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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (8948) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - AUG 28, 2014
Bottle(RBESG; Grand Tasting): Very deep amber coloured with a ruby sheen; toasty-bready nose plus a small amount of hops; light to moderate bitter-sweet flavour, hardly medium bodied; lingering roasty-bitter finish. Not that bad, but IMHO not really necessary…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (12470) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Draft. Black color, tan head. Aroma is very roasty. Taste is bitter coffee grounds, light body. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SlackerMads (1659) - Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with a medium sized tan head. Soapy, grain, flowery, rye bread, light earthy. Light body, watery texture, medium carbonation, light sweet and bitter. Low on flavour and watery. I don’t get it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Sledutah (4938) - Utah, USA - AUG 23, 2014
RBESG grand tasting
Dark brown with a small beige head, good lacing. Aroma is smoky, dark malts and bready. Flavors of toasted malts and grainy
Ok, thin

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (9280) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG ’14, Grander Tasting @ Moncada, 09/08/14. Dark mahogany brown with a moderately appointed light tan covering. Nose is spice, raisens, light cocoa, rye bread. Taste comprises earthy vibes, brown bread, toffee, light spice, hint of fruit. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Ok offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chudwick (2173) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Taster at brew haha - nose is roasty. Sips adds smoke and that’s good enough for me. Dark roast bitterness. Nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mike5326 (952) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, small tan head. Medium malt Aroma. Full body with a nice malt flavor and a medium flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
Pours like a schwarz color wise. Nice head. Good aroma of rye and dark malts with a pilsner like hop undertone. Flavor refreshing, but fairly complex all the same. Good hybrid style

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swanmann (606) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - AUG 19, 2014
chocolate brown with some pale tan foam; aromas of some chocolate, caramel and pine; the flavor is pretty much the same, everything in balance; somewhat bready, it finishes with a touch of caramel sweetness. I thnk the rye was a bit muted, could use a little more roastyness, but that’s just a personal note.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2237) - Rochester, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2014
Intriguing and good - this isn’t your Father’s Kolsch! Very very dark, few highlights, interesting filmy/spotty lacing and retention, dark tan. Nose of oak, milk chocolate, and a bit of spice. Palate is a wow, creamy, balanced, delicate. Graham crackers, tootsie roll, anise, roasted malt, smoke, a bit of sweetness. This is outstanding and I didn’t see it coming.

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