Ok, back on track I hope, Baird Kurofune Porter, Brewed by the Baird Brewing Co. in the style of a Porter and this is all the way from Numazu, Shizuoka, Japan, in it’s 330ml bottle of 6%ABV thing.
Kurofune (means “Black Ships“) was the word the Japanese used to describe the American gunboats that came to open Japan to western trade. Kurofone Porter is sleek and forceful, but leaves a winning bittersweet taste of chocolate and coffee on the tongue. “Do not resist the superior might; cunningly acquiesce, and embrace.” Kampai!
I remember that I fell in a bit of lust with the Baird Beer – Baird Wabi Sabi IPA a while ago, I have fond memories of Baird being a bit special.
And I am on a Porter adventure, one that I’m not getting the hang of, Porter either eludes me or it’s not all that and bag of crisps. I do like the romanticism of a Japanese beer however and the delivery of these makes you look at the label for meaning.
and we’re back in the room…… The immediate aroma is a bitter… it’s dark dark, it’s heady, there are a bunch of hops and malts.
The immediate taste isn’t of chocolate but then it’s there at the back, the front taste is of a fruit like a plum or damson but not, I wonder what fruit that is? The wonderful way the chocolate carries through though, that’s a nice thing. So a light sweet dark and multi-layer beer.
I find though that for all I thought that this was bit thin, a bit of “oh here comes the chocolate” taste, and that made it less of a thing. These guys are trying though and this seems to be very close to an “it” that you think you are looking for in a beer.
The pdubyah-o-meter can only get 7 from 10 arbitrary things, which makes this just about on a par as a beer, the place where you’re neither challenged or insulted, not enlightened or made to feel a bit silly.
Sadly though, Nothing to see here, move along….
- November: Breckenridge Vanilla Porter (followingourownadvice.com)