Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass
Pours a deep chocolate brown. This beer is stout dark. The very tan looking foam, a two finger dome of head, sits heavy on top of the stout-looking body, leaving little in the way of lacing. The beer looks good and not just because of its unusual color 9I say unusual because, while this is listed on BA as a strong ale, I can't get away from thinking of it in terms of a "black IPA").
Loads of grapefruit dominate the nose here. Only a gentle kiss of pine or bitter hops. Beyond the fruit there is a porter-like smell of light chocolate maltiness. There is some age to this bottle, I can tell from the aroma, but it doesn't detract from the beer. While simple, uncomplex, the beer smells good. I can't deny the pleasure of smelling this much grapefruit from such a dark beer.
You first taste all of that grapefruit along with a touch of a softer, rounder fruit, like strawberry. But a beer this dark has to have some roasted malt character, right? Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale has the roast character of a solid American Stout, with a tasty blend of coffee and chocolate flavors coming out of the malt bill. It is a treat to taste the bright hops interact with a roasty, stout-like base. This beer makes me think of what a dry-hopped Boulevard Bully! Porter might taste like when ran through a DFH Randal the Enamel Animal. I can see why some people wouldn't like black IPAs or super-hoppy stouts. Me though? I adore them.
This very thick by IPA standards. I would abhor the mouthfeel if it weren't for the stout flavors that this beer has. it strikes me that Stone has figured out something of a happy middle ground here that feels mostly like an East Coast IIPA. The more that I drink of this beer the more that I can see how creamy the feel is without being too heavy. Drinkability is just fine. It is close to 09% ABV, strongly flavored and comes only in a bomber but the sheer playfulness of the flavors here is enough to propel the drinker down deeper into the bottle.
American Strong Ale? American Stout? Black IPA? Whatever. This is a playful, interesting, damn tasty beer that successfully marries big-time hoppy grapefruit with roasty malt. Enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2010 05:52:17 | More by Reaper16
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 4,505 ratings.