Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier - Stone Brewing Co.

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620 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 620
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
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:
A black rye Kölsch-style ale, brewed by Stone Quality Assurance Supervisor Rick Blankemeier and Production Warehouse Lead Robbie Chandler.

(Beer added by: babaracas on 04-18-2014)
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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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!

Photo of davemathews68
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Gavage
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a dark brown almost black color with a 2" head that falls quickly. Some spotty lace develops.

Smell: light earthy and pine aroma comes through to the nose.

Taste: light roasted tones with grass, earthiness, grapefruit, pine, and a bit of pumpernickel bread. Bitterness is moderate.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish. Long aftertaste.

Overall: a good beer that is light but has some meatier flavors. Interesting.

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of ZachKelly
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottled on x/25/2014
aggressive pour into a nonic

A - black beer with a big creamy head that fades to a lacy finger height of lingering head
S - coffee, chocolate, rye
T - just like the smell, no surprises here
M - medium body and slightly creamy like a watery stout
O - it tastes good but what the hell is it? Not a Kolsch. I'd drink it again but cannot think of it as a Kolsch.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of avalon07
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a cylinder glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half, foamy, fairly long-lasting, tan-colored head. Good lacing. Needless to say, this doesn't look like your typical kolsch.

S: A slightly different (and subdued) aroma of chocolate, malt, a little caramel, and light hops.

T: Like the aroma, the taste had a good deal of chocolate, a little bit of hops, rye, some caramel, and malt. The flavor wasn't like any kolsch I've tried before. This wasn't a bad thing, but it was a little thin and watery for my taste.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat thin finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is definitely an experiment of a beer. It has its good points, but doesn't come off altogether.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of neenerzig
4.41/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my stange glass out of a bomber 22 oz bottle. This beer pours a solid dark brown, almost black color that lets in no light whatsoever. Has a tan head about an inch thick when poured that eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with clusters of foam sitting on the beers's surface. Pretty good lacing here too. Aromas of toasted bready caramel malty sweetness, hints of chocolate and peppery spice and rounded out with a nice pine hop back bone. The taste is pretty much the same with a big bready toasted caramel malt sweetness upfront that gives way to some chocolate notes with rye and pepper notes and it is all rounded out with a nice pine hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Very interesting and unique and damn down right tasty mix of flavors here! Really well done! Has a crispy, slightly prickly yet somehow also fairly smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Very easy drinking. Makes a damn fine session beer. Worth a try for sure, and i hope Stone decides to do this one again in the future.


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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of allengarvin
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass, this is an opaque very dark brown with a thin tan head. The nose is very faint: just some lightly toasty black patent scent. Nice taste, but I don't get anything more than dark, lightly roasted malt, maybe with a little toffee. Blind tasting, I'd just call it a stout, and move on. It's not bad, but a "black rye kolsch"? Sounds gmimicky.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer is served a nearly pitch black color with a one finger head of off white foam. The head has a moderate level of retention fading slowly to leave some streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a darker roasted malt smell mixed with some char and chocolate, bringing both a slightly burnt but somewhat sweet aroma to the nose. Along with these aromas are other malty smells of rye mixed with a little bit of a pine hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a nice roasted malt flavor mixed with a rather decent sum of a char and a light cocoa flavor. It begins rather dry with it gaining a little bit of sweetness as the flavor advances with some caramel and chocolate coming to the tongue. These sweeter flavors are later dampened as flavors of a light rye bread and some charcoal and smoke come to the tongue toward the end. In the end, with all the flavor transitions that had occurred on the tongue, one is left with a mostly dry and somewhat roasty and charred flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light with a carbonation level that is rather high. Fairly good for the easy drinking feel of the brew, but a little weak for the smoky, darker, and rye flavors, so overall just OK.

Overall – A decently charred and toasty tasting brew with a lighter palate and easy drinking feel. A pretty nice kolsh.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MDHopster
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A) dark black with nice head
T) smoky, chocolate and fruit with rye, mild bitterness. Would pair well with beef or venison or as a dessert beer
S) smoky with hints of fruit
m) silklike smoothness, pleasantly carbonated
O) don't know if this will ever return due to spotlight series status, but if it does it could become my go to beer during its release

Photo of JAFoley
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark, nearly opaque body with nice tan foamy head. Retention last forever and lots of nice lacing.

S - Nutty, chocolate, and cherry.

T - Nice bitter citrus hops upfront help cut the deep smokey malts, chocolatey and cherry.

M - Full body with moderate carbonation. Incredibly smooth, slick, and very drinkable.

O - So many great flavors and so drinkable, especially for a heavier beer. I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.