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RATINGS: 383   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (721) - Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2015
Originally rated on 6/7/14. Black with ruby highlights and a thick cap of tan foam. Dark malt aroma, a little burnt and roasted with bitter chocolate, faint hop character. Soft on the palate, light bodied with modest carbonation, smooth and a bit dry from the dark grains. Malty with moderate bitterness up front, chocolate and a hint of toffee/hops mid-palate, finishing on the bitter side. Lingering citrus/lemon bitterness. Overall, it was pretty decent, didnt even taste like a kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kevinator (1850) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2015
The kolsch style is really overshadowed in this mix. Roasted and rye aromas. Nice dark color like a black IPA. Full palate and dark malt earthy flavors with some spice from the rye. Good hop finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1442) - Northville, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2015
22 oz bottle; date almost entirely rubbed off. Pours black with a tan head. Raisin and brown sugar aroma, a little chocolate buried in there. Flavor is more roasty, molasses, and cocoa. However old it is, it’s a pretty tasty lighter beer, kind of in the vein of an improved Dry Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Psytron (1850) - Turku, FINLAND - MAY 6, 2015
Smell of roasted malt, tar. Very dark brown colour, brown head. Aroma of ash, coffee, chocolate, a faint of vanilla. Not so roasted flavour as the colour and smell would imply. Bitter, but also mid sweet. Velvety texture, mid-light body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (2490) - Haderslev, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
Tap @Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. Clear, dark amber. Small light tan head. Aroma has chocolate and rye. Sweetish, malty flavour, rye and chocolate, roast and perhaps hints of smoke. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jethro6191 (506) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. Grainy aroma with roasted malt and baker’s chocolate notes. The flavor is balanced with burnt sugar, roasted barely, chocolate, and some earthy spiciness. Light body, medium carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable, easy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2015
22oz bottle. Medium tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, light fruity, rye. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some caramel, rye. Light-medium body, some effervescence, light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2582) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Keg the grove Huddersfield. Black halo tan head. Aroma burnt toast east malts taste same nice caramel good bitter smokey finish. Body ok for style. Stout/ larger intresting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (4995) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pours opaque coffee brown with a thin but fine-bubbled head. Roast malt aroma has chocolate, rye, earthy and nutty notes. Flavor trots toasty, chocolate, rye, and muted coffee and charcoal tones. Firm texture is smooth and a little fizzy. Catch your gear in this sprocket!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (9285) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown, light tan head. Caramel, light cocoa, light coffee, light spice. Decent enough, but not really a standout.

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