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RATINGS: 246   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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!


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3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badwhale (352) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bomber to shaker glass. Pours an opaque brown or black. Not too much nose, but some hints of hops. Has a nice crisp mouthfeel with roasted malts and enough hop bite for balance.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4134) - Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2014
22oz bottle. Very dark black pour. Aroma of burnt grains, spicy rye nose, fruity esters. Flavor of roasted malts, tingling rye peppery character. Thick bodied. Very full flavored. Rich, dark malts. (4132)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Padron4KM (533) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Pour is dark brown with a fluffy tan head and moderate lacing.
Aromas of dark bread, chocolate, roasted malt.
Flavor is roasted malt, spicy rye, bakers chocolate.
Finish is medium length with a sweet and spicy note.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle from Sprout’s: Poured a dark tanned brown liquid and was topped nicely with a firm pillow of foam head. Aroma is clean and simple with a whiff of lightly roast malt that gives off scents of cocoa poweder or ground coffee. I would have no idea this was a kolsch style by smelling it alone. The drink is subtle with a delicate taste of sweetness with quality roast malt…… This is my first time tasting a hybrid black kolsch and I must say, it taste really good and extremely balanced. I absolutely loved this beer but not so much the price of nearly $9 for a bottle after CRV and taxes.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3812) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Location: 22 oz bottle from Sparrow, 7/24/14

Aroma: The aroma is dry and roasted malts, some smoke notes, ash, and a bit of rye
Appearance: It pours a dark brown color with a small head and some drippy lace
Flavor: Tastes much the same, quite dry, roasted also burnt/ashy malt flavors, and a bit of spice
Palate: The body is medium, leaning light, the mouthfeel is dry and chalky, with a long, ashy finish
Overall Impression: This is an interesting beer. I’m not sure what I expected from a Black Rye Kolsch, but I don’t think this was it. Tingly, dry, and ashy, I can’t say I’m come across this exact combo before. Unique.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (6033) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2014
On tap at BevX360, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma brings out wonderful crusty rye bread and some piney hops. Flavour is identical with lots of crusty rye bread, with nice hopping and a very dry palate. Very well-balanced - certainly not a kolsch by any means, but a great beer nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Niko100 (1946) - Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Dark amber/black color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of malt, rye, hops, some chocolate, & spice; Flavor of malt, yeast, rye, hops, and chocolate; Crisp finish; Light elements of kolsch - but pretty decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmagnus87 (2401) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Draft. From notes. Roasty malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee. Interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OmegaX (1233) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from grapevine wine and spirits. Nose is roasted malts, toast, light chocolate. I couldn’t pick out any rye. Lightly grassy hops. Flavor was similar. Roasted notes all throughout, light cocoa. It tasted like a porter. It was nice but I couldn’t discern any rye and I never would have known it was a kolsch.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (961) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle to pint. Roast and chocolate delicately marry with spice. Very nice - but not much Kolsch attributes were bound. Clear deep brown with brown head. Taste is spiced rye with moderate roast. Medium thin mouthfeel works well to keep this a smooth beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (2922) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 11, 2014
American bomber from the Brewdog AGM, shared with jeevan. Pours opaque black, thick beige head. Aromas of coffee, light spice, light sulphur, black malt, treacle. Taste is light sweet, roasty bitter, some smoke coming through. Medium body, gentle carbonation. Nice.


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