Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.24/5 rDev +0.5%
Black body, tan head. Rings of foam get left along the glass every time you take a sip.
You wouldn't expect a beer that pours black as night to smell as hoppy as it does. Notes of coffee, chocolate, slight citrus, hops and malt. There's a lot going on.
Flavor is odd, it has the bitterness of an IPA, but shares its body with the flavor profile of a stout. Bitter finish, slightly spicy at times. Stone has an interesting way of attacking your palate with overwhelming flavors... This beer is really no different.
Can't quite understand it, but it's certainly different, and that makes it worth trying,
05-22-2013 01:36:17 | More by Bauzen
4.64/5 rDev +10%
Bomber poured to a Sam Adams "perfect pint" glass.
A - nearly opaque black with a hint of ruby highlight if held up to the sunlight. Tan head with decent staying power.
S - Hops dominate with a complex blend of citrus, pine, and herbal/woody aromas. Low roast malt in the background with hints of coffee and bitter chocolate. I also get some licorice. Very inviting.
T - Hop forward, but nicely balanced. Lots of piney, woody hops that linger all the way through the finish. Bitterness comes up fast and lingers into a long finish. Roast malt supports the hops, but stays in the background. Hints of coffee and burnt toast.
M - Medium-light body and medium high carbonation combine for a highly drinkable beer. Dry finish with some dark malt astringency. Very low alcohol warmth - very well hidden.
O - I seem to have a love-hate relationship with this style, and this one is definitely on the "love" side. I love the complex, dominant hop profile, but the roast malt supports the hops just right for the style. This beer reinforces Stone as a go-to brewery for me.
05-19-2013 20:44:18 | More by CASK1
4.48/5 rDev +6.2%
22oz bottle, Enjoy by 08/08/13 (not clearly printed, so it's possible this isn't the date).
A: Pours a deep brown (very minimal light passes through the edges, revealing a deep brown color, but otherwise it's black) with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy mocha head. Plentiful lacing down the glass.
S: All hops. Piney, earthy hop aromas predominate, followed by light alcohol.
T: Strong hop bitterness, a sweet malty backbone filling out the flavor profile, with coffee and roast flavors on the finish. The coffee was undetectable on the nose for me, and is a truly pleasant surprise.
M: thick, oily, and moderate carbonation. This coats the mouth and stays long after the sip.
O: I am very impressed by this beer. While I am far from a huge fan of Stone, this is definitely one of the best beers I've had by them, right up with Espresso IRS and Enjoy By. I would not hesitate to have this beer again, and I will probably purchase it again if I am in the mood for a black IPA-type beer, which is really what this reminds me of. If Hop in the Dark were available year-round, this would have a bit more contest, but as it is, this may become the go-to for me in its style.
05-19-2013 06:43:03 | More by jdhowe
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,098 ratings.