Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.88/5 rDev +15.6%
(My first beer review on BA!) Poured into my Stone Brewing pint glass. Just tried this one for the first time now, and I must say, I'm really impressed with this beer.
A - A very dark brown, almost Pepsi-like black color with a one-finger light brown head that eventually turns to a slightly thin layer of foam. Has a moderate amount of lacing in the glass.
S - The hops are the main thing that I notice, along with a nice roasty backbone. It's almost like a standard IPA (citrus/pine from the hops), yet with sort of a porter/stout roasted character in the background, but a bit lighter (which, for my palate, is quite pleasant). Very nice.
T - I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. The taste between the hops and the roasted malts have a really nice balance, more so than from the aroma. It's like the hops and malts are working 50/50 with each other; you get the pine/citrus flavor of the hops, yet you're getting that dark roasted flavor from the malts, but neither are overpowering the other.
M - Surprisingly light for 8.7% ABV, although I would say it's medium-bodied overall. It has a moderate amount of carbonation with a nice hop bitterness.
O - Again, I was pleasantly surprised by this brew. Like a few reviewers have mentioned already, I think this would be a nice example of a black IPA. It has the potential of a regular IPA, yet also has a really awesome roasty flavor that compliments the hop bitterness. I've had one other black IPA from another company so far, but I feel like the roasted flavor of that beer dominated the hops. With this one though, as mentioned above, it's a perfect 50/50. Stone definitely knows what they are doing, and this one is worth a try. I will have more of these in the future for sure.
04-28-2012 06:32:19 | More by HaynesJB
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Poured into a pint glass. This one pours dark brown with a creamy cap of beige foam.
The aroma is full of tropical fruit aroma and nice bitter hops. This has a nice roasty char backbone that gives it a nIce dynamic. The pallet has a good tropical/ citrus flavor with a bitter finish. A little bit of a nice char finish.
He body is medium with adequate carbonation. A dry finish here. Overall this is one of the better offerings out there. Real enjoyable.
04-27-2012 22:00:00 | More by Bendurgin
4.6/5 rDev +9%
Just good. Surprisingly warm and very, very good. It will hang with the best ales I've ever had.
I've had varying experiences with Stone but I couldn't resist the bottle. I opened it with low expectations, but was sold at the first smell.
Usually I suspect dark beers of adding black to make them dark. I don't have that feeling here. It numbed me so fast and had me hating that I took the last sip.
04-27-2012 00:30:57 | More by AMERADJUNCTPROF
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Finally reviewing this one. Enjoy by 3/29/12, so not the most fresh bottle. Poured in to Duvel tulip.
A - Poured black with two fingers of thick, bubbly light brown head that slowly reduced to a thin layer. Some light lacing.
S - Citrus and piney hops up front. A lot of grapefruit. Some roast in the background but the hops dominate the nose.
T - A big bitter punch from the hops up front with grapefruit and pine flavours. The roast enters in the middle with some sweet cocoa. The bitterness returns in the finish. Some coffee flaovurs are evident as it warms up. Considering the (lack of) freshness, this is really good.
M - Medium body with lots of sticky hop oils. Light to moderate carbonation.
O - This has always been a favourite. Almost flawless on tap.
04-26-2012 02:05:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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