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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier Black Rye Kölsch - Stone Brewing Co.

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very good

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | 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: Latarnik on 05-02-2014)
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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3.88/5  rDev +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!

JerzDevl2000, May 15, 2014
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Pours a finger and half of light tan head on a black body.
The aroma has an initial roast malt smell, then just cut hay towards a barnyard, and finally a bit of citrus. Unexpected but nice.
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Pours mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Good head retention & slightly above average lacing

S: Roastyness, slight peppery notes

T: Roasty, peppery, with herbal notes, some pineyness & slight smokeyness up front. Roastyness , spicy rye, & a little brown bread & more pineyness. Finishes piney, peppery, & spicy, plus roastyness

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

Works better as a black IPAor hell even a porter than a Kolsch, drinkable enough. Stone is starting to get a little out there, but I like they are still trying to push some boundries. Glad I got to try this, but not really buying the concept of a Black Rye Kolsch...

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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier Black Rye Kölsch from Stone Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.