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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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!

swesson's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swesson (314) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Poured from a bomber. Pours very dark, motor oil black. Smells of rye. Tastes smoky. Too smoky. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1613) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Approximately 3 oz. pour from a 22 oz. bottle. Consumed on 9-10-15. Pours a dark brown with taupe head. Dark chocolate-covered raisin, plum, and burnt caramel scents. Nice, stout-like taste. Roasted malt and dark fruit flavors. Crisp and lively in the palate, presumably owing to the kolsch yeast. Light to medium body. Good, fluffy, frothy, lager-like palate. Better than I expected. Another winner from Stone.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Bomber. Rich aroma. Black body. Huge flavor for only 5.4%. Nice finish. Really impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheEpeeist (3581) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2015
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with beige froth. Nose is caramel, molasses and spicy rye. Medium body with moderate carb. Taste is toffee, coffee and cola with hints of rye. Interesting hybrid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tcon25 (309) - Duvall, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle pour at home, nice dark pour, very thin head. Coffee malt aroma, little bitter taste, mostly coffee, kindof a rye malt taste. As expected. Solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Martinus (4064) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - AUG 14, 2015
Brown colour, beige head. Aroma of malts, chocolate, lager, sweet malts and caramel. Sweet, caramel flavour. Finish caramel, chocolate, quite sweet.
(from bottle @ RBESG ’14 London Grand Tasting, Moncada tasting room)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevoj (3023) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Bottle from On the Fly Gasmart. Pours out almost true black, big beige, airy head, subsides quickly. Aroma is more roast grain than rye, but some grain sourness is present. Taste is where the rye comes into its own, funky, sour, musty, backed up with some burnt toast, roast grain bitterness. Finishes fast and clean, body is light like a kolsch. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerRenter76 (341) - 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 (1477) - 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 (1305) - 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 (1608) - 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.

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