Friday, September 14, 2012
Review: Red Robin Octoberfest Milkshake is as weird as it sounds
The stomach ache is free.
GARLAND Beer and ice cream are not a match made in heaven. But according to the Red Robin food chain, they're not a terrible couple. The restaurant's new Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake, which will be available in stores nationwide for the next six weeks, is as confusing to the seasoned hophead as it is to the unaccustomed drinker.
The first bite is alarming: The distinct sensations of sweet whipped cream, cold soft serve, and saturating beer aromas come in phases that each deserve a hilarious accompanying facial expression. But while the curious blend of rich vanilla ice cream and roasted malts is at first unsettling, the flavors melt together about halfway through, cohesively tied through the caramel drizzle and caramel accents in the beer.
Manager of the Red Robin in Garland Dan Pigmon said on Thursday that in the several days the shake has been on the menu, his location has sold 10 to 15 of them. Some regulars have tried the dessert simply out of intrigue, Pigmon said. He acknowledged that the sound of a beer milkshake is not as pleasing as the taste.
“We haven’t had one complaint about it,” Pigmon said. “I prefer it with a spoon, which makes it more blended.”
In the world of beer, especially seasonal brews, there must be a counteracting agent to keep the taste buds fresh. In the case of Red Robin, Samuel Adams Octoberfest Milkshake needs a hearty batch of onion rings and a nice, chargrilled burger. Or, consolidate your interests and try one of the many burgers that come with crispy onion rings on them, giving you beverage, appetizer, entrée, and dessert with half the dishes.
One thing's for sure: You'll leave with a free stomach ache.
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