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RATINGS: 380   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 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Darwenus (828) - Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Here’s something that doesn’t happen often. Stone has released a limited run beer that I don’t really care for. Sprocket Bier pours dark brown and has an average head that leaves some tan lace. The aroma is really subtle. Muted, even. I picked up on a little bit of indistinct malt and not much more. This thing is watery on the tongue at first, and then the finish is pretty bad. It tastes kinda like someone hopped some old, stale coffee. I don’t like this beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Getbetter (1030) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
From a bottle.The pour is a dark brown with a white lace .A very thin body with a roasty malt taste with vanilla, raisin taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swesson (352) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Pours very dark, motor oil black. Smells of rye. Tastes smoky. Too smoky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 1/20
fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Yuck The aroma is fairly pleasant. It has a beautiful rich black color. The 3 flavors of this beer are smoke (not in a pleasant way), bad coffee, and burnt. I feel like they made some horrible bitter coffee, burnt some extra beans and tossed them in, and then threw a cigarette in the vat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sturmthis (1081) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2014
On tap. Black with thick beige head. Aroma is like a Kölsch. Roasty taste. Really unique. Almost like a porter and Kölsch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maxwelldeux (4313) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Draught. Pours a very dark brown color with a moderate tan head on it. Nose is slight and roasty with some slight bitterness to it, and smells almost like a porter, though I know it’s a kolsch base. Taste is very dark and roasty, with a decent amount of bitterness to it. Lot’s of bite on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Poured on tap into snifter. As dark as pumpernickel bread with a similar rye aroma. The smokiness and rye notes dominate up front here. This is an interesting beer, has a mealy mouthfeel. Almost like drinking a reuben sandwich. Enjoyable but would likely not seek out again unless pairing with food.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (3959) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle from trade. Nose is malty. Taste us very smokey. Not sure if intentional or not. Meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer321. deep dark nearly black pour. Smokey, roasty, sweet malt, wheaty. Quite smokey, mildly roasty, dark grainy malts. Mild bitterness in the finish. Not sure what’s going on with this style meld.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (3376) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a good sized foamy that fades to a thick ring and leaves great oily webbing. Nice aroma of dark rye bread mixed with roasted coffee. Taste has the dark rye bread and coffee but adds in some dark chocolate, nuts, earthy hops, and a touch of smoke. Thin to medium body but still love the mouthfeel. Big carbonation that settles quick and feels soft. Not a kolsch at all but a very nice beer. More like a really good black lager.

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