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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4817) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Cask at Stone. Blackish brown pour, with a small tan head. Earthy, roasty, cocoa, rye, light smoke, some burnt brown sugar, and herbal hoppy bitterness. light body, but plenty of flavor. Works pretty well actually.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5300) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Sample at The Brew Kettle on 5/4/14. Pitch black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt and bready malt with some rye spiciness. Roasty flavor with spicy rye before a clean, bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Sampled on tap at Ale Arsenal. A nice brew. The palate roughness is probably the most noticable thing. A beautiful appearance with a thin dark head. Flavor is nice with a big roasty bite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Concealer (912) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bomber. Clear dark reddish brown with a tan head, lasting and lacing. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, rye, and some earthy notes. Flavor is rye, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and light earth tones. Light bodied, lingering, crisp with a slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EvanFriend (374) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Tastes like coffee mainly, but not like a stout. Has a thinner, more carbonated, and maybe some almost Pilsner flavors to it. Weird, but good.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyforce (625) - Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Really great dark beer. Pour is pitch black and the aroma is light roasted grains. Taste is chocolatey and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ester_ (120) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 5, 2014
Ruby-brown color with a small cream colored foam collar. Aromas of dark chocolate, fruity yeast, toasted malt, malted rye and hops. Flavors of dark chocolate, German yeast, roasted malt, malted rye and hops. Well balanced beer. Good drinkability. Couleur rubis-brun, petit col de mousse couleur crème. Nez de chocolat noir, levure fruitée, malt grillé, seigle malté et houblon. Saveurs de chocolat noir, levure allemande, malt grillé, seigle malté et houblon. Bière bien balancée, bonne "drinkability".

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
b3shine (6395) - Indiana, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Draft to taster at Dutch’s. Looks solid; a translucent dark cola with very thin beige lacing. Smells of dark malt and coffee with a touch of toastiness. Tastes like it smells, but with mild dark chocolate in place of the toast. Average on the palate.If this is the beer they "chose" of nine, I wouldn’t be interested in trying the other eight.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Handypaul (311) - - 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 (1473) - 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.

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