Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
A - pours a very dark brown with a nice khaki head. My first thought after reading the back of the bottle was "WTF!? IPA's don't look like this!?" =)
S - soft citrus and piny hop aromas waft into the nose at first. Definitely some toffee and caramel going on from the roasted malt
T - oh wow! The nose is very pleasant, but it didn't tip me off to the (comparative) flavor bomb about to hit my palate. Delicious! Loads of delicious citrusy hops fill the mouth. Further savoring reveals the roasted malt characteristics coming through in all their glory. There's a great taste of bitter dark chocolate that comes through, and the whole thing finishes with a bitterness that only an American IPA could have
M - solid bodied and smooth. Delightful as it goes down
D - I wasn't sure what to expect of this when I opened it, but I am not disappointed! A lovely beer that I'm glad I got a chance to sample (we only got Stone in GA back during the Fall). Will totally enjoy finishing this bomber. Stone really are one of the best and most consistent breweries around. Keep it up dudes, and let's get more of your awesome beers to GA already!
01-19-2009 01:28:15 | More by ruckzuck
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
A: Two fingers of tan head on top of a with a jet black. Great lacing as well. The head does die down quicker than I expected.
S: Crazy citrus dominates the aroma. Hard to smell anything else with the overwhelming hop aroma. Finely hints of some roasty notes with a little bit of chocolate.
T: The tastes starts out with a citrus hop flavor, but is quickly joined by chocolate notes and hop bitterness. Definite sweetness and a bit of cocoa flavor. Initially the strong flavors make the beer seem like it is slightly lacking in complexity, but it really develops as you get more used to the bold flavors and uncover the more subtle ones.
M: Decently thick with a somewhat creamy feel. The carbonation is acceptable. Hint of chalky
D: The strong flavors, thick body, slightly chalky feel, and higher alcohol make this a harder to drink beer. Maybe part of the problem was that while I loved some components, the overall beer was more of a mess than a thing of beauty. I honestly needed someone to split the bomber with me, because this beer is not tame enough for a 22 oz.
02-05-2011 01:35:49 | More by OnThenIn
3.6/5 rDev -14.7%
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a bodum double-walled glass.
A - Pours a clean, pitch black with an inch or so of tan head hat dissipates into a very thick foam collar, with long, sticky tendrils of lacing.
S - Kinda weird and musty on the nose, with some raisin and licorice amongst the must odor.
T - Starts of with a bit of hop bitterness (seems coffee-like at times), with pine and citrus backing it up. Licorice, dried fruit, and oak mingle as one sips, with an almost slightly minty aftertaste and a dry finish.
M - carbonation is minimal and the body is medium-heavy. Close to an impy stout in its feel.
D - The ABV is high and the booze can get to you if you're soloing this bomber. That, combined with the bitterness, make this a clear sipper. I'm already feeling it and I'm not even halfway through the bottle. Phew...
Overall - If this beer truly is self-righteous, it kinda lacks the quality to back it up. It's definitely not bad, and I'd drink it again if offered some, but you'd expect a beer with a name like this to be way better than just good. It definitely looks pretty and gets you buzzed quick, but the flavor could definitely be more balanced. Then again, since when has Stone Brewing been about balance?
(Note: I drank this too cold. It gets better with a little time to warm up to cellar temp.)
12-07-2009 03:25:52 | More by DannyS
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a thick three finger slightly tan head. Lacing coats the side of the glass and the beer itself is nearly pitch black with a tint of red when held up to the light. The initial smell is of hops and roasted malts, but as it warms a more piney hop character and some tropical fruit are evident. A touch of alcohol present on the nose as well. The taste is hopy, with just a touch of roasted malt and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Overall one of my favorite black ales. Would love to see this in 4 or 6 packs.
07-01-2011 03:21:44 | More by dcook11
4.7/5 rDev +11.4%
Review done from notes - Had on tap at Indiana Brewers Guild Winterfest. (1 of only 2 beers stone had on tap that night)
A - Looks like used motor oil, dense dark black color with a thin dark brown head. You can still see some carbonation bubbles rise up the side.
S - Nice aroma, some hop forward characters with lots of different malts ligering leaving hints of coffee chocolate and a bit of sweet caramel. Also a strong piney hop flavor leaving giving this a full balanced aroma.
T - Spectacular! I've never had such a dark beer have so much hop flavor it. All the hops completely overpower any chance the malts had to make this a sweet beer. The strong piney hops give this beer such a unique flavor, its very refreshing.
M - I was expecting a much thicker feeling taste. This poured pretty heavy, but as I drank it I realized the viscosity was actually pretty thin. Still had a good amount of carbonation making for a drinkable, refreshing beer.
O - Overall a world class beer, Not a perfect 5 but close.
02-20-2012 17:45:07 | More by rogueleonardi
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Deep black in color with a nice creamy nut colored head. Excellent retention with a lacing that coats the whole glass. Nice roasted barley malt aroma with an undercurrent of fresh hops. Taste starts with a solid malt front and quickly melds into hoppy citrus bitterness. Quite creamy and hoppy. For my taste the hop/malt balance is perfect. Warming sensation from the alcohol, but not to an extent where it impacts drinkability, which is very good. Resinous, full mouthfeel, but not too overbearing. Overall a solid brew. Cheers.
09-22-2007 02:00:24 | More by sinistermadman
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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