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Tuesday, March 26th 2013

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
(Wynkoop Brewing Company)

What started out as an April Fool's Day joke video by Denver's Wynkoop Brewing Company has now become reality. Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is indeed brewed with actual bull testicles - quite a lot of them actually. This is the first of the brewery's "Even Smaller Batch Series" beers to be canned and was done so by hand. Cans were sold, appropriately enough, in packs of two. 

From the Wynkoop site:

"A meaty foreign-style stout, Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is made with Colorado base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts, Styrian Goldings hops, and 25 pounds of freshly sliced and roasted bull testicles.

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive, viscous stout with a rich brown/black color, a luscious mouthfeel and deep flavors of chocolate, espresso and nuts. The beer sports a savory, umami-like note and a roasty dry finish."

Here we go...

Pour - viscous and dark as motor oil coming out of the can. Thin wispy head with good carbonation. One might say that the can empties into a glass and creates a dark abyss...a dark abyss that holds a secret.

Aroma - lots of bitter, dark roasted malt aromas, espresso beans, molasses, dark chocolate, and some earthiness. Unlike an IPA that lacks hop aroma, there are no complaints here about the lack of bull testicle aroma. None.

Taste - just like bull testicles. Kidding. I've never even had them before so I wouldn't know what they taste like. Instead, this is a silky smooth, rich, and flavorful stout with ton of roasty flavors as well as those of coffee and even some black cherry. In the finish there is a pronounced earthiness and even a bit of a salty flavor. It works well, the way sea salt and chocolate does or chocolate covered pretzels do. I've got to say that this is a very drinkable beer that is warming at 7.5% and quite enjoyable. 


Overall - a very well-brewed stout that is extremely smooth with some great roasted malt character and a unique finish that is earthy and slightly savory - which one could only attribute to the altogether unusual addition to this beer. Definitely more of a surprisingly pleasant drinking experience and less of a "fear factor" one. Certainly worth a try and another example of an American craft brewer pushing the envelope.



Note - more about this beer from the good folks at Wynkoop...

"We canned approximately 100 cases of the beer in this initial canning run of Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout. The beers are hand canned on a table-top canning machine from Cask Brewing Systems.

We’ve packaged RMOS in blank, unprinted aluminum cans that we label with a two-part label akin to those used on glass bottles. This method enables us to produce super-small batches of canned beer and avoid the 95,000 can minimum for painted cans from our can supplier."

The original April Fool's Day video for Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout
Style: Foreign/Export Stout
Brewery: Wynkoop Brewing Company
Denver, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Styrian Goldings
ABV: 7.5%
IBUs: ???
Date: March 26th, 2013

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Stouts