Saturday, April 14, 2012

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous - The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of Beer

Round here we call them Cascadian Darks but hybrid IPAs are all the rage right now. Black/white/red you name it and people are hopping it up to 11. Stone's Aptly named Sublimely self righteous is what you'd expect. And that's a very good thing.



It pours black as night with a voluminous doughy head. The head sits on top like a crown throughout your session.

The nose is classic Stone. Piney resinous hops. The malt lays back a bit more than you'd expect from a beer as opaque as this. It's creamy with the expected piney hop assault. The malt is nicely balanced up front but then fades as you swallow and the hops linger on your tongue. This is two great tastes that taste great together. Just like our favorite peanut butter and chocolate sweet snacks.

It doesn't suck the moisture out of your mouth like you might expect from a beer this hop forward so it's easy to go back for more. I am a fan of the malty dark beers so this really hits my bullseye. It has the creaminess and maltiness of a porter but the hop profile of an IPA. And they get along rather well.

Well done!

Pros: Two great tastes that taste great together!
Cons: Nothing I would say you need to lay down and wait for some complex transformation. Ready to drink now. Is that really a con?
Verdict: If you like IPAs and you like...er...black. You should drink this.
Mark-o-meter: 4/5 stars.

1 comment:

MJS said...

Good post, pal. The Reese's analogy works. And that's one serious pour you have going there. I don't have to imagine how good that tastes: I already know!