Beer 15 of Spring – Hot Stuff!

Rogue Sriracha Stout

Brewer: Rogue       Craft: Sriracha Stout       ABV: 5.7%

That’s right.  Get your milk ready.  Wait, no.  I’m not eating spicy wings.  I’m drinking spicy beer.  That’s spicy beer, not spiced beer, mind you.  I am not really a fan of spicy food.  I’ve never been into the whole “my mouth is on fire and I can’t taste my food anymore” type of experience.  I just don’t get it.

But as a service to the general public, and out of sheer curiosity, I had the urge to give this craft the old craft beer try.  So let’s do this.

It smells like a stout.  The aroma is full of cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, and caramel.  A great first impression.  What a ruse.  That first sip though.  I take that first sip and begin to taste the cocoa and coffee notes. Then I swallow that sip and immediate heat rolls down the back of the tongue into the throat.  It’s an intense, but not lingering heat.  It hits me, but then it dissipates in about 5-10 seconds.

As I continue to drink, and as the craft continues to warm up, my palate begins to adjust to the heat and the cocoa and coffee notes start to come through even more now.  Here’s the thing though.  The thing is, I just can’t get used to it.  Drinking a beer should be an enjoyable experience.  And, unfortunately, I’m just not enjoying this one.  I’m a stout guy.  Might still be my favorite style.  But this craft is not my glass of stout.

Listen, if you’re curious like me and you like spicy food, give it a try.  Even if you don’t like spicy, the spicy might hit your palate differently than it did mine.  I’m glad I tried this.  But I wouldn’t have it again.  To be honest with you, I couldn’t even finish the bomber.  One pint was enough for me.

Rating: Adventurous?  Then give it a try…I imagine it would go well with wings or pizza.  Or even as some hair of the dog maybe?  Sweat out the hangover?

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