Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
Since 2003, internationally acclaimed Chef Masaharu Morimoto and Rogue Ales have put forth a signature series of beers. All are chemical, additive, and preservative free (like most of Rogue’s brews); two of them are made with soba, an integral ingredient in Japanese cooking and also known as buckwheat; and one was the lucky beer that I picked tonight for this post, with 8.8% ABV and 74 IBU. Morimoto Imperial Pilsner is a little hoppy at the beginning of a sip, quickly turning before even swallowing to finish with a malty aftertaste. Like the layers of flavor in sushi, this beer has dimension instead of tasting the same throughout each sip. In fact, its recommended dinner pairing is sushi – highly appropriate and well designed to match that cuisine.