Fordham Brewing’s Rosie Parks Oyster Stout is built upon oyster shells from the Chesapeake Bay, and it is a wonderfully complex brew that cuts down on the sweet side by inserting a little umami flavor into the mix. The stout pours with a dark brown to black coloration and a decent amount of tan head that rapidly dissipates. This Fordham effort possesses a nose that links together toasted malt and briny notes; the first sip is malt-heavy and immediately will greet imbibers with dark chocolate, lactose, and roasted elements. The mouthfeel of Rosie Parks is halfway between a porter and a stout, ensuring that fans of both styles will be able to find something that they can appreciate. The saltiness granted to the beer is substantial but not overpowering; this is a wonderful way to cut the tendency of stouts to go too far overboard with the saccharine and syrupy tastes.
Rosie Parks does not pack too much of a boozy wallop, clocking in at 5% ABV. The beer would do well paired with strongly-flavored plates. Whether one has Indian, Latin American, or asian fare, pairs the Rosie Parks Oyster Stout with sharp cheeses, or a bread/soup combination, this effort will shine. Fordham recommends that purchasers cellar the Rosie Parks Oyster Stout at about 45 degrees for optimum interaction between the different flavors. I would like to see Rosie Parks placed into bourbon barrels, infused with spices (vanilla, cinnamon) or peppers; I feel that the depth of the beer would be multiplied through the presence of additional inclusions.
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