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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,924 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 4,924
Reviews: 1,814
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 213
Gots: 335 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: black with a nice tan head and lacing.
S: american hops and dark roasted malts.
T: same as above. malts are reminiscent of a just over medium bodied dryish stout (some coffee and dark molasses) with lots of american hops clearing it out to a bitter, drying finish. lingering hops and roasty malts, manages to seem crisp at the end.
M: frothy and lively for this abv.
D: goes down a lot easier than you'd think for this abv. alcohol is well-hidden and the dryish hoppy finish helps in this regard.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 16:55:35 | More by MrMcGibblets
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ABCJiugui

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into tulip

A- black, opaque with tints of reddish brown on edges with less concentration, sticky 2 finger head recedes to cap, single top ring of consistent lacing.

S- malty, caramel, american hops/piney/citric. Very pleasant and nothing overpowering, in balance and melded well to the point that I'm content that I can't tease out everything.

T- Malt sweetness mixes and recedes into a sharp finish of piney hop bitterness which lingers, very well balanced and tasty.

M- carbonation contributes to creamy feel, full bodied, very pleasing.

Overall, stone's done it again. Like the arrogant bastard/double bastard, this beer is really good. Totally unexpected color, but that actually added to the score for me, and the aggressive-yet-balanced hopping of the beer is really pleasant to take in. Heck of a beer and gladly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 06:58:13 | More by ABCJiugui
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fsimcox

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an 8oz tulip glass.

Poured a deep, dark black. Big tan fluffy head that dissipates surprisingly quickly to a thin tan layer! Very nice lacing down the entire glass.

Smells of hops, some grapefruit and a hint of roast malt. Very nice, and not overpowering.

Creamy hops up front, with a slightly bitter finish, some grapefruit at the end, and a hint of grapefruit aftertaste. Some carbonation in the back.

Mouth feel is creamy. With an all around hop presence.

Overall a wonderful IPA well worth a second glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 14:23:27 | More by fsimcox
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walshclimb

Nevada

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Update - I had one of these last night that has been aging almost 4 months. It is like a different beer. Nicer, cleaner smell and much more balanced flavor. That harsh bitter aftertaste is all but gone. I am very impressed with how well this is aging. Boy am I glad I have 3 more bottles. So, I have upped my taste from 3.5 to 4.0. I will reconsider in a month or two and maybe bring it up a little more.

Original review -
I have to say, I had really high hopes for this after last year's anniversary ale. Unfortunately I was left a little disappointed. Still a good beer, just no fireworks for me. Starts off nice, with a black pour with a thick tan head that is frothy with bubbles ranging from very small to 1/8". You can see active carbonation in the body, and it leaves sparse lace up the side of my tulip glass. The smell is there too, with citrus to floral hops coming through first with light malt in the background. It smells almost summer-y and is a surprise considering how dark the beer is. I was expecting strong roasted malts but it isn't really there. There is light caramel to molasses with increasing caramel and decreasing hops smell as it warms.

The initial flavor is nice and bitter with a sweet to smkey transition to a long lived very bitter, almost harsh aftertaste. The aftertaste is complex with roasted to burnt malt and strong hop bitterness that never seems to go away. Not as balanced as I would like and the aftertaste is just too bitter and stays around too long. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a milky to creamy feel, active carbonation and slightly alcoholic finish.

Overall, this is a good beer. I guess it is one of those situations where you look forward to something for too long - a year! The complexity is good, but the balandce is not. It is great for a hop head that likes it dark, but I don't expect to be desperately seeking this one out like I was with last year's beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 19:09:30 | More by walshclimb
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, "enjoy by 06 29 10"

Pours very dark brown with a sudsy tan head. Smell is super crisp, citrusy, and sweet. A bunch of grapefruit in the taste, and other assorted hoppy layers. Hard to believe all this is coming from such a dark brew. The malt is pretty subdued, but does add a mellowness the body and finish. Bitterness expectedly rears up at the end. Maybe a little clash of characters, and except for a touch of alcohol burn, drinks quite easy for 8.7%

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 04:45:56 | More by sixerofelixir
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Justinomoore53008

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark, with a tan-like head. Looks like oil in the bottle.

S - Very bitter hops with a hint of citrus (when first opened). Towards the end of the bottle, the malt really comes out and the hops mellows away.

T - Mild malt taste with a strong hops aftertaste. It's rated at 90 IBU's but I would place it more around 80 or 85.

M - Heavy compared to most IPAs I've tried. Feels kind of thick when it starts to warm up, but not overly so.

Overall, I like it. It's the most expensive beer I've ever had, and certainly one of the best. Good job Stone!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 01:39:43 | More by Justinomoore53008
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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the idea behind this beer, and where they are trying to go with it. Intentions are good. Dark, bitter, malty, fruity. It is a cross between an IPA and a stout from what I can tell. It's good, a very strong beer, complex, with a strong finish, sort of coffee-like at the end, leaves a slight after taste. I must admit, at the first sip, I was disappointed, I have learned to expect great things from Stone, but after I started to drink it, it grew on me, and I enjoyed it. Great pour/appearance, consistency. For the price they charge, I am not sure I'd buy this again, don't get me wrong, it's a solid beer, but it is over-priced, I think you could get alot better value for the money. I probably wouldn't get it again, mainly because of the price not taste.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 00:00:39 | More by Pittsburgh
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phisig137

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, with slight ruby highlights around the edges. 2 finger head has good retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma is deliciously hoppy, not that you'd expect much else from Stone. Big time west coast citrus hops are backed by and ever so slight chocolate malt aroma. Not in the sweet way at all, just like dry bitter cocoa.

Flavor is much the same. Nice slightly sweet amber malts up front, with a good amount of cocoa hints. Followed by a smooth wave of hop flavor. All the usual suspect "C" hops seem to be present, yielding a very left coast flavor profile. Finish is bitter, but not searing. Mouthfeel is moderate and sticky. Drinkability is good.

Definitely an odd duck. Chocolate IPA perhaps? I'm a bit torn on this one though. I applaud Stone for their originality in this one, but I'm also a little disappointed. While it's not a earth shattering as the Stone 10th, it's still a damn fine beer. I'll be picking up a few more to drink, and a few more to cellar, just out of curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 00:22:35 | More by phisig137
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FlyFisher2782

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Topped by a healthy, rich dense foamy dark tan head, somewhat reminiscent of a head you'd see on a porter.

Color is dark black yet not entirely opaque like an RIS.

Aroma is all the way hops, big piney sticky hops, not much in the way of anything else going on in the nose, typical IPA all the way.

A combo type beer for sure and man is it enjoyable. My favorite part is the balance and smoothness of it all, surprisingly enough it is killer smooth. Starts off with a creamy mouthfeel (similar to a dry stout) giving way to big hop finish but not overpowering. Lingering taste is a bit of the roasted malt which still has some presence (albeit a small one) amongst the hoppy finish.

Alcohol? Its in here? Can't find it. A surprisingly smooth hybrid style. Grab some while you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 00:55:35 | More by FlyFisher2782
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had 12/30/09

This pours a dark, dark brown - definitely not quite black, with an effervescent head, loose quick forming and disappearing head. Looks decent, but not exiting. The smell gets you with C-hops, citrus, underripe mango, lemon-lime, with a lot of pollen, resin, flowers. Super flowery. But you get just a note of chocolate, caramelly sweetness. I guess it more than does its job as a black IPA. The taste definitely has more malt balance than the smell. It's very sweet and chocolatey, caramelly, not quite roasty like a stout, but the hops add greatly to the complexity. Pleasant and fruity, a nice layer of sweetness, mango and sweet oranges on top of some chocolatey tastes, not quite bready enough to remind me of cake. The body is moderately full, the carbonation is kind of hard to predict, but is a little low. Overall, its very nice and enjoyable, though the hoppiness pushes the envelope. I think its a good beer, like Stone IPA with some chocolatey sweetness, which I think is a bit of an improvement on the enjoyability. And it gets more interesting as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2010 01:37:47 | More by taylorhamrick
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Surely this ale is too magnificent to be decanted into a simple pint glass. This great brew requires something more...say...a carefully crafted silver-rimmed chalice. Yes, that may suffice. Needless to say, even this glorious piece of glassware is not worthy enough to hold the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

A: This grand elixir was not pleased with its housings within the chalice. It wanted to escape...badly. Small spheres raced to the surfacing, begging for release. In the process, they formed a thick, but quickly dissipating beige head. What was left of the makeshift crown, however, was radiant lacing that continued to persist after death.

The swarthy fluid absorbed all light. Even when held up to a source of luminance, it was opaque.

S: The scent of hops is quite intense, as it should be.

T: The hops assault the taste buds with grapefruit and pine. Roasted malt quickly rushes to defend, but ultimately loses. There is a war being fought in your mouth when you imbibe this great drink. The only victor...is you.

M: What can you expect when a conflagration is created by the artillery fired from both sides of this epic battle? Thick. Yes.

O: Quite an excellent brew. A bit more focused and balanced than the Escondidian. I'm quite jubilant that they continued to brew this great drink.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:49:09 | More by TTAmod
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benclimbs

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a tulip glass black and beautiful with a one finger lingering head and a ton of lacing...bad ass lookin beer.

smell is a lot like a big huge double IPA nothing like a dark ale - wow! so freaking surprising, the hoppiest dark ale ive ever smelled.

taste is so amazing, really really hop dominated with some bittersweet STRONG coffee notes and a crazy extremely bitter finish...a little bit of alcohol warmth throughout - crazy crazy beer.

mouthfeel is nice, but can't score well for drinkability - this is one of the harshest, least drinkable beers i've ever had, albeit both delicious and interesting, but DAMN! this thing is freaking gnarly - could not drink a whole bomber of this beer, no freaking way.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 07:27:52 | More by benclimbs
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thryn

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark reddish-brown. Nearly black. Nearly opaque, once it's in the goblet. Head doesn't last, but a cappucino-colored lace hangs out on top and forms a lovely halo. An attractive beer. Some loose-weave lacing.

Tons of citrusy hop character in the nose. Faint roasted malt in the background, but I really have to search for it. Smells pretty much like a good DIPA, but doesn't reach "wow" levels.

Basically, it's a mindfuck -- it doesn't *look* like a DIPA, but it *tastes* like a DIPA. It's good, but I was hoping for the roasted malt to come out a bit more. It's present right when the beer first hits my tongue, but then the powerful hop flavors overwhelm it, sending the poor malts screaming for the hills. Hop character is mostly citrusy, bitter grapefruit with some oily pine involved as well. A tiny bit of raisin character and a little more roastiness comes out as it warms. Still, I would, indeed, call this a black DIPA.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. It's fairly thick, and of course oily from all the hops, but creamy nonetheless.

This is drinkable, but it is also powerful.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 07:43:25 | More by thryn
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snpub540

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard alot of hype around this beer so I had to go and try it myself, not that I wasn't going to anyways. Pour was a very dark brown that was almost black. Thin tan head tops it off, and leaves some nice lacing on the way down.

Aromas are all IPA. Citrus and pine hops, and a hint at roasted malts to go with the very dark color.

The taste was mostly hops. Pretty much the same as the aromas. There was also a coffee after taste that followed. Pretty much a very hoppy porter. Small amount of alcohol is present in the end. Very enjoyable.

I found this to be a very good beer. Another great offering from Stone. Tastes like an IPA and a porter. Alcohol content is not overwhelming and there is a nice smoothness to mix with the bitter hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 23:47:13 | More by snpub540
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 growler fill....I think we have a winner for the evening. Thanks Consumers.

Appearance:
After skimming the review and expecting a typical stone light-amber ale I was supremely surprised by this black -dark brown monster. Garnet around the edges with a light tan head that builds to about an inch in my pint mug and stayed present through most of the drink while lacing all the way down.

Smell:
Super hoppy with a sweet malt that beckons to be consumed, immediately. It's got incredible balance that allows both the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops to be intertwined throughout my entire breath. I can only hope that this balance can translate into taste, a good start for this beer thus far.

Taste:
This beer tastes almost like an imperial porter. I am definitely getting lingering roasted, caramelized sugars with a pungent, overpowering, and piney hop. The hops are the key player in this flavor profile, which takes some getting used to because they come on strong. It's rich and hearty as far as beers go, but doesn't give as much appreciation to the yeast and malt as I would have preferred.

Mouthfeel:
Initial lingering pine sap all over your tongue coating it from other flavor experiences for at least a minute after tasting. My next sip is more because I want to get rid of the dense bitterness clouding my senses than because I want to. The beer does grow on me as i continually consume it, as I knew it would, but it's at the expense of half a pint sacrifice before coming around. I would have preferred a Stone that didn't have to come on strong with its hops...it's obviously lacking for a small...you know.

Drinkability:
The price was unbeatable, a sale that will never be reproduced at Consumers again. I am certain that I made the right choice for the evening, even though the beer was lacking in flavor and left a slightly undesirable aftertaste. At a cool temperature this beer travels down the esophagus nicely and with little effort. I would try this beer if you are a fan of stouts/porters, dark, and super hoppy beers.

Cheers.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2011 06:16:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark brown with decent head. Almost two fingers of light tan head rises, lasting a couple minutes. The lacing is pretty solid.

The aroma is pretty light giving off a nice smooth hoppiness.

The taste is super hoppy from start to finish with a very bitter finish. There is slight earthniess to this that separates it from being an ipa, a nice change of pace.

Overall, pretty decent. Its an ipa that isn't. If your an ipa search this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:12:03 | More by jrallen34
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pmlondrigan

New York

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well I've had this one a few times and now just getting around to reviewing it. Before I even poor the beer I can smell that west coast dry hopping. Pours black with a two finger light tan head with spotty lacing all around. Again crazy west coast piney hop aroma. Multi layered hoppiness, a little piney and floral, a good bit bitter with a lasting sharp after taste. Full body and rich without tasting like a hoppy porter. Well carbed and well rounded and easy to drink to boot. at 8.7 abv there is not hot flavor and no sign of the booze.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:24:25 | More by pmlondrigan
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown to almost black. Medium to big, frothy, tan colored head. Lacing and retention are both very good. Hints of light peek through the almost impenetrable brown to black body. A beautiful beer.

S- Bang baby! You know she's a black IPA with hop aromas like that. Mostly pine hop scents with a hint of resin flavor. Not too overpowering. Hints of the darker malts are in there, but mostly covered up by the hops.

T- Starts with a bang of hops mixed almost evenly with dark malt flavors. Tongue immediately is met with burnt flavors and hops bitterness. These flavors mix very well throughout the drink, except for the very end. The drink finishes with a slight, almost chemical-flavored bite. It's not too distracting, but it's not among the better flavors of this beer. Aftertaste is mainly of the burnt malt flavors and lingers only a little while.

M- The weight of this beer is a mix between a porter and an IPA. Slightly thicker and less carbonated than an IPA, it is very drinkable. No alcohol is detectable, and the burnt flavors and the hops don't really destroy the palate. Rather gentle on the palate as far as Stone brews go.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of a style that I am discovering that I like. Not quite as Wookey Jack from my memory, but the mix of hops and dark malts is superb except for that slight finishing flavor. Wish these weren't $8 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:48:31 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Lockbreeze925

United Kingdom (England)

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Just for the hell of it, I'm reviewing the UK-only cask version of this beer, which (to add to the fun) was available on gravity dispense from a cask mounted on the bar. That won't happen often.

This brew (part of the Wetherspoons fest) is UK-brewed by Stone and is significantly moderated down to 5% from the normal strength. Still, it retains the essence of the original with a massive hop punch involving a piney overall taste, coupled with an understated coffee/roast presence and a long bitter finish. Very bitter.

Appearance was naturally flat, with a small cream-coloured head lasting reasonably well on top of the blackness. Aroma was all wet hop impact.

Mouthfeel...er...not the brewer's fault, but that presence on the bar counter, with only a thin jacket for "cooling"...meant the beer was virtually room temperature, much too warm for any beer, never mind a black IPA. However (making imaginative adjustments for the heat), I'm giving high marks for the beer that lurks within the warmth, which is a bitter hop delight. If it had been on hand-pump, they would have needed a crowbar to prise me away.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2012 17:20:56 | More by Lockbreeze925
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale into a Belgian Tulip.

A- Pours black with just a touch of ruby highlights when held up to the light. Nice thick two fingers of creamy mocha head.

S - Getting grapefruit, pine needles with some hop resin in there.

T - Different for sure. Roasted malts with grapefruit and hops. Mid palate getting subdued pineapple with a touch of citrus.

M - Very smooth beer, medium carbonation with medium to full on the mouthfeel.

O - Nice brew. Just getting in to the style, and this is very nice. Recommended! Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:17:30 | More by fitrock2112
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sublimely pours a deep amber brown that is almost too dark to see through. It's not possible from the full glass to see if the beer is cloudy or not. I guess I will be forced to drink some down and look at it later. The head is a strong latte brown that rises fast and sticks around for some time.

American Strong ale that should be in the IPA class if not for the color. The nose has buckets full of strong citrus hops with a warm malt backbone behind it. Excellent.

The taste is close to a barleywine because of the strong hops, crisp malts and large bitterness. The citrus from the nose carries on into the taste but it's not as potent. Maple syrup soaked grains make up the rest of this flavorful beer.

Tasty but a little harsh on the mouthfeel. The bitterness starts to wear on me after a few sips. In the beginning it was a nice compliment to the bold flavors but now I find it distracting. There is also a booziness from the ABV that you don't taste but can feel after the swallow. A strong start and an above average finish yields a strong well enjoyed brew. Well worth it and by the reviews (A- with 1,026 and counting) I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 00:17:24 | More by jbphoto88
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sfprint

Germany

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger rootbeer head, very dark cola color, rising carbonation not visible through the darkness. Looks like a soda minus the carbonation.
S: IPAish, floral fruity hops, slight heaviness beneath that.
T: Porterish, but also IPAish, in fact I would say it's a direct cross between the two styles, however more on the IPA/DIPA side. The porterishness of it is like. There's definitely a coffee ground quality in there, but not particularly heavy like most porters are. Has the body resembling more of a DIPA. Mild bitterness. Interesting style, I wouldn't have thought of it. It's good but I can't say I love it.
M: a hair astringent, medium-heavy body, mild but sharpish sting.
O: Interesting and good, but not my style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 06:30:34 | More by sfprint
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Gmann

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown color, almost black, nice fluffy light brown head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is of grapefruit hops, some pineapple; juicy and fresh. The taste is of grapefruit, piney, and resiny hops, all in that order. A roasted malt is detected after the hop blast, also a touch of caramel. This is one hoppy and roastd malt bitter bomb. Well bodied, not quite chewy, fizzy carbonation, bitter all around, finishes with an asprin like dryness. Good contrast between the hops and malt but both bitter. A little too bitter and dry for my liking. A big hoppy bitter brew, with plenty of flavor. I'll finish off the bomber but my tastebuds might be shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:21:46 | More by Gmann
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, coffee colored with thick, tan head that slowly dissipates. Persistent lacing.

S: Piney and citrus notes dominate in a good way. Mild roastiness is present as well. Pleasant.

T: Nose comes through in the taste as you'd expect. Roastiness comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell. A little chocolate here as well. Mild licorice as it warms.

M: Chewy and full. The hops leave a dry finish. Excellent.

D: The in your face hops and high ABV, which is slightly noticible, make this an enjoyable sipper.

This is the best black IPA that I've had so far, but having Upland's Komodo Dragonfly recently, the gap has closed.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:59:04 | More by titosupertramp
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black, opaque, with a massive 4+ finger mocha colored head. Retention is excellent with a thick cap remaining. Abundant lacing.

S - Heavy on the hops. Lots of pine and some sweetish fruits. Quite herbal and floral with little bits of citrus and apple.

T - Pine, flowers, and a touch of fruit comes on first with a minimal sweetness that lasts but a second. At this point, I'm not sure whether or not some malt is trying to pull through, but I'm leaning towards not. Spicy grapefruit peel character ushers in the beginning of the bitterness, followed by earthy tones. After some sort of burnt sugar finish, the bitterness is almost staggering as it lingers and lingers for several minutes along with evident alcohol flavor.

M - The mouthfeel on SSR is great. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Everything slides down quite smoothly begging me for another sip.

D - Decent stuff, but somehow unoriginal. The bitterness is pretty rough but the mouthfeel provides a great delivery of the flavors at hand. For such a black beer I would expect more malt presence which hinders the brew a little. Still, a solid offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 08:21:30 | More by PatrickJR
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,924 ratings.