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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

327 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 327
Reviews: 77
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, I get the "black" and I get the "Rye" and I understand that these robust flavors play out on a delicate malt backbone, but where's the "Kolsch"?

As the ale pours a dark brown hue, its clarity is deep and mysterious with no haze in sight. Very Porter-like, its head gathers on the beer light espresso creme. Its retention is light and fingerling as the beer trails with each sip.

High coffee aromas open up and reveal a nutty, roasty and burnt toast scent. With an underlying wafer-thin sweetness, light notions of caramel and brown sugar come to mind, but in the burnt carbon way that roasted marshmallows suggest.

Tasting the high roast flavor, any notion of "kolsch" is left in the recesses of the palate and the beer tramples forward to a cocoa-laden, burnt toast, walnut and coffee-like taste. Its middle dissolves such sweetness as the ale trends drier and drier until only the taste of burnt embers and roasted sugars remain. Finishing bitter with roast, a lingering campfire whimsy remains in echoes.

Medium-light in body, the Kolsh is lost and the roasty underpinnings define its texture at once. Powdery and somewhat ashy, its dryness ensures an exposed warmth of carbon and astringency that is buffered with just enough sweetness to support its dry roastiness.

I love this beer as an "imperial": Schwarz bier or as a dry Porter. Those identifiable flavors are alive and well, but I contend, where's the Kolsch component?

BEERchitect, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Quite an interesting beer. These are what experimental beers should be; at least in my book. That being said, how do you critique a dark kolsch? Ya know?

Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Kind of a malty, almost coffee nose. But, I don't think there is any coffee in this one. Kind of spicy, which I like. Even though it's a somewhat robust flavor profile, it's still easy drinking. I like this. It's a good beer, even though I don't consider it a kolsch; though there are some kolsch aspects to it that I can pick up. Anyways. I like it.

RblWthACoz, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of ocelot2500
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep cola color with a tight, mocha head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of roasted notes with a touch of rye.

Tastes of the roasted notes with some rye and some earthy bitterness. Roasted notes lead off with chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Some brown sugar sweetness and dark fruits come in with a bit of rye spiciness. Earthy hops come in to round out the profile.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is interesting, but not worth the price ($9.04 for 22oz). It should also not be classified as a kolsch

ocelot2500, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +5.5%

MarkyMOD, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Beermazter310, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev -20.8%

zeff80, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of DrStiffington
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

DrStiffington, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

XicanoBeerRun, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Fabiand
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Fabiand, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Roguer
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful dark black beer, with a firm dark tan head. Fantastic lacing and retention.

Ryan and malty aroma, with a hint of cherry. Slightly roasted barley, and earthy hops.

Slightly Hoppy American black ale, with a nice soft hint of cherry, and spicy rye.

Very soft mouth feel. Slick, oily, lively with no sting. Refreshing.

This is a surprisingly good beer. However, it comes across much more as a complex American Rye Black Ale; it is not, in any way, a Kölsch. I intended to hit it for that, but the truth is that, name aside, it's a very tasty beer.

Roguer, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Focusf111
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Focusf111, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of avisong
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

avisong, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of beerbart
4/5  rDev +5.5%

beerbart, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of Boston_Steve
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Boston_Steve, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

billab914, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of JRed
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque in body with misty khaki head. Aroma dark chocolate, ash, earth, coffee beans. Tastes of dark chocolate nibs, coffee, some earth, a little burnt meat and cola aftertaste. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Interesting flavor profile that shows restraint. Refreshing in a morning coffee way.

JRed, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

DerekMorgan, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

BostonPhilly, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of lsummers
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

lsummers, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Petey_the_Quiet, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of GuitarIPA
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GuitarIPA, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of AndrewScottPentland
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

AndrewScottPentland, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a dark rye kolsch? well this is new to me. soft but pungent too on the rye, not as peppery or as spicy, but the flavor of the grain is still quite prominent. dark coffee colored beer with a brighter carbonation accumulating an inch or so of mocha colored head. almost looks like a nitro tap with the size of these tiny bubbles. roasted barley and chocolate flavors smell strong, but the yeast and the general lightness of this dark brew are also evident. very clearly not a porter or stout. the flavor has all the rye on the front end which i like, and still feels german enough on the grain front for me to accept this as a kolsch. its lightness helps too, barely medium bodied and carbonated extremely well. the feel kind of makes it for me. i like the rye front loaded too, so the finish is still quick. a very flavorful yet approachable beer for anyone looking to try a little something different.

StonedTrippin, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of jbaker67
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

jbaker67, Apr 26, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

jwswigs, Apr 26, 2014
Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier from Stone Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 327 ratings.