Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by DannyS:
3.6/5 rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a bodum double-walled glass.
A - Pours a clean, pitch black with an inch or so of tan head hat dissipates into a very thick foam collar, with long, sticky tendrils of lacing.
S - Kinda weird and musty on the nose, with some raisin and licorice amongst the must odor.
T - Starts of with a bit of hop bitterness (seems coffee-like at times), with pine and citrus backing it up. Licorice, dried fruit, and oak mingle as one sips, with an almost slightly minty aftertaste and a dry finish.
M - carbonation is minimal and the body is medium-heavy. Close to an impy stout in its feel.
D - The ABV is high and the booze can get to you if you're soloing this bomber. That, combined with the bitterness, make this a clear sipper. I'm already feeling it and I'm not even halfway through the bottle. Phew...
Overall - If this beer truly is self-righteous, it kinda lacks the quality to back it up. It's definitely not bad, and I'd drink it again if offered some, but you'd expect a beer with a name like this to be way better than just good. It definitely looks pretty and gets you buzzed quick, but the flavor could definitely be more balanced. Then again, since when has Stone Brewing been about balance?
(Note: I drank this too cold. It gets better with a little time to warm up to cellar temp.)
Serving type: bottle
12-07-2009 03:25:52 | More by DannyS
More User Reviews:
4.78/5 rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
A: Pours dark black with medium carbonation that creates a nice tan head as well as some decent lacing. Looks like what you would expect from a stout.
S: The smell is fantastic! Lots of earthy and fruity hops (grapefruit and citrus) as well as a hint of that dark (almost molasses) malt aroma.
T: This is where the beer shines... Very bitter but not so much as to deter you from drinking it. Earthy, floral, and fruity hops show through the roasted malt and peach flavor of the beer. Stone did an amazing job creating a unique style that blends together all the flavors so nicely. Very flavorful!
M: Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium to full body, creamy but very drinkable. The finish isn't dry and those flavors stick to your tastebuds for a while after you sip. Carbonation is spot on with the flavor.
O: Overall this is probably my favorite beer of the ones I've tried so far. Definitely one that you can try more than once and enjoy just as much, if not more, as the last time. Stone has made a beer that somehow has a strong and intense flavor that makes you wish you had another bottle when you're done!
Serving type: bottle
03-05-2014 17:23:08 | More by McLovinBeast57
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,502 ratings.