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RATINGS: 294   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dmac (4013) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - APR 26, 2014
22oz bomber from Spirits Brick. Poured a great looking deep dark Tootsie Roll brown under a larger dense creamy deep beige head. Aroma of sweet syrupy chocolate, cola, soy sauce, burnt toast and some odd bologna product. Medium to thinner bodied with light csrbonation and a quick fsding aftertaste. Flavor better than the aroma, with some light chocolate, dark malts, grains, brown bread, cola. Okay but was hoping for more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thisis12ptfont (838) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - APR 26, 2014
Aroma brings simple black malts, smokey ham, yeasty funk and spices. Appears a chalky black with a thin foam rim. Taste is almost.....tasteless. Really plain and watery with extremely faint notes of charcoal, cocoa, toffee and espresso. Overall, this is really disappointing to me. It’s really watery and the only flavors I really get are diluted chocolate, smoke, ham and toffee (but they are all extremely faint flavors) Not sure what Stone was doing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - APR 25, 2014
Pours black with a two finger tan head with nice lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, rye bread, sweet malts, roasted malts, and some light grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma but is slightly hoppier and as some pine and earthiness to it. Has a medium body with a semi creamy mouthfeel and a slightly bitter, medium finish. Overall, a very interesting and pretty tasty hybrid beer that seems like a cross between a stout and kolch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brouwerij (929) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 25, 2014
Bottle thanks to Alemax. Pours dark brown with tan head, settles in minutes with moderate lacing. Aroma is lightly smoky, chocolatey, roasted malt, toffee, bitter rye. Flavor is toasted malt, toffee, lightly nutty, with a toasted rye, lightly bitter, roasted finish and aftertaste. Soft carbonation, medium body, and smooth texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (484) - Radford, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2014
Poured as a taster at local shop. I had some perry and peach cider in the glass before that and while it was rinsed, I had what appears to be anomalous aromas compared to all the other comments I’ve seen, but I guess I’ll go with it. Aroma - really citrusy, lots of lemon, with a touch of rye and dark malt (this lemon aroma that was so prevalent in my tasting seems to be the strange part). Taste of brow and chocolate malt with that classic Kolsch flavor somehow underneath. For once, not a giant pile of hops from Stone and I like this better than most of their gigantic pile of hops beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
asceticbrewer (3) - Arizona, USA - APR 25, 2014 does not count
Bottle pour in pilsener glass. Much darker than I originally expected. Aroma has a slightly smokey tinge to it. Texture is really smooth, and the rye augments the Kolsch flavor very nicely.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3881) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 25, 2014
Aroma is dark bread, dark malts and mildly spicy. The flavor is dark malts/grains, mild spicy notes, light citrus, a hint of dark bread and a thick and mildly sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2250) - Crestview, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
Almost black. Small tan head. No lacing. Roasted aroma. Taste is roasted and malty. Some chocolate. Slight bitter finish with a caramel sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nearbeer (3729) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 25, 2014
650 ml. bottled 03/08/2014. Opaque black with a lasting disc of cream on top. Nose is nearly scorched whole grain bread, coffee grounds and an underlying malted chocolate that provides just a touch of sweetness. Dominant tastes of barely sweetened coffee, bitter dry cocoa, mint and ash. Flashes of caramel cola, peppery rye, resin and green herb. Near-medium body is well balanced and smoothly carbonated but a bit too astringent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (790) - California, USA - APR 24, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, caramel and hop aroma. Chocolate, roasted malt, grain, hop, caramel and bread flavors. Medium body and average carbonation. Chocolate and grain finish.

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