Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale - Rogue Ales
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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
4.09/5 rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I thought rogue was through making these, so I was super excited to see this on the shelf. the pour is jet black, inky and thicker, with a hard to control rising off white head that has a mind of its own. it smells like burnt toast and a really weird malt profile. had to google it to learn soba is Japanese buckwheat, which definitely provides some interesting smells and tastes here. its sort of like rye in terms of smell, bold and fully rich, but the flavor is much more mild, without the spice and with a starchy sort of feel. with the other black roasty malts and bittering hops, I think it works great in this beer. there is also a new yeast going on that's foreign to my palate, or maybe its just the buckwheat again, hard to tell, but its pasty in texture and bitterly bland in a good way of that's possible. a complex brew with an exceptional mouthfeel. huge body and plenty of carbonation, it really shocks the palate as something different and well done. I like this better than the imperial pils, and fully support anything involving chef morimoto, his work in the kitchen is unrivaled.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2013 18:13:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.86/5 rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I picked this up without knowing a single thing about it. I didn't even know it was made by Rogue -- I just figured it was a Japanese beer. But, hey: impulse buy.
I feel like I should have saved this for sharing. I say that only because I have no clue what it is, and I figure it might be challenging.
As soon as I open it, there is an explosion of foam, up to a point. It's not like a gusher, where it goes everywhere, but it went from normal-looking bottle to bottle-with-foam-jutting-out in an instant. But it just froze there. There is about an inch of foam extending straight up out of the neck of the bottle, and standing straight up like well-beaten egg whites. It doesn't even collapse.
I pour carefully into a glass, but end up with about 75% foam, and some dark beer at the bottom.
It smells good, clean and roasty. Taste is all of that. It's as foamy as any beer I have had. I have no idea what style this is. It's lighter than a stout, not hoppy enough to be a CDA...it's just tasty, and way lighter than it looks.
Pretty nice beer. I have been overlooking Rogue entirely too much.
Serving type: bottle
12-28-2013 05:15:05 | More by DaveAnderson
Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
83 out of 100 based on 349 ratings.