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RATINGS: 342   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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!

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Handypaul (280) - - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small creamy brown head that diminishes to a fine creamy ring and leaves some lacing. Unfortunately looks are deceiving as the beer is thin, watery and almost entirely devoid of flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nephilium (1445) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Big roasted notes to start the beer out, pours an opaque black with a light tan head. Very complex flavor, with rye and roasted notes blending well, and just a touch of fruit. Very light bodied, with a slightly slick mouthfeel. I think classing it as a Kolsch style my hold it back. This is a good solid drinking beer, but I would never have classed it as a Kolsch by taste alone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2294) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Draft at bistro on bridge. Pours black with a small brown head. The aroma has roasted malt, coffee grinds. The taste is bitter coffee grinds, light chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rick_91709 (205) - USA - MAY 4, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Tastes as it smells. Pretty good. Like a light stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10438) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, rye, earthiness, tobacco and bakers cocoa. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, smoke, rye and light tobacco with a crisp dry lingering smokey roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (694) - - MAY 4, 2014
Bomber. Roasted malt aroma with notes of rye, coffee and chocolate. Pours black with a decent light brown head with good retention and minimal lacing. Starts heavily with roasted malt flavors as well as some coffee. Finishes fairly dry with, but the flavor is kind of hard to describe. A lot of rye with a spicy ending that lingers on the palate that I don't find to be that great. Ok beer, but the finish sort of ruins it for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3877) - - MAY 3, 2014
bottle. near black with a small tan head. aroma is toast and milk chocolate with a hint of coffee. smooth palate with a lightish body. the toasty graininess carries into the flavor with mild roast coffee and chocolate. a dried hay/straw note lingers. creamy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1170) - Iowa, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Chocolate roast and a bit of a hard to describe kinda complex spicey-kind of character but spicey is the closest but inaccurate way to describe it. Bit of earthy,leatheryness maybe. Mineral,marshmello. Its pretty complex really. Same in taste with particularly a kind of butteryness also. Some coffee, ashyness. Very nice. Complex. This works well. Smooth and chocolatey with a mild roastyness but not too astringent. Dang! this is really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (823) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Dark brown color with a thick creamy tan head. Roasted malt nose. More roasted malt flavor with a touch of wood and sour grain. Complex malts make for a flavorful and drinkable ale. Smoky bitter hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dalekliz (887) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma of rye, yeast, roasted malt. Roasty taste, of toasted malt, dark chocolate, rye, yeast. Lingering roasted rye notes. Nice!

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