Rogue Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale

Rogue Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale

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Brewed by Rogue Ales

Newport, OR, United States

Style:  Spiced Beer

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30 International Bittering Units

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A richer version of our Soba Ale with the addition of specialty malts and a special blend of hops to give it a fuller, nutty flavor while retaining a clean, crisp finish. The Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale is part of the Rogue Ales Signature Series with internationally acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto--a James Beard awarded chef and one of the stars of the Food Network series, Iron Chef. Black Obi Soba Ale is dedicated to Phred Kaufmann, Rogue's Distributor in Japan for the past decade--an International Rogue who runs Beer Inn Mugishutei in Sapporo (http://www.ezo-beer.com/index-e.html). Black Obi Soba is brewed with roasted buckwheat and malts (2-row pale, Minuch, C-15, c-60 and Weyermann) providing a rich nut-laced flavor, while the 3 hop varieties (Horizon. Sterling and Cascade) blend to provide a refreshing zest. Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale is packaged in a 22oz screened bottle and is available in select markets.

ID: 13083 Last updated 10 years ago Added to database 15 years ago

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Overall Rank4771
Overall Percentile89.7
Style Rank95 of 1204
Style Percentile92.1
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.463
Weighted Score3.423
Standard Deviation0.553

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  • DOGFOODMAN 373 reviews
    rated 4.2 9 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 8

    This may well be the last review of 2011 !!! A truly unique brew, made with buckwheat toasted to a delicious chocolate brown. Nice coffee like flavors that will tickle your tommy and if you have enough make your head swim! A bit expensive, but a great experience to be had, Happy New Year as we enter 2012

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.5 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    I like Chef Morimoto so I hoped I'd like this beer: Nice ruby black pour with a steady cream head leaving some delicate lacing. Nutty aroma with earthy hops, lightly spiced, some molasses and roasted malts, almonds. Mouthfeel is just a tick thin. Again a nutty flavor with light earthy hops, toasted malts, light molasses, very lightly spiced. Pleasant beer that is not dramatic but easy. Very cool label. "Secret Ingredient: Beer!"

  • CHOPZ 5249 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Purchased at Trader Joe's in Nashville (and did not even realize it was a Rogue beer - as I am used to their portraits-label bomber). This one had the beautiful Japanese feel. Pours a dark colour with red highlights. Its head is foamy, beige, has great retention and awesome lace. At first pour, average hop scent sticks out. After breathing, the roasted malt shows up. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with just a little stick. The taste is clean, with no overpowering flavours. Just a mild roasted malt with a nice coffee aftertaste. Goes down easy, with a not-too-thick mouthfeel, and not too heavy, but with the refreshing hop and little burnt malt balancing everything. A nice experience.

  • OH6GDX 8392 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottled@White Horse, Parsons Green, London. Rubyish brown, quite close to black colour with mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is toasted malts, some dark dry fruits, wood and ild spicy and leathery notes as well. Flavour is quite much roasted malts, dark dry fruits and some wooden notes as well. Also some leathery notes as it warms up a bit. Pleasantly balanced.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 4.0 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Out of the bottle it has a fantastic aroma, immediately obvious hops, slightly nutty, touch of winter spices perhaps (Cinnamon, Nutmeg?). The head is ample and a nice dark colour. As the head fades, so apparently does the flavour, by the last sip the slightly spritzy feel has faded, along with the coffee, chocolate, bitterness, hops and spice. Starts strong, drinks quick, overall quite nice, perhaps drinking it faster will correct the fading.....

  • CYBERCAT 9450 reviews
    rated 4.1 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Pours a semi-transparent mahogany with a fairly thick, fluffy, light dirty tan head that hangs around for a bit. Aroma is strong and malty with smoky and nutty hints. Flavor is malty with hints of hops, roast nuts and caramel and even a bit of oak. Texture is lively and tingly, sometimes just a wee bit wan but still good. It leaves a mysterious aftertaste a little like smoked wood.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    I was expecting a little more out of this beer. Was better than average, just after trying many other Rogue beers, I thought this would be somewhat better since it's sold in 22 oz. bottles. I also watch Iron Chef and like Morimoto's cooking style, so was curious to try this. Maybe this beer is more about the label, or is what he likes to drink? Don't think I'll be paying that price again. Would buy in a Japanese restaurant though if they served it. Might be better with Sushi.

  • BEERCRONIC 895 reviews
    rated 3.8 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Pours out a large and thick tan head that leaves ample lacing with decent retention. The aroma is quite interesting due to an interesting mix of chocolate and cooked vegetables, dull toffee, undistinguishable nuts and light hops which have my nose very interested in a brand new combo of scents. The taste is also interesting and I like it more than I hate it but there is a bit of hate with its dull herbal / vegetable thingy, mainly at the front and back. Hops are found everywhere, nothing citrus though but the bitterness is melded with the coffee bitterness. It is fasinating how this beer is turning on me with its weird aroma and weirder flavours. Some dark chocolate is found in the taste now as it warms, which contradicts the milk chocolate I thought I smelt early on. Robust toasty roasty malts and Premium Plus crackers. Nice carbonation, bitter coffee middle without the coffee middle if that makes any sense. More than medium bodied closing in on full bodied for me. Bitter finish with other things that I cannot quite put my finger on, maybe a milky / burnt chocolate / watered down coffee grinds finish. I will say that I really enjoyed this and easily drank the entire thing fairly quick. It's way better than the blue bottled version, not "black" version. Solid aroma and flavours pretty much stay the same all the way through. I find most porters boring and usually money not well spent. If this is indeed a porter then it gets the green light from me. I liked it and if you didn't, send me a beermail (cough cough Stout cough cough). I might even get another at the absolutely retarded prices I have to pay for Rogue beers up here in this frozen wasteland.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 3.7 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    cleavage rules -blues ... . yes it does, this beer kinda does too ... light light burnt caramel and old beerhall smell .. . goes down smooth , leaves a nice roasty aftertaste .. . wonderful flavours, sweet and differently roasted .. who is Harry Krishnah?

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 6

    Dark brown body that turns red when held up to light the fluffy tall cap floating on top leaves behind some very sticky lacing. Aroma is very light and dull just some toffee and mild coffee and that’s it. YAWN!!! Taste is also very light and nutty, mostly dominated by roast malts no real spice ever comes through. Mouth feel is fairly smooth but I’d have like to have seen a little thicker. There seems to be a very mild coffee bitterness in the finish but this never develops fully and on occasional sips I taste some metallic’s. Drinkable beer but boring very much a disappointment. Update !!! on my very last sip I tasted cinnamon harts.

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