Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Zraly:
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Close to opaque black with a mocha head. Head holds and laces nicely. The smell is a wonderous whiff of hops. Smells like fresh, resiny whole hops touched leather-based perfume.
Deep roasty malts and sharp, juicy hops dominate. This is hefty but well-balanced. There is a slightly danky, earthy, perfumey undertone to the composition of this ale -- it's quite nice. I don't know that I've ever experienced that note with a darker ale. Full-bodied yet smooth. Beautiful dry finish that borders on chalky, which ultimately leaves but one impression: lip-smackin' good.
I had a 21st Amendment Back in Black before this and, even though they are both classified as American Black Ales, the comparison is night and day.
This would be a nice pairing with a variety of beef dishes, and would probably be wonderful with nicely roasted lamb.
Serving type: bottle
01-22-2011 03:18:48 | More by Zraly
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4.46/5 rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Served from 22 oz. bottle into tulip glass.
A - Body is a rich, rosewood-color, with a foamy ivory head forming on top.
S - Pine resin, grapefruit, and hemp dominate. Some hints of mint and smoke.
T - A resin bomb for sure. Sticky hop flavors including pine, hemp, and grapefruit bombard the palate. The malt have tones of raisins and toast. The finish is all piney bitterness and a whiff of smoke.
M - The hop oils almost give the beer a bit of a sticky mouthfeel. The body is a bit hefty and the carbonation is fairly mild.
O - Very good black IPA. A lot more dank, piney flavors than most in the style, but the high ABV and smokey malt flavors make it work.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2014 11:33:43 | More by hail_seitan
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,928 ratings.