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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53/5   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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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DSG (15403) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAY 27, 2016
[5/14/16] Draught sample at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016. Red session. Brown. Nuts, rye, toast, sweet, spicy.

olsvammel (7312) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Dark malty smell with hard bread. Similar taste. Malt focused with a spicy aroma that is hard to describe.

gyllenbock (10025) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 17, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016. Almost black with a medium head. Aroma of grass, some coffee, malt and caramel. Simlar taste. Mild and easy to drink.

wombat23 (2129) - Texas, USA - MAY 1, 2016
Shared 22 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a lasting tan meringue-like head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, and caramel. Taste is similar to nose, and also has a lager-like component. Interesting. It’s a cross between a kolsch and a porter. Good.

darbeer75 (1110) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2016
Aroma: roasty and malty with some coffee notes; Appearance: pitch black with tan head that is pillowy and slow to fade; Taste: interesting combination of porter and kolsch. Refreshing but heavy at the same time; Palate: heavy mouthfeel with long, sweet/bready finish; Overall: pretty good; would buy again.

oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 19, 2016
Pours a goldenblack with small fizzy head. Aromas of citrus peel, hops, and a touch of grain. Flavors of hops, malts with a spicy finish.

GarrettB (1690) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 5, 2016
May 7th, 2014 - Auto-correct is convinced that Bier is Beer, but whatever the name, this is a gripping kolsch. It’s a style I don’t see much, and it might catch a break and be trendy one year, like today’s gose or yesterday’s black IPA, but for now, it seems to live in relative obscurity. Stone’s Sprocket is a great reason to bring it out into the light. Dark and still, it looks like a lake at night, with an aroma defined by heavy sugary molasses notes. Second and third sniffs take in hickory smoke and jerky too, with lots of aromas to remind me of grilled meats, charring and turning into something special through the magic of the maillard reaction. The flavor is equally delicious and appetizing, though a little sweeter, especially cold and fresh from the bottle. Carbonation helps activate the flavors, too, though softens considerably in the aftertaste, where I can focus on the bits of flavor that remind me of burnt ends. Quenching yet flavorful, this is a surprising but excellent beer, and has pointed me to the rich possibilities of the kolsch style.

altonbrownd (5897) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Bomber from The Wine Specialist. Dark brown body with thin tan head. Nose is malty, caramel, sweet. Taste is malty, spicy, caramel. Creamy texture. Smooth finish. Some citrus notes.

Jado (805) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - FEB 21, 2016
750 ml bottle. Mostly black body (red highlight at the very edge) topped with a cappuccino like foam. Aromas of coffee, hay, cocoa and caramel. Taste is gentle grassy notes at first but then a surprisingly firm black coffee bitterness emerges. Creamy body with a rich chocolatey aftertaste. Can kind of see the kolsch angle but it really drinks more like a porter than anything else.

Clarkdvm (542) - Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2016
Bottle poured into crappy 8oz plastic hotel cup. Malty coffee aroma. Dark, nearly black. Flavor is diff, but as intended, I think. Coffee, burnt malt with a hint of cola? Interesting. Good one time purchase

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