Morimoto Imperial Pilsner | Rogue Ales

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Morimoto Imperial PilsnerMorimoto Imperial Pilsner

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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

74 IBU
80 AA
16º Lovibond

Added by aracauna on 08-24-2003

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in pils glass for a sparkling ghost with great carbonation and a good head that sticks around on top of a strong pils malt smell with a touch of sweetness and breadiness as well as some citric hop. Crisp, easy to drink, pils malt very strong, no weak veggie taste in this beer as it has a bready/woodiness to it and also some sugary sweetness and fruit sweetness like grape and some citric hops and finishes slightly dry. A happening and easy to drink pils that goes down great.

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Photo of THORN
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pt. 10 Fl. Oz bottle poured into Pilsner glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Pours a hazy golden brown. Many fine CO2 trails form on the bottom of the glass. Pours half inch head and retains a little over a quarter inch. Head is frothy and a very clean white. Thin sticky lace is left around majority of glass.
S: Bright citrus, sweet malts, and pineapple. Floral aroma is slightly noticeable.
T: Pilsner malts are very bold. Nice floral hops sweep in creating a bitterness that matches the boldness of the malts. Pineapple and bananas linger into nothing.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue.
D: A little more hoppy than I would expect for a Pilsner, being that it is imperial...why not? Subtleties of a typical Pilsner are appreciable but big bold malt body is intact.

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Photo of mulder1010
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ML ceramic bottle with swing top poured into a tulip glass

A-- Poured a clear straw yellow with a big billowy white head. Left sticky lacing all over the glass. Once settled down a solid one finger head.

S-- Floral, sweet, and biscuit like. Great smell and well balanced with the hops and the malt.

T-- Hop forward with malt in the background. Still has a floral citrus taste. Nicely done.

M-- Lots of grapefruit taste and feel. Hops are very forward but the malt really balances it well and finishes quite clean. Spot on carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

D-- Big on flavor and alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms up. 8.8% Really?? Not a big pilsner fan but this beer could change that in a big way. Only negative is you will feel very full after a 750.
Worth looking for and trying.

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Photo of adamette
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes. Poured from tap at Ballantines in Willoughby during "craft beer night" 1 27 10 into a 10 oz. snifter at a cost of $3.

A Translucent straw yellow body with visible bubbles rising up under a nice, creamy head. 3.5

S Perfumy barley malt and hops which are very fragrant in a welcomed way. I really like the pungeant pilsner smell. It is a nice contrast from those weak pilseners. 4.5

T Love the strong pilsener taste that I have craved from Pilseners in the past. I understand that it is an "Imperial Pilsner" but I always wanted more from the basic pilsners. Great barley taste, with plenty of alcohol in the background to bring the strength to this beer. There is that perfumy, almost sweet taste as well that is hard for me to define. I like the taste of this beer. 4.0

M Nice and big, as I hoped that it would be with hops and barley malt increasing the size of this beer. The barley bigness and alcohol increase the feel. 4.5

D Good for the level of ABV and the style. 4.0

Notes: Very pleased with this Rogue beer that I was able to enjoy on tap at Ballantines, a nice BA place.

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Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Fricso Grille in Columbia, MD (12/01/09) into a goblet at an appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a thick glowing golden yellow with a 1 finger creamy white head that sticks around for a while leaving some nice lacing (probably more if it were served in a pilsner glass).

S: A nice fragrance of grain and bready malt, along with a hint of citrus and bitter hops.

T: Rather intense and filled with a nice rich grain supported by a healthy backbone of bready malt. A clean hop bitterness lingers in the mouth combined with a hint of alcohol blanketed in citrus (orange and pineapple?).

M: Very creamy and fuller-bodied with moderate carbonation and a touch of oiliness.

D: The 8.8% abv. is certainly present, but never seems to truly hinder the drinkabilty, but this is by no means a sessionable beverage along with most Imperial Pilsners.

Overall this beer was quite refreshing and seemed to a relative Imperial Pilsner novice to represent the style quite well. Recommended.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This tasting took place while I was perched like a happy gargoyle on a barstool at the venerable Max's Taphouse in Baltimore.

It is amber colored with a shimmering head. Within, one sees a few carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. The glass remains consistently coated with a thin lacing. It looks like your average Imperial Pilsner. The nose gets a strong whiff of vanilla and almond that reminds me a little of bourbon. (Bourbon Beer! What a wild concept this could be!) The palate gets a rather malty greeting with a strange aftertaste that comes off as grassy. The biscuity mouthfeel overwhelms.

As are most beers of this type, the Rogue Morimoto is not a sessional quaff, but a big bodied brew that demands respect, patience and, as always, the proper glassware. Rogue does have its detractors; however, I am not one.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass, revealing thick head and a champagne-bubbling light golden body. Head has excellent staying power (is it the glass?) and leaves beautiful lacing. I can't imagine it looking any better. Smells like white grape juice with a little stewed tomato. Fairly sweet and estery, with little yeast funk as you get down past the head that reminds me of agar plates in a bacteria lab.

Tastes a little yeasty and a little malty. Besides yeasty, there is a clean bitter hop presence with kumquat character, higher citrus flavors and more white grape juice. It's fairly sweet, decently smooth though also dry with a pointed but gentle carbonation that adds body to the near medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is pretty up front. Drinkability is ok, but to me lessens as it warms and the flavors become more harsh. There's also a delicious lychee aftertaste that comes if you sip and savor.

Imperial for sure. Pilsner, ok. Worth the experience: you bet.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is a pale, orange, wheat color with a big sticky white head on top. Lots of suds and thick lacing.

The aroma is grainy with some citrus notes. Zesty. The lightly roasted malt comes through with an almost beef jerky like smell to it.

Light, smooth malts make up the majority of the flavor. Bittersweet orange peel gently glides over the surface the strong malt base. Grainy, earthy, almost meaty at times. Some hop bittering as well. Mostly the sticky, pine like hops. Really liking that addition to the beer.

The mouthfeel is smooth, sweet and chewy. Good body on this pilsner. Some warming alcohol at times. I don't drink too many pilsners, but I find this one quite drinkable and will definitely enjoy finishing the bottle.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That stupid 750ml ceramic bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Thin orangeish body. Not much of a head or lacing.

S: Pretty much all noble hops.

T: Dominated up front by clean hop bitterness. Pretty strong alcohol burn. Aftertaste is a combination of breadiness and pineapple.

M: Rather light, good carbonation.

D: Like a lot of people, I think it's bullshit that Rogue charges you more for the packaging than for the beer. Still, this was interesting enough with flavors I'm not used to from pilsners.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

large ceramic bottle poured into a glass

a-hazy yellow/orange color..frothy head and nice bubbles to been seen through the haze

s-malty...slight hops in the nose..some bready notes from the yeast...

t-malt..and hops...bread...finishes a bit tanic and bitter from the hops..

m-creamy and smooth...good level of carb present...not to oily but just right...a tad resiny

d-will have no problem putting away this bottle probably wouldnt do another tonight due to the abv and the cost

overall a great brew from rogue...they are hit or miss with me...their cost are outrageous....i dont mind paying for the beer but im not into paying for the container it comes in....glad this was a gift

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at their Eugene, OR brewpub. It was served in a marked pilsner glass (which I would love to have). The beer is a light yellow with a thick white head. Great lacing.

Nice nose of grains, floral hops, white pepper and crackers.

Beer leads with some bitterness but it is moderated by a substantial malt backbone. The hops add a spicy bite with pepper notes. It is grainier with a bit of floral late.

The mouth is crisp with lower than expected carbonation.

I liked it and would love to see it on tap in my neighborhood. Well done to the chef and brewer!

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Photo of ADZA
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am so impressed with this bottle so impressed its taken me a few months to crack it and ive been looking forward to it as i do love this style,it pours a semi cloudy honey colour with decent carbonation that leaves a nice creamy one finger head with nice lacing,it has a nice straight up aroma of fruity,pine driven hops with a bubblegum background very pleasant,the mouthfeel starts off quite heavy and finishes with a medium feel with really nice tastes of piney,piney,grape bubblegum hops and the alcohol is very well hidden for a beer of this ABV,a very nice beer in my eyes and would drink it all night if only it didnt cost $42(australian) for one bottle but to be honest ill still prob buy another one to put away in my collection,once again Rogue or should i say morimoto has proven what a beer should be for the style it is representing.

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Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

RBSG09 on tap at the Rogue Publick House in SF. Lightly hazy straw color with a frothy white head. Noble hop aroma, very spicy, pils malt. Lots of pils malt flavor, dough, fresh bread, noble hops reduced to an afterthought. Dry finish with a light astringency.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last of the available Imperial series from Rouge that I haven't tried. Pours a hazy, golden hue with some foam that sticks around. Aroma is very floral with hops and malt. A strong, sweet, yeast smell quite nose tingling. The aroma alone lets you know this is a step up from the rest. The sip starts off pretty mellow compared to the aroma but then it hits the back of your tongue. Strong malts (a hint of roasted?) and then the hops kick in. Just enough citrus to really enjoy it. It seems a bit more mellow than the Sam Adams version but this one has more of a mouth feel I believe. This one of those styles you don't see very often. Very well done but not too complex. Very good, but a bit pricey.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 10 oz. brandy snifter at Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA.

Appearance: A bright, almost entirely transparent orange-bodied brew, capped by a fast-fading (alcohol-retarded?) soapy, snow white head. Very slow and very fine carbonation is present throughout, though particularly along the curvature of the glass. The lacing leaves something to be desired - the collar is thin, and only a few meager specks and spots of snow hang on above it - but on the whole, a good start.

Aroma: A very mellow, subtle nose. A spicy - perhaps piney, yes, largely piney, not boozey - aroma, with a good roasted, doughy backbone that provides a canvass for orange zest, spruce, and a few lighter, floral esters.

Taste: Very nice - a strong, balanced brew. A moderate to strong level of bitterness melds with a nice fruity and piney hop profile - orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, a few other tropical fruit presences, and a good assortment of juniper berry (sweet pine) and sappy notes - in a caramelly, moderately roasted but still bready backbone. It's a good balance of notes, straightforward with enough complexity to keep you entertained.

Mouthfeel: Thick - as evidenced by the slow bubbles - but with enough latent carbonation to make for a thick, slightly prickly, but largely even and smooth mouth. Thin this one out and you're in danger of unevenness.

Drinkability: A surprisingly competent beer. A Double/Imperial Pilsner at 8.8% is nothing to sneeze at, but honestly could be a lot higher. This one manages to be intense and flavorful without coming across as too boozey, but be careful - it is, ever so slightly. Re: the flavors and intensity, they're nice, well-balanced, and well-crafted. Though it's not my favorite DIP, I'd recommend this one to anyone who's a fan of the style.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $7.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clearish, golden body with a thin, white head on top.

Smell: Sweetish waft of pils maltiness rounded out by some earthy, spicy hops scents and unripened fruit notes.

Taste: Ponderous amount of pilsner malts downed with a spoonful of confectioner's sugar. Interesting fruity blend of passion fruit, white grape, and tart pears. Small pinch of Goody's Headache Powder precedes a rustic, earthy, caustically pithy hop character with a pronounced medium-high amount of bitterness. However, the staunch bitterness really embodies the last half of the beer. Finishes dry, a tad warming, and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. There's a very light stickiness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: The heavy nature of these Imperialized, Double-fied pilsners totally negate the simple, refreshing qualities of a good pils. Starts engaging, but, for me, it soon grew tiresome and turned into the beer-equivalent of helping someone move.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into two 0.5L weissen glasses

poured very nice gold with a strong 2-3 inch head that lasted, but didnt have as much lace as i hoped. Smelled of hops and a nice floral aroma. some malk and something else i can't place. has a nice taste of hops, crisp and sharp. at first, very refreshing, but a lasting hops after taste. a light body with a very dry finish.

overall, i felt like it was over priced. tasted good, but lasting hops after taste wasn't as enjoyable

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: dark gold color, hazy, thick foamy head that dissipates very slowly, lots of lacing, nice carbonated activity
s: hops mixed with minor sweetness
t: first thought is of a wheat beer, but this gives way to interesting mix of sweet malts and soft hops, finish with the same
m: medium body with nice balance of carbonation
d: highly drinkable, very nice mix all around; different from other imperial pilsners but one i want to have again

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Photo of burgercamp
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 1 of these during the 1st quarter of the Super Bowl ... Let me tell you - it didn't suck! Pours out of the ceramic bottle with a clean white head and golden, crisp body. A little subdued on the front of the palate ... Then it kicks in! Toasted malt flavor & underlying bite followed seamlessly by a crisp, dryness that zips through your mouth as you swallow ... leaving you savoring the finish and wondering when you'll decide to partake again... Dude, THIS is a good thing! Cheers!

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours yellow, with a medium white head out of the tap, great lacing.

S: Baked white bread, malt.

T: Strong bready component typical of pils initially, pastry bread. Noticable hop presence, grassy, hint of mint, mild compared to something like Sam Adams IP, but complements the malt well, very tasty.

M: Smooth, medium-bodied, mild carbonation, medium viscosity.

D: One of the best Rogue beers I've had, I'm certainly impressed with it. Strong flavours, not overdone or overhopped. A classic flavour of this style, though the style is anything but classic.

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Photo of Lukie
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You have to try these things... so 42 bucks later... Pours out a very cloudy golden orange straw colour with a nice thick head, which slowly dissipitated into staggered lacing and bubbles. Clings very well to the side of the glass, as all the Rogue beers seem to do.

A big citrusy aroma gives way to some slight grassy and grapefruit smells. It is like tropical citrus, such as grapefruit, pomello, interesting.

For a pilsener, it has a nice malty start, and then a really citrus and fruit driven hop finish. The hops are not too astringent and bitey, and it's all about the juicy flavours from the hops. It's remarkable for something of this strength to be like that.

The beer overall, while expensive, is well worth it. The citrus fruits come through beautifully, and the smooth, creamy mouthfeel leaves you refreshed and wanting more more more!

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Photo of marcpal
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

750ml flip top fancy schmancy bottle that based on the price, should be filled with some liquid gold.

Poured into Flying Fish tulip glass.
Bottle Graphics: 9/10. Hey, it is nice.

750 ml ceramic swing-top bottle:

A: Looks good- gold body with a huge white head that faded fairly fast after each pour. Banana color reminds me solidly of a tripel.

S: Flowers and grassy. There is far more of a citrus in the nose than what is displayed in the taste. The European hops that I had asked for are accounted for. Sweetness takes over when it warms.

T: Bitter over the top pilsner hops, just what it should be. Tight taste like a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. Noble hops come through like velvet in the flavor fitting well with the malts. Alcohol is nearly invisible. Very good but toward the end the sweetness and apple flavor take over and prevail a bit heavily.

M: Very full and fluffy body. Creamy, not chewy. Bitter aftertaste that is not punishing but delicate.

D: It is one that you sit back and slowly enjoy. Would go really well with some turkey pastrami and some potent cheeses. A fun bottle, worth a try but the price is awfully steep. Would easily grab one if I saw one on tap.

The apple flavor dominates some. But based on price, can get a Sam's 4 pack for cheaper and both are very good and I may even say the Sam's impy is a bit of a step up in hop flavor.

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Photo of BuffaloTapHugger
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 10 oz. goblet. Bright yellow in color with white suds surrounding the air exposed beer. Big hit of lemons is the main attraction. Very clean, in the light, with some moderate alcohol present in the nostrils. Gulp. Hops! With a combination of the pilsner bitterness makes for a sweet blend that surprises the palate. Very refreshing given the ABV. A nice treat of a beer indeed, recommended to the all Imperial fans around the globe.

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Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large, beautiful ceramic bottle with both a cap and a swwivel top that looks nice but has little to no utility other than increasing the price.

Poured into a pilsner glass, it initially produces a beautiful dark golden, clear beer with a good white head that shows average retention, some lacing. Later in the bottle, it gets quite hazy.
Nice floral hops aroma, which opens to a clean tasting, nicely hopped beer with a nice malty backbone. Medium bodied with good carbonation. Well hidden alcohol. Not complex by any standards, by a well balanced, clean and tasty brew.
Is it worth the price tag? Certainly not.

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Morimoto Imperial Pilsner from Rogue Ales
4.05 out of 5 based on 565 ratings.
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