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RATINGS: 367   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (10012) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 13, 2015
Poured from keg at Clove Hitch in Liverpool. Coal black body under a filmy layer. Solid lace down the glass. Roasted aroma of black malts. Grainy chocolate flavours joined by mild dark spices. Roasted ending. Smooth on the swallow. Fine bodied. Quite easy to drink and to like (02.02.2015).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (7384) - Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2015
22oz bomber, sampled summer 2014. Dark brown pour, small khaki head, mild lacing. Plain malty aroma, a hint of spice, doughy, a bit of dark chocolate, hints of fruitiness. Okay flavor, mild fruitiness, rye bread, a hint at chocolate, grainy. Meh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cgarvieuk (19077) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
Keg at spitfire... Dark brown.. Thin tan head... Soft sweet dark roast.. Light cola nose... Too cold.. Too prikly fizzy..... Dark roast... Dark malts... Dark chocolate.. Light berries.. Soft roast... Light bitter roast

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseMartineau (91) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 26, 2015
Stone in Canada finally! Very interesting beer. It says kolsch style, but it really is a specialty I suppose.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
Cola brown with ruby red highlights when held up to the light........ Massive tan crown floats on top. Aroma is soapy and filled with cold coffee, hoppiesh and overall very mild. Taste is the same..... This style is almost never my thing and this is no different. Seems better now when warm. Creamy earth and a bitter finish. Almost sour. My cat is retarded. I’m bored with this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JanEric (1157) - Meppel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 14, 2015
Tap at Brewdog Manchester. hazy dark brown colour with a dense off white head.Aroma has caramel, coffee and malts. Low bitterness, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (8371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 12, 2015
Keg at Brewdog Edinburgh. Pours black, nose is salty, roasty, chocolate, taste is dry, caramel, light roast, sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
madmitch76 (20080) - , 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Renobob (1462) - 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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (931) - 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.

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