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RATINGS: 394   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (2131) - 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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheCametron (2454) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DrNosha (1992) - Baden Württemberg, 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.!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmalaher (260) - Calgary, CANADA - OCT 16, 2016
Black rye kolsch style. Dark beer slightly bitter. Something different. Enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tfontana (859) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ungstrup (35904) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AndreasP (194) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 27, 2016
Chocolate and coffee in aroma and taste. Raisin and some light smoke. Low bitterness. Soft, oily feeling. Nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (16160) - DENMARK - SEP 22, 2016
Bottle, 5.4%. Very dark brown with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, chocolate, hop and a little bread. Flavour is roasted malts, chocolate, caramel, bread, medium sweet, hop, liquorice and a medium bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dervock (1151) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 16, 2016
Bottle- pours brown with an off white head. Aroma is rye malt, chocolate, with a sweetness. Taste is burnt sugar with a roast malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beese (2570) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2016
Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Berlin, today. Fantastic, toasty, roasty, rye fuelled beer. Although about a million miles away from any traditional Kölsch I’ve ever had. Not that that detracts in any way from the wonderful beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Borup (13119) - Albertslund, DENMARK - SEP 4, 2016
From tap at CBC 2016. Hazy dark brown colour with a beige head. Aroma and flavour of caramel, malt, spice, hops and sweetness.

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