Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Manoftyr:
3.88/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Appearance-Pours a rich dark brown into the glass and a sumptuous light tan head rises leaving very sticky lace all along the sides as it ever so slowly recedes. This is something of a lace monster leaving super-chunky lace all along the sides which is extremely impressive given its ABV, Stone rarely disappoints.
Aroma-Clean, fresh, rich west-coast hops dominate the aroma with a strong piny, woody scent followed by a smell of sharp citrus fruits; I can detect, tangerine, lemon, orange most outstandingly. The fruity hoppiness give way to an undercurrent of malts that smell reminiscent of sticky toffee on towards the finish. This beer has a really wonderful aroma.
Taste-The first thing that assails the palette are the hops and burnt malt and...unfortunately that's it. I hate to say it but the flavor is a little underwhelming, it almost tastes as though they were trying to balance the dark malt and the hops a little 'too' much and ended up watering down both flavors. The hops could be tweaked a bit to give it more of that grapefruit/citric character and the malts turned up to get more of that dark chocolate taste which would make this beer really amazing. It's still a good beer, just not as good as what I've come to expect from Stone and what could potentially be an amazing beer.
Mouthfeel-The mouthfeel is quite nice, thick and rich; just like it should be.
Drinkability-Decent, it's not up to Stone's usual standards though; it's a tad of a chore to drink.
Serving type: bottle
06-26-2010 01:26:58 | More by Manoftyr
More User Reviews:
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a nearly opaque brown black, almost 1 inch head that falls to about 1/4" and lasts. Lots of lacing.
Smells of sweet roasted malts with a hint of hops.
Tastes of dark malty sweetness up front, citrus hops come in and there is a hint of the alcohol at the finish.
Medium body and mild carbonation makes this almost creamy.
Overall, great black IPA, I'm not a huge fan of the style, but this one is tasty.
Serving type: bottle
04-23-2014 01:17:11 | More by BradC
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,623 ratings.