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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,975
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 358 | 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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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours pitch black, like an RIS, but with very little head retention. What little head there is is a dark off-white color that leaves a lot of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Surprisingly, this smells like a tasty IPA: very strong hops and sweet citrus, especially grapefruit.

T/M: More surprises; tastes like a cross between a stout and IPA: A medium to full body with a good amount of dark, roasted malts is prominent up front. This transitions to a bitter hops finish with lingering notes of dark chocolate and espresso. A great array of complex flavors here. Some booze is apparent in the flavor, but not much.

D: A complex and smooth offering from stone. A nice palette of flavors that seamlessly mix the desirable aspects of two distinct styles of beer into one. A fine sipper to be enjoyed over the course of an evening. Try a bottle for yourself and see if you are worthy!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 03:16:51 | More by MrDanno96
Photo of berpwillie


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a jet black color with spare off white head and good lacing. smells heavily hoppy and bitter although wasn't as hoppy in flavor mostly just bitter with a slightly roasted nutty carmel taste. the finish is extremely bitter. not nearly as full bodied as i would have thought by the look. this beer is delcious and goes down very easy. would definitely try again and would highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 12:29:27 | More by berpwillie
Photo of xpoweruser


4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Extremely dark ruby red/brownish color, brown head, some sediment. Nice head and lacing.

Aroma: Very nice floral and pine, very hoppy, a little citrus. Some roast and coffee notes come though.

Taste: Nice strong hop bite, pine, grapefruit, spice, with some citrus flavors and dryness. Some roast, coffee, and dark chocolate notes from the malts. Hops dominate this brew, but the sweetness from the malts is noticeable. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Nice carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very well brewed Black IPA. Nice juicy hop flavor with some stout/porter characteristics. Stone is a very consistent brewery and this brew lives up to the high standards they set.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 03:47:20 | More by xpoweruser
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 1/8
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a deep, dark brown with a two finger of light brown, sudsy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving one big sheet of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is a fantastic blend of roasted malts, and citrusy, piney hops.

T: Taste starts with light citrus hop notes with a blend of deep roasted malts. Toastiness comes through mingled with minor grapefruit. Charred malts and piney earthiness take the finish.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, nice slight, oily feel.

D: Goes down easily, extremely tasty, somewhat filling, well hidden kick. This is easily one of the best Black IPA's that I have had thus far.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 13:34:50 | More by Jayli
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black with some red and brown highlights around the edges. Thick tan cap that's receding but leaving nice lacing as it goes and continues into a sheet the entire way down the glass.

S - Big initial contrast shows it's not just a ABA/BIPA/CDA/whatever in name. There's a perfume-like burst of some darker grains and citrus. Great hop bouquet that Stone almost always nails. Amarillo is noticeable, there's a big citrus rind note along with some floral notes.

T - The roast note in this really reminds me of GL Edmund Fitzgerald, even though it's incredibly subdued in comparison. It has a light roasted grain flavor without the bitterness. There is plenty of bitterness, though. What works so well in is how the hops stand out clearly against the light roast flavor. There are some grapefruit and citrus rind notes that are common in their other beers(from the Chinook, I guess), and also a sort of grassy/intoxicating floral flavor.

MF - Medium bodied and pretty nice considering ABV. Ample carbonation, which I really like in pales and IPAs.

O - I rarely have this beer because I don't see it around all that often, but I walked into the store the other day and it was just sitting in plain sight, so I had to grab one. Glad I did. Stone is consistent and they handle hops better than most. This is one of the few hoppy black ales I've had that I think is more than just someone jumping on the bus.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 03:36:20 | More by HitokiriNate85
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a dense, inky, stout-esque dark brown, impassable but for a blade of ruby at the very bottom. Two fingers of khaki head melt gradually to a velvety quilt of froth. Tapestries of lacing blanket the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, there's a murky mist of roasted malt, with caramel, brown sugar, and raisin. A whiff of biscuit falls before a happy onslaught of grapefruit and pine. A surprisingly temperate breeze of alcohol crisps things even further.

Upon sipping, the malt is briefly sweet before a light bitter char speaks of deep roast, and blueberry and currants come through crisply. The hops dash in on a valiant gallop of dry grapefruit, resiny pine, and poignant bitterness. The alcohol is hotter here, but far from scalding. A slight blanch of residual sweetness and biscuit is crisped, dried, and bittered in the finish. The full flavor profile almost sneaks up on you, because it takes a moment or so for the complexity and blending to ring out.

Full bodied, the malt is slick and treacly, and the peppery hop glow is assertive and pert.

As big as it is, much of the flavor, and the malt especially, is rounded and subtle, which is a testament to a fine blend of quality ingredients. It's a hoppy bastard but comfortably over-the-top, Stone-style. The punchy ABV is incorporated, and it warms agreeably, making the beer drinkable and fun, but also a touch dangerous. So, happy Anniversary, and thanks for letting me in on the celebration. And I'll revisit this one at six months and a year courtesy of my cellar.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 21:48:48 | More by Foxman
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a wide-mouth glass (all I had).

A - This beer is pitch black and lets no light through. The head is tan, thick and has an oil sheen on it. It fades to a few patches of tiny bubbles and a ring of them around the glass.

S - Very strong American hop aroma. It is mixed with malt and alcohol, but the hops really dominate. I am not a hop-head, but this does smell very good.

T - From the smell, I expect hops to be the first taste, and it is. There is hugely strong hop bitterness, and hop taste that infuse the beer. There is a lot of malt fighting to be noticed and it eventually comes through, along with some chocolate, roasted and coffee notes. Alcohol is also a big taste contributor. Overall, it is very complex, despite the initial impression of "all hops".

M - The body is medium to heavy, but is lightened by some carbonation and alcohol burn. There is a lingering mouthcoating feel, but it seems appropriate for the huge taste.

D - I am not normally big on heavy American hops, but this one is balanced just enough by malt and alcohol to be enjoyable to me.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 04:31:02 | More by Radome
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottle pours a dark black with a little bit of foam. Smell is of pine hops with dark malt lingering. The first taste is more on the malty side with a bit of the hops coming in on the end. Its not a bad beer and it drinks pretty smooth considering the 8.7% alc. This is defiantely an interesting style of beer between black ipa and strong ale. Not bad overall.

Picked up another bottle of this last weekend and it must have been a lot fresher then my previous one. Very hop bitter and quite delicious. Really suprised me this time.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 02:26:21 | More by WeedKing4
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type- 22 ounce bomber poured into a Lowenbrau mug.

A- Pours a jet black reminiscent of a stout or porter. There is a nice dirty white head that does not stay around very long. A fair amount of cling present but again nothing over whelming. Not what I was expecting when I poured an American Strong Ale but then again I have had a rather limited experience with this particular type of beer.

S- The first note I get is grapefruit, this beer almost knocks you over with the citrus smell. That smell is combined with a chocolate and coffee backbone. There also notes of hops and some caramel?

T- The big hop presence in the taste is quite suprising given the appearance and smells. I expected the hops after gettting a good whiff from the nose but not to the extent that the taste offers. The hops seem to be balanced with coffee and citrus. This a great flavor combination that masks the overall strength the beer possesses.

I nice beer, but what else would you expect from a brewer like Stone? Once again this company does not disappoint serving a very good and rather strong beer. This has been a welcome addition to the Imperial IPAs that I have been ravenously consuming this summer. I will certainly be picking this up again and storing a few in the cellar to see what age does to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 22:48:53 | More by cbros
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black, barely any highlights but ruby red highlights where there are any. Off white tan, good retention.

S - Bit of roasty, but ample hop aroma (citrus and fruity).

T - Interesting. Roasty notes but hopp at the same time. Citrus and fruity again, with floral notes.

M - Smooth and bitter.

D - Good.

From notes take a few weeks ago.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2011 04:32:11 | More by IllNate
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber, shared with BA r0nyn.

Poured into a nonic pint.

Dark blood-red liquid when held towards the light, but barely allowing any to pass. Light-mocha colored bubbly head that measures to easily around 2 fingers. Low head retention period with some nice amounts of lacing on the glass. You would think this was a porter in the glass from a distance. Black IPA's are a new novelty to me, so smelling this was a nice experience. The black aspect really shone through with the toasted aromas from the malt barley, while the -IPA aspect gave way to some nice citrus infusion. Overall, the aromas carried more of the hoppy presence.

Taste was basically drinking a love baby from a porter and IPA. It began with great toasted malt flavors with bold amounts of caramel sweetness. Then it all ended with a fresh hop pineyness and bitterness, which lingered for quite a while on the palate. Not one taste of the alcohol either. Amazing balance, great transitions, no overpowering flavors - just smooth.

Medium-bodied mouthfeel, just like a porter. Small tactile bubbly mouthfeel. Very, very, very drinkable. Incredibly flavorful and easy to drink. I could see why the XI anniversary was so highly requested. This is a badass beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 23:26:00 | More by infi
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store Pub. Pours almost black with ruby highlights and a thin head. Smells very hoppy with citrus as well as burnt sugar, caramel, and some roastiness. The taste is quite an interesting mix of roastiness, hoppiness, and tannins. Tea-like in flavor, with burnt sugar and hops. In the mouth its smooth and a bit tannic on the finish. Very interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2010 02:43:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Last time I went to Whole Foods, this was still on shelves. I hope its still there...I've only had two and they were so wondeful!

A- Poured into an Arrogant Bastard pint glass and wait...I'm so confused? I smell IPA but I see a stout. It's black as night with a tan head...looks good, but certainly not the golden IPA stone usually does!

S- Smells like an IPA until the very end. Very hoppy, citrus (grapefruit), a little piney, and floral, but all the way at the very end I get an odd sweetness of caramel!

T- This may very well be my favorite IPA because it has some interesting aspects of a stout. The flavors of the smell come through again, hops, grapefruit, and pine, but then the fun happens! A slight maltiness comes through at the end with notes of caramel, chocolate, and caramelized sugar.

M- It's a happy mix between the creaminess of a stout, and the crispness of an IPA.

D- Good, but a little strong and a little astringent. It needs to be sipped, which works to the drinkers advantage because the malt comes through more as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 21:35:51 | More by JoeMayo
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - deep dark sludge with a beautiful huge head. lacing seems to be everlasting. can't wait to dive into this.

s - bright citrus hops lead with a wallop of chocolate malt on the finish. smells as good as it looks...

t - this where this ale really explodes! a perfectly balanced marriage of cocoa and piney hops. it's subtle and huge at the same time...easily the best thing i've tasted from stone.

m - the perfect amount of bitterness, carbonation, and hoppy resin. not a hint of that high alcohol which could be a blessing or a curse.

d - holy crap...where have you been all my life? black ipa's are easily my favorite style of the last couple years and SSR is exceptional. i'm not the biggest fan of stone so i usually walk by them when i'm making a purchase. this beer has given me a new found respect for them. BUY THIS NOW!

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 03:43:10 | More by decafron
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South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a La Fin Du Monde Chalice from a bomber

A - black with the slightest hint of ruby at the bottom of the glass, poured a good 2 finger head that was tan and fluffy, already leaving great lace

S - great hops smell - citrus/piney, pepper, maybe grass, hints of wood and pale malt

T - sweet, fruit candy like start that is immediately taken over by the hops that are more piney here, the end reminds me of a high quality whiskey with the oak and alcohol

M - good carbonation and medium body, definitely smooth

D - was going to just drink half and then recap it, but I decided I wanted to keep exploring this beer, esp when it warmed, a good sipping beer but one you just can't stop sipping, Stone owns the American Strong Ale category

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 01:33:09 | More by wchesak
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a deep dark black with ruby red highlights around the edges. The smell of amarillo and simcoe assualt you from the moment you open and pour the beer. The head is a slightly off white and sticks around throughout the glass.

Hop bitterness dominates the taste with citrus notes throughout the beer. A malt creeps on the end of the beer to attempt to balance this out but so fresh the beer is weighted heavily to the hops.

Tasty but overall low drinkability due to the bitterness of the beer. An experince I would share with a friend again however.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 21:37:03 | More by Alkiser
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New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a snifter. Jet black pour with a medium white head, slight lacing. It has big pine and grapefruit notes on the nose. The flavor is lots of pine and tropical fruit, from first sip to aftertaste. The flavors are strong and linger for a long time. The beer is medium/full in body and has good carbonation. And with everything stone is aggressively hopped, a good thing. A very good black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 00:38:06 | More by bonkers
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, dark blue and grey colors on the screenprinting. Usual long description on the back seems to imply this is a dark IPA.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown/black, with some ruby around the edges. Nice tan colored head with great retention.

Smell: Strange - with the dark color I was expecting roast or chocolate malt aroma, but it is all hops. Lots of citrus.

Taste: Mmm .. hoppy, just a bit of darker malt flavors in the finish. Lots of citrus hops up front, and then the finish is a bit of dark fruit, and some roasted taste.

Overall impression: Very good combination of malt and hops - I like this one a lot. Reminds me a lot of the Avery New World Porter, which is another dark IPA. I'd love to see this one on a regular basis, but I won't be holding my breath.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 00:31:28 | More by rowew
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

a - Very dark brown color with hints of red. This had moderate carbonation and about 1 finger of head that looked great.

s - I definitely smelled some roasted malts, and also smelt some coffee, toffee, and chocolate. Smells great.

t - Wow, really liked this taste. Tastes of roasted malts, some chocolate, but also some bitter hops. A nice contrast of sweet and bitter tastes.

m - Full bodied with small carbonation, this beer feels very creamy and smooth.

d- I really liked this strong ale. I thought the taste was very complex and interesting, and I really liked the roasted malt and chocolate flavors. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 16:47:51 | More by mdfb79
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank on 4/19/10

A- creamy 1/4" off white head on an espresso colored opaque brew. Head receeds leaving whispy multi-tiered halos.

S- fruity hops with a hint of malt sweetness. Light refreshing fruit aroma of a much lighter beer.

T- chocolate & roast malt flavors with a delicious hop flavor interweaving. Nice hints of coffee and malty sweetness. Fruity & citrus hop flavors come through well.

MF- nice med. Bodied ale with a good mouth coating. Nice bitterness reminiscent of SNPA. Light carbonation feeling.

D- delicious, with quite an intoxicating effect after the first pint. I love the roast malts and biting hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 17:40:02 | More by evansrdbrew
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is definately a beer ive been looking forwards to sample about time we see these good brews in Australia and it pours a lucious dark kola hue that lets no light in with decent carbonation that leaves behind a one finger head that stays and leaves sporadic clingy lacing,it has a nice medium bodied perfectly carbonated mouthfeel which feels ultra smooth and leaves you with tastes of piney hops,boiled candy,mandarin,mocha,a light tinge of caramel,piney hops,bitter milky coffee and on finish suprisingly the bitterness is subdued by the sweet dark malt character and overall a truly beautiful drop which really shows how an ABA should be balanced like.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 05:03:04 | More by ADZA
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany with a dense tan head that is nice and sticky.

S - Starts off quite nice with some sweet hints of plums and a nice hopy and citrus aroma. Mild toasted malt aromas as well.

T - Very complex beer. Start off with a nice grassy and earthy hop flavor that is well balanced with some nice toasty malts. There is quite a bready malt character and flavor that is also sweet. There are some nice spicy notes as well and there are some nice fruit sweetness around. There is a nice dry and citric finish similar to that of a DIPA.

M & D - Very complex and delicious beer. Good carbonation and good medium body and refreshing. Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 01:29:06 | More by JoEBoBpr
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United Kingdom (England)

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is jet black, with a big creamy caramel head, and no real sign of carbonation.

Aroma: A raging battle between malts and hops, one moment there is the signature resinous piney hops we've all come to expect from Stone, then there is a heavy sweet roasted maltiness. Chocolate and coffee, then citrus, and grapefruit...very complex.

Taste: The taste is much the same as the nose, it's a back and forth battle between the ingredients. Roasted malts, chocolate, and a subtle oat cake taste, which is slowly overpowered in the middle by a bitter fruity pine, and then the finish is a smooth bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and heavy; with a wonderfully smooth finish.

Drinkability: This is a class act, incredibly flavourful, and smooth as silk. A hard beer to describe, the best thing to do is to try it for yourself.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 21:13:57 | More by PartyBear
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Florida Stone Kick Off party.

A: Pours a nice dark hue with a nice tight half finger head. Nice retention and lace noted.

S: Nice marriage of malt and hops. Nice roasted malt aromas with bold tones of citrus pushing thru.

T: This one has toned down a touch from when I had it fresh in bottles, but that is not a bad thing. I loved this one fresh and it has added wonderful balance with age. Tons of rich roasted malt up front. Hints of chocolate and a touch of toast. The hops still dominate the finish. Tons of C hops give this one a nice citrus finish.

M: Medium in body, great carbonation.

D: Drinking real nice with a year under its belt.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 23:23:36 | More by tpd975
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got a chance to crack open a bottle tonight.

Color is dark, darker than I expected ... frankly. Some nice ruby/amber-hued highlights. The head was slow to build, but perfectly formed at two inches, and thick and tan versus white and foamy.

Smell is pure IPA. Hops, floral notes ... other than the color I'd be expecting just a straight IPA. The taste is mostly ... IPA. Lots of grapefruit hops, maybe a bit more malt sweetness. There is some coffee and bitter chocolate, but you get it mostly as an aftertaste, with just a bit lingering on the tongue.

Not what I expected. A very good beer, but it basically tastes like a real good IPA with some malt backbone, and a shot or two of porter thrown in. Extremely drinkable considering how many flavors they're throwing at you here.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2007 06:19:22 | More by Overlord
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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