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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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Big roasted malt aromas. Tobacco, hay and a light coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1763) - Earth, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Tap at Chucks 85th a few days ago, Seattle. Pours jet black, tiny tanned head. Roasty nose, hints of rye, and burnt elements. Flavors bring out hints of burnt roasted malts, grains, rye, and also burnt grass - excellent. It’s fairly well carbonated, and really full for a 5% beer. This is no where near what a kolsch actually is, but a rather excellent testament in experimentation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5924) - Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Draft at Dutch’s. Pours a dark cola brown color with a medium sized creamy beige head. The aroma and flavor have some roasted malt, chocolate, a nice spicy rye bite, schwartzbier character with a lighter body. Some earthy bitterness to the finish, but smooth. Interesting enough to have a go at. Better flavor than nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
milewide (1580) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 2, 2014
Maximum taste and aroma for a light weight style. Black color with spicy roasted and chocolate flavors. Low ABV appreciated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ACHops (761) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 1, 2014
22 oz bomber served in a tulip. Pours slightly thin brownish black with medium thick mocha brown head. Aroma is dark roasty dry malts with notes of charcoal, oak, smoke, and lighter rye and coffee notes. Taste is similar: the rye and smoke flavors are much more prominent here. Incredibly rich flavor relative to the light, drinkable body. If black rye kolsch is a style of beer, I’ve never seen it before... odd, but works well here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CelticJohnny (73) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Appears black with 2 finger tan head. Smells of toast and chocolate. The taste I was really surprised! It tastes like sweet chocolate with some toffee and a bit of the rye but not over powered. The palate was nicely light and velvety. This brew was very well made, it was delicious! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MadRobin (2070) - Silver Spring, USA - MAY 1, 2014
On tap snifter at The Bistro in Old Line Wine in Beltsville, MD. Opaque, brown-black with a small khaki head and good lacing. Aroma of burnt rye toast, rye spiciness, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. Taste of rye bread, roasted malt, chocolate, mild peat, coffee and light malt. Medium body and medium/high carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (1747) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Draft at Moriartys. Tulip. Opaque black pour with a foamy tan head that left lace. Certainly looks nothing like one would expect for a Kolsch. Nice little black hole. Burnt rye. Appears to be unfiltered which nicely increases a body that would likely otherwise be watery. Liquorice root notes. Mild coffee and chocolate flavors. Better still some solid hints of black leather and cigarettes. Obviously unusual. Seriously unique. Like more and more each time I gave it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2739) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2014
651 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, well retained, beige head, with light lacing, over a clear, black brown (SRM 33) body.....nose is rye spice, coffee, notes of smoke, hints of chocolate, minimal hops, with light herbal tones.....taste is heavy rye, light coffee, cereal, finishing with a moderate hop bitterness....mouth feel, medium body, moderate astringency, creamy, light acid finish. The style is an oxymoron. This is not an unpleasant beer, but it is quite difficult to characterize because of the strong rye character against the other milder contributions of the other ingredients. BJCP 7/3/13/3/6

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
partywithanM (103) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2014
22oz bomber. Good notes of roasted malty yum. Very dark and robust rye flavors with a surprisingly drinkable finish. It’s dark but not over the top.

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