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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

333 Ratings
THE BROS
85
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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4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This had an all but black body and it poured with a large cocoa colored head.

Aroma is dominated by roasty malts with hints of breadiness and minerals. Lots of roast on the palate with some spicy rye and little smoky char at the finish. Would not have called this a kolsch tasted blind, but this was damn good.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of arizcards
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a bomber from BevMo in late April for $7.49. Bottled on 4/1/14 (sic - print was smudged).

Beer poured black with a decent brown head that dissipated quickly.

Nose is roasty and smoked malts.

Taste is roasted malts, with a hint of smoke. Rye comes forth in the second level but in the end the roasted malts dominate.

Mouthfeel is thicker than normal for the style yet there is a liveliness on the palate.

Overall this is an interesting brew, totally unique, but very tasty. Glad i had an opportunity to try this!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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Photo of Auraan
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, opaque black with brown highlights on the edges of the glass when held to light. Two and a half fingers of tan head that grew as it sat and left abundant lacing down the glass. A very nice looking beer, similar in appearance to a stout. Scents of rich roast malt, dark chocolate, coffee with a bit of cream, a bit of a pretzel-like aroma, hints of grassy hops, along with spicy rye in the background. As it sits a little bit of fruitiness comes into the foreground as is common in the Kolsch style. A very nice aroma profile that is an interesting combination of a porter, a rye beer and a Kolsch. Flavor begins with a roasted flavor malt profile, with notes of black coffee and rye. This moves into further roasted flavors with notes of burnt toast, black coffee and roast malt and a hint of fruitiness that is very faint. Finish is dry with roast malt, spicy rye, black coffee and a slight tang with some fruitiness faintly detectable. Aftertaste is dry with a strong roast malt presence and hints of black coffee. An interesting flavor profile that tastes very similar to a porter or stout and is quite removed from a Kolsch. It is quite nice and the addition of rye adds a nice spice and nuttiness to the flavor. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a smooth, creamy feel. Very nice and extremely easy to drink as a result. Overall this is a pretty interesting beer. It has a nice aroma and flavor that are more reminiscent of a porter than a Kolsch, with the nice spiciness that rye imparts. An extremely drinkable mouthfeel aids the beer and makes it quite the sessionable offering. Very well done and unique to boot.

Photo of schoolboy
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice variation of beer. It's extremely well balanced and thoroughly drinkable. I had a feeling when I bought that it would not last a hour from when I got home from the store. I poured the whole bomber in a big cut glass stein, and I and sure I will have it finished in a few minutes.

It pours a deep, nearly opaque black/brown with nice head and loads of lacing. The aroma is sweet malty with some roasty smell and less finishing hops than I would like (but I am not complaining).

The taste is a wonderful mix of a slightly bitey kolsch, plus roast malts (the rye, I assume). There is not an overabundance of hoppy taste, just the right amount. In fact, this is one of the best balanced brews I have had in a while - a great achievement in making interesting beer that is still drinkable and refreshing. I think it would be great to suck down TWO bombers of this, but I won't be doing that.

The aftertaste is a nice lingering goodness. I highly recommend this great beer - get it while you can!

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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