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Bomber of the Week: Sriracha Stout by Rogue Ales
May 10, 2015
When selecting the bombers that will be featured on the blog, I try to make sure that each week features a different brewery and beer type than the week prior. In regards to this evenings post, the beer itself is a stark contrast to the week prior, it does come from the same brewery. I’ve broken my normal rule at the request of my good friend Jared, who asked that I try this bomber since he hadn’t “been able to pull the trigger” on this one. I can empathize with his apprehension, as the name alone suggests a somewhat frightening combination. Nonetheless, I’m not one to refuse a request on the blog, particularly when it comes from one of my best friends. So here I sit with a bright red bottle of Sriracha Stout staring back at me, wondering what lies inside.
After popping the bright green cap and pulling a fresh pint glass, I poured the first half of the bomber to find a surprisingly average looking stout. In fact, the only hint of the special ingredient hiding therein is a slight waft of spice entangled in the otherwise smoky aroma. Even on first taste, the first qualities to be noticed are the nutty, savory tones to be expected from a stout of good pedigree. Towards the middle and back of the pallet, the sriracha begins to stand out with the sweet and spicy characteristics for which this infamous condiment is known taking center stage, while still managing not to be over powering or painful. This slight heat lingers after the sip is gone, a reminder of what is waiting for you in your glass.
If I buy the Sriracha stout again, or more aptly when that eventually happens, I think it has proven to be something that is best paired with food that lends itself to a spicy accompaniment. Through the entirety of this bomber, I’ve been thinking of how good it would be paired with some central style pho (the king of Asian brothy-noodly dishes) and may very well seek that out later this evening. This trait is a positive one in my opinion, as Sriracha Stout has challenged both my tongue and my mind to seek out other flavors and experiences to compliment it. In the end, after all the hesitation and doubt about what this beer would be I can say that I was pleasantly surprised. If you happen across a bottle and enjoy things a little spicy, it is well worth your time to give it a try. Cheers Everyone!
Brew Ratings: (Listed on a scale of 1-5 penguins: 1=lightest 5=strongest. Why penguins? Because 'Merica, that's why)