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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

507 Ratings
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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 65
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Rogue Ales visit their website
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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Reviews by Dantes:
Photo of 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 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.

Dantes, May 24, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been sitting in the cooler calling my name everytime I go into the beer store so I finally got it $19.00 bucks!Besides the kickass bottle it pours a great rich golden color with a real nice head that leaves some terrific lacing,aroma has that light steely tinge with some malty fruity aromas I dont pick up that much hop presence.But the hop presence comes thru in the taste with a big resiny taste but with a great crisp malt atack to balance it out,man what a great beer worth $19.00 uhm not sure but a great beer that Iam really enjoying.

oberon, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Incredibly deep and hazy orange in color with a beautiful, pure white head that showed good retention and left some nice lacing.

Smell – Equal balance of malt and hops. The malt base provides the classic Pils aroma and the strong, complex hops tell us who brewed this ale.

Taste – This is a mouthful. I can pick up the classic Pils flavors, but then comes the huge Rogue hops and equally large malt balance. What a mix! The malts sweeten up in the middle and even turn a little buttery.

Mouthfeel – This was awesome. This is on the heavy side of medium-bodied and is exceptionally smooth and creamy. The finish is dry with a touch of bitterness.

Drinkability – I sucked this down like a wino on his last bottle of MD 20/20.

Comments – This came in a really cool 26 ounce painted ceramic bottle.

RoyalT, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Dmann
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I really dug this beer! It was like a pils yet it was not your average pils by any sense of the word. The color was beautiful with a medium goldish color with hints of copper, this was a great looking beer. The smell was very fresh and grassy with a nice crisp hop scent in the nose as well. The taste was outstanding with a nice crispy hop zing with a nice spice and full bodied malt flavor. I just wish it was not so damn expensive or this would be the session beer for me.

Dmann, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of SuomiHobbit
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautifully decorated white ceramic swingtop bottle! Pours into my SN tulip a wonderfully opaque orange with hint of amber and a big two finger cragly mountain of white head. Speckled lacing as the head lingers on. Aromas of sweet creamy grainy malts along with some caramel notes. The Sterling hops bring a wildflower, citrusy spice aroma to the brew that is rather nice. Lingering notes of freshly baked yeasty bread.

First sip brings a clean, crisp pale, slightly caramelly maltiness. Bready, yeasty tones show up mid palate and are followed by a citrusy, spicy floral herbal hop bitterness on the way down. Alcohol tones peek out on the finish but don't detract from the overall brew. Lingering bitterness with a lively, creamy end. A tasty brew that I would imbibe more often if it wasn't for the price. I'd like to see more Double Pilsner's as this was a tasty treat!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. It still manages to be refreshing even with the heavier feel. The 750 will disappear all too fast, however drinkability is hindered by the large price tag on this brew. I purchased this at Jungle Jim's in OH for $12.99. Still, for the experience and the beautiful bottle...I'd say that is one that everyone should check out at least once. Another tasty brew for Rogue for sure.

orbitalr0x, Sep 11, 2005
Photo of EastBay_Nick
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

EastBay_Nick, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of PATECO
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rogue Imperial Pilsner in white ceramic 1 pint bottle with a resealable cap bought at Whole Foods Market in Plantation Florida for $6.99 no date on bottle.

Poured smooth with a nice head of very dense somewhat spongy foam slightly cloudy/murky with lots of tight bubbles. Laced the glass nicely. Smooth and creamy mouth feel but very hoppy, good flavor, slightly sweet (I like slightly sweet beers), tastes of malt and some yeast flavors, good finish with a little alcholol bite. Reminds me of some ales I have tried. Overall quite nice I would buy again.

PATECO, Dec 17, 2005
Photo of JasonA
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i bought this beer back in 2006 and have been sitting on it since. Not really by choice, but I never really had a desire to drink it. This is the white bottle, with red and yellow drawings.

Pours a transparent golden gold. Solid 2 fingers of frothly, yet light, yet thick. Lots and lots of bubbles moving through. Everything I would expect in a Pilsner, and this is after 4 years of aging. Thick thick lacing sliding all the way down the glass.

Suprisingly malty, yet crisp with alcohol. Maybe clove, maybe bready. Still very surprised at the amount of malt. Im not getting any hops, maybe a tinge of bittering, yet light.

Malty, crisp and light. For an overly malty brew the finish is simple. Almost perfect for a lawnmower beer. Bittering as it gets warm. Might be a tad bitter for a Pilsner. I could probably sip on this 8.8 brew for a lot longer that I should.

Not sure I would buy again only because expensive Pilsner's is not my typical expenditure. If I was forced to buy Pilsners, this would prolly end up at the top of my list.

JasonA, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like other BAs, I had to try this because of the cool bottle, and also because I really liked DFH Golden Shower. This was a pretty good beer. It was orange, with a medium head. It had a floral aroma, and the alcohol was perceptible. A fruity, hoppy taste, again a noticeable alcohol taste. Smooth, and drinkable, but not my favorite.

lordofthewiens, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Lazaro, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of merlin48
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz ceramic, capped, bottle with swingtop on the side, purchased at the Liquor Barn in Lexington, Kentucky, on 6-04-04. I don't remember what I paid for this, but 40% of the price was, most likely, for the heavy, reusable conatiner. In an unscientific test, I determined that a full bottle of this weighs more than a seven pound housecat. Very attractive art on the bottle, must add some cost. Poured into an imperial pint glass, the body is clear and yellowish gold. Massive white head is persistent, and becomes rocky, leaving profuse, sticky lace all over the glass. Appearance is unique and exceptional.

Aroma seems well balanced, initially, but soon gives way to an incredible hops dominance. Info on bottle says that 100% French Pilsner malts are used, but all I could discern was some doughy, malt presence. Lemon, lemon rind, and some honeysuckle floral notes provide most of the aromas.

Mouthfeel explores new territory for a Pils. Full bodied, with a ton of carbonation results in a thickness in the mouth.

Taste is primarily dry and bitter, with an occasional incursion of noble style hops. The high abv is noticed, at times, but is concealed for the most part by the herbal hoppiness. Malt presence is difficult to pick up, other than the doughiness.

Thick mouthfeel and high abv hinder the drinkability. I have reservations about whether an imperial pilsner is a viable style. This is much better on tap, if you can find it, at least in terms of drinkability.

merlin48, Jun 11, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Blind Tiger NYC. Poured golden amber and cloudy with some sediment, minimal head. Bready nose. Big beer, floral hoppyness, tons of malt. Very strong pisner. Enjoyed at the recent extreme beer fest. Rarely on tap, I liked it, would be interested in the bottled version as well.

Billolick, Apr 20, 2004
Photo of fdrich29
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1 PT. 10 Fl. OZ ceramic swingtop bottle. Purchased at Marty's in Newton, Massachusetts.

Bright oriental writing and art adorn the bottle. "No Chemicals. Preservatives or Additives. 4 Ingredients: 100% French Pilsner Malt; 100% Sterling Hops, Free Range Coastal Water and Czech Pilsner Yeast. Golden in color with a dry hop floral aroma and intense hop bitterness supported by a big malty backbone which culminates into a hedonistic mouthful."

So this is my first taste of the Morimoto line being put out by Rogue. Fans of the Food Network will recognize the name from the Iron Chef series.

Huge creamy head atop a cloudy amber body. Sweet hop smell entices the senses. Silky smooth in the mouth, sweet, hoppy taste with bit of alcohol at the end. Fantastic brew, and my first double pilsner. Highly recommended if you can find it.

fdrich29, Feb 28, 2005
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Buckeye Brewing Company.

Our trip to the BBC for some rumored-to-be-tapped cask Two-Hearted turned out to be quite a nice visit. BBC had this among many other fine offerings on tap for our little jaunt to lovely (sarcasm) Bedford Heights, OH.

Cloudy dull orange in color with a thin and tightly-packed white head that did a tolerable job of hanging around and even lacing the glass. Nose is almost all floral hops, with some medicinal alcohol detected as well. Flavor continues to amaze me with only 4 ingredients coming together for a wonderful experience. Front is doughy sweet, with distinct honey flavor creeping in soon after. Dries out, and ends with an alcohol kick that warms you up. Again, very well-balanced and drinkable. I'm very glad to have tried this one again.

OldFrothingSlosh, Apr 26, 2005
Photo of randal
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a cool earthenware bottle for $11.99 !!!

Price a little high but I'm a sucker for new beers and interesting pils in particular. The beer pours a hazy gold-organge. Smell is sweet malt and a little hop. Taste is initial malt, but not sweet, almost a little carmelly or slightly burned. Hop hits initially a little "musty" - I am wondering if this is an older bottle. Although I would imagine the earthenware would protect this beer amazingly well, maybe the dry hop aromas have aged out a bit because there is no citrus. The hop reminds me a little of drinking a highly hopped English ESB past its prime. Musty. Still pretty enjoyable because of the real smack in the face bitterness that lingers on. I don't know about this quantity of malt though - man - I get that kind-of-burned malt taste hanging around. Alcohol is very well hidden flavorwise but at 8.8% it's in there!

randal, Jan 09, 2005
Photo of magictrokini
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Success! I finally found this one in San Diego at Servall. And for only $15! Pours like a glass of regular grapefruit juice, murky orange-yellow with a frothy white head. Delicious aroma of saaz hops, cornbread, sugar, grass, and cereal. Smooth, sweet taste with more hops and a decadent Bavarian malt back. A hint of crystal malt. Velvet, smooth mouthfeel. An incredible all-around beer.

magictrokini, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Osiris9588
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.75 litre ceramic bottle with a flip top. Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The white head forms into a stiff two-finger cap with good retention.

The aroma is filled with fruit, orange, apple and banana, and raw grain, as well as offerring notes of dry hops and floral accents--as well as some sublte spice and sulfer. The flavor follows the aroma.

The mouth is complex and well balanced, the hops providing a nice contrast to the fruit and grain. Low carbonation makes it very velvety. Very drinkable. Overall, a very tasty, well rounded pils with a personality of its own.

Osiris9588, Dec 23, 2006
Photo of HoppySeb
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

HoppySeb, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ADR
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle, Extreme Beer Fest 2004...

Thickish pour with a marmalade color. Head is scant and thinnish but leaves a lot of dotty laces. Very nice malt, lightly bready with a shortbread feel and honey sweetness. Some sense of an orangey quality that transitions into a sparkling and very well-done hopiness. Light nutmeg sensations. Very close to perfectly balanced. While straying away from a Pilsner in many ways, lagering seems to make this "Imperial" brew plenty easy to quaff, despite respectable alcohol. Rogue does another fine beer with this one.

ADR, Jan 19, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a golden/copper slightly clouded with a large foamy white head, and it leaves even thick bands of chunky lacing with each sip. Aroma has deep rich alcohol and pilsner malts bursts of grassy herbal hops and mild floral citrus fruits with a mineral character overall a bit perfumey kicks ass with biscuit malts kinda doughy as well. Flavor really great the bottle I initially sampled lacked the freshness that this draft version expressed the assertive hops bring a great mix of bitterness and hop bite...mineral tones with grassy citrus hops are killer second best Imperial Pils I have tasted defitnitely doesn't dethrone Sam Adams version but close. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied especially compard to the standard pils but really has some smooth even moderate natural carbonation. Drinkability is heavenly great dose of hops and really gives this style some credibility I'm a fan...I could have downed a few more effortlessly especially during happy hora at Mad Mex Robinson.

WVbeergeek, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of kwkdmk
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

kwkdmk, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of switzer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

switzer, Aug 19, 2013
Photo of watermelonman
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a really cool beer.

It's a fairly dark golden color, like a Belgian strong pale ale or something along those lines. Head and lace properties are similar to that as well. Now that I mention it, the bitterness is of similar levels, too. But the core taste is a completely different animal.

The taste is somewhat peppery up front with a full on punch of hops in the finish. There's no trace of anything but the highest quality grains in this thing. The alcoholic content is strong but does not put one away by any means. The flavor is huge and great.

watermelonman, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml white ceramic bottle, with a Japanese character watercolor label. It's Independence Day now, and my dual citizenship calls for a big, bad example of something only Americans would do to beer.

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden straw colour, with two fingers of puffy, frothy, and somewhat soapy dirty white head, which leaves some decent skewed webbed lacing around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of biscuity pale malt, cereal porridge, floral, grassy hops, and a significant alcohol twinge. The taste is more pale and raw cereal grains, a bit of warm citrus juice, a subtle dry yeastiness, earthy hops, and burgeoning floral, perfumed metallic booze undertones.

The body is fairly heavy, surprisingly smooth, and even kind of creamy, the carbonation moderately peppy. It finishes dry and warm, the heat from the alcohol still quite strong, like I just did a watered down vodka shot.

A so-so amped up version of a Czech PIls, the alcohol obviously not too well integrated, but drinkable, I suppose, once one's palate succumbs, like when you're sipping whiskey or the like. Morimoto Imperial Pilsner is the second highly-rated big Rogue product to come off like a booze bomb to me. While it was somewhat easy to procure another bomber of their Yellow Snow IPA for another try, I don't know that I want to drop another 22 bucks for another go around at this one.

biboergosum, Jul 07, 2009
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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
90 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.