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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Rick Blankemeier & Robert Chandler’s Sprocketbier Black Rye Kolsch Style. We’ve been brewing together for the better part of three years. Rick is an amazing homebrewer and always has at least one spare recipe hidden somewhere in that magnificent head of his. Robbie, on the other hand, is the Igor to Rich’s Dr. Frankenstein (but with less hunchback and more beard). Armed with only a four-letter acronym (KISS) and a mission to make a beer that was balanced and complex but still sessionable, Rick jotted down a recipe on a sticky note that would impress even the most seasoned brewmaster. Out of 19 amazing beers brewed by 19 teams of the best brewers at Stone Brewing Co., Steve Wagner (Co-founder & President), Greg Koch (Co-founder & CEO), and Mitch Steele (Brewmaster) chose this one after a blind tasting of the top nine beers. As we write this, we are honored and humbled by the decision to select our beer for the very first Stone Brewing Co. Spotlight Series release. Our original goal was to pay tribute to the SNL Sprockets skit by creating a beer that even Dieter would think "is dark and easy to drink," and we’re pretty sure we succeeded (Dieter’s not around to ask). We love this beer and can’t wait to share it with beer geeks and Stone fans around the country. Before you delve into this Impressively Dark and Amazingly Balanced beer, let us propose a toast to the ones we have lost, and to those of us who will never let their memories be forgotten…… Cheers, Prost, Salud and Good Memories to all!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2082) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Taster at brew haha - nose is roasty. Sips adds smoke and that’s good enough for me. Dark roast bitterness. Nice!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (859) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, small tan head. Medium malt Aroma. Full body with a nice malt flavor and a medium flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (445) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours like a schwarz color wise. Nice head. Good aroma of rye and dark malts with a pilsner like hop undertone. Flavor refreshing, but fairly complex all the same. Good hybrid style

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swanmann (596) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 19, 2014
chocolate brown with some pale tan foam; aromas of some chocolate, caramel and pine; the flavor is pretty much the same, everything in balance; somewhat bready, it finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. I thnk the rye was a bit muted, could use a little more roastyness, but that’s just a personal note.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2163) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Intriguing and good - this isn’t your Father’s Kolsch! Very very dark, few highlights, interesting filmy/spotty lacing and retention, dark tan. Nose of oak, milk chocolate, and a bit of spice. Palate is a wow, creamy, balanced, delicate. Graham crackers, tootsie roll, anise, roasted malt, smoke, a bit of sweetness. This is outstanding and I didn’t see it coming.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
davidtjm (320) - Berlin, GERMANY - AUG 19, 2014
Bottle at a tasting. Pour is black with a caramel creamy head, aroma is toffee, caramel, smoky. Taste is smoky, caramel, coffee. Very good

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
60minuteman (717) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Dark brown pour and beige two finger head. Aroma of toasted malts, wheat, coffee grounds, rye bread and earth. Flavor is similar. Porter like. Strong rye and malt components. I enjoy the rugged beers like this. Pretty simple but very drinkable. A sessionable dark beer if there ever was one.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
AndySnow (3074) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - AUG 18, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: RBESG 14 Grand Tasting.
Appearance: Dark brown colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Spices, roasted malt, rye.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Spices, roasted malt, some chocolate, grain.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (8107) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle shared at RBESG 2014 Grand Tasting. Dark brown color with a red glare coming through, small beige head. Smell malts, rye I guess, a hint of roast, grainy. Taste malts, again some roast, some bitter, grainy. Meh, don’t really like it but it’s drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (10683) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle shared during the RBESG 2014 London Grand Tasting - Moncada Brewery. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy tan head. Decent beer, some dry chocolate, moderate roasted malts, dirt. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes with well toasted bread, light chocolate, earthy bitterness. OK.


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