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Rogue Morimoto Imperial Pilsner



Pours a bit cloudy, looks a lot like a Belgian white. Smells like chamomile, with a strong citrus and sweetness coming through. The strength of the chamomile is similar to a Long Trail Hibernator with the sweetness pulling through a little bit like a Belgian as well. The taste is very sweet up front, but follows up with a slight bitterness at the end. The bitterness is an almost chemical flavor, like black licorice without the anise flavor.

Impression: First and foremost, the aftertaste, as brought up by one of the people I am sharing this beer with is the aftertaste of Luden’s cough drops. (credit to Skip Irving)  The flavor you get on the tip of the tongue is very much like the cough drop aftertaste with none of the cherry. This is a very interesting and complex beer. It is surprising for such a complex beer all of the flavor comes out of the very start of the sip. If this beer had a great aftertaste it would rank very high. It would be up there with some of the top beers that I have reviewed. The problem with this beer is that there is just something missing on the back end. This is on the very high end of the Rogue line up, and for such a good brewery, I would expect a little bit more. This is not a bad beer by any means, in fact it is pretty good. Unfortunately I I just expect a little bit more out of a beer that costs this much.

Grade: B