CapFlu (5100) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 25, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Draught) Sampled at the GBAF 2003. Light almond head and golden body. Hops nose. Flavour of bitter hops - so that is what Crystal hops taste like? Bitter finish.
jgb9348 (5557) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled as the Morimoto Soba Ale. Pours a crystal clear amber colour with a dense medium-sized tan head. Aroma of coriander seed, yeast, malt, hops and a bit of sweetness. Light to Medium-bodied; Light flavour of malt, some bittering toastiness and some sweet flavours. Aftertaste very mild and showcasing a few of the malt characteristics and a bit of the hop profile. Overall, a decent beer..but i'm not impressed with this offering from Rogue (pretty much how I feel about all of their beers-even their re-labeled and then re-re-labeled ones). I bought this 65 cL bottle at Wegman's in Pittsford, New York.
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light cloudy amber color with a small white head. Weak aroma of wheat and hops. Flavor is sweet and tart almost like lemmonade.
Libeerian (209) - Garner, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Morimoto labelled: Dark straw color with hoppy aroma. Soba is said to bring "hearty flavor and crispness." Body is medium-light. I've had Buckwheat Ale and thought it was OK. This wasn't very good.
jzzbassman (1577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is so different from anything else I've tried, I don't really know how to rate. I like the hazy orange look and compact white head, although the aroma is nothing to write home about, not ofensive either. Had a toasty flavor that almost reminded me of Cheerios cereal on the front end, balanced nicely by the hops bite. Good body, and unusual enough that I will definitely try again.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Morimoto Soba Bottle: Pours a cloudy light orange color with no head or lacing. Aroma smells like cheese (maybe it was a bad bottle?) and some light citrus hops. Flavor is sour and hoppy all at the same time. Not exactly offensive but not something I would ever purchase again. That is all.
DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 29, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy reddish orange color. Mine had hardly any head even with a vigorous pour. Plenty of carbonation, though. The aroma has a wheaty quality to it, not much else. The flavor has a hoppy start with a dry grainy finish. The generous carbonation makes for a lively palate. I think this beer isn't worth drinking by itself, but it did go nicely with some spaghetti. Still pissed about the renaming, too.
Frank (3956) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale, hazy orange with a thin ring of head. The nose is very interesting--citrus mixed with an earthy not-quite-skunky note. A very slightly sour bite up front wanes to sweetness and finally bitter, piney hops in the finish. Slightly watery flavor with a stinging sensation from the carbonation. There's also a sort of unusual earthy overtone throughout which I'm forced to assume is the buckwheat. Worth trying if you want to know what buckwheat adds to an ale.
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 28, 2003
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This sounded interesting - but they didn't write on the outside that it is the same as their Buckwheat offering. But soba? Anyway. It pours a golden color with a nice head that sticks around and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma was a soft wheat smell with quite a bit of hops. The taste is mostly sweet with hints of wheat, but it has a really odd flavor on the back of the tongue - maybe this is what Soba is. Whatever it is, it did not appeal to my tastebuds. Had a hard time drinking this one because of the strange taste.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I knew Rogue was a conjurer of cheap tricks, but, alas, I fell for their game and excitedly picked up a bottle of "Morimoto Soba Signature Ale," only to find I had a bottle of their damned buckwheat product. Oh well, the buckwheat sounded interesting too. Poured a fairly clear burnt orange, with a creamy kolsch-like white head that dissipated to a ring of bubbles around the glass edges. Some toast and a floral accent on the nose. Flavor is likewise a bit toasty, a bit biscuity, with plenty of hops bitterness. Leaves a tingle on the tongue. Ahh, I detect that "Rogue" flavor I find in most of their beers, but have a hard time pinpointing. Must be their yeast. I detect apples too- perhaps apple butter? Creamy. A nice offering.