Spotlight Series: Spröcketbier | Stone Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
681
Reviews:
125
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
10.99%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 681 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of JMills52
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brywhite
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Boomer4ES
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of david18
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.

Appearance: Thin black color with a dark brown tint to it. Heavy bubbles in the body with a tan head rising to maybe 1/3".

Smell: Bland scent, hops and light malt.

Taste: I really like it. Definitely not an acquired taste...you really tend to like it right away. It's lightly bitter with a dark chocolate feel minus any type of sweetness.

Mouth: light sticky, with a bitter sour after-taste.

Overall: Not a bad brew but could use a bit of tweaking, maybe it's because I haven't had a lot of experience with Kolsch beers. Worth sharing the bottle with friend, salad!

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Photo of BigMike
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pilsner glass. Pitch black brew with a velvety root beer colored head, fluffy, creamy, and resilient.

Aroma recalls cacao power, pumpernickel bread, and musty root cellar with a subtle fruitiness that recalls citrus soda bottle caps. Very reminiscent of a schwarzbier with added fruity esters a la the kolsch style. Loving the aroma although others may deem it unassuming and mellow.

The palate again recalls a schwarzbier/ale hybrid with rather a lot going on if one cares to plumb the depths. The dry chocolate and earthy root flavors from the nose are initially present in abundance along with subtle cherry and lemon-lime notes. Mid-way though a licorice candy and molasses element shows up and later one notices a sweet hazelnut and milk chocolate vibe that assumes the helm as the initial dry bitter elements recede. Pumpernickel and leafy greens linger throughout. A toffee-like sweetness lurks way in the background if one cares to look. Rye spice gathers steam over the course of multiple sips. A slight red berry waif peeks though.

As to mouthfeel, this is obviously heavier than your average kolsch but still retains considerable drinkability. Once more the schwarzbier comparisons are in order. Moderate to high carbonation with some welcome hop resin prickliness. Faint wood char in the dry bread-like finish. Obviously this beer is supposed to be bastardized, cutting across multiple style domains. Faulting it for not tasting like a classic kolsch seems pedantic and persnickety. In my view this is a more than worthwhile exercise in tasting gymnastics.

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Photo of Ohniel
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Would have been a lot better if it had more alc/vol. at least 9%

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Photo of Barnoloid
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As dark as pumpernickel bread with a similar rye aroma. The smokiness and rye notes dominate up front here. This is an interesting beer, has a mealy mouthfeel. Almost like drinking a reuben sandwich. Enjoyable but would likely not seek out again unless pairing with food.

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Photo of AlaskanYoung
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer was ok. Not the best

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fscottkey
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: [3.75] Pours jet black. Looks viscous and oily. The head is only 1/2 finger but is a nice mocha color. The bottle lists the ABV at 5.4% and it had a date - it is on the neck but it was written in some easily smudgable ink - so it is useless.

S: [3.50] Poured cold the nose is a bit stingy. I am getting hints of coffee, chocolate and dark fruits. But just barely.

T: [4.00] While cold the beer tastes like coffee and bitter chocolate. It is really a nice flavor. I am also picking up roasted malts. As it warmed up it shifted to a more malty overall flavor.

M: [4.25] Nice mouthfeel. Decent carbonation but still creamy.

O: [3.75] By look, smell, taste and mouthfeel I'd call this a stout. The label says otherwise. Either way it is really tasty. A lot of flavor packed into 5.4% ABV. A well made and well executed beer. I would like to have it again.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
3.26/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Iamjeff6
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of S2kookies
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Justdoit1234
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JNForsyth
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Corson
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kingmaker
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Dark brown body, in most lighting this appears black, like a stout. Big fluffy one finger white head with fair retention time, average longevity and average lacing.

S- Rich roasted malt aromas, a bit of citrus and lemon zest, a bit of sharp spiciness and even a bit of smoke. Nice complexity to the nose here. Smells great.

F- Just like in the nose, there is a nice complexity and an unique combination of flavours that works quite well here. Rye spiciness, roasted malt, milk chocolate, cocoa, espresso and citrus, lemon flavours. A bit of bitter citrus on the back-end as well, but this is not a particularly bitter beer by any means. Not as much smoke here as in the nose.

M- Not watery thin, but not substantially thick either. Rich cocoa and roasted malt bitterness on the finish. Nice rich mouthfeel that is bigger than the beer itself is. Very drinkable.

O- I could drink this all day. Rich flavours and 5.4% ABV, nice rich mouthfeel and very drinkable beer. This one is underrated in my opinion and would buy if I saw this in my distribution.

Final score: 4.13

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Photo of KarateShow
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a clear mug.

Appearance: extremely dark brown with a fair bit of haze to the body and a thick finger of frtohy tan foam. Completely nontraditional for the style, but a good looking beer.

Smell: lightly roasty and sweet with just a hint of lagery yeastiness. Reminds me a lot more of a schwarzbier than a Kölsch, but still a nice aroma.

Taste: a little smoky at first, which I like, with a roasty middle and a slightly caramel finish. Whatever the style, it's damn tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: whatever this style is supposed to be, that hint of smoke puts me firmly onboard. I dig it.

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Photo of KlayWey
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%

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