Mad Dog 357 Gold Hot Sauce – 25 Years Of Fire In A Bottle

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Mad Dog 357 is notorious in the hot sauce industry for making blazing hot sauces. In 2016, they celebrated 25 years of business with an all new anniversary sauce. Today, we had the privilege of trying Mad Dog 357 Gold edition hot sauce. Oh brother.

The 25th anniversary sauce is a take on the original 357 hot sauce with an added kick. These sauces have a very specific audience: people who are looking to ‘chase the heat’ or maybe build up a capsaicin tolerance.

Mad Dog 357 Gold 25th Anniversary Edition Hot Sauce

Mad Dog 357 was founded by David Ashley in 1991 in the Massachusetts area. Since then, dozens of products have been released under the brand, all with a claimed emphasis on flavor and spice.

Mad Dog 357 hot sauce ‘Gold’ edition amps up the heat to unprecedented levels with the use of Mad Dog’s own ‘No. 9 Plutonium’ pepper extract. Just a few drops of that stuff and you’re in a world of trouble. Though we’ll never know for sure because the extract is very expensive.

Heat: 5/5Dear lord.
Flavor: 3/5 Surprisingly flavorful and tasty with real peppers.
Value: 3/5 If you’re looking to light up your taste buds this is a great value.
Overall rating: 3/5No one does super hot better but it still isn’t a favorite.

Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce Review

Let’s be honest. If you’re buying Mad Dog 357, you like things extra spicy. You may enjoy eating fresh superhot peppers, or just can’t stand food without a powerful kick. While we do put hot sauce on almost everything, Mad Dog 357 draws a distinct line in the sand for our personal tolerance.


  • Vinegar forward
  • Garlicky
  • Fresh pepper flavor comes through
  • One sniff singes the nostril hairs

How to Use It…

  • Splash it into some chili or soup
  • Do what you want, just be careful and read the warning

Mad Dog 357 Gold Hot Sauce Ingredients

Given my experience with extract hot sauces, I was expecting an overwhelming heat without any flavor. However, to my surprise, this wasn’t entirely the case, as the ingredients are mostly natural.

Reaper, scorpion and ghost peppers are the first ingredients, followed by vinegar, onions, garlic and some lime juice. The chile extract is the second to last ingredient, but that didn’t fool us.

Strangely, our bottle did not have a nutrition label, and the label on their website conflicts with the ingredients list on the bottle. Perhaps an error, but we can certainly taste the garlic and the fresh peppers.

Unfortunately, the vinegar is still overpowering to the overall flavor profile. If the sauce weren’t overly spicy, I could see us using it on a lot of foods to add savory flavor.

But hey, did we mention it comes with a mock 357 shell on a keychain that can be unscrewed, revealing a tiny spoon? That kind of makes up for any flaws in the sauce itself. It is solid metal and heavy.

Mad Dog 357 Gold 25th Anniversary Keychain
This keychain unscrews, revealing a tiny tasting spoon inside.

Mad Dog 357 Scoville & Spiciness

Now for the fun part. You don’t have to look far to find out how high this hot sauce ranks on the Scoville scale. Mad Dog 357 has a brand name based on the scale, as the first edition of their sauce had a 357,000 SHU Scoville rating. So it is no wonder that the rating is proudly displayed right on the bottle.

Mad Dog 357 hot sauce comes in at a whopping 1,000,000+ SHUs on the Scoville scale. This is a huge number for any sauce, and it definitely bites harder than any natural sauce we have tried.

No wonder there are repeated warnings plastered all over the side of the bottle…

Mad Dog 357 Gold Hot Sauce Warning

High heat is what Mad Dog 357 is all about. If you want to have some of the hottest sauce on the market on tap for special occasions, this will fit the bill. In small quantities, it is tolerable. However, anything more than a few drops and you’ll be feeling the burn, strong.

Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce Consistency

We found the texture to be a major drawback of Mad Dog 357 hot sauce. This sauce is extremely thin, pouring out like Niagara Falls. Despite the use of xanthan gum (a thickener), Mad Dog is still runny and thin.

Mad Dog 357 Gold Hot Sauce Texture

This would be fine in a hot sauce meant to be used in larger amounts, but for the hottest sauce in our collection? We would prefer a thicker sauce that is easier to pour slowly. A sauce with more body and texture would better match this sauce’s intensity.

Where To Buy Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce

We found a good deal on Mad Dog 357 Gold edition on Heat Hot Sauce shop here. It is also available on Amazon. They also sell a few other varieties on Amazon with free shipping, so be sure to browse their store.

You can also buy directly from Mad Dog’s website here if you prefer getting it straight from the source.

Though this sauce can’t be considered a Pepper Geek favorite, it certainly was eye-opening to try. We love any sauce that gives us a memorable experience, and Mad Dog 357 sure did that!

Have you tried Mad Dog? Leave us your thoughts in the comments below.

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One of the original Pepper Geeks! When Calvin isn’t gardening or learning more about peppers and botany, he might be traveling new places or playing some music.

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  1. Between Mad Dog 357 and Mad Dog Inferno I would choose the latter. I’ve had one bottle of 357 and several bottles of Inferno. 357 is hot sure and the flavor is decent but the Inferno is a unique flavor. It reminds me slightly of black pepper and Worstershire and is awsome on burgers or steak. The Inferno is only around 100K, so in the same wheelhouse as DeBomb but flavor-wise I’ll take Mad Dog Inferno over the 357.

  2. Pretty tasty for an extract suace. It’s not the best tatse but nothing like DaBomb. For me it’s a throat burn, not mild but not crazy either. It isn’t as hot as I expected, BUT, if I don’t have enough food with it I will definitely get cap cramps and have many times. It is for sure a sauce for people wanting to elevate their heat tolerance. Good stepping stone before you try Hellfire Doomed. I’ll buy it again.

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