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Morimoto Black Obi Soba AleMorimoto Black Obi Soba Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
12 Ingredients:
Malts: Roasted Soba, Harrington, Metcalf, Munich, C-15, C-60 and Carafa Special No. 2
Hops: Horizon, Sterling and Cascade. Yeast & Water: Rogue's Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.

30 IBU
75 AA
36º Lovibond

Added by freed on 07-22-2004

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Reviews: 232 | Ratings: 388
Photo of OStrungT
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark red. It has a small brown head that fades very quickly, leaving very few laces. It has a malty sweet aroma to it. It smells coffee like, with a slightly nutty aroma also. It has very little hop aroma. It tastes malty, but not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. It has a chocolate taste to it. The hops make an appearance in the taste slightly. This beer is rather dry. It is sort of hard to drink because of how dry it is. It makes my mouth feel a little weird. I really cant explain how, just a little off. It is overcarbonated. It leaves a bitter aftertaste. This beer would probably make a bad session beer. Although it is low in alcohol, the aggressive, dry taste might be undesirable to some. I doubt I will have the desire to drink this one again. If you see it, maybe you should buy a different type. Like the Haselnut Brown Nector.

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Photo of BamaScholar
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I continue to be impressed with Rogue's offerings but had not yet tried this one from the 22 oz. bottle before.

Had I not seen its characterization of "fruit / vegetable beer" here on BA, I wouldn't have considered it as such. It poured a dark, dark brown with rich garnet in the corners when held to the light.

Pretty complex aroma balanced between malt and a little floral/fruit nose. The taste is incredibly balanced between malt and hops, with a crisp citrus stampeding through at the finish. It's a very clean finish too, for a darker colored brew. Drinkability is good...of course, how many of these 22 oz. bottles can one realistically put away?

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poures a near pitch black but not for the ruby highlights when held up to the light with a big fluffy off white head that clings to the glass nicely,wow a real cascade presence in the aroma wich was entirely unexpected due to the fact well it is Rogue,a nice roastiness also shows itself nicely.Slick mouthfeel to this slides down with ease,interesting melding of flavors firmly nutty with some roasted malt as the core but there is very much a PW hop presence not so pronounced but it lets itself be known.Very interesting and flavorful ale I will be sure to grabe more.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Marty's Fine Wine in Newton, Massachusetts.

One of the smoothest beers I've ever tasted. Toasted malts and chocolate slide down your throat on a bed of velvety smooth goodness.

As much as I enjoyed this beer's taste and mouthfeel I could not help but obsess over one thing...Did Sir Alec Guinness ever see Ewan McGreggor's performance of Obi Wan Kenobi before he passed away? I wonder what he thought of it if he did. I think he did a hell of a job.

I've been intrigued with the Morimoto line of Rogue beers and buy them whenever I've come across them. I love a good gimic and good beer so walk away from the experience a winner.

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Photo of Gavage
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Black in color with burgandy highlights. A nice 1" tan head. Some mild lacing develops through the drink. The aroma is of hazlenuts and coffee. Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee, nuts, prunes is nicely balanced with nice bitterness. There was also something about the overall flavor I couldn't identify.

Mouthfeel is dry and smooth. The bitter chocolate tones linger into the aftertaste. Overall a different tasting brew, but one 22 oz. bottle was enough to enjoy.

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Photo of cokes
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Filthy burnt orange with a plump buttery dome.
Smells empty, and partially of hazelnuts and acrid metal, and toasted pine sprigs.
When cold, this is vacant on all accounts. A smattering of burnt wood, a fizz of Dr. Pepper, and some sprucey bitters. It unfolds (slightly) as it rests and warms. Burnt hazelnuts appear, with a less passive java roastiness. Dark bread permeates the middle, with pumpernickel traits. A sprinkle of vanilla pod replaces the false-seeming cola hues. Lemon-rind notes gain definition, probably in relation to the buckwheat- as opposed to hop-induced- but they tow a minerally sense of astringency. The hops ante up as well, adding a more bracing resiny pine backdoor bitterness.
That might paint an interesting picture, but everything clashes harshly here, even with its lack of assertive flavor.
An initial sense of pillowed heft vaporizes and turns feeble and sparce. There seems to be no real structure here.
For a few moments, this grew on me and seemed a respectable drinker, but it's boring, and not a particularly attractive progression of flavors, pallid as they are.
This is far and away the least distinguished Rogue brew I've had.

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Photo of pentathlete
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the pint glass a dark dark ruby black. Big foamy head, lacing, and falls to a table of beige bubbles. Nose is toasted bread and malt, some alcohol soaked sugars. Taste is chocolate, hop bitterness and what must be the "soba" flavor, like a Japanese noodle bowl. Not my thing. The finish is an annoying bitterness that lingers far past its welcome. Other than that, this is relatively watery beer. It's ok.

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Photo of Gusler
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer emerges from the 22-ounce brown bottle a deep raspberry color with a stupendous frothy light tan head that linger long, after its eventual demise the resultant lace forms a thick and sticky skirt to surround the glass. Nose has a nice toasted grain aroma with a sweet nut-like tone, fresh and clean, a hint of caramel, start is somewhat sweet with a decent grain profile, top is light to medium in feel. Finish is benign in its acidity, the hops spicy and the aftertaste somewhat dry with a bit of residual bitterness, a drinkable beer.

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Photo of MrSeth
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black-black opaque color with a 1/2" tan head that settles leaving a big lacey ring inside the glass.

The nose is hoppy with a savory undertone. Somewhere between the two extremes are chocolate and licorice aromas.

Light bodied, good carbonation, with a very wet refreshing mouthfeel. The taste is a malt that is rich but isn't particularly toasty. Alot of hops flavors come across. This brew is nothing if not interesting. I'm sure I would drink it again, sometime.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark clear ruby. One finger sized brown head. Very creamy looking and long lasting. Lace is better than average. Nice thick aroma. It's got chocolate, roast and char, but also fruit and hop tones like currants and peach. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and lends a good drinkability to the whole equation. Body is about medium. The flavor is chock full of goodies. Rich chocolate and coffee tones on the palate blend with the weird, but nice, soba accents. And a lingering hop bitterness adds the final punch. Nice combination and quite refreshing as well.

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Photo of mzwolinski
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark -- not quite black, but close. Dark roasty malts are the most notable elements of the aroma. Slightly nutty with hints of caramel. Flavor is nutty and malty as well, with just enough bitterness to balance. Roasty, toasty and yummy, with a nicely lingering aftertaste. Overall a drinkable beer but not enthralling by any means. Not Rogue's best offering.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. served chilled. The beer pours a deep deep brown with tinges of red and has a 1 inch tan head that leaves nice lacing. Hops, nuts, licorice, and butter in the nose - the aroma could be stronger. The flavor is very nutty and roasted with notes of coffee, licorice, and butter. It is very crisp with a medium body and has a decent hop bitterness. Seems kinda like a brown ale with a twang. Initially the carbonation is tingly but becomes smoother by the end of the bomber. It's good, but for the money I'll go for something better.

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Photo of sweethome
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very dark pour. A slight red hue when held to the light. Big bubbles make a nice tan head. Licorice, straw and a little smoke on the nose. The flavor profile has typical Rogue hop flavors up front. Rather soft and smooth mouthfeel. Strong bittering as it moves through, again to the Rogue pedigree. Peppery, roast malt develops and leads to flavorful finish, but backed by a snappy hop bite.

The Soba adds dryness and smooth charachter.

A unique style with a good delivery.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

Appearance: This beer looked a lot like a porter sitting in the glass. It was a very dark brown color that revealed some deep red highlights when it was held up to the light. The biege head rose up easily to two fingers and settled slowly. It became rather dense and fluffy as it did so. The foam was sticky and left a respectable amount of lace behind.

Smell: Very reminiscent of the Buckwheat and Soba Ales. A buttery sweetness was present that hinted of caramel. Very light chocolate and an occasional touch of hops. The main aroma was a soft, very nutty grain component that I can only attribute to the buckwheat. Some nice roasted malt eventually emerges as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a coating buttery smoothness up in the front of the mouth. The carbonation emerged on the back of the tongue and in the throat.

Taste: Once again, very reminiscent of the Buckwheat and Soba, but with a kick. There was the expected nutty malt and grain that had a bit of a husky edge. Some buttery caramel sweetness came up on the finish. However, these were cut by flavors of bitter coffee and dark chocolate in the middle. Then a nice hops bitterness emerged to linger into the aftertaste along with the coffee. These didn't dominate the aforementioned flavors, they just mingled with them nicely and balanced out the flavor.

I really liked this one, but I have always enjoyed the original Buckwheat Ale. This is very similar, but more brash, unrefined, and punchier. Good stuff.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 1 pint 6 fluid ounce ‘Bomber’ which has a restrained appearance considering Rogues trait for decorated bottles, this one has a simple red and white motif with the words ‘Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale’. Reverse printing has the following stats 12° Plato, 30 IBU, 75.2 AA, 36°L.

Appearance: Dark brown fig juice body that has a gorgeous dark tan fluffy marshmallow head, fleshy at first the head develops a crusty rocky surface with some nice collapsed rock pool paint bubble lacing on the glass walls. Minimal short lived carbonation levels when swirled. Long lasting head gives this one a great look.

Nose: Weird, funky almost, took me a while to get used to this one I have to say…..dark malts, has a fatty smell as well…what is that – the Soba? Strange, not off-putting but not very inviting either.

Taste: Lots of dark roast malts, toasted middle with a whole-wheat bread feel also. Burnt sugar tastes like those from caramelized white sugar that bubbles to a black messy mass….that kind of burnt sugar. Hazelnuts break in the end. Muddy earthworm laden dry finish that has a delicate hop bite. Leaves a burnt roast malt tingle on the tongue and a lingering earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth in the swallow but it has a very strong burnt cum bitter feel which feels rough around the edges. Light chewy nutty dimension also. Uncouth.

Drinkability: Didn’t really wow me to be honest. Easy enough to drink but lightweight and a tad funky but in a messy unconvincing way.

Overall: Hmmmm….listed as a Fruit/Vegetable beer…but I couldn’t help feel that this tasted and drank a little like a below average Dark Mild. Not bad….but I think I’ll pass on this one again if I see it. Very Average and bloody boring….Zzzz…..yawn.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle a seemingly black hue, but deep brown highlights emerge when it is held up to the light. A half-inch, tan-colored head hangs around for a few minutes before retreating into a thin ring on top of the beer. Interesting aroma of roasted malt, caramel, and and a touch of dark fruit. The palate is strange - lightly sweet, with a touch of malt and no discernable hop presence up front. Notes of root vegetable, molasses, and buckwheat come through mid-palate, and a light hop bitterness emerges in the back of the mouth. Light body is a bit too thin. Interesting, to say the least, although I'm not sure I'd drink this very often.

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Photo of merlin48
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber purchased at Peabody's in Boone, NC, for $3.99. Pours a very dark chestnut brown, not quite opaque, with a large, creamy beige head that retains well. Lots of sticky patch lace all over the glass. Aroma is subdued, with roasty and grainy malts, a hint of cocoa powder, and a note of citrusy hops. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and light medium bodied. The flavor is unique, and difficult to describe. Earthy buckwheat nuttiness and some herbal tea notes. A hint of mild coffee, and a restrained hops bitterness. Finishes crisp and refreshing, with mild hops bitterness. Goes down smooth and easy, and is very drinkable. Very interesting!

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Photo of Sixpoint
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a massive head and left a nice lacing as I drank it.

The most impressive thing about this beer was the aroma, and I cannot even describe the complexity of it... fruit, nuts, and deep molasses is what comes to mind.

The taste is hard to decipher, but I did find it a bit dry and crisp and perhaps would have liked to see more substance behind the dark, burnt flavor that came through.

The beer was medium-bodied, and was pretty neutral in terms of consistency.

I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys dark beer or beers that are bold and innovative.

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Photo of Skidz
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark brown and sits a nearly opaque chocolate brown in the glass with a large light brown head, fading slowly to good skim, leaving the glass coated in lace.

Smells rich and malty, packed with dark toasty aromas in every corner. Mellow biscuit and caramel sit on top, with bits of chocolate dusted over them. Full and bready overall, some faint citrus notes in back, mainly orange.

Tastes lightly sweet up front, very soft malt flavor but intriguingly roasted. Dry roasty flavors, reminiscent of coffee, but far too mild, more like tree bark. Baker's chocolate covers everything with a good coat, introducing the heavy dose of bitterness that follows. Orange rinds leave and oily residue in the back of the throat, while a mildy spicy hop bitterness is left over the rest of the mouth on the finish.

Smooth and soft in the mouth, very easy-going carbonation. Medium bodied and full of life.

Quite tasty indeed. Big roasty presence keeps this going, especially when paired with the fine hop bitterness. A very easy drinker.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with roasted buckwheat and 2-row pale, Munich, C-15, C-60 and Weyermann malts. Hopped with Horizon, Sterling and Cascade.

12 degrees plato, 30 IBUs, 75.2 AA, 36-degrees lovibond.

Pours out to a nearly opaque very dark mahogany, forming a tall soapy and sticky dark tan head with superior retention and excellent sticky lacing. Very nice looking beer. Carbonation is moderate. Aroma is wonderful with a sweet chocolate graininess with sweet dark roasted malt...wonderful residual sugars and a definite nuttiness which I attribute to the roasted buckwheat. Mouthfeel is dry and brisk with a refreshing medium-light body. Taste begins with very nice delicate deeply roasted grain with the buckwheat nuttiness layered with the jilting sweetness of complex sugars. The hops are there in droves as well; herbal and moderately intense. Hazelnut towards the finish with moderate-strong bitterness. Aftertaste of very woodsy hops and charcoal. Cleanly fermented with no appreciable off-flavors.

This is a really interesting beer, reminding me at times of a mix between Guinness Export Stout & Rogue's Morimoto Soba Ale. It has that sharp burnt caramel bitterness of the Guinness and the medium body, hoppy intensity and residual sugars of the Soba. At any rate, this is a really good beer, but I think I could only finish one of these bombers at a time. Good stuff John!

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 degrees plato, 30 IBUs, 75.2 AA, 36-degrees lovibond

a bizarre yet refreshing beer from the fellers at rogue.

pours a nice dark amber color into the glass- bubbly but not too chunky, and the aroma is that of rogue's signature mellow hoppiness. there is a smoke-like aroma which i am chalking up to the soba (never tried the original soba ale).

mouthfeel is wonderfully crisp. the bottle says 'nutty,' and not until i'm able to taste this beer can i capture that. soba adds more of a sweet taste than i had imagined, balancing perfectly with hops and nuts. a complex beer for sure, and surprisingly light and drinkable. i think i imagined this to be alot heavier, with the scary black bottle and promise of a 'fuller' flavor.

i'd have this beer again, and if i can find it for the label price ($5.29/bomber), I will certainly go for it.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Rich O's Public house. Pours a dark brown color with a small head that dies off quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma had hints of roasted malts, but it was very subdued. The flavor was a bit weak too. Reminded me a lot of the standard Buckwheat ale that Rogue makes, but with a bit more roastiness. A nice beer overall, but seemed a bit thin and weak in the flavor. Great flavor, but it could use more if it.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at Rich-O's last night. The beer came off the tap a nice dark brown, with just some ruby hues at the edges to let me know its not black. One finger of tan head sat atop the beer throughout the drink. The nose was a little hard to dissect, being a touch weak, but I got a nice roasted character, with a slight coffee as well. The flavor was also only slightly roasty, wtih a really nice caramel sweet base and a touch of hops on the finish. The feel was a touch thin for my liking, but very smooth and easy to consume. This was another nice offerng from Rogue. A good way to start the night.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch-black body covered over by a fine superfluff head. Laces heavily and thickly.

Nose is weak, but grows pungent as it warms.

Sweet apple juice taste and a clean finish. Some mild roasted malts and an almost vegetal aspect to the cleanness of the finish.

Superlow carbonation. Very, very smooth.

Had this on-tap at the Public House in San Fran.

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Photo of budgood1
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22 oz. bomber a nearly opaque brown/crimson/ruby colour with a thick tan head. lots of lace with this one, too. lots of roasted, choco, and toffee notes in the nose; almost candy bar like. at first sip....the first thing i think of is PORTER...the chocolate is unmistakeable and the sweetness is undeniable. the nutty buckwheat characteristics are somewhat overwhelmed by the roasty, toasty, notes of the malt...there is a nice hop addition...adding a bittering flavour. this is a nice beer. it comes off a lot sturdier than 4.8 ABV: the body of this brew is medium with an extremely smooth mouthfeel. the aftertaste is bittering hops...adding to a nice long finish reminiscent of chocolate chip pancakes. a scrumptious brew. dessert worthy, or a breakfast treat. yummy.

another treat provided by my buddy tony from oregon...bringing back rogue treats as a wedding present.

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Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
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