Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dope:
4.05/5 rDev +7.1%
Bottling date is obscured, but needless to say that this is pretty fresh and was released recently. Two weeks tops.
A: Pours a very dark brown with a mid-sized and fizzy, effervescent light brown head. Despite the smallish head the retention is top-notch. Lacing is fairly substantial, mid-range I would say.
S: Loads of charry roasted malt mixed with spicy rye. Light milk chocolate.
T: Lots and lots of rye up front. Surprisingly strong on that front. Charry in the middle with light chocolate floating around. Finish is almost all chocolate, a borderline bittersweet chocolate to be specific. Semi-sweet I guess. Sweet grains and lingering rye between sips with just a hint of that chocolate.
M: Light/medium but smooth. Dry and spicy in the aftertaste.
O: Interesting Kolsch. Very tasty. Lots of rye and lots of roasted malt character. Especially impressive given the meager strength of this brew. Complex and well balanced. Drinkable. I enjoy all things rye and all things roasted malt so I'm slightly biased. But this was still tasty and I feel that they achieved exactly what they were going for.
04-29-2014 05:01:02 | More by Dope
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4.21/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
06-21-2014 05:10:40 | More by MattyG85
4.06/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
05-12-2014 03:43:26 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
4.1/5 rDev +8.5%
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!
06-08-2014 18:39:30 | More by WVbeergeek
3.94/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
07-05-2014 08:26:15 | More by Auraan
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-08-2014 03:55:20 | More by biboergosum
3.88/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
04-27-2014 17:36:54 | More by Roguer
Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.