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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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

South Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Now this one was truly unique. Poured a jet black as night opaque liquid. You could tell it was not that thick though as there was some light getting through on the sides and bottom. Very unique to say the least. A nice off white head formed on the top, maybe about two inches in height. Sticky and foamy it gradually relented and rested back down to about a half inch layer across the top and this hung around for the rest of the session. Very nice side glass lace presentation on this throughout. Now overall I have to admit the look was very intresting considering this was an IPA. I was really looking forward to having a crack at this one.



S – Aroma was extremely hopped, which is about what one would expect out of it. Lots of very fresh and crisp pine aromas, typical of the Stone hop varieties, but very strong. Almost ripping the nose apart, very good indeed. Now there was some underlying roasted malts in there as well. Some light sweetness, possibly even the slightest touch of a nutty characteristic, but the floral fresh hops tore it to shreds and let you know exactly what this one was and where it came from. I was really getting to like this one already.



T – Now to be honest this was nothing extraordinary, nothing really new, and nothing really absurd if you have had say Ruination before. But there was something very unique about it. It was very fresh, almost sticky with hop resin and very floral. Lots of flavors of orange, and tangerine, grapefruit with pine, just a full on hop assault and no letting up. Somewhat sweet in the finish at first, but that lasts for all of about two seconds before your lips stick to your teeth and the dry bitterness kicked in. No hint what so ever of the ABV, very well hidden here and the overall mix of the hops was actually quite nice as it really wasn’t tearing up your mouth as much as one woudld think. There was definitely a touch of malt in there, especially after it warmed up a bit as a subtle sweetness, and earthy type of flavor started to work its way it. Very nice here indeed, this was something that was really finely tuned before being let go and that was very obvious.



M – Wow, very cool here. Lots of carbonation which always helps in these situations, now the other side to this was that it was jet black. Now this automatically turns your mind and makes you think that this is going to come off thick, maybe even syrup like, however that was not the case, It was very light and indeed quite refreshing in that sort. It never got dull and lifeless, always staying crisp, even up until the very last drop.



D – Perfect as far as I am concerned and I will give this one a five here. It was perfectly balanced, lots of carbonation, not too high in ABV, very crisp, and just a great feel overall. All of these things add up to about perfect for me and it was a no brainer to just keep going on this one.



Overall I was not sure what to expect when going into this one. I knew I would be happy, being an IPA I very seldom am not. I was just pleased that it stayed true to the stone routes and was a nice hugely hopped vehicle. I love that about the stone products and really do appreciate it. I would love to see something like this on tap, or heck dry hopped on tap. This was a really great offering and something that I look forward to having a couple more of. Definitly have to give this one a try if you can.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 00:17:17 | More by mikesgroove
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younger35

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They finally got this stuff in Boise after weeks of waiting. Been excited to try this bad boy. Drank from my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass while watching Green Bay vs. Chicago.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish black with a crazy white head considering the color of the beer. The initial two finger head is pretty big and foamy and leaves an awesome collar the entire duration of the brew. Bits of lacing are strewn about the entire glass.
Smell- Holy deceptive. This is definitely an IPA in a Stouts body. Big citrus American hops dominate. Lot’s of piney grapefruit and pineapple smell really nice. Feint caramel undertone try’s to show but is pretty much dominated by the hops.
Taste- Starts super sweet with hints of caramel before it’s quickly taken over by super bitter hops. Huge grapefruit hops and lemon zest dominate. Gritty, piney and numbing. Feint taste of bubblegum/cotton candy in the aftertaste and lots of alcohol warming. I’d guess that this brew is much higher than 8.7%, the alcohol isn’t hidden well. As the beer warms it becomes a bit more balanced but the sweetness becomes a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel- Thick and full-bodied with a nice gentle carbonation and a thin finish (make sense?).
Drinkability- Well, this beer is interesting. I love the nose but that’s about it. I think it’s a little sweet and a bit unbalanced. It’s too sweet at times and too bitter at others. Maybe a little time would help this a bit but until then, this definitely isn’t my favorite offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 03:41:07 | More by younger35
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sleazo

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been excited to try this as I am for all Stone anniversary releases

A-pours a very dark brown that allows some light through. nice two finger foamy coffee head dotted with large bubbles. Settles in quite nicely. lacing is decent not great which is the only complaint.

S-Wow I can smell this from across the room. Smells sticky like the Ruination, very piney. But you also get lovely roasted notes as well. It smells like a serious 2xIPA with a kick ass malt presence

T-The first thing that hits you is the roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate very much like a porter. You then get a wave of piney hops on the follow thorugh and a slight hint of alcohol. Overall it is very similar to the Ruination in terms of taste but the malt profile gives it a very different start. The bitterness is consistent throughout as it is not like a sweet porter in the front more roasted bitterness like coffee. This theme contiues with the hop wallop.

M-Slightly thick with a good ammount of carbonation.

D-A very interesting brew. You know this is a Stone beer all the way through. Kind of like a cross between their porter without smoking and the Ruination. I will pick up a few more of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 01:08:29 | More by sleazo
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Zorro

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black IPA...OK I will give it a try.

Super high carbonation level; pour this one CAREFULLY!

Clear super dark brown colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is a clone of Arrogant Bastard ale. Hyper strong hop aroma with lots of molasses and caramel.

Taste starts out mellow with a strong melon flavor and a quite bitter after taste. Melon remains the dominate flavor here with a subtle citrus hop flavor of grapefruit and just super fresh hop flavor, so fresh it is like chewing up a hop bud in my mouth. Some hop flavors simply taste like nothing else on earth, this tastes like that. Lots of flavors under the hops, chocolate and coffee mostly. This still has a rather strong melon flavor, I am curious about how this might age.

Mouthfeel is quite full.

Good and drinkable but I REALLY don't think this has reached its best quite yet. This is a lot like a mix of Barley Wine and IPA and I think this will be better in two years after the melon flavor mellows out some.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 00:44:57 | More by Zorro
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

The appearance seems a very dark brown it seems though no light peeks through even at the edges. The head is a decent sized light toffee color that leaves a lttle ring of lacing in my snifter.
The smell is definitely pine hops.
The taste is much the same with bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and that feels just right.
It's a pleasant drinking beer that challenges the taste buds a bit even with the higher alcohol. One of these is good, two might be better.

It sure is dark for such a hoppy beer, very strange. It's good and most drinkers will have a good feeling for this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 22:09:52 | More by meatyard
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 22oz bottle a very dark brown with reddish hues and a nice 2 finger head of tannish foam that shrinks slowly leaving some spotting and some lacing.

The smell is of citrus hops along with an ample nose of caramel malt and some fruit.

The taste is a big mix of caramel malt and citrus and my, they work really well together and I find a very blanced flavour overall. Tasty! There's a bit of an alcohol warming after the swallow but it's not obtrusive and is actually welcomed since today is a very cool Autumnish day.

Further sips in and I get some dark fruit, toffee, some coffee, some molasses, some alcohol, and a bit of chocolate. Lots going on here! It has a medium to heavy body and the carbonation is medium. Wow. Did I mention that this one is tasty? It finishes with a slight edge to the bitterness and finishing one sip just demands that another soon follows. Very drinkable. Very tasty. Very smooth. Boy am I impressed with this offering from Stone. I still have another bottle but hopefully, next week I'll find some more on my next trip to Colorado.

Bottom line: This is another great beer from Stone. Well done!!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 16:35:24 | More by Bitterbill
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones.

Poured a rustic, maple in color which was nearly opaque. Creamy, white head that stands nearly half-inch high off of the tap and never really recedes, leaving thin, sticky lacing around the glass. Notes of bright, tropical fruit and balanced citrus, hop resin. Faint hints of mustiness along with a light biscuit aroma. The flavors are rounded tropical fruit: pineapple, peach, apricot; as well as, notes of ripe pine/spruce. Light breadiness; very clean, with just a hint of phenolic mustiness. Medium in body; smooth, light as a result of the hop profile. A Double IPA-tasting brew with some great flavors and balance. The 8.7% abv is nearly undetectable. A must try for Stone fans.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2007 15:23:45 | More by NEhophead
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Jedimaster1

California

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

This is one great brew from Stone. Just amazing. Poured from the bomber into a glass snifter.

A: As black as night. This is amazing to see for a DIPA!

S. You can smell the hops as well as the caramel malt. The dark malt breaks through at the end of this hoppy beer.

T: Very tasty! The taste is of citrus hops -- which are bigger and badder than the Ruination brew -- and dark malt. The taste reminded me of a barelywine as the flavor was thick, hoppy, and malty all at once similar to barleywines I have had as of recent.

M: This one just sits nice in the mouth. The bitter dry taste is followed by a warm alcohol taste (which does not overwhelm the feel for this beer).

D: Easy to drink. Too easy so be wary of the 8.7% ABV.

Great creation by Stone. Can't wait to have my other one.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 07:36:29 | More by Jedimaster1
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Floydster

California

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles for $3.99

This beer had a lot of hype behind it and I would be the first to say that every last good thing you have heard is true

India Pale Ales are my favorite beer followed by Russian Imperial Stout, this beer was black like a stout, but definitely an IPA

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with an opaque black color

The head was a light tan color, about one and a quarter inch, faded quickly but lacing was evident the entire time afterwards

Smell was full of citrus, a lot of grapefruit with some orange and a little bit of lime

Taste was full of pine hops, this beer looks nothing like it tasted and was like nothing else I have ever had before

I am contemplating going and buying a case now

I want to see how these age, but I am little skeptical keeping any longer than a year because the hops will most likely fade

I think I will get twelve bottles and drink one once a month to see how they get over a little time, my usual rule with IPAs is maximum two to three months in the cellar, but I think the 11th might have potential to do good things with time

Taste lasted forever, which was yet another plus, could drink several of these, but alcohol content would definitely catch up to me afterwards

Highly drinkable and highly recommended, will be trying on tap next time I make it down to San Diego either at the Liars Club or PB Tap Room

Flawless brew and first of its kind, hopefully more brewers begin to do something like this because it is a great strong tasting bitter beer

This is Stone's best yet in my opinion, no questions asked

Buy as many bottles as you can before this beer is extinct in a couple months!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 06:24:34 | More by Floydster
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dblinkhorn

California

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an unexpectedly black and thick liquid. If I didn't already know what this beer was, I would definitely assume it was a stout by the look of it. It has a bubbly cream-colored head that lasts for a minute or so and settles to a patchy film of head and lace on top of the beer. Nice lacing is left as you drink it down.

Smell: The hops really jump out on this beer. Piney and citrusy smells right up from, with definite grapefruit aromas as well. You can literally smell the malty sweetness even before you take a sip! It's odd to smell a stout-like malt foundation with these kinds of hoppy smells.

Taste: Lots of citrus and pine flavors from the hops hit you right away. Also resiny and sour grapefruit flavors quickly follow from the hops. There is also a slight presence of more tropical fruits. The malt comes in right behind this and is quite sweet and thick and oh so malty! I never expected an IPA to have such a positively manly malt character. This beer is amazing! Never have malt and hops been melded so elegantly and so devastatingly! Serious goodness...I'm glad I bought six bombers of this nectar. Anyway, the end comes in with some moderate earthy flavors and a lingering citrus from the hops. The aftertaste finishes with a wonderful mixture of alcohol, piney/citrusy hops, and a great malty base for all of it.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is lively, but not overpowering for this beer. It's very complimentary actually. The body is quite thick and smooth as well.

Drinkability - This is a heavy-weight brew, no two ways about it. This beer is not for the faint of heart, as has been said of others. The flavors are strong all around and the body is thick and full.

This is one amazing concoction from Stone yet again! A delicious mixture of stout-like maltiness and a juicy and luscious hop character to boot! This is a must-have beer, and I must say I haven't had many like it (if any). Get your hands on one of these babies, if you know what's good for you!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 05:05:53 | More by dblinkhorn
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NJBeerguy

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leave it to Stone to create a complex beer of difference. I'm not sure it fits in a current category. Strong Ale, Old Ale well not that either. Stone calls it a Imperial BPA (Black Pale Ale). Well for me it poured beautifully, The thick tan head above a midnight black beer looked like the perfect stout(especially poured into a pint guinness glass), but the taste is anything but that similar to a stout. The head faded as the beer was drunk leaving a perfect lace ring to mark each sip's journey down the glass. I'm not sure I can describe all the flavors I'm tasting. First there's a strong flavor of roast coffee, and burnt malt, followed by a winey, nutty middle, that ends with the dry astingency found in this brewery most noted of hoppiest of beer like their IPA and Ruinnation. The winey flavor and the roasted hops converge to leave a long lingering aftertaste you will long remember. I had this beer in bottle and on draft within the last three days, the most notible different was the draft version had a very noticable alcohol burn, I'd even call it a rush of warmth that doesn't come through in the bottle. I still want to lay down a bottle of this complexed bottle of flavors for at 8.70% ABV the changes can only be interesting. Do pick up a bottle!

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 00:53:59 | More by NJBeerguy
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a thick two finger head that produces some thick lacing.

Smell: big malt sweetness, brown sugar, prunes, grapefruits, and a huge hop presence that leaps out of the glass. Soft alcohol tones are also picked up.

Taste: this is a bold brew. Huge malt profile produces a nice sugary sweetness, but the pine resin, grapefruits, prunes, and soft bitter chocolate tones balances this out wonderfully. Alcohol levels provide a warmth in the throat and belly.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very long as the strong malt and big hop bitterness wraps itself around the tongue and doesn't leave for minutes. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: definite slow sipping beer, but extremely satisfying on a flavor front. This could be considered a meal if one had an empty stomach. The alcohol does come through as you finish the bottle, so more than the one bomber bottle would be dangerous. Awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 23:29:34 | More by Gavage
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MrRetardedMonkey

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hop aroma jumped right out of the bottle before I had even poured it into my oversized snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with no light getting through. Looks almost like a porter/stout. Two-finger light brown, creamy head fades slowly with good lacing, leaving spotty sheets and rings down the glass. The head all but disappears, leaving a small cap in the middle that lasts throughout.

Hop aroma is right up front: some grapefruit and orange peel. It is very piney, with a sweet, malty background. Picked up some faint notes of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Initial tastes are floral, citrusy, piney hops. Grapefruit, followed by some sweet malts in the middle. Slightly bitter throughout, but the sweet malts keep things in balance. Bittersweet chocolate taste as it warms, but everything remains in balance. Nice long, dry finish.

Syrupy, full-bodied mouthfeel which coats the mouth nicely.

Easily drinkable, as the ABV is well hidden. I thoroughly enjoyed this bomber all to my lonesome, although next time I may think about sharing this one with a friend. Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 20:23:44 | More by MrRetardedMonkey
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Concordia Alehouse the other night.

The beer pours an unexpected darkish color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty interesting, sort of a dry citrusy bitter aroma. On the palate this beer comes across as a dry dunkel, but with a significant hop wallop in the mid palate and finish. The beer is not heavy and is medium bodied, with a hoppy dry finish. The abv. is well disguised, and this beer is really prettry drinkable for a beer with 8.7% alcohol.

Very nice effort from Stone. I preferred last year's edition of this beer, but this is not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2007 18:14:03 | More by johnmichaelsen
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WesWes

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 02:29:03 | More by WesWes
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franksnbeans

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think it’s hilarious what name recognition does. I tried a VERY similar beer last week called BarrelHouse Boss Cox Double Dark IPA and all the reviews are substantially lower than here. Pours a very dark ruby, almost black with a couple fingers of lacy tan head that stays well. Smells of grassy hops and a little malt. Tastes malty with bitter almost pineapple hops with a different hop profile that I’m now realizing is particular to this style. Medium in the mouth with good carbonation. Took a little time to finish. The better of the two Dark IPAs that I’ve tried. Though it’s not a bad style, I still prefer is predecessor.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 00:25:20 | More by franksnbeans
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown body sits opaque in the glass with a large beige head that stays for the duration. Globs of sticky lace adhere to the glass.

Aroma of pine and grapefruit hops is graced by hints of dark chocolate and dark roasty malts.

Mouthfeel is light medium to medium in body with aggressive carbonation and a mild hops bite.

Taste is mostly about the hops, pine and citrusy grapefruit, but the dark roasted malts add some dark chocolate and coffee hints. I also detect a trace of anise underneath. Alcohol is cleverly concealed. A sharp, but pleasant, bitterness emerges as it warms to room temperature and seems to be both from the hops and dark malts. Very tasty.

Sone should just call this a black IPA and brew it on a regular basis. Not unlike Cincinnati's Barrel House Boss Cox Double IPA, but with Stone's signature hops array.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 13:02:49 | More by merlin48
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Pooba001

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the color of this beer I would guess it was a robust porter or even a lower viscosity stout. From the aroma I'd guess its an big IPA or barleywine. Floral, citrus, and pine aromas dominate with toasty dark malts making a cameo appearance. Good beige head without a terribly aggressive pour, and the head persists quite well.

Taste is very IPA like, and reflects the elements of the aroma. Good bitterness, floral and piney hops with a hint of roasty bite and a sharp finish. Appearance aside, this is a tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel is good, despite a little dryness. Drinkability is above average, especially for a beer closing on 9% ABV. I'm a fan of this, its in the vein of Rogue's JLS #17 Brewer, perhaps not quite as well done, but tasty none the less. Makes me want to brew a porter and throw a bucket of hops into it!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 09:36:24 | More by Pooba001
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber with much anticipation. One of the first "limited release" beers I've been able to find. Pours virtually black, some ruby hints with light, and a 1 finger tan head. Long lasting layer of head and nice lace trails left behind. Smell is strong of spruce, pine, and hops (cascade?). Taste is virutally the same. Strong hop notes up from with a bit of pine, notes of roasted grain as well and a hint of caramel, just a hint. Bitter aftertaste but smooth going down, light and crisp. A terrific beer!

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:09:39 | More by bunnyhustle
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pwoods

Ohio

4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber obtained at The Comet during their Stone's 11th anny pint night.

A: Pours a deep black with some red hues showing on the sides. Not what I excepted... everyone said this was a IPA/DIPA and I've never seen one black before. 1 1/2 fingers of cream colored head. Head settles into a 1finger pillow and laces most of the glass.

S: Huge hops up front. Getting citrus from them but I can't identify it. Plenty of sweet and toasty malted aroma to balance it out. Very interesting.

T/M: The first sip is a struggle between bitter hops and toasty malts. Even from the smell, I never expected the malts to contend with the hops this much... and it's not a bad thing at all. Hops do eventually take over in the finish and stay long after. I could definitely see some people not likely how strong of an aftertaste this leaves.... sucks for them. Full bodied and medium carbonation.

D: It drinks pretty heavy but just tastes so damn good. I'll be picking up more of this every chance I get.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 01:45:34 | More by pwoods
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bobhits

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been practically stalking the local liquor stores waiting for this beer. I put it mildly I expect perfection and well stone almost can't win me with this one, but we'll give it a shot.

OK first thing is I opened this before it was cold enough so I'm a bit unsure.

Appearance. It's a black IPA. I mean...what more do you expect? It does create an amazing head. Almost too much and it takes it's time falling down.

Smell. As I opened the bottle it INSTANTLY hit me with the smell of hops. I've never had anything with a smell this strong. This defiantly has that grape fruit hop smell which is something I am not a huge fan of. I love hops but I don't care what ever type causes this. I'm already disappointed.

Taste. This beer has me really wondering if maybe the double IPA's have had in the past were just old or something. This is the first time I got a CLEAR feel and taste of the "oily" aspect of hops. In the past I often considered that a result of the malt or the thickness of the beer but this one really show cases it. The first impression was a blend of hops mostly creating that grapefruit flavor but with just barely enough malt backing to cover it up to make it enjoyable for me. For the most part at first I'm pretty much overwhelmed by hops and not much else. After sipping a bit longer I'm starting to find a different flavor coming out in the back ground. It's got a nice smooth base like effect that neutralizes the hops to some degree (almost a stout like flavor but that could just be the black color making me want to think that's what it is). It's definitely growing on me as I drink it but it's definitely not one of my favorite double IPA's if this is even a double. I'll definitely have to set one or two of these back and see if something fun happens to this with age.

Mouthful. Sticky, creamy, smooth. Very nice

Drinkablity. Cold you could probably throw this down with the best of them. Warm and it's a great sipper. They have a nearly perfect mix of the two. Very well done.

This is definately a differnt kind of beer from stone and for that I give them my praise. It's really not my style of an IPA but I can't hold that against them too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 22:04:15 | More by bobhits
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aforbes10

Iowa

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

I don't drink a lot of Stone these days...at first i went through their offerings eagerly, enjoying the hops and aggressive flavors. But lately, its been a bit of an afterthought brewery for me...no real reason why, it's just gotten lost in the shuffle. So its nice to have a reason to go back, and an anniversary beer is a good reason (esp. since we missed out on stone's 10th here in South Bend). Pours very dark, black with hints of red. Rocky head settles in the glass to a whipped look. Knowing it's an IPA and seeing that its black like this kind of gives me the willies. Odor is all hops. Fresh and aggressive U.S. hops with definite grapefruit and grass character. Smells awesome. Taste is more of the same...a hop bomb riding on a thick sticky malt backbone. Bitterness trends towards the extreme. Finish leaves me with grapefruit pucker and sticky malt on my lips.
So its another big beer from Stone. The color is what makes it different, more than anything else. Might buy one more to cellar so i can see what lies beneath the hops, but only if i happen to encounter it in a store again before it gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 15:36:13 | More by aforbes10
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bradford

California

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Hi-Time Wine Cellars in Costa Mesa
Looked very good. Poured a dark ruby red/brown out of the bottle
Inside the glass it looked black as night with no light passing through
Smelled spicy, fruity, and extremely hoppy
Tasted very very good. Lots of Cascade, Chinook, or something that graces most Stone's hoppier offerings
Mouthfeel was good. Very thick, yet smooth with a delightfuly hoppy bite
Drinkability is good as is with most of Stone's beers. I think I might like this one more than the much acclaimed 10th Anniversary. Another winner from Stone and another I wish would be a year round offering. Highly recommended

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 06:15:44 | More by bradford
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JToad

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So I picked up a bomber of XI, and IX tonight, trying the XI this evening, tomorrow I will do the IX.

I served in a tradition pint glass (moved, all I could find).

Apperance: A lot darker than I anticipated, being an IPA/ASA of sorts, I expected it to be a little lighter.

Smell: Hints of caramel, grapefruit.Hops smell beautiful, if a little understated.

Taste: Very bitter at first, yet smoothes out after a few sips. For as dark as it is, seems very light.

Mouthfeel: As I said above, very light, doesnt linger like most IPAs, or American Strong Ales. Very smoothe.

Drinkability: At first, I thought I would be dissapointed. But this beer gets better as you sip it, Almost half way done, and its real nice.. Very solid beer. Not dissapointed at all. Curious to try the 9th Anniversary tomorrow night, see how well its aged. Stone continues to never let me down..

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 01:57:50 | More by JToad
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GClarkage

California

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9/23/07- Purchased at Dart Liquors in Stateline, NV.

Presentation- 22oz bottle, September '07 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Not quite as pitch black as the label memo says, but still pretty darn dark. Nice 3/4 inch fluffy head upon the pour which settles at a slight off white rim. Leaves behind very sticky patchwork lacing.

Smell- Scents of dark and roasted caramel malt. Pretty intense chocolate notes as well. And it wouldn't be Stone if it didn't have a nice bitter tear your nose hairs out hop aroma.

Taste- Hmmm, combo of a bunch of flavors. Coming up with a schwatzbier-ipa combo. Has a nice dark chocolate-caramel mixed flavor which is combined with a fresh grapefruit hop taste. Maybe even a slight note of coffee beans as well. Very interesting combo. I like it.

Mouthfeel- A bit in the higher carbonation range, but has a nice thicker and viscous dark malt and bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Pretty sweet to be a session brew, in fact one bomber was almost a bit too much, but I wouldn't turn down a pint if offered. Another quality and interesting style brew released by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 19:13:48 | More by GClarkage
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,599 ratings.