Darwenus (828) - Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Getbetter (1030) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
swesson (352) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bomber. Pours very dark, motor oil black. Smells of rye. Tastes smoky. Too smoky.
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fidemaster (296) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2014
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 1/20
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.
sturmthis (1081) - Bavaria, GERMANY - MAY 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Black with thick beige head. Aroma is like a Kölsch. Roasty taste. Really unique. Almost like a porter and Kölsch.
maxwelldeux (4313) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Barnoloid (277) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Homer321 (3959) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from trade. Nose is malty. Taste us very smokey. Not sure if intentional or not. Meh.
DrewFace (965) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
umich03jm (3376) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.