BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve put off trying this brewer for a while. This was my first shot at it...I think *scratches head.* Already I donít like it. I feel like Iíve been a marketing TOOL. My bottle was totally different; Morimoto Black Soba Ale bomber. Oh well. I guess it was decent. Dark pour, almost soy sauce like. Caramel, roasted nuts, some ginger root...but very faint. Has a bit of a bite..not too intrusive. Enjoyable I surpoooose but If I wanted a bottle with some wanker shaking his fist in the air and in a desperate need of a shave, I would have bought it.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
04.14.05 Morimoto bomber. I think itís odd that Morimoto would want a porter in his lineup, but I guess these brews have little to do with his restuarants. The brew is a dark root beer brown with ample beige head that lasts and lingers leaving sheets of thick lace. Impressive and complex aromas are deep and roasty, toasted marshmallow, caramelized OJ, ginger(?); cascades figure solidly and are totally unexpected. Uncomplex flavor, altough full of different tastes - nuts, caramel, roasty, tart-lactic. Some vanilla seems to be peeking throughout. Iím always up for a porter with cascades, but this oneís not real exciting.
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle marked Morimoto Black Soba. Pours a dark brown with a thin head. Slight coffee aroma. Tastes of roasted malts and a little caramel. Good beer, not a traditional porter really. Sorta thin.
Dorwart (2432) - 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
Iím surprised at the low rating. Thereís nothing exciting here, but it is still excellent. Definately can taste the Rogue yeast. It has a vanilla, nutty tone to it. Aroma isnít 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 itís 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 (1899) - 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. Iím about done with this breweryís products altogether. Itís like the water for this ale was filtered through caramel-coated gym-socks.
PhillyBeer2112 (2624) - 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 Iím 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.