Brewery: Rogness Brewing Company
Beer: Yogi Spiced Amber
Style: Herbed/Spiced Beer
Character: Saigon cinnamon, clove, ginger, cardamom, and black pepper create an exotic flavor profile.
Metal Connection: NAPALM DEATH – When all is said and Done
I recently reviewed another beer by Rogness, that I can say, I wasn’t a huge fan of, but as I did say on that review, I had a beer by them before and loved it, so I know they are capable to producing good quality beer.
I used a new glass tonight, a pint glass given to me by Zelicks, an awesome bar in San Marcos, TX really helping push the TX craft beer scene. This beer poured a nice clear amber color with a very thin bubbly head, which vanished rather quickly, leaving no lacing down the glass.
This beer definitely had my nose working! Chai spices are used and present here. Smells of cinnamon, clove, ginger, are up front and heavy. I know there are other exotic spices in there, but I have never smelled them so I can not compare. I just know that every sniff, I get different smells. The one that scared me a bit was when I got a nose full of ginger. I hate ginger, and I really hate ginger beer. Lucky for me, this was just enough to be present, but not overwhelming. All the spices work well together here. To give you a picture of what I smell here, Pumpkin pie, Gingerbread, holiday season in May?!?! (insert record scratch noise!)
The taste follows the aroma. Some of you might not like this beer, because the flavors of the used spices a wrestling with my taste buds here! Cloves are present, same as the ginger, cinnamon, and black pepper are also hitting me with massive wallops. There isn’t much of a backbone taste here, as the malts usually tasted in an Amber Ale are too faint behind the spices. I am a flavor junkie, especially good flavors. I am a huge fan of Fat Jack by Sam Adams and Pumpkinator by Saint Arnold, and this beer is right in the same alley as those guys. I am seriously impressed! The only thing I would say that keeps this beer from a perfect 5 out of 5 is that the body is a bit thin. There are heavy flavors, but the thin mouthfeel didn’t quite sit right. I will still say this is a damn near perfect beer. I will drink this one over and over again. I believe this one might be a year round beer, as Fat Jack and Pumpkinator are seasonal.
I also have to miss one of the most Metal concerts happening in San Antonio on Sunday night with Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation. I am pretty bummed, but oh well, I have tons f beer at the house to keep me entertained. Enjoy some Napalm Death!!!!
Spiced about this weekend, BeerMetalDude!