Wynkoop executed one of the better April Fool’s Day jokes when they released a video promoting Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, brewed with bull balls. After extensive positive feedback, they’ve decided to actually produce the beer.
The beer is made with Colorado-grown base malts, roasted barley, seven specialty malts (including special B and smoked malt) and Styrian Goldings hops. The beer gets a small dose of sea salt, too. “It gives the beer an extra layer of Rocky Mountain oyster flavor,” Brown notes, “and additional texture.”
The 8-barrel batch also included 25 pounds of bull testicles that were sliced by hand and then roasted (by Wynkoop sous chef Andrew Langlo) before being added to the beer’s mash.
OK, so that doesn’t sound all that bad, aside from the bollocks. I’m a big fan of using a wide array of malts. They make for fantastically complex beers, and Styrian Goldings hops tend to give things a slight bit of spiciness. I’m not so sure about adding the salt though. They think they’re so clever, if you know what I mean.
So how does it taste? Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout is an assertive foreign-style stout, slightly viscous, with a deep brown color. It has equally deep flavors of chocolate syrup, Kahlua, and espresso, along with a palpable level of alcohol and a savory umami-like note.It finishes dry and roasted with a fast-fading hop bite.
Wait, let me make sure I have this all right. It’s a beer made with bull testicles. It’s salty. And it’s slightly viscous. I’m going to have to check my calender again because this has to be yet another joke. You can’t honestly expect me to believe that when they decided to make this beer a reality they thought addition sperm references would go unnoticed. Someone over there will be having a good laugh at their patrons expense.
It’s available starting Oct. 8th at the brewery in Denver and at the Great American Beer Festival. If you manage to try it, please report back. I’d love to hear what you have to say.