1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket BierSpotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

311 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 311
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: babaracas on 04-18-2014)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 311 | Reviews: 75 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AndrewScottPentland:
Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

AndrewScottPentland, Apr 26, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MadScientist
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

MadScientist, May 08, 2014
Photo of Tiernan
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Tiernan, May 30, 2014
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

tbryan5, May 04, 2014
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4/5  rDev +5.8%

SuomiHobbit, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
4/5  rDev +5.8%

jose_alehouseSD, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of sabitu
3.25/5  rDev -14%

sabitu, May 03, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Todd, May 08, 2014
Photo of Britton
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Britton, May 02, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jason, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

aquazr1, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of KolbMarley
4.5/5  rDev +19%

KolbMarley, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and bready malt driven aroma with good hints of chocolate and grains. Roasted malts with upfront hints of chocolate, biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, cracker, and a little coffee and smoke. Hints of spice. Earthy hops with some hints of grass. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, and prune. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely roasty and bready malt forward taste with good notes of chocolate and grains. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of chocolate, coffee, grains, biscuit, caramel, lager yeast, cracker, and a little smoke. Dark fruit undertones with some notes of cherry, prune, and raisin. Earthy hops in the background with notes of grass and a little pine spice. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on the Kolsch style. Good creamy dark malt notes. Its kind of like a porter.

MattyG85, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured into stange; deep chestnut with a nice mocha head that rises continually and fades shortly.
Smells of dark bread, nutty rye malt, crisp and clean and light with slight hints of dark malt flavors.
Tastes the same; smooth dark soft malt flavors that are crisp and easy to drink.
Mouthfeel is light and clean, smooth.
Overall this is a very interesting beer
The flavors of a schwarzbier with the feel of a kolsch. Neat!

BurgeoningBrewhead, May 12, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black Rye Kolsch style ale, I've never had one of those before I'll try it. Pours pitch black in the glass with a thicket of tan head leaves fine speckled lacing behind. I like the abv and the fact that this was Rick & Robbie's time to shine (two homebrewers from SoCal) who won a homebrewer's contest.

Aroma clean malt driven hard to pick up classic dark beer character more just crisp grains, herbal hops, pretty unique beer. Herbal mint, clean German ale character it's weird!!!

Flavor brings spicy rye, dark roasted malts, still super easy drinking black rye kolsch style characteristics are evident...masterfully brewed and crafted. Almost creamy milk chocolate with less sweetness dry herbal hops again weaved effortlessly to dry it out, into a crisp enjoyable finish.

Mouthfeel smooth creamy textured, crisp finish balanced sturdy carbonation everything hits where it should on the palate. I know this isn't traditional Stone, but it's damn good.

Overall, this let's me know that creativity and brewing culture in America is alive and well, we will never stop innovating because we have no boundaries in our brewing styles this 5.4% Sprocket beer labeled as a black rye kolsch proves it!

WVbeergeek, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, opaque black with brown highlights on the edges of the glass when held to light. Two and a half fingers of tan head that grew as it sat and left abundant lacing down the glass. A very nice looking beer, similar in appearance to a stout. Scents of rich roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee with a bit of cream, a bit of a pretzel-like aroma, hints of grassy hops, along with spicy rye in the background. As it sits a little bit of fruitiness comes into the foreground as is common in the Kolsch style. A very nice aroma profile that is an interesting combination of a porter, a rye beer and a Kolsch. Flavor begins with a roasted flavor malt profile, with notes of black coffee and rye. This moves into further roasted flavors with notes of burnt toast, black coffee and roast malt and a hint of fruitiness that is very faint. Finish is dry with roast malt, spicy rye, black coffee and a slight tang with some fruitiness faintly detectable. Aftertaste is dry with a strong roast malt presence and hints of black coffee. An interesting flavor profile that tastes very similar to a porter or stout and is quite removed from a Kolsch. It is quite nice and the addition of rye adds a nice spice and nuttiness to the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Very nice and extremely easy to drink as a result. Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. It has a nice aroma and flavor that are more reminiscent of a porter than a Kolsch, with the nice spiciness that rye imparts. An extremely drinkable mouthfeel aids the beer and makes it quite the sessionable offering. Very well done and unique to boot.

Auraan, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

JMS1512, May 10, 2014
Photo of Jgrody
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Jgrody, May 07, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber, thoughtfully brought back from SoCal for me by doktorzee. Since this entry was added first, and actually used the correct name, I'll happily plant my flag here.

This beer pours a very dark, yet bright red cola highlight-tinged russet brown hue, with three flabby fingers of puffy, densely foamy, and slightly bubbly tan head, which leaves some spectral webbed lace around the glass as things duly sink away.

It smells of roasted bready caramel malt, mildly spicy rye grain, bittersweet powdered chocolate, a bit of dry black orchard fruit, soft earthy yeast, and herbal, leafy, and grassy hops. The taste is big on the gritty cocoa bitterness up front, with some smoked grainy pale and wet biscuity caramel malt, blended rye spice, muted dark fruit - maybe a bit of raisin, maybe a bit of prune - sugar-free root beer, a bland earthy nuttiness, and now turtling herbal, weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly active in its plebeian frothiness, the body a so-so medium weight, and mostly smooth, the char stepping on a few toes here, just so y'all know. It finishes quite dry, the grain - including a more subdued than expected rye contingent - and a wee bit of blackened character coming to dominate over the various aforementioned side players.

It's dark, it's German-adjacent, and it tires more quickly than I might have initially thought - yup, that's Sprockets for me, from what I can recall. Calling this a Kolsch is sort of disingenuous at best, as all the light, crisp, and easy-drinking qualities of that style are shit all over by this venture - see American Black Ales for precedence.

biboergosum, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of hsus0225
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

hsus0225, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of Ebrill
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Ebrill, Sep 22, 2014
Photo of dertyd
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

dertyd, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark black beer, with a firm dark tan head. Fantastic lacing and retention.

Ryan and malty aroma, with a hint of cherry. Slightly roasted barley, and earthy hops.

Slightly Hoppy American black ale, with a nice soft hint of cherry, and spicy rye.

Very soft mouth feel. Slick, oily, lively with no sting. Refreshing.

This is a surprisingly good beer. However, it comes across much more as a complex American Rye Black Ale; it is not, in any way, a Kölsch. I intended to hit it for that, but the truth is that, name aside, it's a very tasty beer.

Roguer, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Tyrus
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Tyrus, Jun 11, 2014
Photo of cjgator3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

cjgator3, May 13, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.