Oakes (14975) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown colour. Rich chocolate aroma with a hint of walnuts - not sure what some of these malts are but JM sure did a good job blending them here. The flavour is of moderately bitter chocolate, earthy malts and a ton of buckwheat. The finish is chocolatey, again a little bitter. Though not really attempting to be a porter, it comes off as a unique twist on the style.
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown, creamy white head. Soft malty aroma of cocoa, butter, roasted malt and wheat. Malty but a bit simple flavour of toffee, butter and smoke. Light buttery aftertaste, hints of smoke, coffee, and wheat.
omhper (22902) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, labelled Rogue Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale. Dark ruby, rich creamy head. Chocolate aroma. Clean hard mouthfeel with a hint of metal behind the soothing roasty coffee. Some dark chocolate and vinegar. Salty finish.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours almost black with a straw like off white head that does not stick around. Smell is of trees and dirt. Taste is very bitter and reminds of rice served under god sushi.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have to admit I bought it for the bottle, which had a bunch of Kanki on it and Morimoto’s name. It was impressive none the less. The soba evened it out and gave it a smoothness that I didn’t expect from a thinner textured dark beer.
davidflores99 (225) - Lakewood, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this as Morimoto Black Sobe Ale. Poured a very dark brown, and had a tan head, quite nice. Flavor was malty, with a hint of hops and maybe some oak or smoked flavor as well. It wasn’t too bad but wasn’t really impressed.
heemer77 (5283) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great looking beer. Dark red pour with a very creamy head. This just screams ’DRINK ME!!!!’. 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.
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
I’ve put off trying this brewer for a while. This was my first shot at it...I think *scratches head.* Already I don’t like it. I feel like I’ve 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 it’s 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. I’m always up for a porter with cascades, but this one’s not real exciting.