Pretty soon it’ll be quicker to make a list of ingredients that haven’t made their way into a craft beer than those that have. Recent years have seen beers containing everything from the relatively normal green tea, blood orange and yuzu to the slightly more adventurous peanut butter, bacon and cucumber to the frankly quite ridiculous, including an actual margarita pizza.
Rogue Ales have form after brewer John Maier previously brewed a beer using yeast found in his beard. With that in mind a beer made from chilli sauce perhaps seems fairly tame.
As its name suggests ‘Sriracha Hot Stout Beer’ is a chilli stout brewed with Sriracha, not only my favourite hot sauce but also my favourite condiment of all time.
I absolutely love the design of the 750ml bottle, mirroring the colours and style of the iconic hot sauce. It’s substantial in size and weight too.
This is one dark beer, as black as black can be.
The aroma is very much Sriracha which is interesting if a little odd.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich. At first tastes it appears to be just like a regular chilli stout, albeit one with quite a spicy kick (many don’t).
But it then develops unusual and very savoury flavours. There’s a distinct pepperiness and definite garlic notes.
Despite being the worlds biggest Sriracha fan I can’t say I loved this beer. It was fairly challenging to finish so I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for everybody.
I didn’t have it with food unfortunately but I reckon it’d be better enjoying with Thai or Chinese food or even burgers or pizza.
But if you love Sriracha as much as I do you should definitely give it a try.Follow @BeerGeekBlog Follow @FoodGeekUK