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

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very good

311 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 2
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 Auraan
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Auraan, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of schoolboy
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
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!

schoolboy, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of kkanchan
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

kkanchan, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of scottfrie
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into tulip. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a very deep dark chocolate brown, near black, with a large, thick, and soft looking light brown head that faded to a faint collar leaving spotty lace down the glass.
S: Notes of coffee, spicy rye, and smoke dominate. Cigarette smoke, char, and slight weed smoke come through as well. There are peppery, almost chipotle-like notes too.
T: The base kolsh shines through and reminds me this isn't a porter or stout. Smoke is milder, but the spicy rye is nice and tingly. The finish is sweet and woody, and I almost get a fruity hint of berries. The aftertaste is tingly, earthy, and spicy with rye. Light kolsh yeast still present, raisin aftertaste. Coco is mild.
M: Soft tingly carbonation, medium body, sweet and smooth mouthfeel. Tingly rye adds a nice kick.
O: Better than expected. Great rye flavor mixed with light German lager. Pretty unique, and definitely delicious.

scottfrie, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +5.8%

bret717, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

jopezu, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

VeganUndead, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of sanitarium16
4/5  rDev +5.8%

sanitarium16, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of braican
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

braican, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of trebbates
3.25/5  rDev -14%

trebbates, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ADTaber, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of scratch69
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Almost black color with dark brown highlights. Two fingers worth of thick, tan head which lingers for quite a while. Loads of clingy lacing.

Smell- A mellow roasted malt aroma with hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

Taste- Just like the nose with some notes of bread, smoke, and earthy hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Very smooth and creamy.

Overall- A delicious and very enjoyable beer. It reminded me at times of a porter or a black lager. I will be buying this again (if there is any left.)

scratch69, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of ToddGingerich
4/5  rDev +5.8%

ToddGingerich, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of chadski
3/5  rDev -20.6%

chadski, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of Zach136
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Zach136, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger tan head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A roasty and bready malt driven aroma with good hints of chocolate and grains. Roasted malts with upfront hints of chocolate, biscuit, grains, caramel, yeast, cracker, and a little coffee and smoke. Hints of spice. Earthy hops with some hints of grass. Subtle dark fruit hints of cherry, raisin, and prune. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely roasty and bready malt forward taste with good notes of chocolate and grains. Dark roasted barley malts with upfront notes of chocolate, coffee, grains, biscuit, caramel, lager yeast, cracker, and a little smoke. Dark fruit undertones with some notes of cherry, prune, and raisin. Earthy hops in the background with notes of grass and a little pine spice. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on the Kolsch style. Good creamy dark malt notes. Its kind of like a porter.

MattyG85, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of WotanMitUns
3.25/5  rDev -14%

WotanMitUns, Jun 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

gkjhawk, Jun 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

archero, Jun 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Kraig, Jun 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

bigbeerfan, Jun 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

aquazr1, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of Thedrizzle
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Thedrizzle, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of jaemeno3
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

jaemeno3, Jun 12, 2014
Spotlight Series: Rick And Robbie's Sprocket Bier from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.