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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

628 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 628
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 8
Gots: 19 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass; worn off bottle date, but bottled in 4/2014. Pours crystal clear nearly pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of chocolate, toast, dark bread, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, spicy rye, light char, herbal, light fruitiness, light grass, and roast/yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, rye, earthy hop, and light-moderate kolsch yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, roasted malt, spicy rye, light char, light fruitiness, herbal, grass, and roast/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, toast, dark bread, coffee, roasted malt, spicy rye, light char, light fruitiness, grass, and roast/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice robustness and complexity of dark/roasted malt, rye, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with a great roasted malt bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice experimental Kolsch style beer. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roasted malt, rye, earthy hops, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering; it tastes a lot like a robust porter.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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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!

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3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.61/5  rDev -4%
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%

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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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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 628 ratings.