Friday, August 10, 2012

Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale ....

Friday night and time for a big beer.  Tonight I will have Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Company.  The 1 pint, 6 ounce bottle shows 8.7% ABV.  The Stone web site lists 90 IBUs.

This beer poured with a medium, chocolaty brown head.  Beer color is a dark blackish brown.  When held up to the light, the tiniest amount of light can be seen through the sides of the glass.  The appearance is that of a dark porter, or a stout.  But the aroma has the orange and grapefruit sweetness of a very smooth IPA, or more like a double IPA.  The taste has the citrus and pine of an IPA, but there is some heavier roasted malt in the background more like a stout, with a little chocolate.  There is a nice pronounced bitterness throughout.  The higher alcohol is present, but the complexity hides it well.  Medium to full bodied.  The aftertaste leaves you with some bitter and a little cocoa.  This is a very interesting and tasty beer.  

Stone Brewing Company
Escondido, California

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