Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier Black Rye Kölsch - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Picked this up a week or so ago at the Bottle King in Livingston. I never saw a dark Kolsch before and as soon as I poured this out, I knew it was different. This was certainly a session beer and a good one at at, as the low alcoholic and hop content made this go down easy. There was just enough to enjoy here in terms of the flavor but like other lighter examples of this style, it was just a hair too light for me, in terms of the consistency and mouthfeel.
Quite a dark pour to this, as it resembled a Porter from start to finish. The head was tan, thick, and stuck around for a while before leaving its mark on the side of my pint glass one frothy ring at a time. The appearance was somewhat like Guinness, but this certainly wasn't as thick or as creamy. Some dark bread in the nose that reminded me of pumpernickel, while the taste had a roasted and rye tilt to it. Not chewy or cloying, the thin mouthfeel of this beer was what reminded me of the style that it fell under. Just a slight burnt aftertaste was all that lingered after each sip and I was surprised at how easily this went down.
I can't say that I've had a beer in a bomber go down this easily before and it's been a while since I polished off something that big in such short a time. This reminded me of a Porter in so may ways but it's a testament to Stone that they brewed a Kolsch and had me thinking that it was something else. The carbonation was present enough to make this light, like the idea behind this beer. This was a good-natured beer that was easygoing from start to finish and unlike anything else that I've ever had before. Props to Stone for pushing the edge and giving me a new appreciate for what a Kolsch is capable of being!
Serving type: bottle
05-15-2014 20:02:45 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.79/5 rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Tried this for the first time during a recent tour of Stone Brewing, so when I saw a bomber today at my local beer shop, I decided to investigate a bit further.
A: Deep dark brown, almost totally opaque, with a lovely creamy tan foam. Looks like a typical porter.
S: Nose is toasted malt, a hint of chocolate and some faint notes of citrus hops.
T: Hard to believe this is a Kolsch. The rye comes through, but the level of roast is again reminiscent more of a porter, especially along the sides of the tongue -- a touch of bitter malty bite. More generally a mostly malt-based bitter that hangs around on the finish, with some balancing hop notes that are more of an undertone.
M: Very nice full body and creamy texture.
O: I like it. It seems a little schizo as far as its style identity, but its an example of pushing the creative envelope, and the guys at Stone definitely make it work.
Serving type: bottle
07-26-2014 00:09:29 | More by AnotherBeerGeek
Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier Black Rye Kölsch from Stone Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.