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RATINGS: 395   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2209) - 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.


3.5
llkc (2610) - århus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2017
duft: rist karamel svag chokolade malt smag: karamel chokolade ristet kant malt humle

4
Cristobal37 (1176) - 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.

3.9
chinchill (5183) - 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.

3.6
androman (2655) - 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.

3.5
TheCametron (2480) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 19, 2017
Keg at Stone in Berlin. A Black Rye Kolsch is clearly a bullshit proposition but this beer was predictably delicious.Pours Brown with a beige head. An ashen combination of caramel, chocolate and burnt toast. Very nice.

3
DrNosha (2516) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - NOV 19, 2016
Vom Fass in Berlin. Ein schwarzes Kölsch?!? Tief schwarze Farbe. Beiger Schaum. Es duftet nussig nach Schokolade und etwas Burbon Vanille. Sanft röstiger Geschmack. Etwas flach. Im Abgang Roggenbrot und verbranntes Malz. Eigenwillig.!

4
tmalaher (305) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
Black rye kolsch style. Dark beer slightly bitter. Something different. Enjoyed.

4
tfontana (1046) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Lucia’s Bodega. Appearance is very dark brown with mahogany accent--virtually black opaque--with finger-width brown foamy head with fair retention and nice sticky lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, molasses, dark chocolate, mild anise. Taste is dark fruits, dark chocolate, mild anise and some earthy hops. Palate is medium-to-full bodied with thick texture, soft-to-average carbonation and mostly sweet with mild bitter finish. Overall, a nice dark malty treat without being overly sweet or heavy.

3.6
Ungstrup (38158) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 29, 2016
Draft. A black beer with a lazing brown head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt, over ripe fruit, and caramel. The flavor is sweet with notes of roasted malt, bread, rye, and over ripe fruits, leading to a dry roasted finish.

3.5
AndreasP (304) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
Chocolate and coffee in aroma and taste. Raisin and some light smoke. Low bitterness. Soft, oily feeling. Nice


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