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RATINGS: 585   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
A darker version of our Soba Ale. Roasted malts provide a rich nut-laced flavor, while the 3 hops blend to provide a refreshing zest. 10 ingredients: Roasted soba, 2 row pale Munich, c-15, c-60, and Weyermann malts: Horizon, Sterling, and Cascade hops, free range coastal water and top fermenting Pacman yeast. 12.05 Plato, 30 IBU, 75.2 AA, 36.0 L

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5217) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2005
Purchased as Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale. Very dark brown body with a slight amber hue when held to the light. A thick creamy tan head tops this beauty. The aroma is malty with wood, nuts and vanilla. The taste is a sharp and nutty cheese. There is also a dry oaky finish with a hint of smoke. Nice hoppy character for a porter. The body is a little thin. Nice choice for rating 1200.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 23, 2005
Great looking beer. Dark red pour with a very creamy head. This just screams íDRINK ME!!!!í. Aromas of roasted malt, nuts, and chocolate. Smooth and creamy, with nice flavors of roast malts, coffee, and chocolate. Drys out on the finish. Very nice beer that I certainly will buy again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerBlockaid (683) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 22, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 11, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2486) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - APR 5, 2005
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
aspidites (1272) - manteca, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Arayaga2 (1983) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2005
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2694) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2005
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.

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