Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale by Rogue Brewing

Rating: 4/5

Morimoto Black Obi Soba Ale by Rogue Brewing is a 4.8%ABV Specialty Grain Ale. Never really had a Soba beer before. By specialty grain they mean Soba as in buck wheat. In the traditional sense, Soba means the Soba noodles which are thin noodles made from buckwheat flower. I think they were going for a beer that taste like noodles…lol….Lagers like Sapporo, Asahi and Hite are fermen

ted with Rice. This is fermented with the primary ingredient that make a Japanese Soba Ramen, so in this case, the buckwheat. I guess they were going for an Ale made with Japanese wheat or barley so to speak. Also the name in Japanese would probably be something like “Morimoto Kuro Obi Soba Eru or Biiru”. 

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.

13 Ingredients:
Malts: Roasted Soba, Harrington, Metcalf, Munich, C-15, C-60 and Carafa Special No. 2, Rogue Micro Barley Farm Dare
Hops: Horizon, Sterling,Cascade and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution hops. 
Yeast & Water: Rogue’s Pacman Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.
30 IBU
75.2 AA
36º Lovibond

The flavor of this ale much like I though I would probably expect. Something awesome that would go well with Ramen or Sushi. There is is soy sauce component to it, rich caramel, earthy hops with grassy bitterness, plums sauce, hazelnut, almonds and pecan, somewhat pilsnery, grainy, minor chocolate and coffee and somewhat smokey. Reminds me a little bit of the Ise Kadoya Stout…lol if it wasn’t a sour ale. All and all, I would take this beer to pair with a good sushi or Ramen or other Japanese dish. It would so fit :P.

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