Stone “Sublimely Self-Rightous Ale” Review (#030)


Sublimely Self-Rightous Ale
Stone Brewing Co.
Escondido, CA

From The Brewery:

First Release Date: January 2009
Hop Varieties: Chinhook for bittering, Simcoe and Amarillo for flavoring and dry-hop.
ABV: 8.7%
IBUs: 90
Availability: Limited year round in 22oz bottles and on draft

Review:

Appearance: I poured the dense black liquid from the bomber into my snifter. It is opaque and dark, with thick chunky tan head, that leaves huge lacing.

Smell: Huge floral hops with sweet malts and caramel (the candy, not the malt).

Taste: Builds upon the smells of the beer; big citrus of orange zest and lime rind. It gives off faint heat, blending in with the malts on the end. One of, if not the, hoppiest dark beer I have had.

Mouthfeel: This beer has a medium body with a drying finish. It’s lasting creamy head maintains great richness through out the whole bottle.

Drinkability: This has KICK! It hides the alcohol well, but it is heavy, which overall lowers the amount I can consume; the bottle was a challange.

Notes: Stone does nothing softly or quietly. As the beer warms, the malts come through, bringing a bit more balance to this hoppy dark ale.

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