Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier | Stone Brewing

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Spotlight Series: SpröcketbierSpotlight Series: Spröcketbier

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A black rye Kölsch-style ale, brewed by Stone Quality Assurance Supervisor Rick Blankemeier and Production Warehouse Lead Robbie Chandler.

Added by babaracas on 04-18-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 681 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber, bottled something/04/14, (hoping its more later 14 than the 4/14/14 it looks like) poured into a stange. So much for Drink Fresh. I take some responsibility (even though I bought it last week), as I knew this was no longer being brewed, but was anxious to give it a try.

A - Dark black/brown with a fluffy two finger head.

S - Roasted grains and malts.

T- Follows the nose, with dark fruit and mild spice on the finish as it warms.

M - Very smooth, carbonation medium low. Somewhat light mouthfeel.

O - A decent offering, the first black rye kolsch I have had, so I don't have much to compare it to. Wonder what it was like fresh, but this was still worthy of a try.

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Photo of Trooper92292
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was really impressed by this beer. Not too heavy but not too light, looks can be deceiving. It's a great beer and the taste is really something else. More focused on malts than hops and gets the job done. It's something different but I like it.

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Photo of NateF90
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rapayn01
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks and tastes like a porter. Freshness date was too smudged to read, but I see that it has supposedly been retired. Tastes carbonated but has very little head. Odd.

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Photo of golf4collet
3.67/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gear54
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber into a snifter.

Pour is black with 1 finger if kaki head that fades fast and light lace around the glass.

Smell is biscuit malts and sweetness. Rye in the background makes it unique.

Taste is light hops and malts finished with light coffee and chocolate. All flavors are light and airy.

Feel is smooth an refreshing. Very Kolsh like. Creamy with light carbonation. Nice feel.

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Photo of ALC82
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kerrie
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bgold86
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

-nice brown head that could have stayed longer but still good
- a mellow roasted grain slight bitter
- slight possible coffee but mild dryness with a smooth roasted head
- creamy smooth body
- great beer a dark flavorful beer almost Russian imperial but easy ale smoothness

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Photo of azkkr
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Out of 19 amazing beers brewed by 19 teams of the best brewers at Stone Brewing Co., Steve Wagner (Co-founder & President), Greg Koch (Co-founder & CEO), and Mitch Steele (Brewmaster) chose this one after a blind tasting of the top nine beers. As we write this, we are honored and humbled by the decision to select our beer for the very first Stone Brewing Co. Spotlight Series release." Brewed in the hybrid style of a Dark Kolsch with rye added. Available in 22 oz. bottles and on limited release draft. Entry #1 in the Spotlight Series.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a solid foamy head of a toasted mocha complexion over a nearly jet black body. Retention is very good and lacing is light and patchy. 4

(Smell) Aromas of biscuity german, pale and cracker malts with a moderate sweetness come close to expectations for the style. Undertones of delicate roast, cocoa nibs and subtle toasted rye and toffee malts are the exception that provide for the black-as-night color, although these are softly implemented in the aroma, they are more direct as the beer warms, and the aroma creeps towards Schwartzbier with its accessible, yet substantial dark beer aromatics. There is a soft earthy and moderately fruity hop profile with a light bitterness. Beer smells clean and moderately sweet over bitter, potency is medium. 3.75

(Taste) The flavor starts off mildly Kolsch-like, with prevalent pale and cracker malts and a light grassy hop profile and a light grape acidity before exposing darker flavors, finishing with a delicate note of medium roast, coffee and a pinch of chocolate, lightly bodied yet prevalent. Moderate roasted flavors with a high accessibility, slightly sweet overall but not cloyingly so. Light and very clean but flavorful. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) The texture is slightly creamy, lightly chewy, clean and lightly acidic tart, finishing with a soft dryness. Carbonation is moderate, generating a medium frothiness and a moderately crisp finish. Body is medium/heavy for the style, medium overall. Balance is moderately sweet over bitter and tart. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 3.5

(Overall) A very interesting hybrid style that may be confused as a Schwarzbier if not for the soft acidity of the Kolsch style as well as the tanginess of the rye malts, which offer a decent balance for the soft yet sweet malt profile. Dark malt flavors are ever present without becoming overbearing. It's a very pleasing beer and one worth trying. Looking forward to lower gravity options by Stone in the near future and other beers under the Spotlight Series label. 3.75

Stone Brewing Co.'s
Sprocket Bier

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Photo of 2Bstout
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CJNAPS
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ralphs66
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle, no visible packaging date.

The beer is a very dark brown that verges on opaque, with a generous light tan head. So, this is a kolsch, but is breaking the mold. It looks nice.

Rye, dark bready, and slightly smoky. A little chocolate. This smells like porter, nothing else. A good porter.

It tastes much like a porter as well. There is a little rye snap, a dry pumpernickel flavor, that tangy yeastiness. Chocolate powder and tart.

Light body, medium carbonation, provably the place where it comes nearest it's kolsch roots.

I like it a lot. There is a good amount of smokiness that I didn't expect. It's a hard beer to rate because it's outside it's style so much.

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Photo of Kmat10
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Matt141
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jedk
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GeoChase90
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sathanas
4.59/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Not a fan of Kolsch's for the most part. The dark roasts and rye contrasting the barnyard light kolsch tastes really make the Sprocketbier shine.

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Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PostRockandCats
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Pours an unusual, but intriguing dark brown with a finger tan head that sticks around. Certainly not typical of the style, but I scored them high as

S: mild. Malty and fruity with dark fruits and caramel notes.

T: Fruity and chocolaty with lots of chocolate and caramel malt notes. A bit smokey-dry at the end. Not very heavy, but still nice.

M: Medium with moderate carbonation. Very smooth.

O: This is not at all what I expected when I saw "Kölch" on the label at first. It's more indicative of a stout than a traditional pale of the name, but I have no complaints. Delicious, drinkable and sessionable. Another solid from Stone!

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Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier from Stone Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 681 ratings.
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