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RATINGS: 322   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2357) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2014
big bottle from whole foods. Medium brown pour, nice bit of sourdough and malts but not heavy at all, as advertised. quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
monk191 (1088) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
A very good rye kolsch. Pours a deep inky black with a thick tan head. Smells of coffee, toasted pecan and vanilla. Taste has a lot of toasted pecan right in the beginning, followed by some vanilla and cream. Quite nice, sweeter then most of stone's beers. Had in the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (4079) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Charred oak, soil, charcoal nose. Mahogany, medium tan head, some lace. Grassy, mild charcoal notes. Medium body, chalky. Not the least bit like a kolsch.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
boozedude (1993) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2014
Bomber shared with lamont, club w./ black pour with kacki head, mild coffe aroma, taste is some coffe, light bitter, not bad, but nothing I would go look for

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (17520) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle @ RBESG Grand Tasting. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a slightly roasted malty caramel aroma. Roasted malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a roasted malty spicy caramel hoppy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11463) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
RBESG 2014 in London, grand tasting. Black beer with a small head. Roasted chocolate aroma, caramel, cocoa, licorice, bread notes. Rosted chocolate flavor, caramel, hay, licorice, some cocoa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jfb (4073) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2014
(bottle) hazy deep brown colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of vanilla and brown sugar, with a hint of smoked ham, some burnt malts, ash and dried cherries. flavour is mostly caramel and smoked ham, slightly sweet, with a hint of lavender and a light-bitter finish. medium-bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2014
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Inky dark brew with coffee & cream colored tan head. Nice aroma of sweet malt, rye, burnt grain. Taste is sweet malt up front, rye and pumpernickel, transitioning to a bitter/sour burnt flavor with sour rye / hops in the finish. Lingering roasted / burnt grains at the very end. My description does not due justice to the great balance and nimbleness in this brew - it takes tastes I’d usually consider to be heavy and ponderous and keeps them light and balanced, making it a very enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2076) - USA - AUG 29, 2014
This black rye kolsch was a special release from Stone. Dark pour with a persistent, rocky head. It is sweeter and breadier than expected, with some nice complexity. I tasted toasted grains, pumpernickel, and malty sweetness, with some nice drying hops in the finish. The aroma is fairly neutral at first, then improves a bit. A good one, but at $9 or so for a bomber, a little overpriced. I do appreciate the tribute to the Saturday Night Live skit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
pivnizub (9011) - 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…

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