The Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale by Stone Brewing Co. was on tap at my hometown pub, and apparently it's a rebrewing of Stone's 11th Anniversary Ale from 2007. Stone calls this a "black IPA," because, well, it looks black when poured.
Despite it's dark color, the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale has a light body, with a citrusy bouquet, an upfront malty flavor, and a well-hopped finish. The hops in this beer are just shy of the too-hoppy boundary for my palate. (Though, the Enthusiast said the hops crossed the line.) I've read it described as "bittersweet," but I'd say it's the opposite -- the bitterness follows the sweet.
Boozer beware: At almost 9 percent ABV and served in a 22-ounce glass, the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale lasted me the entire meal and set me afloat on the seas of tranquility. Another dose or two and I'd arrive at Blackout Island without passing go.
At a Glance
- Who: Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (Stone Brewing Co.)
- What: 8.7 percent ABV, "black IPA," 22-ounce draught
- When: June 2, 2010
- Where: Ray's Place
- Why: Dinner pairing
[Drunkard's note: The Booze Hounds Beer Rating scale (0-5 Hiccups) is based on a complex mathematical formula that would be impossible to explain to such a dunderheaded audience. Let's just say the higher the score, the more likely I am to drink it again. Natty Light would get a zero.]