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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1139) - Besançon, FRANCE - JAN 8, 2015
Bue à la pression. Biere noire profond, fine mousse beige. Au nez, café chocolat. Aqueuse en bouche, à la porter, on sent le fumé au palais. Finale légèrement amère sur le café.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (17487) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2015
9th August 2014
RBESG pt 18. Moncada. Grand tasting. Hazy dark brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is smooth and airy, light fine carbonation. Smooth mild dark malts, whisper of roast. Little spice. A fairly one dimensional and muted affair from Stone. Not much else going on.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teorn88 (3555) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
Keg at BD Camden, Stone tap takeover, London. It pours a brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and light spices, with notes of bread, biscuit, rye, yeast. Taste is medium toasty and roasty, with mild leafy hops, herbal tones, grass, biscuit, bread dough and yeasty esters. Light body with good carbonation. Overall, ok

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
gad905 (199) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
Keg at BD ShepBush. Clear dark brown, cream tan head that fades gradually, leaving thin lace. Nose of roast, rye spice, woody hops, some floral notes too. Tastes moderate sweet licorice, light muscovado, peppery rye, floral hops, some slight woody piney hop character, touch of roast bitterness. This beer has lots of good flavours, all moderate and well-balanced, but it doesn’t quite make sense to me. I think it’s possibly a bit too sweet, perhaps. Or maybe I just can’t get over it being called a ’Black Rye Kolsch’, who knows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
yespr (34358) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 30, 2014
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy brown with a small tan head. Aroma is toasted malty and caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty. Dry and light caramelish. Dry and bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
The_Osprey (2919) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Keg at Brewdog (18/12/14). Dark brown, small off-white ring of head. Aroma is malty, plum, bubblegum. Body is medium, low-ish carbonation, slightly foamy. Taste is ashy up front, malty, lager-like. Mostly has a breathy ash character. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2287) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2014
Keg at Brewdog Shepherd’s Bush, London. A dark brown coloured pour with a small beige head on top. Roasty, malty, coffee, rye aroma. Tastes similar, roasty, malty, slight coffee, rye. Well balanced and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (843) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle. Velvety black with light head. Aroma is coffee, molasses, and roasted malts. Taste is light roast, spice, with a crisp roasty finish, medium bodied. This is really nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fantomasus (272) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Pours a very dark brown (almost black) with a nice frothy tan head. Beautiful. Rare that appearance rates a five. Aroma is soft but opens up: caramel, floral, and dough. Flavor is incredibly balanced. Sweet and sour give way to bitter and umami. Palate is the best I’ve ever had: medium body, creamy velvet, soft carbonation, with a mild bitter finish. Stone comes through again. Very Impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4828) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
Like drinking velvet. A very nice brown beer with a little hop in the finish and spice in the aftertaste. Dark and malty and very easy to drink.

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