Kurofune Porter - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Ratings: 142
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website

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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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the Baird Red Rose amber and was very impressed so I grabbed this today.Poured a deep cola color with a thick creamy one finger off white head that never settles it stays thru the duration of the pint.Very fruity nose with a bit of char,the fruit is not that of dark fruit,almost tropical in nature wich was very different.Very smooth creamy mouthfeel it just glides down with ease and is not overly full.Flavors are of caramel/butter up front with some hefty fruit,the finish is lightly charred with a little bit of wood.This porter has some complexity,doesnt have alot of traits of a Baltic porter so Iam not sure thats what I would put it in,either way very nice.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle on the recommendation of my buddy Dave. Pours into my glass an extremely dark brown bordering on black with a creamy solid inch of light tan head and spotty lacing as it slowly falls. Aromas of mildly roasted dark malt with a swirl of caramel and chocolate. Light coffee along with a fruity aspect as well. Kinda toasty grain hints. Nice.

First sip brings a mellow roasted dark malt upfront with a touch of graininess to it. It moves into a mix of chocolate and light coffee flavors. Fruity hints flow in and out. It flows down with a hint of hops and a kiss of bitterness. This is a smooth, tasty porter!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sturdy carbonation. It hits a nice stride with how I like a porter to be...not too light and not too heavy. Overall, a great smooth porter from Japan. Very glad to see this brew make it over here and I hope more Japanese beers make it this way, as there are brewers doing great things there!

Photo of chinchill
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: 12 oz poured into Guinness

A: Black with a thick white head that has great retention. When held to the light there is a nice red hue.

S: Not very strong, but, there is a slight malt and smoke.

T: Nice smoke with a bit of coffee and malt.

M: Not to heavy with a slight creaminess

D: Not to heavy with a nice taste, reminds me of some black lagers.

Overall: Pleasant porter, nice taste, though not to strong, just like a porter should be. A nice surprise from a country that tends to focus on hops or crisp lagers.

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This beer pours a somewhat hazy, dark cola-tinted brown hue, with three fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and bubbly tan head, which settles quite slowly, eventually leaving some random miniature streaks of tacky lace around the glass.

It smells of milk chocolate, oily nuts, sour milk, a bit of wet smoke, and tame biscuity caramel malt. The taste is more bittersweet chocolate, thin, acrid coffee, toasted grains, a mild lactic astringency, gritty mixed nuts, and zippy floral, weedy hops.

The carbonation is a tad below average in its trilling frothiness, the body a solid, yet at times teetering medium weight, with just a wee bit too much swirling edginess to call dibs on smooth. It finishes off-dry, and 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, and agreeable enough for a day where spring seems to have taken yet another detour on its already delayed arrival.

Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cool from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Kurofune has a deep dark brown color that only shows when held to the light. The thick off-white head has great retention and leave some lace behind.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with a hint of hops. Nice chocolate/caramel thing going on here too.

Flavor is rich and intense - definately a baltic style porter. Big roasty malts, dark chocolate, strong bitter coffee, and a bit of smoke.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with higher than average carbonation. This is really the only real weakness I see in this beer.

Overall probably one of the best beers I've ever had from Japan. I wouldn't mind another some time soon.

Photo of ElGordo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 330ml bottle into a Maudite snifter. Body is a rich brown with ruby highlights, topped by a small, creamy, khaki-colored head. Sweet aroma of caramel malt, a touch of roastiness, and notes of chocolate, mocha, and dark fruit.
Palate is mostly roasted malt up front, along with a decent amount of dark fruity sweetness. A big hit of dark chocolate comes through before the swallow, receding into a long-lasting husky bitterness on the finish.
Body is full and creamy, with just a touch of oiliness. An interesting interpretation of a porter, and although I wouldn't say it fits the traditional definition of a baltic porter, it's good nonetheless.

Photo of Chrome_Dome
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. Nearly opaque black pour, slightish white head, lasted half way through the beer. Solid roasted malt and coffee nose. Similar in taste, with some mocha and a light hop character. A bit light bodied, with a clean but slightly watery finish. Good drinkability, but much more standard porter likeness than Baltic. Still one worth trying from this brewer though.

Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A light chestnut into darker mahoghany, with billowing tan foam. Very fine, intricate lace that looks like a dusty cobweb. The head has staying power.

Nutty brown sugar aroma. Some mild roast malt.

Chocolate and roasty malt notes, some tobacco and mild bitterness. Even carbonation, feels very good. Fairly light, but above average in body. Overall this was very enjoyable with no flaws at all. Thanks to autumnaldave for recommending it.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a frothy 2 inch tan head (the pour was a bit vigorous). Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Aroma is coffee, bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some caramel malt and smoke noticable too. Very nice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little bit oily and smooth. Drinkability is good, the smoothness makes this easy to drink. I just bought this today, and I'm glad I drank it today too. I think it's a pretty good brew, I definitely recommend this. This is the first Baird beer I've tried, hopefully their other ones are this good too.

Photo of Beejay
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark, but you can still see light through the glass. Deep red. A lot of head on top.. mostly from a bad pour, but it still looks very nice.

S: Slight hops, chocolate and nuts, and almost a wood tone to it.. Malty.

T: Malty with a good kick of hops.. it fades to a more muted coffee and chocolate taste. Smooth and tasty..

M: Leaves a little film feeling at the end, but nothing major..

D: Overall a very good beer, and the label kicks ass! A good beer for when you don't want to be flattened by an RIS.. Nice deep, mellow and delicious.

Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
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.

Photo of matjack85
3.79/5  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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Charlotte while down for a visit and brought it back to split with the guys.

A: Hazy, lighter than many I've seen, but it's still a nice and chocolate brown appearance.

S: This is quite nice. Chocolatey, solid roasted malt scents. This is pretty nice.

T: Rich malts, a little bit of a fruity highlight - plum, mostly. Some tanginess and a soft tartness... maybe even a tiny bit medicinal, but not enough to do it any harm, really.

M + D: Medium body, reasonable carbonation, a touch of slickness. Nice to see a good brewery coming out of Japan, though it appears it is an American 'displaced in Japan.' Either way, he makes a decent beer, and I'd be looking forward to the next.

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  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.

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle without a freshness date pours a dark crimson color with an everlasting tan foam. Cumulonimbus rocky-top head and lacing is sickly ridiculous! Awesome, perfect looking porter.

Nose is chocolaty and smoky. Light bready yeast and mild fruit. Smells pretty good.

Taste is perfectly sweetened dark chocolate with a nice touch of smoke and rye bread. Has an unfiltered sake taste that may or may not be my imagination with Japan on the mind. Has a nice, smooth bread dough aspect with a decently bitter roast and hop finish. Nice, nice beer that was an impulse purchase in central Louisiana. Glad I did, as this is an excellent beer and much better than I expected.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The side of the bottle says "Please drink contemplatively Beer Drinker-San" and at first I thought that it might be one of those oddly Japanese beers suited to Japanese tastes. Not so.
The beer poured a huge head (quickly overflowed the glass) and is a very dark brown. The smell is really fantastic - Coffee, molasses, and I swear a hint of maple at the end. You definitely get a porter flavor with this one - with real strength in the coffee and roasted flavors - I'm not getting any chocolate flavors with this one. Nothing special in the mouthfeel of the beer, but overall well worth drinking.
According to the bottle, Baird Beer is a Japanese craft brewer, and if this beer is an indication of their either offerings, I'll have to give more of their work a try.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Photo of ibbjamin
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Paid $5.99 for a 12oz bottle from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. I poured it into my Spaten Optimator mug to review.

Rather carbonated as indicated by the loud fizzing after cracking it open and the large head after a gentle pour. Head is light tan in color and moderately frothy. Excellent head retention of almost a half an inch. Very dark in color but not quite black.

Coffee, chocolate and roasted sweet malts dominate the nose. Aroma is rather large for a beer that is 6% ABV.

Tastes more like it is 6% than it smells as the taste is toned down quite a bit on this one. Coffee and roasted sweet malts.

Mouth is somewhat uneventful with one of the shortest, most crisp finishes I've tasted in a malty beer such as this one. Towards the end of the beer, I become more fond of the mouthfeel and credit them on its unique character. Medium body, good carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy.

For $5.99 for a 12oz bottle, I am expecting a beer to be in the 8.5% range or higher. If this isn't the case, it better be a damn fine brew for me to justify purchasing again. I do not believe this falls into that category. A fine beer for $3, not $6.

Photo of Nick3
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into a Rochefort beer chalice. Black beer forms a tan 2 finger head. Great lacing spiderwebs itself across the glass. Smell is dominated by milk chocolate as is the taste and the finish is mildly bittersweet. Beer has a medium body and is very, very easy to drink.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Baird brew poured out a very dark chocolate brown body with a decent sized, airy head that was white with a light brown tint.

The smell was a mix of sweet and acidic, containing pleasant citrus fruit notes. There was also something else that wasn't quite as discernable that lingered in the background, something that reminded me of yeast. Perhaps it held a touch of a bready aroma, that my nose kept desperately trying to sniff out. Pleasant smell, but overall a bit weak.

The taste was well-constructed. The citrus-like acidity gave this a bit of a pungent kick, and a lovely temporal biterness, paired with the main flavor of deeply roasted malts. Warm alcohol surfaced in the mouthfeel and this one left my mouth feeling a bit smoky, but did not dry my palate completely. Rather, it had a crisp taste and held a medium to heavy body as it settled in my mouth.

I'm not so sure if I could drink this often, but a well done porter nonetheless and the pace at which I finished it surprised me. If you're into porters, try to check this one out.

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Kurofune Porter from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.