour. A very lightly colored Khaki head but very thick....easily more than 2 fingers

Smell - Normally this is not my best category, because i often have trouble smelling beers but i think my nose is a bit stuffy. Mostly picking up roasted malts, some coffee. maybe a hint of dark fruit

Taste - Excellent porter/stout. Nice blend of coffee, roasted malts, some hint of bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit in the finish. it's a great symphony of flavors in the mouth and transitions well on the palette.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation. Medium bodied...just right.

Overall - Quite surprised with this one. I've had a few of the Japanese craft brews from Hitachino Nest and was very impressed, and so far Baird seems to be an excellent brewery as well. One thing I enjoy about the Japanese renditions on porter/stouts is that they don't over do anything...just a nice complimentary blend of flavors whereas some american stouts tend to be uneven and/or too heavily hopped (1,183 characters)

Photo of Chrome_Dome
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't have high expectations, as I haven't had many craft brews from Japan.. but right after pouring into my snifter, it slapped its huge nose all over my face and grabbed my attention. Pungent, sweet, but not extremely full/complex nose. 2 fingers of thick, frothy head. Definitely tasted a bit of coffee and raisins/dark fruit, little bit of chocolate.. alcohol was present, but not bad. Good for sipping.

Wouldn't say this was necessarily a top ten favorite, but definitely wasn't bad. I had a delightful time being surprised with the complex olfactory/flavor journey on which it took me! Wouldn't mind drinking again, but probably won't go hunting for it. (661 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger, fine tan head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, dark fruit and a hint of cherry. Flavor of toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, sweet fruit, slight cherry and finishes with mild hops, coffee and fruit juice. Medium bodied. Sweeter and with more fruit flavor than most porters, the flavors are well integrated and very tasty. This is a well made, different and flavorful porter. Nice. (500 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although stationed firmly on the foothills of Mt. Fuji, the inspiration of American microbreweries hold firm while marching through all sorts of styles. This stop is the English oriented Baltic porter.

The pour brings a dark brown ale with good clarity that shows off ruby and burgundy highlights. It's certainly not the dark brown hue that's common in more robust porters. Forming a dainty creamy head, the supple carbonation underneath gives the beer a decidedly British appearance. Light lace keeps reminding the eye of the quality of beverage underneath.

Coffee, medium toast, and chocolate notes share the aromatic stage while complementing notes of nuts, toffee, and fruit give a slightly sweet-tawny interplay. Light in hop character, the scent of starchy malt keeps the aroma slightly bread to complement the toffee and chocolate.

Flavors again favor the malts with a blend of coffee grounds, toast char, light chocolate, pecans, and semi-dry toffee. Its smooth taste gets its slight and balanced bitterness from woodish hops, seemingly of coffee bean or dry cocoa. The mild "dark fruit" esters of plumb and grape rise late in the session and hides behind the malty focus. Its smooth taste may be the result of cooler-than-usual fermentation that neutralizes the esters of English yeast.

Medium bodied, the beer's light creaminess and malty-dry upstart has an even fade that carries it across the full middle palate and concludes with a semi-dry finish with alcohol warmth and broad earthy bitterness. A linger of toast and chocolate ensure rewards right up to the next sip.

Compared to most porters, this smoother, sweeter, and fruitier taste is sometimes attributed to lager-like conditions in the cold Baltic regions. This keeps the beer tamer in taste despite its uptick in strength. (1,800 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is very dark brown to almost black in color. The only real ding I have for this brewery is the carbonation is fairly light and disappates somewhat quickly - likely due to the water. Smell is of coffee and mild cocoa - sweet aroma. Flavor is more of the same with lots of malt balance. Slight bitterness likely from the hops on the back end but the star is the up front malting. (388 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No freshness date on the bottle. First Baird beer. A fun throw-in amongst the gems in the haul my buddy Brian brought back for me from the Midwest. $3.99 price tag.

Went a little too crazy with the pour, but it got me a huge three-finger head in the pint glass. Looked a little thin coming out of the bottle. Body is black coffee brown. The head, that's retaining pretty nicely, is a dry foamy heap of khaki. Serpentine lacing. Good-lookin' brew.

Milk chocolate, musty grains, light banana, fruit taffy, and light roast coffees. Hint of artifical strawberry back there somewhere. An interesting mess of a nose. Not unappealing, just strange. Far from robust or rich or even very malty. Something of a small hop presence noticeable.

Salty malt flavors that remind me of an oyster stout. Thin watery coffee, saltwater, molasses, dark sugars, topsoil/minerally element possibly a contribution from the hops. Light malt bitterness. Roasty, but attenuated. Middle-end sweetness flushes out in some mild bitter and minerally flavors. Kind of a muddy finish. Not bad. An interesting and trusty porter taste without being rugged or gluggy rich.

Very thin for the style. Tightly-carbonated, so that it's not detracting. A washing-down effect every time I take a gulp.

Thanks, Brian. This beer didn't disappoint. It has that coastal city/port ocean water vibe with a semi-fruity character that makes it a nice rainy weather beer. Doubtedly so, but if I ever saw it on a shelf again, I might pick it up--or give one of their other offerings a try. (1,541 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Nice simple pour provides a very dark walnut brown and a large red color to this body. Head is light tan with lots of noisy snapping carbonation, two fingers forms nicely with a solid cap and some decent retention.

Nose is a sweet spicy nutmeg, cherries, dry roast character. Quite a fascinating mix on the nose, hinting at classic banana in the background.

Palate sort of lacks and doesn't quite match the nose but it's really not bad. Dry roasting malts, and faint sort of sweet pine action and charing roastiness. Light bodied wetness, without any of the sweetness, complimenting nicely.

Overall it's a little non-matching from the nose, but it's kind of an interesting porter to be drinking, and certainly doesn't taste like any other baltic porter I've had before, I could have this again. (846 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

360ml bottle poured into tulip 3/6/12

A very dark cola with a finger of foam that quickly falls to a thin film that leaves a single ring of lace

S coco powder and milk chocolate with some nutty cold coffee and faint dark fruit

T some more dark roast with a little smokey char on top of what I smell, pretty solid if you like coco

M not quite as thick as the color would let you believe but still far from thin, good carbonation gives it some life and a burnt roast aftertaste, no booze detected

O not a massive big rich porter but I could easily drink another, pretty smooth brew that went down pretty fast

worth a shot for sure, I've had some pretty decent brews from Japan and a range of styles many wouldn't guess, this is not your standard rice lager (762 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy brownish red in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a three finger high foamy beige head that seemed to take an eternity to die down.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose along with notes of dark chocolate and coffee beans.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell but is a bit stronger and has some initial sweetness and then metallic hints towards the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some nice flavors of roasted malts but seems to be a bit too over carbonated and lighter-bodied compared to other Baltic Porters. (681 characters)

Photo of shigg85
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint of this on tap at the Baird Beer Harajuku Taproom. A squid-ink black porter with a beautiful cocoa head that coats the glass in a nice lacing. A bit thin on the aroma, but still wonderful dark notes of chocolate and roasted almonds. Nice and thick mouthfeel in the way a good porter should be. Overall, I would recommend this as a great after-dinner drink or even with a nice lamb/red meat dish. (406 characters)

Photo of xpdrinker
2.46/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

A - Pours light brown as it fills the glass and immediately blackens, with a finger-thick mocha head with serious retention and lacing.

S - Chocolate-covered hops, green olives and light soy sauce.

T - Roasted malt, hop bite in the middle and a subtle coffee bitterness on the finish. The label mentions "bittersweet" but it's mostly bitter.

M - Possibly the lightest porter I've ever had. Spot-on carbonation keeps it from seeming watery, but it really is quite thin.

O - This is my first Baird beer that isn't part of some collaboration, and I was expecting a little more (especially at $5 for a 12oz bottle). It looks great but there's just not much in aroma, taste or mouthfeel. (686 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for the rather steep price of $4.99 a bottle. Cool looking label, but no freshness date.

The beer poured a dark brown root beer color, and with a full 3-finger rocky tan head, it sort of looked like a freshly poured root beer. Head retention was good and the beer left lots of lacing.

Faint roasted malt aroma, but with a hard swirl you can bring out some dark chocolate and coffee notes as well.

This is a decent chocolate/coffee porter. Combined with the roasted malts, the chocolate adds a touch of sweetness and the coffee a touch of bitterness.

This has a nice light feel to it - maybe too thin for some. Carbonation is on the high side.

A 6% abv is low for the style, but that being the case it makes it easy to down 2 or 3 at a session. Oh wait, $4.99 for one bottle! I think I'll stop at one. It's good, but not THAT good. (914 characters)

Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter.

A: Dark brown/black with one-and-a-half-finger, off-white, creamy head that lasted several minutes. Nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Moderate sweetness and moderate bitterness. Chocolate first again just like the nose. Roasted malt and dark fruit. Most of the finish is dominated by a metallic taste that kind of ruins it.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Sort of smooth.

O: This was an alright Baltic porter. The metallic taste did bother me. Overall, I liked the Flying Dog Gonzo better. (595 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown color with a quickly receding light brown head.

S: I actually smelled a lot of booze in this at first. Weird. Some roasted malt and a hint of coffee as well.

T: I really liked this one. Roasted malt, toffee, espresso, and some hints of dark fruit. A really nice baltic porter. (298 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown, nearly black beer that's almost fully opaque. Half an inch of tanned head falls slowly, leaving very sticky, creamy looking lace that holds well. Nose is dominated by molasses, with roasted notes and slight booziness underneath.

The rich, syrupy nose is bigger than the taste, which has a lot of the molasses in there but isn't too sweet overall. Medium bitterness, just really trace amounts of roast, coffee, alcohol. Ultimately a bit shallow, like the mouthfeel, which is thin but a touch sticky. Fades a bit quickly from the palette, and from the memory, unfortunately. (588 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, with some reflexes. Beige head, two fingers, average compactness.
Toasted malt, coffee in powder, a bit of roots inthe smell. Pleasant.
Well done porter. In the taste too, with a good toasted taste, not overwhelming, coffee in powder, well rounded, some cocoa.
Cocoa inthe aftertaste too, with dusty notes. Smooth.
Not very long, but pleasant, with ligh burnt and toasted notes. (385 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a chill haze, khaki colored head. Aroma of roasted malts primarily. In the taste, a nice mellow roast, faint chocolate and a complimentary presence of tea like hops tasting pretty fresh for a bottle coming from the foot of Mt.Fuji. Roasted malt, sweet grain and a mild hop flavor, without much alcohol showing. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, somewhat smooth, but surprisingly light. Overall, a pretty well done porter, one of the better beers I've had from Japan. (506 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Dark chocolate brown with a lighter brown ring around the bottom and top with a 1 inch tan head and ok retention with some spotty lacing

Smell: Very bready upfront with notes of raisin and plum

Taste: Upfront carries the dark fruits and lots of them. The backend has a nice coffee note with some chocolate. Taste is just ok and upfront it reminds me more of a Belgian dubble than a porter

Mouthfeel: Is a bit thin and has a decent amount of carbonation

Overall: Honestly just an average porter. I have no reason to drink this one again (545 characters)

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Kurofune Porter from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.