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

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very good

333 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: babaracas on 04-18-2014)
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Sorry, but there is no such thing as a black rye kolsch; it's a rye beer, get over it. But being a project of two homebrewers and with the help of Stone, this unusual concoction may taste good. From a 22 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Polished obisidian colored and topped with an inch of slightly tanned head. This is definately not a kolsch, but it is pretty to look at. Its aroma is modest and mood elevating; bits of chocoolate malt notes highlight the tip of a mild grassy base and modest hoppiness.

Does it taste like a kolsch? No, no, no, no. I would have said dry stout if I had tasted this blind, but it would still be closer to a black rye ale than a kolsch. It does in fact have a pleasant flavor, so let's not discount that. Bits of dark chocolate works with a gentle spiciness and dryness from the rye. Gentle waves of grass hit the palate and refresh without being boring. As a pleasant surprise, the beer has a creamy light/medium feel that is easy to drink (especially during this late summer 90F heat!).

It's a good homebrew recipe that Stone has done justice to. But I would like to see more justice with the kolsch style, because being dark and not from Cologne are two strikes.

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First time using the weird new rating system. Seems a bit more subjective and open to random reviews, but whatever. Change is the only constant...

First of all, I like the bottle design. Pours a deep dark brown with reddish-orange hues at the edges when held up to light. The nose is musty, malty, earthy and herbal. Nice enough, but nothing fancy. The taste is sweet and tangy up front and notes of dark cherry. Dry finish.

I can't say I'm a huge fan of the dark rye kolsch style of beers, if such a thing exists outside of this one, but it's not a bad outing. While it's not overly impressive, it's tasty enough. And while it's not exactly a summer refresher, as far kolsches go, it's not bad on a hot 100-degree summer Texas day if you're hankering for a dark beer. You could do worse. The rye suggests it would be better to imbibe in the summer or fall, but whatever. Good on Stone for trying this one.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark blackish with coppery red highlights. The head is a frothy greyish brown head that quickly diminishes to a slight top coating..
Smell is of bready malt and spicy rye notes.
Taste spicy rye blended with bitter chocolate with a lingering hoppy bitter end note.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Overall this beer is really well balanced and enjoyable. I liked it allot more than I thought I would. Hopefully they will re release it at some point.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.