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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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drjay44 (2708) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SrSilliGose (3264) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2014 Tap. Notes of earthy rye, grainy chocolate roast. Bit of pine and soap hops. Bit of muddled kolsch essence peaks through, but very much dominated by grainy earthy milky cocoa and pine hops. Okay.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2014
A Black Rye KOLSCH you say... sounds like a recipe for disaster but...

Well this is not half bad, really more of the rye imbued Schwartzbier or even a rye porter than anything else. Nice roasty, slightly chocolaty, smoky, earthy and pumpernickel bread overtones with some herbal and resiny hop undertones. The rye does add that "grainy or chalky" note about the finish but hardly discerning.

This is sort of winning me over the more I drink it. Yeah I would tell folks to give it a go.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mikedR (1313) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
Very nice. I'm not familiar with this style, but as a black-oriented ale it is superb. Incredible black roasted rye malts. A bit of the Stone hoppiness you'd expect. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brewfoolery (21) - California, USA - APR 30, 2014
Bottle at Amazing Grapes. Puss with a creamy foamy head that stays firm. Coffee notes come forward far more than toffee. Clean finish, but carbonation seems to be present with mild acid note that lingers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peteinSD (1394) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 30, 2014
Tap @ Stone O’Side. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Light roast and chocolate in the aroma. Taste clean toasted grain with some chocolate and a touch of malt sweetness and slight thin bitterness. Clean drinker. Pretty good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ismith87 (71) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2014
A - 5 - dark brown black beer with a nice tan head on it that sticks, good Lacing S - 9 - smooth milk chocolate and light coffee T - 9 - coffee, black pepper, spicy rye malt, cocoa M - 5 - feels heavier than it is at 5.4%, alc covered aftertaste roasted malts and spicy black pepper T - 16 - great and different beer, extra points for feeling more robust than it is.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2014
Pint on tap at Dutch’s. Black color, though kind of translucent around the edges. Nice thin light brown head, leaves plenty thicker lace. Awesome aroma on this. Great dark chocolate, brownie, roast malt, hint of coffee. Lightly spicy rye malt note; good light earthy hop. Good chewiness to the texture, chewier than many 6% stouts are. Super-smooth, lighter, lightly soft carbonation. Just a light slickness to the finish. Medium-plus body. Moderate bitter taste, light to moderate sweet. Very impressive, interesting enjoyable and balanced stuff. Indeed, it’s satisfyingly dark yet still easy-drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2001) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2014
Black pour with a 3 finger, creamy mocha head. Aroma of dark chocolate, char, smoke, roast, and some fruity and bready yeast. Flavor is roast, chocolate, earthy grain, char, a little smoke, pine, spicy hops, bready yeast, berry and tree fruit notes. Medium body, creamy entry, light carbonation and slightly drier finish with a light, chalky minerality. Good stuff overall, can’t really say it reminds me too much of a Kolsch though.

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