Rogue is back at it again with the Sriracha Stout. I think it’s safe to say that they’ve solidified their position as the leader in high profile, creative collaborations. Just when I thought their collaborations with Voodoo doughnut were about as off the wall as they could get, they come back with a stout infused with everyone’s favorite Asian condiment (sorry duck sauce, they’ll probably make you into a pilsner next). When I saw that there were only 4 of these left at my local beer library, this became a mandatory purchase. Now, like everyone else, I’m going to put in my two-baht about it.
The Sriracha Stout pours a deep brownish black with a thick, beige head that has a slightly redish tint. The aroma has typical stout characteristics with notes of chocolate & molasses. This is accompanied by hints of sriracha spiciness that open up the other aromas.
The flavor starts with dark baker’s chocolate and coffee before quickly turning up the spiciness with sriracha flavor. The spice enriches the initial flavors before subtle dark fruit characteristics join the party. The spiciness is definitely there, and it lingers on the palate and down the throat for a few minutes after drinking. However, it doesn’t dominate the other flavors like I would have expected. The mouthfeel is a tad lighter than most stouts but certainly fits the stout mold.
My recommendation: rock out with your srirach out and pair this with your favorite pizza or a giant bowl of pasta Bolognese. This stout would also go very well with Mexican (lamb/beef mole?) or obviously Asian cuisine. I could go to town on a bowl of lo mein with a bottle of this. Like it’s condiment namesake, this stout pairs excellently with a variety of different foods and is probably best enjoyed with a meal.
- Appearance: Brownish black, redish tint
- Aroma: Chocolate, spice, molasses
- Flavor: Baker’s chocolate, spicy sriracha, coffee, dark fruit
- Mouthfeel: Medium plus
- ABV: 5.7%
- Size/Price: 22 oz. / $12 – $16
- Score: 86