Dorwart (2412) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin but dense light brown head of fine bubbles. Short lived. Good carbonation. Very good aroma with roasted grains, vanilla, lactose and a bit of hops. Color is a very dark reddish brown. Little light bodied for a porter but still tasty. Lots more roasted grains with a good hops bitterness. Slightly dry and tart finish with a nice lingering biterness. Gets more dry and tart the further into the bottle you go. A very good porter.
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m surprised at the low rating. There’s nothing exciting here, but it is still excellent. Definately can taste the Rogue yeast. It has a vanilla, nutty tone to it. Aroma isn’t all that great. Lacing and mouthfeel are great however. Very creamy and smooth without being heavy. A little on the bland side, but it is very good at what it’s trying to do. It reminds me of a light version of Stone 8th anniversary.
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A mildly nutty acidity up front. overly thin and overcarbonated mouthfeel. munich malts are indistinct, with a slight bitterness. midpalate drops off leaving you wishing for more depth.
Arayaga2 (1869) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2005 Wonderful dark color, with decent head, and pleasant aroma. The first part of a sip hints quickly at a good fruity flavor, and quickly fades to nothing but watery malt. Gotta love this beer aliases marketing thing that Rogue does. Morimoto, or Phred...if that is your real name. It causes me to buy the same mediocre product three times. I’m about done with this brewery’s products altogether. It’s like the water for this ale was filtered through caramel-coated gym-socks.
PhillyBeer2112 (2604) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled in the form of Black Obi Soba Ale. Pours nearly opaque, purplish garnet barely shows through the glass. Mediuum pitted head. Interesting aroma, a tinge of plummy fruits, light roast, weak coffee, maybe some chocolate, some burnt sugar. Flavors quite similar, perhaps less roasted notes. Light plummy fruitiness, drying ashy finish. Roasted notes tend to linger and become stronger further into the glass. Tingly carbonation, seems slightly acidic. Not a very good partner to food, at least not spicy food.
swirl (267) - collingswood, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A darker version of their Soba Ale this is a black brew with a tan head. The overall appearance is that of a porter. It offers very earthy malt aromas. The taste is sharp and acidic. The finish has a bite with a nutty aftertaste.
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was a bit apprehensive before tasting this because I’m not a big fan of their Soba (Buckwheat) Ale; however, the first sip definately caused me to raise an eyebrow.... Dark brown pour with a fluffy tan head and better than average lacing. Interesting aroma of roasted malt, with some hops and an earthy, nutty character. The flavor has some resemblence to the standard Soba Ale (as expected) but only in a general way. Nuts, rye toast, roasted malt and solid - but not over the top - hops all blended quite well. Finish is moderately long, slightly sweet, slightly bitter and clean. Mouthfeel is soft & silky. The roasting process really adds depth and smoothness which was a huge surprise. The hop profile is a bit stronger as well. Overall, this was a nice surprise. An unusual ale but still very accessable, very smooth and quite satisfying.
doostinjcap (43) - Newport, Oregon, USA - MAR 16, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Great Anniversary Ale from Rogue! Dark and with a strong hop finish! Though a bit harsh at first, the great flavor is long lasting! John Maier continues to amaze us all!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve got the Morimoto Black Obi Soba label. Sounds like Obiwan Kenobi’s cousin. Smells bready sweet with maybe a hint of nuttiness and some piney hops. Body is fairly black, good sized head and great lacing. Body is well carbonated - palate reminds me of a schwarzbier. Taste is a lot roastier than I expected, sweet pumpernickel bread too.
Ernest (6542) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2011 Bottle.
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, cereal, cocoa), lightly hoppy (resin).
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Rather watery, tart, and plain. Dull.