Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by davidchollar:
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Picked up a bottle today at the best beer shop in Tokyo, Tanakaya. Strangely fizzy cola-like appearance. Black with foamy head that settles soon. I don't have the proper glass, but it shouldn't make much of a difference. Not impressed with the looks.
Smell is a different story. Quite a unique bouquet! I can't make up my mind what style it reminds me of - one moment picking up IIPA piney citrus hoppiness, then I think more of a winter warmer, then suddenly I get a fat dose of vanilla maltiness. Amazing in its complexity.
The 9% is noticeable but not distracting. Taste is even more bitter than expected, with a terrific mouthfeel and finish. I feel it's a bit too heavy on the IBUs for my taste. Ever since I fell in love with the elixir that is barleywine, other styles seem to fall short. Of the Stone offerings I've tried, I'll take the arrogant, the double bastard and the barleywine over this, but this one is still definitely goood shiiit (^_<)~★
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2010 15:02:43 | More by davidchollar
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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 4,996 ratings.