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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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4,967 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 4,967
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 357 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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jeffjfindley

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Whoaaah. Black, with a breath of red transparency when held in front of the light. Head is splendid, and posesses enviable stamina. Leaves fine, feathery lacing. Smell is an absolute killer, exhibiting massive complexity in the malt. It has a sharpness to it that is reminiscent of cedar. Also evident are espresso and an absurd abundance of humulus lupulus. The flavor is equally massive and impressive, very woody, and with a great finish, that thankfully lingers until the next magnificent swig. Mouthfeel is layered, with great viscosity.

This year's VE scared the hell out of me. This beyond reaffirms my tremendous faith in this finest of breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 03:53:29 | More by jeffjfindley
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vtfan77

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown with a slight reddish tinge. Almost black, but not quite. Nice inch or so of light tan head.

S- Ahhh, now that's the stuff! Amazing hoppy aroma. Strong Simcoe aroma comes through with sweet citrus and floral notes. Only the slightest hint of roasted malt is detectable, but it's certainly there and adds complexity to the smell.

T- It's not particularly sweet, surprisingly enough. It starts out kind of tangy and citrusy before taking on stronger flavors of pine and coffee. The hops and the roasted malt complement each other quite nicely. Alcohol peeks through from time to time. The bitterness is substantial and is joined on the finish by a somewhat astringent roastiness. I suspect my palate is ruined for the rest of the evening.

M- Medium-full body with a fairly low carbonation level that suits the beer just fine.

D- After drinking one, it seems pointless to drink another because I probably won't be able to taste it. But that one sure was nice.

I've pretty much run out of things to say about Stone, so I won't even bother. Just know that this beer lives up to the brewery's lofty standards. If you like big IPA's and are a fan of Stone's beers, then you have to give this a try. But you already knew that, didn't you?

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 22:21:02 | More by vtfan77
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a barely translucent brown/black with a nice sized tan head that sticks around a while and laces really well.

aroma is very heavily piney. some fresh cut grass, cigar smoke, some dark chocolate and a hint of sweetened dark fruits come through as well.

taste is a bit stronger in the malts than the aroma indicated. some burnt coffee, smoke, and bakers chocolate give way to a very grassy, piney and earthy hop profile that lingers a bit. an IPA hop profile with a roasty stout malt profile- opposite ends of the spectrum, but they work beautifully together. bitterness and some citrus also appear as it warms and push the hops to the forefront once again, as some drying cocoa powder finishes this one out.

medium bodied with a pretty high carbonation level. creamy yet dry on the swallow.

oh so smooth. this one goes down easily with no indication of the 8.7% ABV. not traditional at all, which may throw some people off, but it works for me. This one will be copied and imitated over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 04:20:22 | More by silentjay
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ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can you imagine a better way to spend a Friday night than with family sipping this beer? Actually, anywhere sipping this beer is an excellent place to be.

This is a really good black ale. The coloring is very dark with a creamy foam. On the pour you get a decent amount of the foam, but the carbonation held well in this beer.

This is a really good smelling beer. I could just smell this beer, but I know it tastes good... so why would I do this?

The coffee is present in the beer, but it is not overwhelming. Also in there is a decent amount of hops. The hoppiness is never a surprise in a Stone beer. I savor each sip of this excellent experience.

Thank you for another great beer to review, Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 23:35:17 | More by ummswimmin
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with a full, persistent head. Aroma has a bunch of citrus hoppiness in there along with some nice roastiness that pushes through once you expect the hops. taste is all IPA at first, then a bit more of a dry chocolate malt flavor comes through. The malt sweetness seems to build as you drink, and the hop flavor also becomes more sweet and less bitter. Really an enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel is solid, maybe just a tad heavy for the workout the flavor gives you. Drinkabiity is also very good. Something interesting that I'd like to see more examples of in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 22:28:13 | More by aaronh
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SanDNigel

California

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

06-12-2013 06:23:04 | More by SanDNigel
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MisSigsFan

California

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Such an interesting beer. It has the hop profile of an IPA, but the malt profile of a porter or stout. Pine resin taste from the hops and a roasted taste from the malt. Also, a hint of chocolate or espresso as well. I would definitely have this beer again. Another great from Stone,

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:39:24 | More by MisSigsFan
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber best by 8/13

Appearance: Jet black with a tan coffee colored head. Lots of it too. 3 fingers originally that diminishes over time but never disappears. Lots of lacing with chunks clinging to the glass

Aroma: Big hop aroma. Citrus and grapefruit. Grassy earthy undertones. Malt background is roasty and sweet. Espresso and chocolate.

Taste: Starts out floral and fruity. Then big bitter hop profile with lots of citrus. Slightly minty. The flavor is big but the bitterness isn't overpowering. Mellows out with roasted coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Aftertaste is grassy and piney. There is also a pleasant smoky undertone throughout. Complex and enjoyable

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly light considering how much is going on here. Slightly slick and coating

Overall: Excellent. Very well-balanced with big flavors and very drinkable. Not much bad you can say about this. Affordable and very tasty. Approachable for fans of west coast IPAs and darker beers alike

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:19:52 | More by MistahBeah
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delta490

Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- a deep clear, ruby-tinted brown. The bottle only poured about 1/2 finger of tan head, but it had good retention and left some nice lacing on the glass.

S-deep malt, some pine hops, chocolate and anise are aromas I got at one point or another. Complex.

T- In a word, delicious. Matches the aroma in complexity and pulls it off beautifully. Burnt sugar and pine hops are the two big flavors but others dart around in the background.

M- full and enjoyable. A little oily, too.

O- a great complex ale. It doesn't fit into any one category but crosses types on multiple occasions.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 22:27:39 | More by delta490
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Crawfish61

Louisiana

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber $6.50 Expiration 8/31

Appearance- looks like a porter or stout with a beautiful brown head.

Smell - Like grapefruit dipped in Chocoate

Taste- Pretty much like the smell. Very delicious and I wish I had another bottle

Mouthfeel- very creamy and soft

Overall- First American Black Ale. Just awesome. Really enjoying the whole experience. Will be buying this again. Really enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 23:14:11 | More by Crawfish61
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steelerguy

New York

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown from the bottle, but in the glass it is as good as black. Only on the edges do you get a very dark caramel color. Nice head that settled down pretty quickly.

S - The color had me ready for roasted malt and chocolate, instead it is all hops on the nose. Sweet and citrus, would not be surprised if they dry hopped with some Ahtanum in there.

T - Nice bitterness but not as much as I was expecting from the aroma, a nice surprise! Not picking up much roast at all but plenty of chocolate and dark caramel malts which give it some nice fruit flavors. Definite hop presence, lots of citrus and fruit...didn't taste as pine to me as many say here. Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo is my guess for what is in there. They did some great late hop additions here, lots of flavor without a big bang of bitterness.

M - Good...not spectacular, would like a little more body, but it is good.

D - This is a good beer and good beer is drinkable! Really, even with the higher alcohol, it finishes clean and can easily enjoy a 22 oz. bomber or a couple 12 oz. or pints. Complex but not tiring.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 00:02:44 | More by steelerguy
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babyhobbes

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the darkest beer I've seen with virtually no chocolatey, roasted malt flavor. It's downright odd. The smell on this is subdued, not blasting me in the face with hopness. The hop aroma is there,somewhat sweet and citrusy but not as strong as I'd like. Taste is wonderful. It's bitter and sweet, well-balanced hops without the thick, crunchy taste and mouthfeel we've come to expect. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the nose as well as the taste. This is just a great beer and make me wish I had tried the rest in the series.

I think you should run out and buy a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 20:25:11 | More by babyhobbes
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Any ale called "Sublimely Self-Righteous" has a lot to live up to, even before the beer hits the lips. Thankfully, this one starts off with a mouthwatering aroma, full of sparkling grape, apple, and grapefruit notes, tempered by rosewater and confectioner's sugar, and grounded by a strong scent of toasted baguette.

On the tongue, the beer proves far darker, beginning with deeply-toasted grains, and descending quickly even further down the scale, adding chocolate malt, caramel, and marble rye tones, as well as brown sugars and hints of fig, vanilla, and roasted pecans. Grapefruit flavors and a noticeable buzzing on the tongue is the most direct evidence of hops for the main part of the mouthful, though a pine-and-grapefruit tinge becomes apparent late in the aftertaste, after the sugars and bitter, husky malt flavors have died off. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a surprisingly dark ale, replete with delicious bread and toasted nut/malt flavors, and begging to be sipped quietly in front of a roaring fire. Only a slight alcohol tinge--a result of the 8.7% ABV--mars what is otherwise an excellent beer. But even then, the alcohol is excusable and warming, much like a whiskey or cognac.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 02:15:04 | More by jondeelee
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chinchill

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler taken directly from the store where this was poured into a Unibroue snifter shortly after arrival.

Pours basically black with subtle signs of deep orange-red coloration around the edges. The tan head is moderate in size but long-lasting and leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

Plenty of hops in the aroma, as expected from Stone, with obvious pine and citrus aspects as well as some vague herbal notes. Enticing. A strong piney hop flavor dominates up front. Usually this would be followed by q quite bitter taste, or at least a very bitter aftertaste. Although there's an obvious bitterness and an IBU = 90, this beer starts bitter-sweet and keeps the bitterness under control all the way through. There's a solid dark malt component helping out with this, but clearly Stone extracted plenty of hop aroma and flavor without boiling all the bitterness out of the Chinook, Simcoe & Amarillo hops. The high ABV makes itself known in the aroma, after some warming, but remains fairly well hidden in the taste. Complex and rich, extraordinary balance and interesting, and wonderful flavor dynamics.

M: full bodied; about as creamy smooth as can be at ABV = 8.7%; excellent, medium carbonation.

O: an amazing beer and the cream of the crop in Black IPAs in my experience. In any case, a world class beer all hop heads should seek out.

Serving type: growler

09-19-2012 23:33:34 | More by chinchill
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a deep beige thick head that sticks to the glass in rings after each sip.
S- This beer has a pungent musty Northwest hops that comes through even during the pour. Wow. The roasted note of malt is a little hint in the big hop aroma and there is a green watermelon rind quality in the finish of the hops.
T- The green pungent pine flavor to the hops has a roasted note that blends nicely. There is a pine pungent finish with a minty quality and a pungent herbal hop flavor that lingers.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat and a slight slippery texture in the finish.
D- Although the bottle reeks of arrogance the beer inside is good. The big hop flavor has lots of nice depth with a little black malt for support. This is my first beer purchased in Chicago, would it taste better if I had to drive 2hr to buy it? Luckily I don't have to find out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 22:41:36 | More by rhoadsrage
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vincicle

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer might actually live up to it's nihilistic name such is the depth and surprise of this dark yet hoppy creation. The smell is an intoxicating herbal hoppiness from the dry hopping as soon as you open it, and it pours a elegant dark black/brown with a full finger head. The nose is strong on hops but also has the notes of roasted coffee and burnt caramel. The taste is wonderfully floral at first and dissipates to a slightly bitter roasted maltiness with an alchoholic kick at the end. This is a beer that stays with you after you've finished as you reflect on, "just how good was it?" One of the better beers I've tried this year and a certain reccomendation for anyone who likes more experimental tastes.
Bravo Stone

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 18:56:53 | More by vincicle
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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint

Pours black with huge foamy tan head. Nose is citrus hops foremost, chocolate roasty malts apparant as well, auromas of a stout sutble. Taste is a complex blend of bitter hops and robust toasted malts. Dark chocolates combined with pine needles. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry in the finish. My first experience with a well recieved Cascadian Dark Ale. Honoured it was with Stone's self-proclaimed best. Great benchmark of an ABV, this bomber is goning to be perfect for the drinking session this afternoon. Cheers to great craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:53:51 | More by heebes
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nimrod979

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky brown almost black with a thin beige head. Sweet roasty caramel malts as well as a load of piney, citusy hops. Pretty complex malt versus hops but the flavors really compliment each other. Great smooth body and soft carbonation. Long bitter finish. Delicious

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 21:55:37 | More by nimrod979
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erialbill

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black but not too thick. Very nice creamy tan head that left ample lacing on sides of the glass. Nice job of combining a great stout with a great IPA. You get to enjoy all of the complex flavours of both beer types in just the right combination. Another great Stone offering. Would highly suggest giving it a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 22:22:42 | More by erialbill
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pharmer

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz brown bottle with painted-on label into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown (black??) color that is nearly impervious to light. A one-finger light brown head tops this brew and shows good retention and great lacing.

S: Grapefruit and big time for me. Also some piney notes and a hint of dark malt in the background.

T: This beer tastes great. Strong hop presence obviously. Grapefruit and pine notes predominate. Alcohol quite noticeable both in the middle and at the finish. Also, as would be expected the bitterness hits hard at the finish.

M: Quite highly carbonated with a medium body....quite nice.

D: This beer is excellent...but at 8.7% abv, one must be wise. I sipped on my bomber for about 90 minutes, which gave me a good chance to note its varying nuances with temperature change. I would drink this beer anywhere, anytime, but not more than a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:29:13 | More by pharmer
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 02:05:13 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is black, dark black but not as dark as a stout. Some reddish notes on the edges. Head is creamy, tenacious and dense. It is beige in color. A very nice looking beer. The aroma is piney. Strongly piney. I don't get any roasted malts.

On the taste, this one is pretty aggressive. I do get some roasted malts with a bitter finish that shows off the piney hops. The taste lingers in the mouth, it feels so good. I'm in paradise!

In the mouth, I get some warmth due to the high ABV. This is truly an excellent beer. The carbonation is perfect. So easy to drink and it is well balanced in the taste. In the aroma, it lacks a little bit, and as it warms up, I don't get more than that piney hops. Not bad, however not perfect either. Otherwise, it is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 20:06:33 | More by ZorPrime
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Gusler

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 22-ounce bottle a sparkling deep brown, the head a crown of light chocolate, creamy and long lasting, after its final demise the lace forms a thick blanket to cover the glass. Nose has a profound hop floral spiciness at the front, backed by the sweet malt, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate, mouth watering. Start has a nice malt sweetness; hop bitter bite to the back, top is moderately full in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops potent and spicy; the alcohol warms the tummy while the aftertaste continues the hop spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2007 23:40:38 | More by Gusler
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich deep walnut/mahogany color like my bedroom suite but deeper, with a nice rich brown headthat falls slow to a thin cap and laces pretty well

Aroma is wnderful hoppy nice pine aromas are almost forest like, and dominate the nose. Malt plays out underneath nice caramel, with some chocolate malts.

Taste is great loads of hops, what else would one expect from Stone. Nice rich resiny pine all over your mouth, good pine flavors, very nice. Malt does show up more in taste then the nose, nice caramel malts with a good dose of roasted malts, some coffee hints and chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel is nice rich medium with a decent carbonation kick.

Drinkability is great, seems more people making a rich hoppy porter like brew and for one I am enjoying them. Hope they get more of these in only had a couple guess I am lucky to get a couple here in Bristol but I want more.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2007 17:31:03 | More by mntlover
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Awesome deep dark root beer cola color with maple walnut 1-finger head that dissipates with great sediment/water level lacing.

Loads of caramel malt and roasted coffee ice cream scent. Hops are oily and floral with mild grapefruit tinge. Velvety and silky. Solid.

Let's let this warm a bit - alcohol burns heavy at first with grassy hops. Lots of mocha here - malt is looking for an entrance...and there it is - big, bold and bountiful.

Clean but smoky - nice coffee coating. Long but tight finish.

Drinks nicely - could use a little more age - definitely a mid-range sipper.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 08:09:11 | More by IBUnit63
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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