Kurofune Porter
Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Porter - Baltic
3.79 | pDev: 9.76%
May 12, 2018
Jan 10, 2003
Very Good
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Notes: Kurofune is the word Japanese used to describe the American gunboats that came to open Japan to Western trade. Kurofune Porter is sleek and forceful, but leaves a winning bittersweet taste of chocolate and coffee on the tongue.
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4 by paulish from New York on May 12, 2018
4.01 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Mar 29, 2018
3.47 by tottel from Netherlands on Sep 08, 2017
3.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jun 04, 2017
3.5 by zbooks from Texas on Apr 19, 2017
3.25 by NeverSettle from Texas on Apr 18, 2017
4 by Tatara from Michigan on Nov 14, 2016
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4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

Poured dark brown into a snifter, nice light brown head and decent lacing. Smell of chocolate and whiskey. This carries over to the taste, chocolate, coffee, and a bit boozy. A little different than most porters.

Oct 03, 2016
4.14 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Sep 07, 2016
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3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Pours a darker, hazy brown with a thin, light tan head. Shows some decent carbonation. Smells of sweet malt and chocolate.
A thinner mouth feel that brings in the coffee/chocolate up front then finishes with a slight hop bite. Finish is crisp. A grassy tone throughout.
Will let warm.

Aug 09, 2016
3.73 by tubeyes from Texas on Jun 21, 2016
2.99 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on May 18, 2016
3.68 by smithj4 from New York on Jan 09, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by superspak from North Carolina

330 ml bottle into pint glass, bottled on 12/15/2014. Pours hazy dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light raisin/plum, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, herbal, floral, light raisin/plum, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice English porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop/fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Oct 31, 2015
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3.12/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
by Stevedore from Oregon

On tap at the Harajuku Taproom in Tokyo, Japan.

Pours a very dark, opaque black/brown body. Smells of smoke, chocolate, espresso, roast. Flavour is predominantly char, with supporting chocolate and coffee. The char is a bit too much for me here, and I love my coffee as black as possible. Mouthfeel is medium-thinner bodied, fairly full but a bit much in terms of the char and smokiness.

Oct 18, 2015
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4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Andrewharemza from Australia

From Bottle. Pours dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, dark plums. Taste start with sweetness, rosted mallts, coffee, milk chocolate, berries. Not bad.

Oct 18, 2015
4.51 by dmberger from Maryland on Oct 01, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jeffsta1 from Washington

Dark color, pale tan head, very fine foam.

Smells nice, nothing off, a little bit mild. Malty.

Taste is pretty decent, cocoa, unsweetened chocolate. Malt more than hops. Hints of licorice.

Moderately rich mouthfeel, very nice fine carbonation.

Finish is subtle, bitter. OK but not awesome.

Sep 28, 2015
3.85 by Magery from Kentucky on Sep 16, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by dbrauneis from North Carolina

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.

Sep 03, 2015
3.5 by joeroma5 from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2015
3.5 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB) on Aug 04, 2015
3.67 by shelby415 from Oregon on Jul 13, 2015
3.49 by PorterLambic from Florida on Jul 11, 2015
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2.68/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Jun 24, 2015
4 by mrcraft from California on Jun 14, 2015
4.1 by Gator_Chomp from Florida on May 23, 2015
4.38 by Norseman from Illinois on Apr 28, 2015
3.92 by HipCzech from Texas on Feb 23, 2015
3.6 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Jan 10, 2015
3.75 by jheezee from Texas on Jan 10, 2015
3.36 by Texasfan549 from Texas on Jan 03, 2015
3.75 by kjkinsey from Texas on Dec 20, 2014
4 by kybeerdrinker from Kentucky on Dec 16, 2014
3 by olradetbalder from Sweden on Dec 08, 2014
4.25 by mpenske from California on Dec 08, 2014
3.75 by amano_h from Oregon on Dec 04, 2014
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3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by UCLABrewN84 from California

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.

Nov 27, 2014
4 by nathanmiller from New York on Nov 24, 2014
4 by hakaiya from Japan on Nov 22, 2014
Kurofune Porter from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 165 ratings