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RATINGS: 320   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 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 12/20
harrisoni (14106) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Bottle grand tasting RBESG14. Dark brown lasting beige head. Toffee chocolate aroma. Soft in mouth. Touch of spicy rye. It’s the best black kolsch rye beer I have had. Soft chocolate sponge with a spice edge. Ok

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (14069) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a dark beige to light tan head of moderate size, nice lacings left. It’s next to black in color, at least really dark brown. The aroma has a little touch of butterscotch toffee, with roasted malts, coffee and a little brownie hint. It’s roasted, almost burnt on the palate too, some sweetness going on, but it’s far from being cloying. Coffee and a little hoppy bitterness too. Lasting roasted and burnt finish with brownies and caramel. A black rye kölsch the label says, but this is nowhere near a kölsch. Not at all. Pretty nice anyway though. Hoped for some spice hints from the rye, but that’s not detectable. 140514

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (13233) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 25, 2014
Draft. Black color, tan head. Aroma is very roasty. Taste is bitter coffee grounds, light body. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Leighton (11853) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle shared during the RBESG 2014 London Grand Tasting - Moncada Brewery. Pours clear, deep brown with a creamy tan head. Decent beer, some dry chocolate, moderate roasted malts, dirt. Medium bodied with fine carbonation. Finishes with well toasted bread, light chocolate, earthy bitterness. OK.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (11532) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 16, 2014
Bottle @ GT’s Cat Cabana. Thanks, David. A "black rye kolsch"...okay. Very dark brown pour with a khaki head. Roasted malt, a touch of ash, and lots of toasted malt. Some earthy hops, light grass, and a hint of smoke. Kind of bland, but not terrible. Bread, toast, and roasted malt on the palate. Some ash, earthy hops, and grass. Pine bitterness on the finish. Not a bad beer, but not really sure what the heck it is.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (11494) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is something like Schwarzbier. Near med body. Flavor is chocolate and malt. Dark malt. It’s a bit creamier/chocolater than a Schwarzbier, but not all that dissimilar. Not getting much hop - maybe a little citrus hop. And I suddenly realize there’s rye spice, so scratch the citrus and the Schwarzbier similarity. Pretty tasty in a low key way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rlgk (11442) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11066) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Draft. Poured a black color with a moderate frothy tan head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy toasted balanced aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy complex dark bittersweet flavor with a medium dark bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of smoke, rye, earthiness, tobacco and bakers cocoa. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, earthiness, smoke, rye and light tobacco with a crisp dry lingering smokey roasty finish.

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