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RATINGS: 323   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!


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2014
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a large foamy brown head that lingered and left decent lacing. The aroma was dry with chocolate, anise, roasty malts, perfumey hops and cola. The flavor was dry, bitter, roasty and smoky with chocolate, perfumey hops and cola. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. Quite disappointing.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reimer96 (1342) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 24, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown with a small light brown head. Aroma of coffee, fruity esters, with some peppery spice and a hint of smoke. Taste is roasted malts but never burnt, coffee and some kolsch yeast fruitiness. Weirdly complex and super light and sessionable. Bitterness is never offensive and this is a great patio sipper for sure with its nice crisp and dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (3976) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle shared at the RBESG 2014, grand tasting 09/08/2014. Bottle from brewdog online, bought at the AGM. Caramel / mahogany borwn coloured pour with a halo of cream head. Aroma is brown toasted bread, rye spicy grains, nutty. Flavour is composed of clean berry, rye bread, caramel malts, rye bread and toasted malts. Lingering berry. Palate is crisp, light, some mineral. Decent

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 20, 2014
On tap at craft. Dark brown. Gentle roasted malt, watered smoke, dry grain. Taste is sweet water and wood dry bitter. Thin, dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AdiBeer (1509) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2014
Aroma: toasted malts, some chocolate, some metal. Appearance: black, small, beige head. Taste: light bitter. Palate: bitters continue, quite light body, some toasted malts again. Overall: nice Koelsch-style, slightly weak palate. Pint at Stone Brewing, Escondido.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1423) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2014
Bomber from ck1, thanks bro! Pours cola colored with a tan head leaving streaky lacing. Bakers chocolate, some caramel, some spices, a touch burnt. Gets more malt-centric down through the glass. How is this not a schwarzbier? 13.8

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ARH (559) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2014
On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is primarily chocolate and grains with a light coffee note. The beer is an opaque black-brown with a nitro-like, creamy, dense, light tan head. The head had some staying power as a thick surface is retained throughout the drink. Lots of dense sheet lace is left on the glass. The taste is a medium bitter with a light sweetness. The thin textured beer has a medium light body and a soft fizzy, foamy carbonation. A porter-like chocolate and coffee character finishes the beer with the cleanliness and crispness of a kolsch. A light, roasted grain aftertaste hangs around with some chocolate notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3568) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2014
New Beer Distributors, NYC 650ml ($9): Pours black with a tan head. Aroma is chocolate and rye and some fresh light coffee. Taste is similar. Tastes like a smooth and light bodied stout with a velvety feel. I don’t know what this has to do with a Kolsch as I didn’t really get any apple notes from it. In any case, it was good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2014
Where and how: bottle 650 ml
Aroma mild smoky front backed by mineral notes. Fairly dry front. Black soil. Quiet interesting.7+
Appearance :
Top: lasting tanned medium lighter cap, some lace.
Base: brownish-black.
Palate : mild body, smooth feel with milder carbonation.
Taste: mineral notes with ash. Mild smoke, dark malts. Semi-dry.
Other notes very different creation that worked quiet well. Indeed Sprockets!

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Deep dark brown coloured body with a very rich, two centimetre tall head with a nice muddy brown glow. Aroma of roasted malt, grain, raisins, figs and a touch of coffee and cream. Medium-bodied; Assertive grain and roasted malt flavour with some cereal noticeable, coupled with a deep bitter caramelised sweetness and a touch of cream on the end. Aftertaste shows more bitterness than i’d expect, but not much else - some earthy figs and a touch of coffee. Overall, a pretty poor beer with a lot of bitterness, no complexity and no fresh and enjoyable flavours. If this wasn’t screenprinted with a popular brewery on the front, it would have awful ratings. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in Falls Church (Tyson’s Corner), Virginia on 01-May-2014 for US$8,99 sampled at home in Washington on 21-September-2014.


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