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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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
badwhale (420) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2014
Bomber to shaker glass. Pours an opaque brown or black. Not too much nose, but some hints of hops. Has a nice crisp mouthfeel with roasted malts and enough hop bite for balance.

Erzengel (9779) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2017
Many thanks to Werckmeister for organising this bottle! Dark roasted in the nose. The beer starts dark and sessionable. Smooth, hints of roasted grain with rye there. Very dry, deep roasted aromatic with a bitter roasted grainy full aftertaste. Great!

dorain (714) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 26, 2017
Vom Fass Stone Brewing Berlin im 2016-07 getrunken. Lecker wie neulich auch schon. Ein Kölsch mit fetten Röst- und Roggennote - süffig und spannend.

Arve_Christian (5225) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 15, 2017
On bottle from Vinmonopolet in Norway, on order. Black Color, some Offwhite foam. Medium aroma intensity; roasted, some Chocolate, cocoa nibs , leather and some hops. Medium body & complexity. Good bitterness & balance. Very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

llkc (2839) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2017
duft: rist karamel svag chokolade malt smag: karamel chokolade ristet kant malt humle

Cristobal37 (1290) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAY 11, 2017
Bottle. Dark black little head. Rye some burnt aromas. In general I have to say they fucking nailed it. I just visited Cologne to drink Kolsch beers and this tatses exactly like a good kolsch, light plain and easy. The rye and syruppy roast add atypical character to it, but damn at it’s core ot’s totally a kolsch bier.

jonas (8280) - Garching close to the monks, GERMANY - APR 23, 2017
BKL2017. Perfumed roast aroma. Black, brown ring. Typical creamy Porter flavor, Roast finish tiny bit minerally.

chinchill (5395) - South Carolina, USA - APR 10, 2017
22 oz bottle. Appearance: Deep brown body, opaque in the glass, with a medium size khaki head that lingers for a good while. Partial sheets of lacing are left on the glass. lacing. Aroma: rye, toasted multi-grain bread and chocolate. Flavor: rich but modestly complex with lots of dark roasted grain flavor, some spicy rye, light hops and hints of bitter chocolate, roasted nuts and dark coffee. Feel: Has a nice creaminess that suggests a full body but has a light bodied finish. Carbonation is near medium. Overall: a really nice cross style beer. Tastes almost like a light rye porter.

androman (2967) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2017
1pt 6fl oz bottle at home from De Caigny, Belgium. Nose is dried fruits, chocolate malt. Body is black, head is very small, beige, frothy, mostly diminishing, good lacing. Aroma is milk chocolate, roasted malt, dried fruits. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Finish is medium lasting roasty medium bitter. Medium body, thin slightly sticky texture, soft carbonation. Easy dessertish beer, feels like schwartzbier, nice one.

Ritzn (1994) - GERMANY - FEB 19, 2017
Black with brown head. Aroma is honey, chocolate, forest. Taste is honey sweetness, flowery hops. Bit spicy, still smooth and drinkable. Nice.

Beerhunter111 (23281) - Beerland, GERMANY - FEB 14, 2017
Sampled @ BKL 2017. Orange braune Farbe. Geruch nach Melasse, dunkles süßes malz. Geschmack süß malzig, Kaffee, Vanille, gut!
Earlier Rating: 5/15/2016 Total Score: 3.7
CBC2016. Dunkel orange braunes Bier mit geringen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach roten Früchten, dunkles Malz. Geschmack süß malzig, rote Früchte, Karamell.

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