HonusWagner (1381) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Calling this a Kolsch seems heretical, since it’s basically more like a rye-infused schwarzbier with light roastiness and some spice notes. Tasty.
beerguy101 (5286) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on 9/18/2104. This rye black Kolsch(?) pours a deep black color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is roasty malts, a touch of rye and some sweetness. A medium bodied dark rye beer. The malts are roasty and sweet, malty and grainy. The hops are spicy and herbal. Decent carbonation. A nice mix and match of rye spiciness, caramel malts, dark fruit and chocolate malts. Very easy drinking. Not sure what I was expecting with this beer, after reading the write up. But I kind of like it. Would make a decent session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
Maverick34 (2250) - New York, USA - SEP 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
big bottle from whole foods. Medium brown pour, nice bit of sourdough and malts but not heavy at all, as advertised. quite good.
monk191 (930) - California, USA - SEP 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
obguthr (3836) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
boozedude (1791) - Des Moines, Iowa, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
rlgk (10534) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - SEP 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
jfb (3818) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(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.
Onslow (1165) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Slipstream (2024) - USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.