Behind The Booze:
While it is true that in the 1500’s Germany had made the decision that the only ingredients that would be in beer would be Barley, Hops and Water – as the craft beer market has changed over the years many brewers have decided to ‘change things up’ and include just about anything you can think of. Sometimes this decision is made for reaching specific flavor profiles, sometimes it is to stand out in a crowded market and sometimes it is simply an experiment to see if it will work or can be done.
Both were attending Rome’s EurHop – Brewfist and Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ale – and after figuring out that they both shared the same distributor, the Spaghetti Western began. This joint venture was aptly named after the 1960’s Spaghetti Western movies since this was another instance of when the Italians worked with the Americans to create something new and unique.
It is true that the Spaghetti Western is a little more of a gimmick than a true ‘testing the envelope’ or ‘experimental brew’ – the Prairie Artisan Ales staff actually spilled the beans and said that there was only a small amount of pasta in the mash turn. Once you can get beyond the idea of noodles in the mix – you will find that the Spaghetti Western has been said to be a stout full of rich and flavorful notes comprised of bitter and sweet delivery of coffee and chocolate.
Lets get onto business and see what we thought of the Spaghetti Western by Brewfist and Prairie Artisan Ales!
Country: United states ( Oklahoma )
Distillery: Brewfist and Prairie Artisan Ales
Bottler: Brewfist and Prairie Artisan Ales
Distillation Date: Unknown
Style: American Double / Imperial Stout
Alcohol: 8.70 % ABV
The Spaghetti Western pours a head light brown almost tan in color with 1/2 to 1 fingers in height although this head dissipates very quickly. The dark almost motor oil black brew itself sat without change – almost seeming as if it was getting darker the longer it sat.
As the advertising and marketing notes report – the stout is full of rich coffee and chocolate flavors – in fact this was the core backbone of the entire brew. There were a few hints of dark, roasty malt and cocoa and a touch of sweet vanilla on the first end of the finish but the coffee was absolutely in power from the first sip to the last. I personally did not get a lot of the ‘pasta’ flavors but I was hit occasionally with a ‘stale bread’ flavor that was not pleasant at all.
This was a brew that I literally walked past 2 or 3 different times before I noticed the bottle sitting on the shelf. I own a Western Themed Online Cigar Retail business so of course this Western Themed bottle of beer made me stop and put it in the cart without much hesitation. That being said – the history behind the beer is really what did it for me, not so much the actual delivery. The beer had a very thin mouth feel – not quite like water but not exactly what I was expecting. The flavor – while varying from time to time – tasted a little bland. Perhaps flat or stale? Perhaps it was the flavor of the pasta or perhaps the few I got just were not stored very well at the store – but for whatever reason the Spaghetti Western just didn’t do it for me.
Step back, relax, and enjoy.