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.
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...
Posted by Russ
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