Saturday, August 15, 2009
Morimoto Soba, Rogue Ales, Newport Oregon
On yet another recent trip to the coast (and therefore, to Rogue Ales) I enjoyed their Morimoto Soba Ale - made from buckwheat (Soba) which is of the rhubarb family (not wheat). Interesting, but not as interesting as the taste! Let's give it a try....
It pours copper with a thin head.
The aroma has an interesting caramel essence, but not sweet. It is also slightly nutty.
The taste is delicate, but holds it's own. It is almost cask-like with it's smooth velvety medium/light body. Honey is apparent up front, but a nutty flavor arrives on the tongue. There is slight caramel (again not sweet) in the finish.
The aftertaste is sweet and slightly bitter. It is very smooth -
This beer is definitely hard to pin down - it's refreshing and unique, but the unique quality doesn't overpower, it's a nice clean beer to enjoy anytime -