Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle to tulip, served cool. No date.
A - 4.5 - Pours root beer brown, is black in the glass. Very pretty cream colored head - thick, creamy, textured, and enduring.
S - 4.0 - Smells really nice. Aside from a general hoppy note there's a sweet note that is almost the sweet of cotton candy, but leans a bit caramel. Maybe some orange.
T - 4.0 - I'm getting something part way between a nice caramel and a stiffer black malt. There's a bitterness that is both hop and grapefruit. The sweetness is pleasant and the bitterness stiffens it up nicely. The afertaste is where the bitterness really comes in fully and sticks around, more of a hoppy bitterness at that point rather than grapefruity or black malty, but there's some grapefruit flesh on the exhale. I'm not tasting hop ghost here, but I'm pretty sure I'm sensing a depression where there used to be something more. Despite that it still has good character.
M - 4.0 - Medium bodied and smooth. Feels nice.
O - 4.0 - I think I've only had one other black ale but I'm liking the style. I forgot about this in the back of my fridge for I'm thinking more than three months, and my store is notorious for old shelf stock. So I don't know how old this is but it could be substantial. Don't see a date. But knowing Stone I imagine it would have been a good bit hoppier when fresh, and that may explain the depression, which I won't quite call a hole.
Serving type: bottle
01-31-2013 02:19:37 | More by BrownNut
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