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Kurofune Porter - Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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86
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-10-2003)
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Reviews by kkipple:
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.5%

Picked up a single bottle of this at the recommendation of the gents at the Charleston Beer Exchange.

A. Fills my Sam Adams glass to the brim with rich stained-walnut brew, capped with a fine 3 finger head that crackles and dies noisily. There's a bit of lace behind but I'm not bothered by the lack of it.

S. Dark roast, not quite coffee, but close... milky, somehow, smells like other grains were tossed into the mix besides barley... oats? Rice? Not sure. But this is dirty and sweet smelling and dark, bitter-rich and goes together well. A bit hard to explain.

T. Curious... porter-like, yet different. Lots of roast going on here, but it's all quite smooth... charred grain, a bit of milky lactic sourness, what I would imagine is roasted rice (can't be!), a little licorice, earthy, deep, and yet, quite pleasant and not overbearing at all. Grainy, and reminds me a bit of Entire Butt Porter; which is to say, this has a depth of character not often found. Rather reminds me of Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Why this is listed as a Baltic Porter I'm not sure. Very well crafted.

M. Rather highly carbonated for a porter, reminds me of homebrew in a way... fine and "dense" carbonation puffs this up in the mouth and makes the (light) body seem heavier. Finish is deep earthy chocolate and roast, yet not acrid or harsh. Perhaps a bit oaty. I like it.

Drinkable? Heck yes! I'd have no problem putting a few of these away. Went very well with my German sausage and lentil soup.

Kurofune is a fun beer, tough to pin down but every bit as good as the craft porters coming out of the best breweries in the USA. At nearly $5 a bottle it's a luxury, but you'd better believe that if this came in cheap 6-packs I'd be all over it. One of the better beers I've had from Japan, and recommended.

02-19-2009 03:53:42 | More by kkipple
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oberon

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

05-20-2009 23:24:06 | More by oberon
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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!

06-27-2008 01:11:27 | More by orbitalr0x
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FadetoBock

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

08-19-2013 00:15:11 | More by FadetoBock
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henryclay_

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

05-10-2014 18:45:59 | More by henryclay_
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virinow

New York

3/5  rDev -21.5%

01-12-2014 15:39:25 | More by virinow
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.7%

11-20-2011 02:55:05 | More by chickenm
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

12-26-2013 09:53:23 | More by chinchill
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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.

02-15-2010 02:47:45 | More by ianjsullivan
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

04-12-2011 21:59:55 | More by biboergosum
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

06-03-2010 21:43:24 | More by GilGarp
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ElGordo

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

09-01-2009 05:50:28 | More by ElGordo
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agentorangebitter

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%

04-23-2014 02:05:10 | More by agentorangebitter
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

08-20-2013 05:39:49 | More by Hardcore
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Chrome_Dome

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

12-19-2012 16:22:57 | More by Chrome_Dome
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Bung

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

04-04-2009 15:11:58 | More by Bung
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

01-13-2012 18:24:01 | More by bonbini26
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emerge077

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

07-24-2008 00:23:58 | More by emerge077
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +12%

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.

08-30-2008 01:18:31 | More by bluejacket74
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Beejay

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

04-10-2009 04:24:41 | More by Beejay
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

06-08-2012 22:47:21 | More by smakawhat
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matjack85

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

02-27-2012 07:27:29 | More by matjack85
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

11-21-2012 04:23:57 | More by LiquidAmber
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Bubbles

California

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

12-08-2012 21:33:30 | More by Bubbles
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

04-04-2009 04:17:30 | More by Proteus93
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Kurofune Porter from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
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