As a city boy my first experience with Rocky Mountain Oysters came in Chevy Chase's Funny Farm. I tried some bull balls earlier this year at the Bullhead Oscar party, and they were pretty good. This Fantastic Fest I oversaw an eating challenge where, in the first round, people had to scarf down a bull cock sushi roll. So I have some history with bull balls.
Will my history extend to drinking them? If I can get my hands on Wynkoop Brewing Co's Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout, hell yes. The Stout began as an April Fool's joke earlier this year, but the brewery saw such an expression of interest in the idea of a beer brewed with bull balls that they actually decided to give it a go.
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.
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.
The beer is 7% ABV and has 3 BPBs. That’s balls per barrel.
No nutty flavor? What a missed opportunity.
The Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout will be sold exclusively at the brewery and at Denver's Great American Beer Festival, October 11-13. I have to figure out how to get my hands on this ballin' beer.