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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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!

HonusWagner's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - JUN 9, 2014
Calling this a Kolsch seems heretical, since it’s basically more like a rye-infused schwarzbier with light roastiness and some spice notes. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
flatmatt (1243) - 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 (1547) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (1529) - Haderslev, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
Tap @Craft Beer Co. Clerkenwell. Clear, dark amber. Small light tan head. Aroma has chocolate and rye. Sweetish, malty flavour, rye and chocolate, roast and perhaps hints of smoke. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jethro6191 (490) - Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2015
Pours a deep dark brown with a nice tan head. Grainy aroma with roasted malt and baker’s chocolate notes. The flavor is balanced with burnt sugar, roasted barely, chocolate, and some earthy spiciness. Light body, medium carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel. Enjoyable, easy drinker.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 29, 2015
22oz bottle. Medium tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is medium sweet, roast, light fruity, rye. Taste is moderately sweet, roast, some caramel, rye. Light-medium body, some effervescence, light acidity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
s_hartshorne (2228) - wakefield, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2015
Keg the grove Huddersfield. Black halo tan head. Aroma burnt toast east malts taste same nice caramel good bitter smokey finish. Body ok for style. Stout/ larger intresting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (3972) - Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Pours opaque coffee brown with a thin but fine-bubbled head. Roast malt aroma has chocolate, rye, earthy and nutty notes. Flavor trots toasty, chocolate, rye, and muted coffee and charcoal tones. Firm texture is smooth and a little fizzy. Catch your gear in this sprocket!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (7798) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown, light tan head. Caramel, light cocoa, light coffee, light spice. Decent enough, but not really a standout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Garrold (2460) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 9, 2015
Tap. Tapped, Leeds. Clear, dark red. Thin, lasting, tan head. Charcoal. Dark fruit. Tobacco leaf. Grassy hop. Taste is crisp dry. Light bitter. Sticky palate. Light dry finish. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (38496) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 25, 2015

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ RBESG 14 Grand Tasting at Moncada Brewery, Unit 1 Middle Row, Kensal Town, Greater London, England W10 5AT.

[ As Stone Spröcket Bier ].
Clear dark brown color with a small to average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly lasting, off-white to light beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, moderate hoppy, grass, grain - herbs. Flavour is moderate to light light heavy sweet and light to moderate bitter with a long duration, roasted, chocolate, grass, dusty. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20140809]

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