Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
12 oz draft served at Flanagan's Ale House. They were having a Stone release party... first time a keg of SSR has ever been tapped in Louisville, KY. Just missed out on scoring some free Stone glassware... oh well!
A: Quite dark and imposing - really looks more like an imperial stout than an American Strong Ale. Near black body with a slightly off-white, not-quite khaki colored head. Really, had it not been for the head, you could have fooled me into thinking this was a big stout. Good lacing on the glass after each sip.
S: On looks alone, a stout. On first whiff of this beer, all doubt is removed. Definitely a Stone IPA - huge piney/resiny hops off the top, followed by some lighter floral notes. There is quite a malt backbone to this beer with some strong, toasted bready aromas lurking underneath. Just a kiss of sweetness in the nose, though I'm not sure if its residual sweetness from some of the lighter hop aromas, or if its from some dark molasses/brown sugary goodness in the malts.
T: Reminds me alot of AB - huge hoppy punch up front with alot of earthy pine notes and some more delicate flowery flavors. Then the malts follow - black malts, toasted bread, some caramel or maybe its molasses to temper the piney bitterness. Nice contrasts, from huge pine flavors washing into sweeter malts and then fading back into a lingering hop bite for the finish. Malts try to compete throughout, and while they make a strong case mid sip, the hoppiness of this beer ultimately stands out and wins in the finish. Not overly boozy, but you do start to pick up the alcohol once the glass warms up.
M: Solid carbonation off the tap, lending itself to a slightly oily mouthfeel. It was what I expected from a hopped-up Stone brew.
D: 8.7% ABV and I can feel it as I finish the glass. Never really felt the alcohol was too prominent in the taste, but I feel it warming my insides.
However you wish to classify this beer (American Strong Ale vs. Black IPA) its not bad. My only complaint is that I kept thinking about how to differentiate this beer from Arrogant Bastard, and really I could only convince myself that the appearance was the most distinguishing factor. Otherwise, I though the flavor profiles were remarkably similar - not a bad thing since both beers are quite tasty! That being said, its a unique hybrid style and one that I enjoyed. If I see it again, I'd like to give it another try, just to see if I can try to further distinguish it from the AB.
08-12-2009 03:59:23 | More by Buschyfor3
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3.95/5 rDev -6.4%
Great to see the new Stone Ann. ale here in western NY so quickly.My second time trying this new black IPA style of beer my first being Rogue Black Brutal wich I had mixed feelings about,this poured a deep dark brown but not black some ruby colored highlights thruought a thick 2 finger head atop that never completely settled just a fantastic creamy mass left with gobs of lace behind in my impy pint glass,just awesome.Mix of piney and tropical fruit hops and black malt in the nose mainly I picked up some pineapple and molasses wich was nice and it strayed away from the one dimensional resiny hop profile and caramel malt base.The hops are big but so is the black malt element of this beer sure its big and piney and citrusy but the dark bread and molasses in there is large as well in finely balanced that black malt character really shows itself.The alcohol creeps a bit but this is a very interesting brew it has it all big hops and some malty sweetness,another top notch brew form one of the best.
09-13-2007 21:42:20 | More by oberon
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Note - I thought I reviewed a bottle out of this case when I first bought it but apparently not so I don't have a fresh review for 2007. The below review was done in early 2010 after a little over two years in the hole.
Appearance - This one poured a very dark brown in color, almost black, with a nice if a bit understated dirty white head.
Smell - The rich, roasted malts have taken over any hops that were here back in 2007. They are loaded with a beautiful brown sugar aroma. The malts themselves are very dark and heavily roasted.
Taste - The roasted malts really blossomed in the cellar. They are so big and so flavorful they somehow manage to hold up to the sugars. The brown sugar is still tight so the beer isn't past its prime.
Mouthfeel - This is still a big beer, almost full, with a smooth, pleasantly greasy cheek feel and a big, bitter finish.
Drinkability - This is a great sipping ale and with its relatively low alcohol content for the style means you'll be able to have more than one beer this night.
02-08-2010 02:30:19 | More by RoyalT
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours nearly pitch black with a thinner body than you'd expect from this dark color - similar to that of IPAs, and not super-thick like stouts and porters. Looks great - thin layer of off-white head that settled down rather quickly but left very nice lacing along the glass when I was finished. The nose is loaded with hops, pines, oily resin, a touch of citrus, and dashes of roasted malt, which is probably what gives this beer its fantastic color. Upon first taste, the hops immediately jump out and jab your tongue with a huge pine-tree bite. Halfway through the sip, as the beer warms up in your mouth, the roasted malts start to come out and mellow out the hops, performing a balancing act with them that works quite nicely. Your tongue is left with an aftertaste of floral greens and toasty malt and barley. Very smooth on the body, and overall pretty thin, with a fairly high amount of carbonation that goes hand in hand with the initial hop bite. Mouth is left somewhat dry and sticky - keeps you coming back for more.
I love this beer because it's so unique - it's almost starts off in your mouth like an IPA then transforms into a porter right in front of your palette. One of the first brews I ever had from Stone, and it surely did not disappoint. Great beer.
09-28-2012 11:47:39 | More by tectactoe
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Reviewed from notes written on 4/24/11.
SSR pours a deep brown, bordering on black, with ruby tints around the edges. Its head is a dark khaki-light chocolate milk color and rises to two fingers in a large snifter. Lacing left behind is intricate and sticky.
Light roasted malt and milk chocolate aromas blend with hop aromas of grapefruit and pine to produce a lovely bouquet. A nice caramel smell seeps between the roastiness and hops and creates a lovely, well-balanced smell.
The taste fuses the best of a roasty, chocolate-y porter and an aggressively hopped IPA. It is truly remarkable how deftly the two styles blend together in this beer. The start of the taste is more porter-like, while the hoppier citrus flavors emerge toward the end. The aftertaste brings back the roast and chocolate flavors. So yummy.
The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and smooth throughout with just enough bitter alpha-acid hop bite at the end. It's so nice that it's decadent and slightly puckerin at the same time.
This is a very appealing, well crafted beer. Stone F-ing rules! It really pushes the bounds of what my palate is used to, while at the same time being fairly easy to handle. I really enjoyed this beer.
02-02-2012 21:41:34 | More by TCHopCraver
4.35/5 rDev +3.1%
Deep mahogany body, opaque aside from the slightest brown highlight shining from the bottom of my snifter, with a nicely contrasting cappuccino head.
The aroma is that of the growing ever popular hoppy Black Ale, e.g., Night Stalker, Dark Hops, Iniquity. Mad roasty while being loaded with pine resin at the same time. Deep notes of cacao on the dark side, while hints of citrus, almost grapefruit, bringing home the hoppy side. Intriguing to say the least.
The flavor is that of a Night Stalkers little brother, even in body it's not as big. Which is a bonus for me, as Stalker is a bit too gloopy for the flavors it has. Cedery and piney hop resins, cigar smokiness, bitter cocoa, spruce, all with a toasty chocolate fade. Notable, almost crisp, carbonation also helps take it out of the stout catagory.
I've drank about half the bottle and still have no idea what I'm trying to figure out here. It's complex beyond my vocabulary. You haven't lived until you try this beer.
08-13-2010 02:01:55 | More by brownbeer
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
Took a vacation to Santa Fe and found this at the Whole Foods. This beer pours very dark although not completely black and forms a nice looking tan head. A very nice looking beer. It smelled of piney hops with dark malt flavors underneath.
Hard to desrcibe the taste other than a dark IPA. It really worked for me. The piney hops with some of the typical darker flavors (chocolate/coffee) worked very well. The alcohol starts to creep in after a few sips and warmed me nicely on a cold night. I would seek this out again and encourage any beer afficianado to do the same.
10-30-2007 04:16:08 | More by hopsleeroy
4.83/5 rDev +14.5%
A: Dark brown to black with a mocha head and a
nice consistent lace
S: Sweet, malty, grapes !
T: A medley of grapes, chocolate, and toasted
malt. Like eating bakers malt out of the tub
M: Sturdy rich feel on the pallet
D: Try to take it from me, I dare you.
05-28-2009 00:03:18 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL. We're happy to finally be able to have Stone in Chicago.
Served in a 10oz. snifter
It pours a nice almost black color, creamy dense khaki colored head that lingered for about 1/4 of the glass before receding. A medium amount of lacing was left coating the side of the glass.
The smell was firm but now overpowering piny resinous hop nose. Behind that a supporting background of roasted malt was present. The two opposing smells were melded together in a nice complimentary way.
The taste starts off much like the nose with a nice dollop of pine hops and the associated bitterness was much smoother than I expected since I find many stone beers to have an overly harsh bitterness. Past the initial hop presence the dark character reared its head with some molasses and just a touch of kilned malts but not as much as was in the nose. The two opposing flavors didn't blend together as well as the nose.
The mouthfeel was ok and had a medium body with an acceptable carbonation in order to help keep those hops form lingering on the tongue. Drinkability was above average and I did not know the ABV until I started writing this review and I must say it hid very well so I give props in that area.
I've only had a couple Black IPAs (Well I guess I can call them American Style India Black Ales since the brewers Association revised the style guidelines today) and they have been all over the board in terms of successfully blending the flavors together. This one is my favorite of the bunch so far.
04-06-2010 06:00:42 | More by weatherdog
4.22/5 rDev 0%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):
So their 11th Anniversary Ale was arrogant enough to become year-round. Thin, tan lacing on top of a nearly pitch-black brew. Thick resin hop nose with hints of burnt malt, old school. Smooth, almost full-ish body. Oh mama, insane hop presence ... enough for a hophead to get their fix within the first sip. Spikes of charred malt poke through the thick blanket of hops. Warmth of alcohol plays well. We have no choice but to love this beer.
01-11-2011 03:04:06 | More by BeerAdvocate
4.43/5 rDev +5%
A - Poured a very dark brown from the bottle, but in the glass it is as good as black. Only on the edges do you get a very dark caramel color. Nice head that settled down pretty quickly.
S - The color had me ready for roasted malt and chocolate, instead it is all hops on the nose. Sweet and citrus, would not be surprised if they dry hopped with some Ahtanum in there.
T - Nice bitterness but not as much as I was expecting from the aroma, a nice surprise! Not picking up much roast at all but plenty of chocolate and dark caramel malts which give it some nice fruit flavors. Definite hop presence, lots of citrus and fruit...didn't taste as pine to me as many say here. Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo is my guess for what is in there. They did some great late hop additions here, lots of flavor without a big bang of bitterness.
M - Good...not spectacular, would like a little more body, but it is good.
D - This is a good beer and good beer is drinkable! Really, even with the higher alcohol, it finishes clean and can easily enjoy a 22 oz. bomber or a couple 12 oz. or pints. Complex but not tiring.
09-24-2009 00:02:44 | More by steelerguy
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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