Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale

Rogue beers rock . . . but Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale is especially rockin'!

I bought the beer with no knowledge of what I was buying or expectation of what the beer was like.  I bought it pretty much because I liked the label . . . and Rogue beer, of course.

Morimoto has been winning awards every year since 2005, seven of which were gold medals in the World Beer Championships.  Impressive, to say the least.  I would tend to agree, this brew definitely deserves those accolades.

The aroma of this beer is a mouth watering teaser for the flavors to come . . . coffee, caramel and malt.  It pours a deep mahogany with a thick hazelnut colored head.  

The first sip vindicated my olfactory expectations.  It's  got loads of rich malty flavor that converges with the coffee and caramel followed by a bit of nuttiness.    There are also hints of smoke and spice.  

The sweetness of the malt is well balance by hoppy bitterness that doesn't overpower but blends and compliments.  This ale is nicely effervescent and it goes down smooth and easy.

There's a lot going on in this beer but everything works well together.   Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale makes for a satisfying, tasty beer drinking experience.  Mmm, awesomeness!

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