Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.6/5 rDev -14.7%
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
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