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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

638 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 638
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 22 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Dark brown body, in most lighting this appears black, like a stout. Big fluffy one finger white head with fair retention time, average longevity and average lacing.

S- Rich roasted malt aromas, a bit of citrus and lemon zest, a bit of sharp spiciness and even a bit of smoke. Nice complexity to the nose here. Smells great.

F- Just like in the nose, there is a nice complexity and an unique combination of flavours that works quite well here. Rye spiciness, roasted malt, milk chocolate, cocoa, espresso and citrus, lemon flavours. A bit of bitter citrus on the back-end as well, but this is not a particularly bitter beer by any means. Not as much smoke here as in the nose.

M- Not watery thin, but not substantially thick either. Rich cocoa and roasted malt bitterness on the finish. Nice rich mouthfeel that is bigger than the beer itself is. Very drinkable.

O- I could drink this all day. Rich flavours and 5.4% ABV, nice rich mouthfeel and very drinkable beer. This one is underrated in my opinion and would buy if I saw this in my distribution.

Final score: 4.13

Photo of KarateShow
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a clear mug.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with a fair bit of haze to the body and a thick finger of frtohy tan foam. Completely nontraditional for the style, but a good looking beer.

Smell: lightly roasty and sweet with just a hint of lagery yeastiness. Reminds me a lot more of a schwarzbier than a Kölsch, but still a nice aroma.

Taste: a little smoky at first, which I like, with a roasty middle and a slightly caramel finish. Whatever the style, it's damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: whatever this style is supposed to be, that hint of smoke puts me firmly onboard. I dig it.

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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.72/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.64/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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4.04/5  rDev +7.4%

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3.04/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.24/5  rDev -13.8%

4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

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4.14/5  rDev +10.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

- black rye kolsch style.

(3.80) A: Coffee exit from the bottle with a thin, but amazingly sturdy, dark corkboard colored head that had a firm cream consistency. Slow, steady streams of effervesce rise in methodical fasion as it creeps up along the vessel walls.

(3.65) S: Aroma was softy but fresh, smoothering charred wood with wet, dark roast coffee grounds and a added hint of dry pine brush. Perfumy delivery.

(3.80) T: Flavor was freshly charred wood and dark roast, earthy bitterness with a wet campfire minerality. Mid-palate showed some charred citrus hop flower, dough, and light hints of apple-plum yeast factors. A big mention of sweet burnt caramel and finish of peppery spicing with sweet burnt currant-fruitiness.

(3.80) M: Oily roast mouthful, medium body, slick, dry, decent carbonation.

(3.80) O: provides a deep dark roastiness in a 5.4% packaging which many may overlook or have trouble believing. Roasted coffee and yeasty fruitiness that drinks much bigger then expected. Nice blending. Don't expect a true Kolsch style here, with more and more breweries blurring the lines its hard to hold one accountable when it doesn't fit snuggly into one clearly defined parameter, when it clearly was never intended to be in the first place. outside the box.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.