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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Art (2523) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is slight roasted malts, coffee, toffee. Taste is slightly sweet but pretty clean. Fairly easy drinking, interesting beer. Nothing really screams at you.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JohnGalt1 (1074) - , Idaho, USA - MAY 8, 2014
22 picked up tonight at the coop... clear orange with an okay white head.. spotty lacing and minimal retention. Nose shows pithy citrus hops but has a bit heavy pale malt with some heavier background caramel. Flavor is bigger bitter bite with an okay CCC hoppiness that moves into sorta watery toasty maltiness.. really doesn’t ever mesh.. Good beer, but miles behind many/any proper IPA’s coming out of the PNW.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EtTuCthulhu (1386) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2014
The aroma blends rye and a hint of yeast, and the appearance blends an opaque black color and a medium light tan head. The taste is slightly bitter, mildly sour, and a touch umami, and the palate has a medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, and slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5010) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours mahogany tinged black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with good retention recedes leaving trailing sheets to coat surface. Chocolate and espresso aromas. Dry with sweet caramel and chocolate front to back and into the lasting smoked espresso finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bookman10 (772) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Pours a dark brown-black with small, fast dissipating head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted grain. Flavor includes all of that, along with nuts, leather, and a touch of malt sweetness. Body isn’t as full as you might expect-a bit thin in mouthfeel. Otherwise, Avery satisfying beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocJitsu (1371) - 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 (834) - 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 (1709) - 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 (1647) - 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.

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