Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Someone sent this to me as an extra..any time before July of this year I unfortunately didn't keep any kind of record of trades, but thank you and cheers to whoever that was.
Stone and I have a love and hate relationship. Sometimes I will have a bottle and think it's the greatest thing going. Sometimes I will have that same beer and wonder what the hell I was thinking. Sometimes I start to think that every one of their beers is a slight variation on their IPA. Sometimes Smoked porter bitch slaps me into realizing that isn't completely true. Here is a beer, Stone XI, that I know nothing about going in other than what's written on the bottle, which describes something of a black IPA. Since this bottle has sat a while, I'm sure most of the hops have faded. Let's see what we have.
Appearance is going to be difficult to rate to style but it is attractive to me. A very dark brown liquid and a very nice thick brown head that leaves excellent lacing.
Scent is a little worrying. Citrusy hop hits you and doesn't let go, maybe a tiny bit of wood though that could be my nose playing tricks on me. While I am of the "keep your hops out of my dark beer" school, I can't knock it for that preference, and on it's own merit, it is a good smell. If this were a simple IPA, I'd give it a 4, so that's what I will go with here.
Taste is going to be tricky with no real reference point so this is going to be completely subjective with the understanding that this is going to be less hoppy than it was intended to be since it has sat for a while. Interestingly enough there is still some hop character and it isn't malty enough to make me disgusted (a la Gonzo). The hops are definitely diminished so this has something of a slightly hoppy barleywine character, but this plays the crystal pepsi trick..if it was golden, I'd tell you it was an IPA that sat a bit too long. 4.0
Mouth is medium in body and relatively high in carbonation, goes down pretty quickly with a little sticky aftertaste. I like it.
Stone has a winner here, call it the summer beer for stout lovers. You can have your refreshing hoppy taste and have people still think you are drinking a stout.
Serving type: bottle
08-02-2009 20:54:13 | More by sonicdescent
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