Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 5,083 | Reviews: 1,819 | Display Reviews Only:
4.43/5 rDev +5%
L: Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter; nearly pitch black, with a hint of ruby color when held up to light. around a finger of tan head, with great lacing.
S: I first pick up coffee, and roasted malts dominate.
T: picks up where the nose left off...plenty of roasted maltiness--toffee and biscuit, and some caramel. this taste is promptly followed by the hoppy bitterness. a pleasant lingering bitterness in the aftertaste
F: Moderate carbonation, and nice and thick on the mouthfeel--nice :)
O: a great balance of roasted malts and hops; just what I'm looking for in BIPAs, good stuff! I'll definitely drink this again
06-14-2013 01:35:08 | More by ThreeKingdoms
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
22oz. bomber bottle with a cool silk screened label of the stone gargoyle standing up like he's ready to fight. His wings are wrapped around him and his devil's tail has swung to the front. This gargoyle means business. The back of the bottle has the usual Stone novel on the back. They'll give you the history of the beer, but they won't put a bottled date on the bottle. I'm sure they could slip a vintage year into the novel. How old is it? I don't know.
When poured into a Cigar City pint glass, this west coast black IPA was surprisingly an all black color. The beer coming out of the bottle looked like it was going to pour a dark cola brown. Nope, not this beer. I've had a few Black IPAs and this one is the blackest one I've had so far. It had a decent sized initial head of foam on it. It was about half an inch in height and dirty white in color. This head of foam quickly faded away, but it managed to leave behind a medium sized string of rings and a small number of tiny blots of lace. Damn this beer is black!
If I was given the job to describe the beer in just one word, I would be forced to say "roasted." It wasn't pits of hell roasted. That's too much, but you're not too far off. The aroma was very roasted with roasted malts, a splash of roasted coffee beans, a dab of dark chocolate, some minor non roasted citrus notes, and a hint of roasted piney hops to finish this beer up. Very good and very roasted!
I couldn't describe the taste of this beer in one word. It would be too hard. I need any extra word. I'm going to use the words "well balanced." It was roasted, but yet hoppy at the same time. Kicking off the taste of this Black IPA was the roasted malt. You knew this taste was going to show up first. Following the malt was some minor roasted coffee and dark chocolate notes. Once the taste got these elements out of the way, in comes the roasted yet bitter piney hops. I detected a few citrus notes in this part of the taste, but they were very subtle. The taste was roasted and bitter at the same. That why I was forced to use the words "well balanced." Like the aroma, it was very good, very roasted, and slightly bitter.
This was a medium bodied Black IPA with good carbonation, and an aftertaste that was more roasted then bitter. The bitterness was getting to the level of the roasted level, but it was cut short. It was still very good. The aftertaste contained more roasted malt, roasted coffee beans, and piney hops. The beer's roasted dryness is the only thing that will stick around.
To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this beer. Since its from Stone Brewing, I knew it wasn't going to bad. I didn't think it was going to be this good. In the end, this beer was very roasted and very well balanced. Would I drink it again? Yeah, I would.
06-13-2013 00:44:24 | More by AltBock
4.44/5 rDev +5.2%
Growler into stubby tulip
A- Dark brown to almost black with a nice tan tight head
S- All I can think to start off is sweet grape juice, then after the head disappears it turns to sweet hops (I guess Chinook mostly) with a solid dark roasted malt backside. So uniquely sweet and hoppy.
T- The way the hops play off the darkness is fruity in nature. The alcohol is hidden deep inside this flavor forest. Blueberry, concord grape juice, with a sprinkle of citrusy-pine and chocolatey-coffee. Nothing I've had that really truly compares.
M- Heavy bubble in the 1-10, 10 as the largest bubble, 3 range. Not quite teeny tiny, but small and tight. Surprisingly refreshing.
This is a really good beer. Not one I would like to drink every day, but sparingly it stands out as a true champion of beers; all beers. It's not quite inside any true style (I don't think), it kinda stands on it's own on many levels. If you haven't tried it, you most definitely should. But don't be afraid to leave this one for later in the night. It will not be pushed around by others.
06-12-2013 06:23:04 | More by SanDNigel
3.56/5 rDev -15.6%
Darker than I was expecting, almost a black copper. Malts dominate the smell, big taste of caramel malts, dry hop bitterness, and alcohol. The head diminishes quickly, but leaves thick swaths of lacing on the way down. Hint of thick, syrupy mouthfeel, but vey pleasant. A strong filling ale, with lots of character. Definitely not an everyday ale, but makes a good impression when the occasion occurs.
06-09-2013 23:13:33 | More by Chris_Mac
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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