Stone – Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale

Stone - Sublimely Self-Righteous AleIt’s Day 12, the final day of the #12BeersOfXmas!

Stone – Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (8.7%, 1 pint bottle)

It pours dark black, and I mean totally black; no light is coming through this one; and it’s got a light brown head that laces the glass nicely and it’s lightly carbonated.

The aroma is full of tropical fruits and small hints of roasted malt.

The flavour is very reminiscent of the Stone IPA I had last week, delicately balanced tropical fruits, citrus and bitterness, but this time all set against a malt backbone that is more dry and has a hint of roastiness. This is one bloody good beer!

Overall this is a great Black IPA, possibly the best one I’ve ever had, and an awesome way to round off the 12 days!

Stone – IPA

Stone - IPAIt’s Day 7 of the #12BeersOfXmas and it’s another from Stone.

Stone – IPA (6.9%, 12oz bottle)

This one pours a light orange in colour, with a light fluffy white head and medium carbonation.

The aroma is a lot more delicate than I expected – light floral, citrus notes combined with equally light pine and resin, it’s really quite delicate and pleasant.

The delicate nature of the aroma is matched in the flavour also, light orange, grapefruit and other citrus characters backed up by a piney resinous punch and a little bit of biscuity malt. This is much more subtle than the other Stone beers I’ve had in the past, and I have to say it’s better for it – this is a real delight to drink.

This is a fantastic IPA, not at all headline grabbing and extreme, just delicate, well balanced and wonderfully made. If you can get hold of one do it, do it now!

Stone – Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale

Stone - Oaked Arrogant Bastard AleIt’s Day 5 of the #12BeersOfXmas, and it’s time for another beer from Stone.

Stone – Oaked Arrogant Bastard Ale (7.2%, 12oz bottle)

The beer pours a dark brown/red colour and is crystal clear with a nice gentle carbonation and a thin white head.

To be honest there’s not really any noticeable aroma coming from this beer, maybe mild hints of vanilla but I’m really struggling with this one.

Thankfully there is a bit more going on in the flavour, hints of toffee, vanilla and caramel but all of these are subdued somewhat by the overpowering and crushing bitterness that follows them – it just seems to mask all of the delicate and subtle flavours that were there before. It’s medium bodied and finishes quite sweet so it’s more of a sipping beer than one to swig.

Overall I’m not overly impressed with this one, it’s ok (and drinkable, I’m not about to pour it out at all) but the harsh bitterness seems to mask everything else that would have been going on in it. Fingers crossed tomorrow should bring something nicer…

Stone – Levitation Ale

stone-levitation-aleHere we are on Day 2 of the #12BeersOfXmas and we have one from Stone that i’ve really been looking forward to drinking.

Stone – Levitation Ale (4.4%, 12oz bottle)

The beer pours dark amber, but very very clear and bright; with a persistent fluffy white head and a medium carbonation.

The aroma is big and hoppy with a distinct US citrus fruit character.  This citrus character is also carried through into the flavour, it’s packed with citrus and tropical fruits, but this is complemented by a rich maltiness that really works well to balance it all out.

The beer is medium bodied and finishes really quite dry, with a sharp but refreshing bitterness that makes you want to keep sipping.  So much so in fact that it was finished way too quickly.

Overall this is a great beer – most recommended if you can get your hands on it!