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Kurofune Porter - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Kurofune PorterKurofune Porter

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very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%

Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003)
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South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 09:53:23 | More by chinchill
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4.61/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 23:03:48 | More by acevenom
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3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 15:51:54 | More by rudzud
Photo of Swedgin_Wu


4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 16:11:52 | More by Swedgin_Wu
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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 16:22:57 | More by Chrome_Dome
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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 04:23:57 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 19:00:23 | More by BEERchitect
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4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2012 05:27:34 | More by Oakenator
Photo of thecheapies


3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 04:21:17 | More by thecheapies
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3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 22:47:21 | More by smakawhat
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 18:42:05 | More by wordemupg
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 00:14:08 | More by metter98
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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2012 08:40:15 | More by shigg85
Photo of xpdrinker


2.43/5  rDev -36.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 18:50:36 | More by xpdrinker
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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 07:27:29 | More by matjack85
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3.4/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 00:59:21 | More by SolipsismalCat
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4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 05:59:47 | More by notchucknorris
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 21:58:54 | More by tobelerone
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3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 20:32:49 | More by stcules
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:44:06 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 01:31:38 | More by DarthKostrizer
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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into Nonic Glass

A: Pours a deep almost black brown. A nice tan head develops. Decent lacing

S:Chocolate, hint of roast, some almost burnt toffee.

T: The blacked sugar notes are pretty forward followed by the chocolate. Good balance of flavors with out being overly complex

M: Medium bodied which is good for a porter.

O: This is a good offering from Baird. Not their best but a solid porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 19:50:33 | More by Hershdawg
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 360 ml brown bottle. Pours out black, but not quite opaque as it displays some mahogany translucency when held to direct light. Creamy beige head with some loose bubbles and good retention. Thin sticky patches of lacing.

Roasted and burnt malts are dry on the nose, although they come across smooth. Hints of coffee beans.

Roasty and charred malt up front in the flavour, some mild sourness from the char, with a smooth mocha finish.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, with a fuller creamy smooth texture, and low carbonation.

Doesn't quite have me sold as a Baltic Porter, but this is a decent Porter through and through, hits all the right spots and delivers the goods with a refined balance. Once again the Japanese prove their finesse when it comes to tackling dark beer varieties.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 04:59:30 | More by IronDjinn
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North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a translucent brown color with a couple of fingers worth of foam; quite a few shards of lacing are left behind

Smell: A bit of roast and a bit of milk chocolate and hazelnuts, but not much to sink into

Taste: Opens with chocolate, hazelnuts and an odd metallic flavor that continues through into the finish; rather one dimensional

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I don't have a great deal of accolades for this beer, I rather enjoyed it; I don't think it comes close to being a Baltic Porter so I haven't rated it to that style

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 23:56:12 | More by brentk56
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

360ml bottle, nice abstract seafaring imagery on the label.

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark cola-tinted brown hue, with three fat fingers of tight puffy tan head, which settles quite slowly, eventually leaving some random miniature streaks of lace around the glass. It smells of mild milk chocolate, a bit of wet smoke, and faint biscuit malt. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, thin bitter coffee, mildly sour milk, and zippy, weedy hops. The carbonation is a bit below average, the body a solid, yet teetering medium weight, with just a wee bit too much latent astringency to call dibs on smooth. It finishes still beholden to the chocolate malt, but a strong case is made by some resurgent bitter leafy hops.

For being on the opposite side of Russia from the Baltic (sea and culture), Baird does a more than adequate job recreating the real deal. A pleasant surprise, agreeable enough for a day where spring seems to have taken a detour on its already delayed arrival.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2011 21:59:55 | More by biboergosum
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Kurofune Porter from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.