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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner - Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

488 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 60
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
4 Ingredients:
Malts: 100% French Pilsner.
Hops: 100% Sterling.
Yeast & Water: Czech Pils Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

18º PLATO
74 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

(Beer added by: aracauna on 08-24-2003)
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Dantes

New Jersey

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 don’t 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 needn’t have worried, as this poured a lovely pale-marigold yellow that was quite cloudy, recalling some of the draught ciders I’ve 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 wasn’t very complex. I’m not really familiar with Sterling hops, but it is a variety meant to be related to Saaz. Unfortunately, that didn’t really come through to me. There was also a sticky, cloying sweetness from the malts that didn’t quite work here for me. All in all, despite the French Pilsner malt, Czech Pilsner yeast, and Sterling hops, I still didn’t 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 wasn’t 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 I’ve 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 didn’t get any pilsner-like qualities from this, instead it tasted a bit like a clumsily done bière de garde. I wouldn’t 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
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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.