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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!


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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
swesson (254) - 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


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFunGuy (713) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
This dark black beer has a smokey roasted coffee bean aroma. It has a smooth coffee start big middle and smoothed out again at the finish. It leaves a mild taste in your mouth which isn't overpowering. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blipp (6277) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Draft. Pours deep brown, near black, with an off white head. Moderate roasted and rye malts, mild bitterness, light chocolate-like notes, some toasty notes, and an earthy bitter finish. Not bad.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
airrick2003 (524) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 21, 2014
Appearance: this is a supremely black beer, I'm not getting much color even around the edges, pours with a medium tan head that settles with low density Aroma: strong coffee, some hints of bread and yeast, peanut butter, smells good Taste: coffee bitterness, strong bitter finish as well, Palate: very full and frothy mouthfeel, bitter aftertaste, medium mouthfeel Overall: if I didn't know better I would think this was a big beer, very nice aroma and very strong bitterness in the mouth, tastes more like a stout with a bit more of a full mouthfeel, the kolsch shows in the mouthfeel and much less so in the hints of bread in the aroma ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5042) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bomber from Hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. This pours almost black with a tan head. That head never leaves but doesn’t really stick to the glass a lot. Aroma is grain with cocoa. Rye. The flavor brings those flavors. It has a lager feel to it. The sharp edges are taken away and are muted. Perhaps they are muted too much. This seems to have some really nice flavors that are trying to get out but just can’t. I taste citrus throughout. A bitterness that Ron called raspberries could be zest. Later a hint of tobacco emerged. This has a really nice rich smooth feel to it. This would be a great intro to craft beer. Those who say they don’t like "dark beers" should try this. It is completely inoffensive. Flavors are nice and not overdone at all. This is very unique and original. Kudos! I do wish it had more flavor but everything in here was good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (3423) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Pours a rich dark brown with a long lasting tan head. Nose is something like a Schwarzbier. Nothing like a Kolsch. Medium in body. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate, rye, and hint of raspberry in the finish. Touch of tobacco appear as it warms. This is a very unique beer and part of the fun with this one is trying to suss out the subtle flavors under the surface. Interesting and enjoyable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pivo (2580) - GERMANY - NOV 15, 2014
Nice head. Thin body but very tasty with roasted almost charcoal taste. Not sure what this has to do with a Kölsch though. Still very good.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
maltman53 (371) - Corrales, New Mexico, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Bomber pours coffee-black, chocolatey malty nose, sweetly balanced on the palate, ending in a dry, roasted finish. Overall, a really unique beer: looks like a stout, drinks like a Kolsch.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigbish (547) - California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Pours very black, thick head of fine bubbles. Nice roasted aroma. Good flavor with burnt notes and a touch of bitterness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bpreo (1730) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 8, 2014
A Black Rye Kolsch, or Specialty Grain beer. It tastes surprisingly good. I don’t know what that surprises me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 3, 2014
Bottle: Poured a black color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma consists of roasted malt with dry bitter notes with some citrus hoppy notes also noticeable. Taste is also dominated by dry bitter roasted malt notes with some light spicy rye notes with some hoppy citrus notes. Body is a bit light with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad but not great either and not sure I could have said this was a Kolsch had it not been mentioned on the label.


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