Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by MikeyMikee:
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
So I did a side-by-side with a fresh self rightous and one that was about 9 months to a year old. I'll review the fresh one first and the aged one second. These are from my notes where I grade beer out of 100 so while the overall score is probably going to be a B or B+, Ill list their individual scores as I had them.
A- Very dark beer, kind of a DARK ruby reddish/copperish, not black though. An off white head.
S- Sharp citrusy hops with some floral notes and a very light roast as well. The smell is actually pleasant. There is also a semi sweet dark chocolate kind smell there as well.
T- Sharp citrus hops, very bitter but the roast flavor overpowers the hop flavor. If that makes sense? I guess thats the point of a black ale, bitter roastyness. The coffee is there, as is the chocolate. Alcohol is present too which normally isnt bad in stouts but doesnt fit into this style for me.
M- Bitter Hops that bite in the beginning and alcohol in the end. Carbonation stings a bit.
O- Not overwhelmingly drinkable, bu tI did enjoy it. Might have been a little too bitter and threw off the balance with the roast.
9 Months to 1 year old: 87/100
Completely different beer. Cellared at 55'F served at around 50'F.
A- This is a pretty dark beer, its about as close as you can get to opaque without actually being opaque. The head is a little darker than the fresh version, closer to brown.
S- Rich dark chocolate, coffee and espresso and some vanilla. Soft piney hops.
T- Light espresso, rich roasted coffee and semi sweet dark chocolate. The hops come through a bit but are mostly faded and there is a light biterness to it.
M- Great carbonation, mouthfeel is still a little thin but has a semi velvety feel to it. Just short of ideal. The bitterness is mostly faded and the alcohol burn/warmth is gone.
O- Very drinkable, much closer to a stout at this point. Its a completely different beer than a fresh selfrighteous.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2011 01:40:48 | More by MikeyMikee
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 4,510 ratings.