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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1314) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours a nearly opaque, very dark brown with a well-retaining caramelized-colored head. Coffee, cooked beef, smoky, and spicy nose. Smooths and full, but not thick. Smoky, sweet, then bitter. Beefy flavor with a migrating green grape and grassiness. Very nicely balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
J_man (812) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
The deScription of "black rye kolsch style" beer was very intriguing since each of those are things I love in beer. Starts off with rich, roasted wood aromas rise off a jet black body with a light brown head. The front of the sip seems like it’s going to be an immense stout-like beer with creamy dark chocolate and dry roasted coffee flavors, but it quickly evaporates into a lighter body and Schwarzbier style beer. There’s a smokiness to this that’s really nice and not overpowering, well balanced with the chocolaty sweetness. There’s an overriding bitterness, but it’s hard to tell if it’s from hops or from roasted grain. In the end, the chocolate and dry roasted coffee/wood flavors hang around and again make this seem like a bigger beer than it is. If this is indicative of what’s to come in this "Spotlight Series", I can’t wait for the next one!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhwcinc (1682) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Enjoyed on tap at Smallbar Logan Square in Chicago, IL. I didn’t take tasting notes, but remember this being a nice but nothing special dark ale with a moderate off white head. It had a light quality to it, with moderate chocolate and light bitterness, almost tea like. Wasn’t too impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JDBaker11058 (1614) - Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Appearance: near black, with a very thick, medium brown, creamy/foamy head that leaves tons of lace. Aroma: roast coffee, dark chocolate, toasted pumpernickel bread, grassy, floral hops. Taste: light dark chocolate and coffee, grassy, herbal hops, hint of rye. Finish: lingering, lightly astringent, and slightly bitter. Notes: Let’s be honest, calling this a ’black kolsch’ is smart marketing but disingenuous at best. It’s a schwarzbier. Grassier and more herbal than the norm, but a schwarzbier nonetheless. That said, it’s not a terrible take on the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
dwyerpg (4918) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 7, 2014
This was truly disappointing to me. Very roasty in aroma and body, this basically tasted like a schwarzbier and not a very good one at that. Bummer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2982) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Sniffer at Triangle Wine. Ok aroma. Sweet. Earthy, malty. Dark orange brown color. Good head and lace. Sweet flavor. Medium body, Creamy smooth mouthfeel, bitter dry finish. Well it looked beautiful in the glass. Aroma was ok. Kind d of earthy musty, flavor kind of flat, as it was all the black malt. Fun to try. Moving on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12233) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Draft. Poured a black color with a moderate frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark bittersweet flavor with a medium dark bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
John25 (1174) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Bottle. Black. Smooth rich coffee notes, dark malts, dark chocolate, and earthy hops on the nose and taste. The taste adds a faint rye spice on the finish. The label is right - very easy to drink for how dark and rich it is. This is basically a smooth easy stout with high carbonation and the Stone signature hop element. Interesting bier. --- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1more4dessert (334) - Upstate, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2014
very dark brown with tan head 1/2 finger.Spicey, roasty malt, earthy hops in aroma. Medium to light body. Actually reminds me of Sixpoint Diesel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4992) - 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.

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