aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2015
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wondeful beer by rogue. Has a dark look and the malt comes through in stages from caramel to the roast on the back end.
Jabah (347) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was expecting a little more out of this beer. Was better than average, just after trying many other Rogue beers, I thought this would be somewhat better since it’s sold in 22 oz. bottles. I also watch Iron Chef and like Morimoto’s cooking style, so was curious to try this. Maybe this beer is more about the label, or is what he likes to drink? Don’t think I’ll be paying that price again. Would buy in a Japanese restaurant though if they served it. Might be better with Sushi.
BadAprilia1000 (398) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a surprisingly clear dark reddish brown with a good off-white head. Aroma is bitter hops, malt, raisins, non-sweet chocolate, spice, fruit, citrus, bread. Taste is malty, caramel, smooth, dark bitter chocolate, hoppy, spicy, fruity, citrus. Very different beer, don’t know why everyone seems to hate on it though, I think it is a solid beer, maybe not for the price however.
KansaiBeerLvrs (4245) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pitch black with a thick beige head this soba beer has a pleasing fruity aroma with a dab of spice. The taste is decent chocolate, raisins, graham & soba spiciness. Quite a good solid black ale. I prefer Rogue’s regular soba ale but this black variant’s solid too.
laiti (7910) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
65 cl bottle (5%) @ lusikka, BBE 12/2014
Aroma is rather odd, feels like some spicy soup. Some soy sauce, spices and toffee typical to English ales. Also hints of sweet licorice. Flavour has harsh malt, toffee, hay, licorice and weird spices. Finishes with some grapefruit-like hops. Not my thing.
lusikka (7649) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
650 ml bottle. Pours a black colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of toasted malts, dark chocolate and yeastiness. Flavour of harsh grainy malts, earthiness, mild saltiness, nuttiness and bread. Light bodied and thin mouthfeel. Not my thing.
tiong (6150) - Espoo, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark brown with a smooth head. Aroma of malts, spices, toffee, syrup, hints of roastiness and earthy notes. Taste is smooth, spicy and a bit weird with hints of earthy notes, tea, toffee, syrup and roastiness. Finish is roasty, a bit weird and spicy with hints of earthiness and syrup. A bit strange.
olio (8881) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
65 cl bottle (5.0% abv). Importer BBE 12/2014.
Pours dark brown color with a large off-white head. Aroma doesn’t feel very fresh, some cardboard, hay, some weird herbal notes, mild hops and fruits. Sweet cola on the flavor, lemon, some malts and grass, gooseberries on the background. Quite weird. Not really my thing.
AtronSeige (1164) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - JAN 24, 2015
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Rich malt, toasty, chocolate, dark sugar, dried dark fruits, molasses. grape. Light roasty.
Appearance: Dark amber, clear body. Large, light-brown, rocky head. Good retention, lacing.
Flavour: Medium dried fruits, raisins. Light roasty, burnt. Light grape. Medium bitterness, medium sweetness. Well balanced, Dry finish, lingering raisins and slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: Very enjoyable! Can do with a bit more body to match the style, but the taste and aromas are amazing!
660 ml bottle, poured.
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BeerdedDave (1251) - - JAN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
on tap at Morimoto in Philadelphia; black color; mild, roasted malt aroma; smooth, dry, roasted malt flavor with wheat notes; nice, dry finish