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RATINGS: 394   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
yngwie (16715) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 14, 2014
Bottle, 22oz. It pours a dark beige to light tan head of moderate size, nice lacings left. It’s next to black in color, at least really dark brown. The aroma has a little touch of butterscotch toffee, with roasted malts, coffee and a little brownie hint. It’s roasted, almost burnt on the palate too, some sweetness going on, but it’s far from being cloying. Coffee and a little hoppy bitterness too. Lasting roasted and burnt finish with brownies and caramel. A black rye kölsch the label says, but this is nowhere near a kölsch. Not at all. Pretty nice anyway though. Hoped for some spice hints from the rye, but that’s not detectable. 140514

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BucannonXC5 (1520) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Type: 22-oz. bottle Glass: Lagunitas mason jar From: Costco in in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif. Price: $5.99 Purchased: May 12, 2014 Consumed: May 13, 2014 Misc.: Bottled on April 21, 2014 Poured a black color with two fingers of cloudy tan head. Good amount of layered lacing along the sides of the glass. Very good retention on the top of the glass. Smelled chocolate, chocolate milk, toffee, dark chocolate, faint smoky fire, caramel, coffee notes, roasty nuts, espresso and some unknown dark spices. Tasted even darker than the smell. Got dark chocolate, fudge, coffee beans, roasted nuts, toffee, chocolate milk and smoky fire. Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, warming finish. This was just a pretty good beer. I was even a bit surprised as I wasn’t expecting much.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2014
Draft @ Brickstore. Knowing this probably wouldn’t be my favorite beer of the day, it just looked interesting enough. Cocoa and some coffee in the aroma. Taste is medium sweet chocolate with a lingering lightly espresso finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChainGangGuy (4860) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAY 13, 2014
22 ounce bottle - Lucky’s Beverage World in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a few glimmers of amber when held against the light. Though not particularly tall, the creamyish, mocha-toned head is lasting.

Smell: Coffee-toned roasted malt, a gently meaty smokiness invades the nostrils, and toasted homemade German dark rye bread for an overall earthy nose. Some chocolate, some grape, too.

Taste: Roasted grain, flecks of darkened nuts and burnt rye bread. A little smoke, a little spice. Faint chocolate. Ample sweetness. A fruitiness that sneaks in hinting of grape. The smoke-induced roast and spice carry you through the end of the near-crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. A bit above medium carbonation. Smooth, creamyish mouthfeel.

Overall: Fairly satisfying. Yes, I understand this a tinkered-with, augmented Kolsch, but, I hoped that didn’t mean totally tossing out the refreshing spirit of the beer out the window. Thankfully, while there is a little added heft, it remains nicely drinkable -- really, I’m just happy it didn’t wander into unrefreshing territory.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StefanSD (2416) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 12, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a small beige head that has fair retention. The aroma is medium in strength with roasted barley and burnt toast. The taste is more well roasted barley with some bitter nuts and cocoa. The palate is slightly thin and the carbonation is soft. Finishes short and dry. Overall A decent ale.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - MAY 12, 2014
On tap, pours a dark brown color with a medium sized tan head that leaves decent lacing. Smells of chocolate, rye and roasted malt. Tastes of the same things in the smell. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with good carbonation. Finally found a Kolsch I like. Well balanced and refreshing for a darker beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Poured black from tap, nice head. Aroma was lightly chocolate and some floral hop. Flavor matched. Sort of like a very solid light bodied porter. Bitterness was hop driven, not from the malts. I think they nailed the "dark and easy to drink" goal with this. Beginning of VA Beach vacation by the way.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (6321) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2014
Black....small dark tan head. Creamy chocolate, menthol herbal, rye malt aroma. Taste is sweet/cool with a nice coffee, ashy bitter. Slightly smoky and lactic.... Very different, but also quite good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Aurelius (5155) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Funky, tarry aroma. Lightly sweet, not dark tasting. Crackery bittering, a little roast. Light body. Weird, better than feared, not worth the money when you could get better Stone stuff. On tap, Proof, downstairs.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14490) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bomber from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is something like Schwarzbier. Near med body. Flavor is chocolate and malt. Dark malt. It’s a bit creamier/chocolater than a Schwarzbier, but not all that dissimilar. Not getting much hop - maybe a little citrus hop. And I suddenly realize there’s rye spice, so scratch the citrus and the Schwarzbier similarity. Pretty tasty in a low key way.


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