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 dogtato
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of schoolboy
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of Drumnart
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of kkanchan
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of brureview
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first poured in a snifter, and later an English pub glass which is a better choice and brings out the aroma.

Best tasted at 45-50F (7-10C°).

Excellent dark opaque color with a 2F head which resolves itself. Some lacing.

Aroma: coffee, dark roasted malt and licorice.

Mouth feel: creamy, dark malt.

The taste is predominantly dark roasted malt with light fruit. The beer tastes similar to a porter, but it finishes smoother and with more depth.

Overall easy to drink, and unusual for a Stone brew. Serving temp and glass choice are very important.

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Photo of bostonryan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of JoeMans
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of rolltide
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of scottfrie
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of bret717
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of WhoDatRunner
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of jaswilson2
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of JTbrue
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of outsider
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of sanitarium16
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sammyg832
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of braican
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of maximum12
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black Rye Kolsch? On this like Jason Bourne on a Russian mall security guard. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is matte black with a low, persistent smear of head. Nose is a lot of roast & some piney, citrusy hops, a lot like a black IPA.

Sprocketbier Black Rye Kolsch tastes as A.D.D. as it sounds. Despite not showing in the aroma, rye is dominant, if only by a nose. Nice spicy kick in the back of the tongue is set off by a rousing round of roast, an odd but agreeable combination. Herbal tea hops sound off in the depths someplace, light but present. No hint of the kolsching. Light for a beer of its color scheme, & wicked easy to drink.

Overall this just about works really well. Strong points are the nice rye kick & the drinkability, & I would never hesitate to have another; not only that, I think breweries should abandon the mostly failed "Black IPA" & go after the "Black Rye" category. I see potential. Good beer.

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Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of trebbates
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of JAHMUR
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of scratch69
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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.)

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