Monday, April 4, 2011

Cabrales Cheese with Rogue XS Russian Imperial Stout

I've been wanting to try this pairing actually for months now...this was supposed to be done with the Sam Smith Imperial Russian Stout I have, but I'm saving to open those with the Beertender. Cabrales, for those of you who might not know, is a Spanish type of Blue cheese. It is very strong and spicy, made with unpasteurized cow's milk, then aged in Caves for about 5 months at temperatures between 7 to 14 degrees C. This ageing gives the cheese the very strong smell/taste it has. Its quite spicy as well, which comes from the ageing in the caves. Cabrales paired with the Rogue XS Russian Imperial Stout, is a perfect match. I don't think any other drink will stand up to this cheese, unless it's a very sweet dessert wine, like a PX. Both the Beer and the Cheese are very potent, so be ready to grow some hair on your chest!


jimaraneta said...

Wow finally! Glad it went well with the 2010 XS IRS. I think a few years more and the cabrales would be too much of a match for it. This will go well with your JW Lees Harvest Ale but i think better with a young extra hoppy American barley wine like the XS Old Crusty.

Ill pop open a few when we do the tasting. I'm dying to stink up The T Room ha ha

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