Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Dantes:
3.28/5 rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Package: 750ml white ceramic crowned (added swingtop for re-sealing. We dont need no stinkin swingtops!) sake-influenced bottle, with Kanji characters against a brightly painted background. Amongst all the tiny text on the back is the recommendation, best if consumed by Jan. 1, 2005. The major ingredients are also noted along with the ABV of 8.8%.
Cost: $10.99 at Ramsey Liquors.
Presentation: Imperial pint at ~50º
Appearance: Being forewarned that there were a lot of bad bottles of this in NJ, I was dismayed that the crown came off easily, with the lightest phhht. I neednt have worried, as this poured a lovely pale-marigold yellow that was quite cloudy, recalling some of the draught ciders Ive seen. The very fluffy head was super-fine, with a creamy texture and lots of stick. However, it only lasted about half-way through the glass.
Smell: As promised, this delivers a very floral, hoppy aroma that dominates what I expect will be a strong malt presence. Little alcohol on the nose despite the relatively high ABV. Some lemony notes as well.
Taste: A bit disappointing. The hoppy note was there (listed as Sterling), but it wasnt very complex. Im not really familiar with Sterling hops, but it is a variety meant to be related to Saaz. Unfortunately, that didnt really come through to me. There was also a sticky, cloying sweetness from the malts that didnt quite work here for me. All in all, despite the French Pilsner malt, Czech Pilsner yeast, and Sterling hops, I still didnt quite experience this as a pilsner.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is full and warming from the alcohol. The cloying stickiness which dominates much of the flavor does help give this a very full, smooth mouthfeel. The carbonation, as evidenced in its lovely appearance, is very fine and glassy.
Drinkability: A really tough category to score. I could detect the alcohol, but it wasnt disruptive, the taste was somewhat overly sweet, but I did finish the bottle. The cost (how much of it is for the bottle?) is also way out of line in my opinion.
Backwash: Another beer Ive wanted for a long time (just ask Yen157). I actually bought one somewhere else, but the bottle had obviously leaked, so I returned it. I felt comfortable with this one, partially because the price was more reasonable and the crown looked perfect. Anyway, it was a disappointment. I didnt get any pilsner-like qualities from this, instead it tasted a bit like a clumsily done bière de garde. I wouldnt buy this again unless I had the chance to try it on draught for the sake of comparison. Beautiful to look at, in and out of the bottle though!
NB: There is a slight possibility that my bottle was subjected to freezing as much of the recent NJ allotment of this was. However the condition of the crown, etc., lead me to believe this was a decent sample.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2004 20:03:28 | More by Dantes
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
A: yellow. Clear. Thick head. Nice lacing throughout drink.
S: bubblegum. Sweet.
T: malty sweetness. Crackers. Slight alcohol. Mango and citrus and tar for hops. Bitter at finish.
M: medium carbonation. Medium-thick body.
O: strong pilsner just like the name implies. Bitter. Great spin on a pilsner. Strong.
Serving type: on-tap
05-07-2014 04:14:27 | More by jellikit
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.