Sunday, October 7, 2007

Sauce Review: Jerry's Thai Chili Pepper Sauce

Jerry's Thai Chili Pepper Sauce (homemade in Makakilo)
Appearance (0 to 4 stars): 4.0
Aroma: 3.5
Flavor: 3.0
Texture: 3.5
Drinkability: 3.0

Overall score: 17.0 / 20.0

Cost: free.
On the label: none.
Summary: This was a gift from one of my editors, Jerry Campany. He grows Thai chili peppers in his yard and enjoys making sauce out of them. The product is quite thick compared to other chili sauces, a very nice texture, though not pasty. It has a very smoky aroma, but the taste is quite different. The potency of the chili peppers overwhelms any smokiness, so much so that my nose was sweating — something that doesn't happen with my usual favorite, Huy Fong Sriracha chili sauce. Jerry's homemade went great with my limu ahi poke (Star Market Mo'ili'ili) and a cup of iced Coca-Cola. Be warned, though. If you ever have some of his chili sauce, you will feel the heat to the top of your head. My only wish is that it tasted as smoky as it smelled. All in all, a fine homemade product that has a market if Jerry were to sell it.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Brew Review: Shakespeare Stout

Shakespeare Stout (Rogue Brewery, Oregon)
Appearance (0 to 4 stars): 4.0
Aroma: 3.5
Flavor: 2.5
Texture: 3.5
Drinkability: 3.0

Overall score: 16.5 / 20.0

Cost: $5.29, big bottle.
On the label:
Summary: Strangely enough, though I prefer stouts to lagers, it is the Killian lager from Rogue that I like so much, and this Shakespeare Stout that was somewhat weaker. It is thick, it is dark as shoyu, but lacks the richness and velvety texture that I like. Oh, it's smooth, but just not a good stout. I guess I've been spoiled by better.