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Morimoto Black Obi Soba AleMorimoto Black Obi Soba Ale

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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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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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Photo of GreenWBush
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black and frothy, this beer has that Pacman-gobbled spicy wort nose indecipherable from anything but the Rogue hop-monsters.

The malt consistency here is like chewing on black tea leaves. The infusion of a slight bit of unrounded bitterness makes the package less than particularly desirable.

With warmth some doughiness comes out, but still that piercing black medicinal taste. Interestingly off.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer poured just about pure black. It has a nice, fluffy tanned head that showed decent retention.

Smell – The dark, malty aroma was pleasing to the nose. I could pick up quite a bit of sweets here including some light brown sugar.

Taste – The big, dark, roasty malts gave this a nice Dunkel flavor. I could also pick up some toasty bread dough.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is fiercely bitter on the tongue. It is quite the kick in the pants if you like bitter ales.

Drinkability – I enjoyed this offering from Rogue. I don’t know what kind of vegetable it was supposed to be, though. I saw it as a nice, low-ABV, very drinkable dark ale.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting ale, to say the least. I had this one with a few friends in Philadelphia. This ale was a dark black/brown colour with ruby edges. The aroma was interesting. Although it was reminiscent of the regular soba ale, it also had some roasted notes, and some chocolate tones. The smell also had an odd aroma that I can not describe. This particular aroma kind of ruined the smell of this beer for me. Although the smell was not my favorite, this beer tasted awesome. Fruity roasted, and very stout-like at times with plenty of fruit notes as well. The mouthfeel was pretty creamy and smooth, but perhaps a bit thin and the drinkability was nice. An interesting one from Rogue.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Summits Wayside Tavern, in Cumming, the beer came in a standard pint glass, and looked almost completely black at first glance. Closer inspection by holding against the light revealed that the brew was actually very dark brown with reddish highlights and was relatively clear. The head was very thin and small, and left some sparse lacing.

The aroma was very mild, with typical floral and piney hops that are the signature of Rogue, and a faint whiff of chocolate.

The initial taste, when the beer was rather cold, was bready, crisp, and bone dry, with a clean hop bitterness. As the beer warmed notes of coffee, caramel, and chocolate crept in, and the beer became much sweeter.

This felt a lot heftier than the low ABV first suggested. The mouthfeel was on the heavier side of medium, with a smooth texture to it.

A nice quaffable anniversary beer from Rogue will not be around again. I am looking forward to the next one though.

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

I had this one served at Rogues pub on the Newport,Oregon Bayfront.
The beer is rather dark brown ,approaching black, with a large frothy tan head.
Nose is a little weak, but can pick up some grian, and even wheat ..I am not sure what buck wheat smells like.What IU do pick up is nice and fresh.

The taste is quite odd and memorable, quite sweet to begin with and its met in mid-tongue by a nice herbal/spice taste then a long semi-bitter finish.
Its quite nice on the palte..refreshing.
A good session beer indeed..and I would have drank these all night, but I just had to have a few more pints of the "smoke ale".

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

It's black, alrighty, nearly opaque, but with crimson shining around the sides, and the head is big, tan, and chunky, leaving lace, and slow to settle.
Nose is a little grainy, but mostly smooth, creamy.
Taste, full-bodied, thoroughly flavorful, malty, rich, solid, ..tasty! Roasty! Intriquing...what should just be a smooth food-chaser has got some guts, some sturdy character, a real, true presence on the palate.
Very substantial, and ...yum...I could throw back a couple or three of these, for sure.
I said "solid" already, so...'nother good one, Rogue! Mmmmm!

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Photo of freed
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I nearly passed on this one until I saw the labeling on our waiter's shirt. The evil looking crow was too much to pass up, plus I was about to have some chocolate cake.

The pint was filled with a nearly black liquid that had a ruby brown bottom. There was just a skimming of foam and not much carbonation activity.

The armoa was quite docile, but the beer was served a bit too cold. The most apparent aroma was of smokiness and a hint of hops.

The taste was a nice balance between sweet and sour. Like many dark beers, the rich malts leave a nice coffee-like bitterness. There was plenty of sweet malt to counteract the tartness though.

It also had that almost complely unique Rogue hoppiness, which also rounded out the flavor. Overall, its pretty good, especially with desert.

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Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale from Rogue Ales
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