Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Dukeofearl:
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 ounce bottle for $5.99 (I think) at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. Purchased in Jan 2009 and consumed in February of that year.
Pours a black black opaque black like the finest of inky beers, but a brown hint comes through when seen in partial reflection. A nice moderately frothy brown head sits atop this pretty beer.
Aroma is strongly hopped IPA style, grassy and pine resin playing off each other- not much citrus, just a touch. Solid malt base is there too to offset the hops.
Flavor is at first the solid rich toasty roasty chocolate-caramel malts, almost a bit ashen, and then a rush of hops bitterness and an alcohol burn end. The ash notes are stronger (much stronger) in the aftertaste.
A solidly built beer, quite a hop lover's delight. I personally wish it were a bit more fruity and less ashy, but that is a minor compliant in the presence of a well-built taste sensation. It's probably more "in style" (whatever that means) with the darkness of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2009 02:13:23 | More by Dukeofearl
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3.94/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
12oz bottle from Stone variety pack, poured into pint glass. Enjoy by 10/02/14.
Black body with reddish hints when held up against a light. Small tan colored head, well carbonated, and good lacing.
Faint sweetness on the nose.
Taste was very nice, sweet with only a very faint bitterness. Roasted malts come out at the end. (Similar pattern to Arrogant Bastard) Mouth was around medium.
I personally do not really understand Black Ales/IPA's, seems to me there are always much better options on either the IPA or stout side. This one seems to favor the stout side. Taste seem to improve as the ale warmed up toward room temperature. Overall, an enjoyable drink.
Serving type: bottle
07-28-2014 03:50:44 | More by MikeWard
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,009 ratings.