Saturday, February 9, 2013

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous


Sublimely Self-Righteous is a Black IPA (emphasis on BLACK!) by Stone Brewing Company. I don't think this this beer really needs any more introduction than that. Let's get to it.

This beer is black. Jet black, even. When held up to light, there is a deep, reddish amber around the edges of the glass, but not much light is getting through. It pours with an average amount of head and lacing is very good. This beer is definitely eye candy.

But it's beer, so it's not made to look at; it's made to drink. And you want to drink this one. Like all Stone beers, this is a beer that really pushes the envelope a particular style. This is an IPA, and it's a beer by Stone, so the hops really hit you in the face. But there is also a nice balance with the malts as well. I really enjoy the blend of coffee and caramel flavors in the malts. It finishes a dry, and at 8.7% ABV, there's only a slight burn from the alcohol. The hops, though, do linger a bit on the pallet.

This beer is a masterpiece, and yet another gem by Stone Brewing. If you're a beer-lover and have never had Sublimely Self-Righteous, do yourself a favor and do so immediately!