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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

641 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: babaracas on 04-18-2014

A black rye Kölsch-style ale, brewed by Stone Quality Assurance Supervisor Rick Blankemeier and Production Warehouse Lead Robbie Chandler.
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Ratings: 641 | Reviews: 115
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no visible packaging date.

The beer is a very dark brown that verges on opaque, with a generous light tan head. So, this is a kolsch, but is breaking the mold. It looks nice.

Rye, dark bready, and slightly smoky. A little chocolate. This smells like porter, nothing else. A good porter.

It tastes much like a porter as well. There is a little rye snap, a dry pumpernickel flavor, that tangy yeastiness. Chocolate powder and tart.

Light body, medium carbonation, provably the place where it comes nearest it's kolsch roots.

I like it a lot. There is a good amount of smokiness that I didn't expect. It's a hard beer to rate because it's outside it's style so much.

Photo of Kmat10
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jedk
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GeoChase90
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sathanas
4.59/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of Kolsch's for the most part. The dark roasts and rye contrasting the barnyard light kolsch tastes really make the Sprocketbier shine.

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours an unusual, but intriguing dark brown with a finger tan head that sticks around. Certainly not typical of the style, but I scored them high as

S: mild. Malty and fruity with dark fruits and caramel notes.

T: Fruity and chocolaty with lots of chocolate and caramel malt notes. A bit smokey-dry at the end. Not very heavy, but still nice.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This is not at all what I expected when I saw "Kölch" on the label at first. It's more indicative of a stout than a traditional pale of the name, but I have no complaints. Delicious, drinkable and sessionable. Another solid from Stone!

Photo of JMills52
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brywhite
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of david18
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Thin black color with a dark brown tint to it. Heavy bubbles in the body with a tan head rising to maybe 1/3".

Smell: Bland scent, hops and light malt.

Taste: I really like it. Definitely not an acquired taste...you really tend to like it right away. It's lightly bitter with a dark chocolate feel minus any type of sweetness.

Mouth: light sticky, with a bitter sour after-taste.

Overall: Not a bad brew but could use a bit of tweaking, maybe it's because I haven't had a lot of experience with Kolsch beers. Worth sharing the bottle with friend, salad!

Photo of BigMike
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass. Pitch black brew with a velvety root beer colored head, fluffy, creamy, and resilient.

Aroma recalls cacao power, pumpernickel bread, and musty root cellar with a subtle fruitiness that recalls citrus soda bottle caps. Very reminiscent of a schwarzbier with added fruity esters a la the kolsch style. Loving the aroma although others may deem it unassuming and mellow.

The palate again recalls a schwarzbier/ale hybrid with rather a lot going on if one cares to plumb the depths. The dry chocolate and earthy root flavors from the nose are initially present in abundance along with subtle cherry and lemon-lime notes. Mid-way though a licorice candy and molasses element shows up and later one notices a sweet hazelnut and milk chocolate vibe that assumes the helm as the initial dry bitter elements recede. Pumpernickel and leafy greens linger throughout. A toffee-like sweetness lurks way in the background if one cares to look. Rye spice gathers steam over the course of multiple sips. A slight red berry waif peeks though.

As to mouthfeel, this is obviously heavier than your average kolsch but still retains considerable drinkability. Once more the schwarzbier comparisons are in order. Moderate to high carbonation with some welcome hop resin prickliness. Faint wood char in the dry bread-like finish. Obviously this beer is supposed to be bastardized, cutting across multiple style domains. Faulting it for not tasting like a classic kolsch seems pedantic and persnickety. In my view this is a more than worthwhile exercise in tasting gymnastics.

Photo of Ohniel
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Would have been a lot better if it had more alc/vol. at least 9%

Photo of Barnoloid
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As dark as pumpernickel bread with a similar rye aroma. The smokiness and rye notes dominate up front here. This is an interesting beer, has a mealy mouthfeel. Almost like drinking a reuben sandwich. Enjoyable but would likely not seek out again unless pairing with food.

Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was ok. Not the best

Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Pours jet black. Looks viscous and oily. The head is only 1/2 finger but is a nice mocha color. The bottle lists the ABV at 5.4% and it had a date - it is on the neck but it was written in some easily smudgable ink - so it is useless.

S: [3.50] Poured cold the nose is a bit stingy. I am getting hints of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. But just barely.

T: [4.00] While cold the beer tastes like coffee and bitter chocolate. It is really a nice flavor. I am also picking up roasted malts. As it warmed up it shifted to a more malty overall flavor.

M: [4.25] Nice mouthfeel. Decent carbonation but still creamy.

O: [3.75] By look, smell, taste and mouthfeel I'd call this a stout. The label says otherwise. Either way it is really tasty. A lot of flavor packed into 5.4% ABV. A well made and well executed beer. I would like to have it again.

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3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S2kookies
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier from Stone Brewing Co.
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