OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2005
22 oz. bottle labelled Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale. Dark but not opaque ruby colour with a mostly lasting tan coloured creamy and frothy head. Chocolate and light roasty aroma. Mocha, lightly roasted, lightly acidic flavours with a grapefruit bitter finish. Light bodied, creamy and lightly silky mouthfeel. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Ruby chestnut color with a taller beige head. Small delicate rings of lace. LIght cocoa, and mild green hops aromas, clean but not a lot to sniff. Certainly toasted buckwheat flavors mixed with dark caramel and Smooth on the palate, but a touch of acidity late perks things up. Pleasant and uneventful. A long linger of roasted malt. Has some qualities of the New Glarus Black Wheat, only sweeter and less fulfilling. MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 15, 2005
Bottle @ Oliver Twist, Stockholm. 10 May 2005 labeled Rogue Morimoto Black Obi Soba AleDrBeer (862) - Solna Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 14, 2005
Rich head. Milky aroma. Slight fatty smokiness appearant. Chocolate and raw meat (!).
Malty aroma with notes of chocolate. Roasted.
Bitter flavor with roasted notes. Oakes (17668) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 14, 2005
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 (3373) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 13, 2005
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 (25116) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAY 12, 2005
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
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
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) - Signal HIll, California, USA - APR 27, 2005
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.