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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,610 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 4610
Reviews: 1801
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%


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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Dijeriduster

California

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caught this on tap at Stone in a growler - quite diff from the bottle I tasted a month back...

A - Very dark black ale, but kinda full like a stout or porter. Good creamy head more typical of a pale ale.

S - Amazing hop profile - this is one of Stone's hoppiest. Malt character is sheltered by the bittery hop tones but its still there. Just a hint of roasted grains here - typical for a black ale.

T - Very hoppy beer. Like VERRRRY hoppy. You don't see it coming even after the strong hop smell. I found this to be almost overwhelming vs. the bottle where the hops are a little more subdued. Malt character comes in the middle - with hops dominating the start and finish.

M - Fabulous. Good carbonation supports the grain profile well, until the hops come crashing in.

D - Pretty high for a beer with this much hops. If this were a IIPA and not a black ale I'd say it would be hard to drink. But with the masterful grain profile it really becomes a fabulous drink. I can serve this to folks with an aversion to high alcohol, high hop IPAs and have them smiling...and asking about other hoppy non-IPAs

Serving type: growler

12-02-2009 21:54:15 | More by Dijeriduster
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GRG1313

California

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Stone after tasting it on tap. Wonderful beer; Black with a dan head; an assertive super fresh and bright fresh pine hop nose with undertones of dark unsugared coffee nose.

Big coffee flavor with underlying very bright and citric, grapefruit bitter hops and a back palate of unsweetened licorice and more dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Full body that is very well balanced and with a nice light/medium creamy mouth feel.

A strong long lasting hop and bitter coffee finish. All around very bright hops, full bright flavored and wonderfully drinkable.

Serving type: growler

08-08-2009 01:02:17 | More by GRG1313
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Swimsum

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed on 6/28 from a growler into a pint glass.
A: Pours out black and fairly thick looking. Good size head emerges from initial pour. Head texture is creamy and ivory brown in color. Head is pretty sticky but not much lacing is left on the glass as the brew is consumed. The head stays around for awhile and finally settles to a thin layer.

S: Mostly pine but some floral/grassy notes are there as well. Roasty notes very very faint (maybe be my mind playing a trick). Orange zest is also present in the smell.

T: Pretty much the same as the smell. Big pine taste upfront followed by a slight bitter finish. Grassy notes linger in the aftertaste. Alcohol isn't present when brew is cooler but as it warms up alcohol is more present.

M: Great mouthfeel, creamy but not thick. Good amount of carbonation but it doesn't take away from anything. No harsh alcohol taste when cold but as it warms, slight alcohol taste can be detected but by no means is it harsh.

D: This is a damn drinkable beer. The growler was gone all too quick, glad they bottle this. I really enjoy this beer, goes down smooth and overall just an amazing beer. If you loved the Stone XI fresh, you'll love this beer.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2009 21:16:48 | More by Swimsum
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Dmann

California

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A truly awesome beer, the growler lasted but 2 hours before it was emptied! This is basically a re release of the 11th anniversary ale under a different name, and I'm glad they did this because the 11th was one of my favs and it is great to have it back!

The beer poured a very dark brown color with a great off white head and nice lace on the glass. My nose was quickly drawn to the scents of pine and pineapple and I could not wait to taste it. The flavor was event better than the smell with a bit of dark malt sweetness to start out with, followed by a very fresh, lightly piney and cirtusy hop blast, and rounded out by a touch of alchohol in the end. The perfect carbonation and smoothe, not too thick mouthfeel added greatly to my enjoyment of the beer. No, I do not think any improvements could be made on this one, but get it now while it's fresh! You will not be dissapointed!

Serving type: growler

01-23-2009 00:35:54 | More by Dmann
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Brewsmith

California

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1L growler fill at the brewery. It's interesting how this beer has changed over time. Just in the last 6 months a ton of the hop character has started to fade since the last time I tasted this beer. It's closer to a strong brown ale now than it's former dark IPA self. It still has a good strong hop profile, but it is mellow and round with the malt. Don't expect this beer to slam you over the head with hops, but expect a big malty beer that is still fairly bitter.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2009 01:21:10 | More by Brewsmith
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advm1

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I first want to start off by saying that this is one of my favorite beers right now. So my review is going to be pretty biased :)

It poured out like black coffee into my snifter with a one finger tan head. There were thick tan rings left after each sip and they didn't go away. Smells of hops and more hops, malts and minimal citrus fruits. Tastes exactly how it smells and leaves you with a hoppy aftertaste. Let it warm a little and you'll really taste the malt!! Mouthfeel is wet and refreshing, I actually wanted to gargle with this beer. Carbonation is a little on the heavy side making it a bit difficult to drink glass after glass.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2008 22:18:33 | More by advm1
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m1ked

California

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into a pint from the growler. Modest tan head that quickly retreats to the edges of the glass forming a tan circle. Pours blackness, but when held up to the light the edges are a dark brown/ coca-cola color.

S- Sweet maltiness, with a touch a candy black licorice. Some very light smokiness and brown sugar. If I search for it I can appreciate some bitter hops lost in the mix. If I was blind smelling this I could easily mistake it for a b-wine.

T- How the licorice is really noticeable to me. Not in an overpowering way though. Not as sweet or smoky as the nose presented. More piney hops than the nose gave, but definitely muted compared to when I first had this guy.

M- This may be a consequence of the day old growler, but the feel is thin, but thicker than I recall with the release. Carbonation seems low.

D- This is not a sessionable beer for me, but a really unique, and excellent brew. I can't wait to try the 12th Anni. I also need to go by my spot and see if I can pick up some more of these.

Serving type: growler

07-11-2008 01:56:48 | More by m1ked
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A black colored beer with pin grapefruit and resinous hops flowing through the nose and mouth like a DIPA. Who would thunk? Apparently Stone. The Traditional IPAs get a bit dull after a while. A bit repetitious. This is an interesting way to mix it up.

I have now had several pints of this beer. First on-tap at Capones Restaurant in Norristown, a taste out of a bottle and now I have an entire growler all to my self. (long story was supposed to be shared... oh well... more for me =).

At first I thought they were going for hoppy porter with this beer. Hoppy porters seem to be all around me about now. My notes from the first tasting at the bar were rather undecided. My second tasting of it was a bit more convincing. Now that I realize I am on my second snifter of this growler, I am very pleased with the beer.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown almost black color with a beautiful brown head and moderate lacing.

Smell: What is going on here? WOW. I get a big pine, citrus rind resinous hop bitterness, pineapple floral notes and also a black malt, toasted caramel malty element as well.

Taste: Like the nose, it is a muddle of DIPA flavors primarily but with a roasted Swartzbeir underneath all those fresh hops. It starts boldly hoppy. Grapefruit and pine. The flavor turns roasted espresso dark chocolate bitter through the mid to late end of the palate and then the finish and aftertaste is all about the hops once again. The aftertaste cling indefinitely to the taste buds with both coffee bitterness and pin resin bitterness, though all the burps are of the green variety. =)

Mouthfeel: With all the molasses and dark chocolate flavors even a touch of pumpernickel bread, I hoped for a slightly heartier body. This is an easy drinking beer but I don't think it will age well.

Drinkability: Damn, what can I say when I am singlehandedly polishing off a growler. Pretty drinkable beer. With out question. And certainly unique; which I always respect.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: growler

10-16-2007 05:29:34 | More by Phatz
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samtrillo

California

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Creamy tan head and beautiful dark dark red body.

S - Sweet roasted malts with some hops

T - Um.. yum! Sweet malt and roasted caramel underneath with a bevy of hop and citrus IPA characteristics.

M - Smooth upfront and carbonated later with a bit Alcohol at the end.

O - Really enjoyable and not everyday flavour. Down to have one of these whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 02:02:15 | More by samtrillo
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gonzo000

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a. Was not expecting a black ale - deep and dark with a two inch head on the pour.

s. Smells like a sweet ale. Malt and hops with sugar or molasses (color might be bringing me to molasses).

t. Sweet tasting ale. Quite nice. Alcohol hidden well, as is the case in most stone products.

m. Very nice, good carbonation.

o. Very enjoyable. The light feel of this black ale is surprising.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 02:00:12 | More by gonzo000
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Poured a quick 2 fingers of rich tan/mocha head, body appears to be opaque, but when held up to a light is a tranparent, and the deepest dark red garnet I've ever seen. Lots of carb activity within the body, creating a lingering rocky 1 finger cap, lacing is a thickly lined foam that coats the inside of the glass.

Smell - Big citrus nose of orange peel and red grapefruit, semi-sweet roasted malt, rich soy sauce, some slight floral and herbal hops, very light sweet basil.

Taste - Wow - begins with big citrus hops of lightly candied orange peels and big red grapefruit flavors which are quickly joined with flavors of unsweetened molasses, touch of soy sauce - then some toasted pumpernickel crust, then the hops return with a mouthful of citrus piths and dried peach pits, and some bitter florals and herbs.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel on this due mostly to the bold flavors (almost rich feeling) that fill the mouth. Carb is lower side of medium and is silky smooth foam across the center of the tongue but ends in bright, sharp edges over the sides. Some light heat remains in the throat after each quaff.

Overall - I've had black ipa's in the past where it seemed like a mediocre ipa was "blackened" in the hopes of improving it, not the case here. This feels alot more like a fantastic ipa that has been enhanced with complimentary flavors of roast, soy sauce and a whiff of molasses. A wonderfully complex and balanced black ipa/ale. Must try!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 04:20:43 | More by blackcompg
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PA-hunter

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 7/14/14 freshness date. 8.3 % abv.

Appearance- Quite dark and opaque. Nearly black with a monstrous brown-tinted head that lasts. Not unlike a stout.

Smell- Intense fresh aroma of pine. Citrus is prominent as well with hints of orange peel. No shortage of smell.

Taste- Much the same profile as the smell, keeping up with the superb freshness. Elements of pine and an earthy malt flavor are made much apparent at first. This is followed by a grapefruit blast of hops. The bitterness afterwards is right on par with this generous hopped beer. Perhaps a slight roasted malt tone but this was easily passed by the pine/grapefruit transitional blast, if there was some roasted flavor. This was not indicative to the look.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy thick and creamy in texture, this was aided by the super high carbonation.

Overall- I was impressed. This is a strong yet smooth hop bomb. Easy drinking and packed with flavor. Possibly one of the biggest heads of all my bottle pours. I never had an ale so dark. What an awesome, heavy brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 03:51:52 | More by PA-hunter
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OldRickSputin

Illinois

2.99/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Nice smell. The bottle cap has more aroma than some glasses full of other beers!

Maybe I'm just not a fan of this style but the the aftertaste of this beer is too acidic and lingering. Everything else seems fine but the taste gets worse as it lingers around.

I have no desire to drink another bottle.

This was very close to being a drain pour as I was in the mood for something more substantial.

Again, maybe this just isn't my preferred type of beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 02:39:50 | More by OldRickSputin
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thebrood1987

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very crisp hop blast. Crisp and dense smelling is the best way I can describe Stone's IPA's. It smells fruity and I can get some orange smells in there as well as the typical flowery hoppy smell and some sweet roasted malts. Smells awesome.

You get the hop crispy bite as soon as it hits your tongue and it evolves into an orange hoppy flavor and then a crisp bitterness with the sweet dark roasted malts melding with the bitterness its amazing.

Amazing hoppy herbal flavors in this one just bursting with flavor. Can't even taste the alcohol wow. What a great beer perfect score for this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 23:59:32 | More by thebrood1987
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fscottkey

New York

2.55/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black with a minimal head. The head dissipated immediately.

S: Dark fruits, figs, slight chocolate and musty overtones. Some hop notes too.

T: Smoke, and some fruits. Astringent after taste that is not pleasant.

M: Smooth but with a bit of a carbonated edge to it.

I am pretty surprised by this one. I haven't had a lot of Black Ales, but I love Southern Tier Iniquity. The astringent aftertaste on this one makes it so I won't have another in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 01:45:52 | More by fscottkey
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a very deep brown color bordering on black with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention, slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is big and robust of some nice hoppy and roasted smells. There are lots of roasted malt smell as well as some other darker aromas of a bit of coffee. Along with the darker aromas is a great dose of hop, with a grapefruit hop aroma the heaviest, but being accompanied by some nice pine and earthy hop smells as well. Rounding out the smell is just some hints of sweeter aromas with some light orange smells as a hint of molasses.

Taste – The taste starts with a rather roasty malt flavor with some coffee and a bit of a caramel sweetness. An earthy and pine hop flavor are present right from the start, beginning the taste with a rather decent hop flavor. As the taste advances, the hop grows more and more intense with the lighter level of caramel sweetness that was also present right at the start of the flavor fading a bit. A bit of a grapefruit hop flavor grows on the tongue as the flavor advances, but the biggest hop flavor increase comes with the pine flavors as they really grow quite potent toward the end of the taste. Along with the increase in the hop, the roasted flavors grow stronger as well as growing a bit grainier and burnt in nature. With the mix of roasted flavors and the rather big pine and other hop flavors, one is left with a rather robust, darkly hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are very nice for the mix of pine hop and darker flavors and make for a great sipping, but still very drinkable dark IPA.

Overall – A rather tasty and moderately stronger black IPA. It had a nice blend of big pine hop flavors and roasted malt that would leave one craving either of these flavors (if not both) rather satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 00:56:32 | More by Darkmagus82
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McLovinBeast57

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours dark black with medium carbonation that creates a nice tan head as well as some decent lacing. Looks like what you would expect from a stout.

S: The smell is fantastic! Lots of earthy and fruity hops (grapefruit and citrus) as well as a hint of that dark (almost molasses) malt aroma.

T: This is where the beer shines... Very bitter but not so much as to deter you from drinking it. Earthy, floral, and fruity hops show through the roasted malt and peach flavor of the beer. Stone did an amazing job creating a unique style that blends together all the flavors so nicely. Very flavorful!

M: Mouthfeel is perfect. Medium to full body, creamy but very drinkable. The finish isn't dry and those flavors stick to your tastebuds for a while after you sip. Carbonation is spot on with the flavor.

O: Overall this is probably my favorite beer of the ones I've tried so far. Definitely one that you can try more than once and enjoy just as much, if not more, as the last time. Stone has made a beer that somehow has a strong and intense flavor that makes you wish you had another bottle when you're done!

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 17:23:08 | More by McLovinBeast57
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JDJ

Alabama

3.4/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I'm not really a fan of IPA's, but this was the first "dark" IPA I'd ever tried. It is smooth and rich, with a good thick head that lingers just long enough for an ale. I had it from a bottle, served just under room temperature (about 55 or 60 degrees). The smell and taste are that of most IPAs that I've tried, very piney and bitter, which are not up my alley, but this beer has a good mouthfeel. Not too much carbonation, and it actually goes down fairly smooth. The strong hops flavor is just not my thing. This may be a fantastic beer to a true IPA fan, but it's just not my mug of ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 05:31:31 | More by JDJ
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thehooksman

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap and served in a small strong ale goblet

Appearance is dark, dark brown. Not quite fully black as you can get some light through it. It has good clarity and about half a finger of tan foam that lingers and coats the glass.

The hop aromas are piney and peppery with a hint of orange peel.

The flavor backs up the nose well and reminds of a hoppy brown ale or black IPA

You would expect it to be fairly bitter but the mouthfeel is rather medium and smooth with justenough tingle from the carbonation. The higher abv is also well hidden in the mix.

Definitely a solid black ale. But it's Stone so why would I expect anything other than excellence?

Serving type: on-tap

02-16-2014 17:46:02 | More by thehooksman
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THE-DUDE

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am typically not a big fan of black ales, but this is by far the best i have tried! It smells like an IPA, looks like a porter, and tastes fantastic. Floral, hoppy, slightly piney, and slightly sweet. Drinks very smooth and conceals the 8.7 very well.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 03:09:39 | More by THE-DUDE
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dexterk1

Illinois

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

Poured from bottle into standard shaker pint. Color is black or maybe dark brown with a rich head of about 2inches.
Aroma is sweet upfront with hints of chocolate, coffee and brown sugar. Minor floral notes as well.
Taste is floral upfront with a malt background. Continues with more pine and green notes. Ends with a piney bitterness that lingers. Mouth feel is somewhat lighter than the appearance would lead on. Moderate carbonation and decent body.
Overall, a very good beer. Complex and big in taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 00:05:16 | More by dexterk1
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BierJager89

California

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy light mocha head.

N: Nose is dominated by orange and pine, but malt, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee make an appearance as well.

T: Roasty in the beginning, followed quite quickly by pine and orange, ending with coffee and roasted malt in the finish, though pine shows up strong in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Mouthfeel is perfect.

O: More pine than I like. Nose is much better than the taste. Still recommended, especially if you like their taste in hops (I personally don't, though I love Enjoy By IPA).

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:45:42 | More by BierJager89
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Inky black, with only the slightest light showing through. A large pillowy head, off white, which hung around for a while then faded. Lacing, but not too elaborate.

S - Hops and malt, with grass and an undercurrent of alcohol. Pine, with some roasted notes, but really, the nose on this is pretty subtle.

T - Hops in a big way. I am a sucker of the distinctive Stone mix, so this makes me a happy man. Malt underpins it all, with light roasted notes. But really, given the darkness of the brew, the roasted notes are minimal. The hop is still king.

M - Carbonation is moderate, drying is significant, but the amount of build, given how strong a brew this is, is not too severe.

O - The bottle had passed its drink by date by a few weeks, but I don't think it negatively impacted my experience. I'll say that am not generally a huge fan of black ales or black IPAs. I prefer the coffee and chocolate or grainy goodness of stouts and porters. With that said, this is a very good take on the style, and with Stone's signature hop profile, this is something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 22:06:34 | More by Tsar_Riga
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Apellonious

North Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from Brawleys lured into a tulip glass. I like the fact that I tried to type "poured" and it got spell checked into "lured". Enjoy by 2.15.04.

A - Almost jet black, with ruby/brown highlights. Half finger head that moves to a thin but sturdy lace.

S- Fantastic. Your eyes do not prepare you for the smell. Orange , grapefruit, maybe fingers of raspberry. Lightly toasted malts.

T - More of the same. Strangely delicious. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Can not detect the 8.7%.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on. Slightly creamy with low but present carbonation.

O - I can see why it was one of Stone's favorites. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:49:51 | More by Apellonious
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lochef81

Michigan

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've always been a lover of all of Stone's ipa products but had not delved outside of that line of beers...boy am I glad I did. This black ipa pours and tastes much more like a porter than any ipa I've ever had. It is near perfect opaque black in color but thin and smooth in body. Starts with a small tan head that dissipates to a slight tan lacing that holds well to the glass throughout the session. The aroma is actually very subtle with a lot of roasted malt scents upfront and a little hop and sweetness behind it. The flavor is nothing like I expected following the nose. It is rich and deep with notes of chocolate, coffee, and maybe even a little pepper. Great balance of the sweetness of the malt with the bitterness of the hops. I still feel this one falls closer to porter than black ipa but what ever it is; I think I'll have another one.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 05:19:05 | More by lochef81
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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