Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by Dantes:
3.28/5 rDev -19.2%
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:
3.91/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I got to try this at the HiBREWnation beer tasting event in York, PA. It was poured at the Rogue stand and I only got to try a few ounces. I can honestly say those that those few ounces amazed me. I would definitely have to rank it as one of the best beers I tasted that day (and I tasted well into the double digits).
I found a place that still has a few bottles of it for sale so I'll need to pick a few up and re-review it but I'm excited to have more of it.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2014 17:18:17 | More by darktower
3.75/5 rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Served on tap into a Morimoto pilsner glass.
A- Poured a very clear and bright golden pilsner, some light visible carbonation, bright white fluffy head that left minimal lace.
S- Mostly big grape and pilsner malt notes.
T- Big grape, pilsner malt, lemon, grassy, peppery, and cornhusks. This is an intensely bitter pilsner all the way through with a prominent herbal and earthy bitterness on the finish.
M- Very dry, crisp, medium body, smooth, and prickly carbonation.
O- This is definitely the most bitter lager I have ever had and right up there with the most bitter beers I have ever had. Really nice crisp pilsner mouthfeel with a little more body and good flavor.
Serving type: on-tap
02-23-2014 00:31:52 | More by Hoptometrist
3.89/5 rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Found this brew, a relatively rare style in these parts, on tap at National Beer Hall in Calgary on 10th Ave. Missed out on the funky bottle but oh well. Arrived in a pint glass (?), a cloudy gold amber color that is of course is on the light end of the Lovabond scale but still manages to look thick and imposing. Smells of concentrated sweet grains, a pungent fruity note like grape juice, another sweet note almost like brown sugar, and aggressive grassy green hops. All of these elements are reflected in the taste ... Nothing tastes quite like an imperial pils. This one is at once rich and sweet, chalky and woody, almost carbolic, and features a heady mix of green and spicy hop flavors along with some equally spicy aromatic alcohol. The thick and chewy body and buttery mouthfeel make things even more satiating. I get heavy sweet dough, dried fruits (currants, sultana raisins), candy apple, and an oaky dryness that does work to cut the sweet grains to some extent. The hops provide some additional woody tannic bitterness and funky gooseberry notes and pine in the finish. A big beer with considerable decoction malt and hop power. A pint is a lot to get through.
Serving type: on-tap
01-28-2014 02:30:22 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.86/5 rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
25oz ceramic swingtop resealable bottle poured into a stang. The brew appears a clear golden yellow color with nearly 2 fingers of yellowish stained froth. The cap fades back slowly leaving patchy lace on the glass.
The aroma is quite floral with hops. Some citrus zest and a little grassy overtop a footy grain base that has a fresh footy to almost wheat-like cereal sweetness that brings out a bit of fruity aspects caught between hops and alcohol-like notes.
The flavor and bitter with a grassy to herbal character of hops. The bitterness is slightly oily and piney blending to a bit of sweetness that reinforces some fruity to floral aspect. It is somewhat solvent and boozy with a feel thats at times a little perfumey with hints of sulfur.
This is a medium bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. The imperialized pilsner concept is a little strange especially in this example. The bitterness doesnt seem imperialized but the alcohol and sweetness sure is. That sweetness distracts a little and ruins the overall snap, crispness and ease of drinkability I look for in a good pils. Worth trying but I probably would not revisit this again.
Serving type: bottle
12-16-2013 15:19:11 | More by stakem
Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
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