HonusWagner (1630) - 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.
teorn88 (3028) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BD Camden, Stone tap takeover, London. It pours a brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma is roasted malts and light spices, with notes of bread, biscuit, rye, yeast. Taste is medium toasty and roasty, with mild leafy hops, herbal tones, grass, biscuit, bread dough and yeasty esters. Light body with good carbonation. Overall, ok
gad905 (168) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Keg at BD ShepBush. Clear dark brown, cream tan head that fades gradually, leaving thin lace. Nose of roast, rye spice, woody hops, some floral notes too. Tastes moderate sweet licorice, light muscovado, peppery rye, floral hops, some slight woody piney hop character, touch of roast bitterness. This beer has lots of good flavours, all moderate and well-balanced, but it doesn’t quite make sense to me. I think it’s possibly a bit too sweet, perhaps. Or maybe I just can’t get over it being called a ’Black Rye Kolsch’, who knows.
presario (4709) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 21, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Like drinking velvet. A very nice brown beer with a little hop in the finish and spice in the aftertaste. Dark and malty and very easy to drink.
patricks110 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rather interesting and innovative. Pours a purely opaque black with a thin tan head and a frothy look. The aroma is roasted well with notes of chocolate and espresso along with the spicy rye notes. Dulcet malts in the middle with light sweetness and a rich but smooth profile. Vanilla and chocolate are subtle. The finish is a tad bitter with a smooth, crispness. Overall, a great brew.
Slubgob (195) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I’m torn about how to rate this. From the standpoint of a kolshch, it’s got very little in common with the style beyond a fairly light mouthfeel. Putting aside kolsch expectations and taking it as a beer, it’s pretty enjoyable -- probably closer to a black IPA. Let’s got with the later. Pours a very dark, nearly black brown from a bomber into a tuip. Nose is bready, slightly yeasty and roasted malts -- smells like porter. Taste is lighter than expected from the nose, light and bouncy, with an expected Stone hops bite. Finishes with lingering hops and a return of roasted malts. Overall, a black IPA-porter blend.
UXO (414) - CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear brown with a short tan head diminishing gradually to a thick cap, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is mild roasty malts, faint rye and coffee. (4/10) Taste is low sweet, moderate bitter. (5/10) Light to medium body, moderate to low carbonation, dry finish. (3/5)
Kölsch? How the hell is this a Kölsch? This looks, smells, and drinks like an extremely mild schwarzbier. The only characteristics it shares with a Kölsch are that it’s wet with relatively low ABV. I mean, seriously, rated as a Kölsch, it’s pretty much a zero. I dunno, guess I have to rate it on its own merits, instead of as a Kölsch. Even on its own merits, though, it’s probably the worst Stone beer I’ve ever had. (10/20)
reebtogi (4388) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 14, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours a deep brown color with a finger of light beige head that leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is mild coffee with some chocolate and light roasted grains. Taste is a mild coffee and roasted grain bitterness with some spiciness from the rye and a chocolate malty sweetness. Medium bodied with nice carbonation. This is a unique and interesting brew that is balanced and tastes good.
UncleKorm (892) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber bottle poured a deep dark brown hue w/ a medium tan thick frothy head and minimal lacing. A light smoky aroma, initial flavor is moderate sweet w/ a moderate bitter finish. Tastes are medium roasted malts, light coffee, light chocolate, and dark toast. Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel and average carbonation.
BeerFunGuy (744) - California, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
blipp (6358) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.