Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.
The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour rocks on! This stop pours a dark amber-/garnet- tinged black-brown topped by about a finger-and-a-half of sandy tan foam. The nose comprises lime, pine, blackened pretzel, light roasted malts, light char, orange zest, and very light coffee. The taste holds notes of pine, roasted malts, light char, light vinyl, lime peel, mint, and balsa. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a very solid CDA, though I think the roasted elements were left in the oven just a bit too long (or something like that, anyway). Otherwise, good stuff.
11-09-2011 03:26:26 | More by TMoney2591
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Thanks to Jason for another treat, this went over well! Review from notes...
Black body, visible irregular lace, great retention. Unholy melange of coffee and pineapple in the nose, pungent west coast hops. Somehow this works! Sweet and luscious grapefruit, very earthy underneath with dark malt taking a backseat, and some nice multi-dimensional hop character. Rich and almost syrupy DIPA body, with hybrid flavors that confound and entertain the palate. Awesome!
03-31-2009 01:19:55 | More by emerge077
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
A - Poured out a very dark hue with hints of ruby at the edges. A thin, bubbly tan head left some stcky rings of lace.
S - It smelled of sweet molasses and caramel malt. There was kind of a boozy, alcohol aroma, too.
T - It tasted of bitter hops. It was very sweet with toffee, caramel and slight chocolate flavors.
M - It was shapr and smooth. A heavy-bodied beer that really hits you in the mouth.
D - This was tasty and good, but it was quite a heavy beer and a bit much to drink.
10-01-2008 02:36:21 | More by zeff80
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
Appearance: This could easily be confused for a stout in appearance - it's dark brown and opaque with a frothy tan-colored head.
Smell: Amazing hop aroma of grapefruit and pine. Dark chocolate and smoked malt are also present beneath the hops.
Taste: What a unique beer. It opens with a rich chocolate and espresso character, but it finishes like a Double IPA. Bitter citrus rind notes blend harmoniously with smoked and roasted flavors in the aftertaste. It's remarkably complex, but the huge variety of flavors are strangely complimentary.
Mouthfeel: Viscous but surprisingly drinkable. It goes down easy despite the high ABV, and it's not particularly extreme in any one character.
Notes: This is the best American beer I've had for a long time. Really impressive stuff.
11-19-2007 20:16:56 | More by largadeer
4.05/5 rDev -4%
On-tap at the Rhino in Missoula. Saves me from lugging that particular bottle back across the border...
This beer appears a solid black, with mahogany edges, and one finger of thin creamy beige head, which leaves a wall of lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates. It smells like a creamsicle - orange hops and milky caramel malt. The taste is creamy grain, a bit of booze, and woody, weedy, and piney hops. The carbonation is on the low side, the body medium weight, and zingy, and it finishes with a sweet creamy hop flourish.
A strange textural mixing - tangy and creamy. Sure works in this case, though.
08-05-2010 05:48:55 | More by biboergosum
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
Wow, what a great beer! It combines citrusy and piney hops with a deeply caramelish malt that's also a touch chocolatey and roasted.
It appears black in a full pint glass, but held to the light it reveals dark mahogany edges. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves some nice splatters of lace about the glass.
The nose is citrusy and piney over a hint of dark caramel. Quite nice!
In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a standard carbonation level.
The flavor reveals the maltiness that's not quite found in the nose. It's almost like burnt-sugar: caramelish, and bit roasty, and even a touch smokey. There's an edge of dark chocolate to it as well. It's rich, but not 'super' rich; and it's complex, but not 'super' complex - it's just everything it needs to be because it's really just acting as the perfect 'dark' springboard for the hops.
With any other malt base I'm sure these particular hops would be displayed in a different fashion, but here they're piney, resinous, and minty with a citrus edge that expresses orange, lemon, and red fruits as well. I think the roasted and dark chocolatey side of the malt develops the mintiness by combining with the pine-like qualities; and the citrus is slightly subdued, but still comes through towards the middle and end as a refreshing splash that pulls you away into a little something different. Atop a golden or amber malt I'm sure the hops would be more emboldened, and more citrusy, piney, and fruity (like fruity pebbles?), but here they're more reigned in. And what that all leads to is a really interesting beer from the first whiff to the elegant, lingering finish. In fact, I get the most smokey edge out of it after it's been gone for a minute or so.
Regarding drinkability, the alcohol at 8.7% by volume is never noticeable. You might feel it, but you won't taste it. And I think the subdued complexity and interesting 'bright points' make it remarkably compelling. It's brilliantly balanced at its core, and superbly studded with hops. Quite possibly my favorite beer from Stone.
12-23-2010 00:00:53 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
A: The beer is a dark reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of hops, roasted malts, some fruit and a touch of chocolate.
T: The taste is very well-balanced with good complexity. There's the good floral hops bitterness as well as the hearty roasted malt character with mild flavors of dark fruit and chocolate in the background. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, slightly filling, strong kick, excellent representation of the "Dark IPA" sub-style, this is yet another very good beer from Stone that is worth drinking for a long time.
05-17-2008 23:53:52 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.63/5 rDev +9.7%
A - Pours with two fingers of medium tan head that rests on top of a dark brown body with a hint of tan light showing through. The head settles slowly and leaves thick lace clinging to the glass.
S - A strong, green hop aroma up front with notes of pine, more pine, and perhaps lemon. Some dark malt in the background, caramel and toffee, it has a light transformative effect on the hop character to give just a bit of the mustardy note common in american barleywines.
T - Dark toffee malt with a hint of espresso. Citrus hops come in next with lots of grapefruit and orange. The hop bitterness kicks in towards the middle with a sharp wave of powerful bitterness. Some sweet toffee and bready toast sooth the palate briefly before the bitterness comes back on and swells to a crushing finish. Notes of profoundly pithy grapefruit blend with the moderately dark malt to form a spicy, mustardy hop character that lingers into the aftertaste. Lingering notes of blue veined cheese, cigar tobacco, and grapefruit pith.
M - Medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.
D - Wow, this beer impresses from the first whiff of the aroma and doesn't let up until long after the last drop is gone. The hop aroma is spectacular with a very intense and fresh pine note that is much less colored by dark malt than I would have expected based on the style and the color. The flavor is quite a bit darker and more typical of the style, though no less excellent. There is a very nice balance between caramel malts and citrus hops as well as between harsh, acrid bitterness and a subtle, restrained sweetness that appears at just the right moments to encourage your palate to endure the assault and keep the beer drinkable. This is one of the most surprising, complex, and well balanced American strong ales that I have come across and it is one of Stones best efforts (which is obviously saying a lot). A must try.
03-23-2010 06:52:26 | More by nickfl
4.03/5 rDev -4.5%
I had samples of the 11th when it came out but I never got around to writing a review on it, at the time I wasn't feeling the dark IPA for some reason. This bottle changed all of those feelings I had, this beer nailed the dark roasts and the bold American hops. Stone is perfect I just had the Stone 13th and that was pretty lackluster and definitely carried no finesse. This on poured a pitch black body with no ruby highlights when held to the light, it did have a big tan foaming head that rose well above the rim of my glass. Lacing was even and retention was excellent great looking brew from Escondido. Aromatics hit a solid blast of pine and herbal hops with citrus following close behind, sweet baked goods with cocoa dry powder, definitely roasted malt characterstics wtihout much coffee action. Flavor was layered between dark chocolate roasted malt and aggressive hop bitterness that did manage to work. Some citrus, pine resin, and herbal dirty hop flavors came about between layers of dark chocolate cake it was a good mix with moderate alcohol burn coming through. Mouthfeel was big but not chewy carbonation was tight bubbled it carried the brew very well, not overdone pretty natural smoothness going on with a soothing dry finish between roasted malt and bittering hops. Drinkability overall was excellent another great reintroduction to Stone's black IPA, I had Iniquity last night from Southern Tier and I'm diggin' the dark hoppy beers.
08-21-2009 06:10:39 | More by WVbeergeek
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of rocky mocha colored head. Very good head retention & lacing
S: Piney & citrussy hops with a little malt lurking in the background.
T: Grapefruitty & piney hops, with a little chalkyness & cakeyness up front. Some boozey warmth, tangerines, chocolate, husky grainyness, vanilla, oaky dryness & coffee as this warms. Finishes dry, with cherry, coffee, tanic & resiny hoppyness, but suprisingly no booze
MF: Chewy & oily with moderate carbonation, balanced great
Drinks pretty good considering the complexity & abv, Reminds me of a Black IPA Bristols produced, just not the same hop profile as I try to recall...Worth the hype, the wait
09-20-2007 04:16:09 | More by russpowell
3.85/5 rDev -8.8%
Since I can't make it to Stone Winter Storm I thought I'd pay tribute by having my bottle of Stone 11th Anniversary today. Served in a Stone pint glass.
A - Pours with two-plus fingers of soapy light tan foam. Excellent retention and a few chunks of sticky lace. Body is a transparent dark ruby red-brown with some visible bubbles.
S - Wow, there's still a good amount of pine and citrus hoppiness, even after two and a half years. Actually it's quite shocking, as this doesn't seem significantly less hoppy than the Sublimely Self-Righteous I had six months ago. There's a spicy malt backbone with some burnt sugar and a touch of cocoa.
T - Taste is quite similar to Sublimely Self-Righteous, with intense grapefruit bitterness and some peripheral cocoa sweetness. It seems a little mellower, but not by much. Aftertaste is a stupidly strong amount of grapefruit bitterness.
M - Mouthfeel is pretty much identical to SSR - "Moderate carbonation, medium body, lots of residual stickiness and hop oil character. Maybe a touch of warmth after I finished half the bomber."
D - I get the sense this isn't going to get any less bitter - however if you really loved this beer then you can rest assured it's holding up just fine. Same criticisms as I had about SSR - "The bitterness is kind of crazy - I'll finish this bomber, but this isn't something where I'll be rushing out for more bottles. I think it could have used a little more malt sweetness to keep things in balance."
This was nearly identical to SSR, but without as much lacing. Not my favorite Stone offering, but an interesting experience nonetheless.
02-07-2010 17:59:53 | More by MasterSki
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Served on tap @ the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 11/9/09. There were a lot of great beers to choose from on tap here but I wanted to try one of my Stone favorites right there at the source.
Pours black, with the just the tiniest bit of ruby coming out along the bottom, and a 1/4 finger of creamy mocha colored froth. Retains with a soft and creamy look, just completely coating the sides of the glass with thick rings of lacing. The aroma is fresh and floral in the nose, with a nice hard edge of spice and pine to it. A blast of citric hops rolls in next, backed by a nice crunchy mix of coffee and roast, as well as some softer cocoa and toffee character. This sits with a bit of heft in the nose as well. Smells like a dark Porter oozing with American hop attitude.
The taste is pretty spot on with the aroma, as heavy rich notes of chocolate roast and coffee flavor are right at the forefront of this. Luckily, they are more than an equal match for the aggressive resinous bite of the hops, which is just dripping with juicy & bright citric character. This is overall very roasty, bitter, and intense, with burnt notes that really hang around for a while. The mouthfeel is medium to maybe a bit fuller, with a sharp prickly nature that matches up well with those bold hops. There is some heft here to the body but the alcohol is kept to a minium in the taste, allowing it's presence to just add even more to the overall bigness of this beer.
Hands down on of my favs from these guys and probably my favorite example of the "Dark IPA" style. I've really enjoyed this out of the bottle several times but it seemed just so much more intense here on draft. Great stuff!
12-01-2009 13:22:51 | More by Kegatron
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Stone 11th Anniversary, in the dark with this IPA, pitch dark, so they say...what's that mean? Let's open and find out...
Hey, that is dark...and hoppy...big aromas, leaping out at ya...just about black, this one, with a smallish dark brown head.
Aroma: bright hops, mixed with rich, dark malt...ripe fruit melds with cocoa and coffee tones...interesting, to say the least...and I like it!
In the taste, big hop smack, taking a dark turn, feeling hot, roasted, and full. Tangy, twangy, tingly hops, meet roasted malt...overloaded with character and confidence. Some trickles of molasses and a hint of spice linger in as well...hops are everywhere, this is in IPA territory, definitely, but those dark malts take somewhere else entirely...and I like that!
first bitter fruit feel, then dark roast burning the palate...again, I like!
8.7%? I'm hardly feeling it...or, am...I?
A bit of bright orange and grapefruit pith, then a round of chocolate and coffee grounds..I'm enjoying that!
12-05-2007 09:52:33 | More by feloniousmonk
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
Beer poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is dark black. A tight brown head forms from moderate carbonation. As head falls away lacing is left on the sides of the glass. As the beer is drank, the head becomes more diffuse and remains as a thin layer on the top of the beer.
Aroma is strong with pine-like hops. There isn't much else I'm able to pull out. I would expect some malt / roast character but the hop aroma pushes it all out.
The taste of the beer is really interesting. There is a lot of backend bitterness from the hops but its balanced well with the roast character from the dark malts in the beer. Not a lot of front end sweetness to speak of. A full bodied beer, a great feel and high drinkability.
10-17-2009 21:24:25 | More by drabmuh
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
Decanted this cool from a brown 22oz into a goblet, purchased this at Thirsty's in York, Pa.
A - Black as cinder w/ a tall, 3 fingers of rocky tan head w/ an ultra-fine bead. Moderately full coating of lace on the glass.
S - A huge citrus aroma w/ totally hop dominant nose. Tinges of malty toasted and creamy notes peek out from behined the NW hop aroma.
M - Rich, acidic feel w/ leafy resionous pungency, bitter upfront w/ notes of sweet dark malt in the finish.
T - An intensely flavored ale w/ a nod to the IPA, very citrusy w/ grapefruit and tangy citrus notes w/ mango and sweet subtle flavors that have a gentle dark malt influence w/ hints of molasses and dark sugar w/ caramel and roasted flavors. The acidity is present in each sip as the citrus hop flavor makes its potency known. Sip after sip says Grapefruit! There is a ruby red note w/ a turbinado sugar topped flavor, very zesty the taste reminds me of a grapefruit winter warmer I brewed w/ actual ruby red fruit years ago. I find it unique that this should bring back that one-off memory. I like how the malt is in the taste kind of cushioning the high vault of hops, a very nice effect.
D - This beer is impressive in craftsmanship. Nice black color, all IPA in flavor. It is not something I could see myself drinking many of, but is tasty-it kept me coming back. This ale isn't what I consider complex, but makes its point well and is very drinkable. Shame it is only around for the Anniversary.
12-08-2007 16:00:46 | More by Slatetank
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
Made a hoppy stout of my own, and I think its comparative to this beer, so I'm going to try them side by side and see what I think. I didn't create a clone on purpose, I just wanted a nice hoppy stout and found out so did Stone.
A: Pours into my Corsendonk tulip glass with a huge thick frothy dark bubbly head that reminds me of blowing bubbles in my chocolate milk as a kid. Its almost pitch black with the slightest light coming through the bottom of the glass where it thins.
N: Floral juicy hops really kick in the nose first. A light creamy malty aroma also gives a nice feel to it. Some sweet caramel malts and light roasted malts. The nose is a lot less spicy bite of hops than mine, and this is a lot more creamy and malty, closer to a nice thick stout. A slight coffee aroma from the roasted malts.
T: Again starts with a nice floral spicy hop taste with some juicy hops. A slight malty creamy chocolate malt flavor, and some roasted malts as well. The juicy hop flavors never go away either, and they seem to dissipate throughout the entire mouth from start to finish. I almost get a frosting taste towards the end as well with some sweet creamy tastes and juicy hops blended. I used a bunch of cascade hops, esp dry hop so this is blended much better, and they don't contrast as much as mine. I will have to really redo my stout and I want to model it after this.
M: Creamy and pretty thick, a little spicy with hops, good carbonation.
F: Finishes very bitter and pretty dry. More spicy floral hop flavors dangle around the mouth for a bit, and the dryness helps to accentuate the hops. A slight rich creamy stout feel stay around for a bit too. A slight chocolate taste also lingers and seems to blend really well with the juicy hop taste. I would love to have a chocolate covered hop candy bar.
11-21-2009 04:06:00 | More by jlindros
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
an outstanding big black ipa that sort of straddles the line between styles. pours a gorgeous looking thick dark chocolate color with an almost nitro-tap looking head on it, all creamy and white and lasting and foamy and yummy. smells great! lots of hops synergizing with very dark roasted malts to produce an exceltionally rich bitter character that radiates in both the nose and in the flavor. there are also subtle hints of vanilla, sweet spices, and wood in the flavor. feel is awesome, thich and velvety. full bodied but sessionable, with a very well hidden 8.7% abv. in the end i dont know why i looked at this one on the shelf for so long before picking it up. i loved every drop and will almost certainly purchase this again. really really good stuff here, not like any other black india pales out there.
05-02-2012 18:33:04 | More by StonedTrippin
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
The beer pours a black color with a thick frothy tan head that lasts. The aroma is great. It's loaded with rich malt aroma as well as tons of hops as well. It's quite complex with bit of roasted and black malts as well. The hops dominate the aroma. They're bold and add balance to a hefty malt bill. The taste is awesome. It has a pronounced roasted malt character. It's dark with a warming finish. It goes down hoppy and ends hoppy. What a beautiful beer. The hops resinate after the finish, but a lingering roasted malt taste remains. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a kick ass beer; one of the best IPA's I've ever had, black or not. I do enjoy the roasted character.
10-05-2007 02:29:03 | More by WesWes
3.9/5 rDev -7.6%
First had: on tap at Miller's Pub, Chicago, IL
Poured into a pint glass a coffee brown with a nice, foamy, beige head that retained and laced decently. I really love this style of beer. Dark malts and dark fruits in the aroma, but a definite citrus hop presence like you'd get from your typical IPA. Smooth dark malts in the taste, molasses, brown sugar, quickly overcome by lots of citrusy hops, though the maltiness lingers on in the background. Flavorful and medium-bodied. Another highly drinkable beer from the consistently excellent Stone Brewing Co.
06-29-2011 14:57:24 | More by Rifugium
4.28/5 rDev +1.4%
Thanks to hudsonphotog for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours black with a cream-colored head. The aroma is piney hops with roasted malt. I also get a touch of citrus. The flavor is pine, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.
05-31-2010 21:13:37 | More by Mora2000
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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