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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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4,910 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 4,910
Reviews: 1,813
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 208
Gots: 329 | FT: 6
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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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this one a few times, found one four months before the freshness date and was obligated to get on here and review it. I remember it being pretty awesome.

A- Black with a tiny hint of brown around the very edges with a gigantic creamy-frothy head. Retains for almost as long as it takes me to drink the pint. The whole glass ends up coated in thick lacing.

S- Hoppy up front, like I remember a good Stone brew being. Nice citrus/tropical fruit, tons of pine like a Christmas tree and some darker fruit notes. Slight roast and caramel in the very background.

T- Like the nose but a bit more balanced. Some sweet caramel malt with a slight roast profile mixes with the huge pine and citrus zest hops Stone is known for. Very flavorful.

MF- Oily moderately thick body with lower carbonation than I would have expected. I wish it was a bit creamier rather than oily. Very bitter finish.

DB- Just a bit too hoppy in the taste, the aroma is very good though. The mouthfeel is really the only thing that falls short here. Very piney and bitter, starts to wear me down. Very strong beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:50:41 | More by cbutova
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured dark brown color with a large frothy brown head that lasted and produced excellent lacing. Heavy complex toasted malt,tart citrus and alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture. Heavy balanced bittersweet chocolate malt flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of long duration. This is a standout beer that I have additional bottles to try the next three years.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2011 02:44:13 | More by tmoneyba
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zhanson88

California

3.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: This Black IPA pours out a dark brown color with a couple fingers of light brown, slightly dirty looking head. Retention is pretty good and lacing is nice.

Smell: Roasted dark malts, a bit of caramel, and plenty of citrus and piney hops. Seems pretty spot on for the style.

Taste: Of course there is plenty of roasted and dark malts up front, with some caramel as well. On the back end there is plenty of citrus and piney hops. Usually I am a big fan of Stone's hop profiles, but this one doesn't do much for me.The flavors really seem to clash a bit.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is between light and medium bodied, and pretty smooth drinking. Overall this is a good example of of a Black IPA, but the flavor profile is just a bit off. Still, not a bad beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:11:09 | More by zhanson88
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at the Stone Brewery into a pint glass. The beer is a dark brown, glassy, thick coloring. The beer has a 1 inch creamy, thick head. The nose is hop heavy, with a light malty note that helps to balance it. The taste is made pretty sharp by the increased carbonation, and the hop-malt blend does not balance well. The unbalance continues into the finish, where the hops and malt flavors are very strong and not complimenting. The beer is light and sharp in mouth, despite the boldness of the flavors. This was not a pleasant beer to drink.

On a side note, after reading some of the other reviews, and knowing my preference for IPAs, including black IPAs, I wonder if the keg was at it's end, or perhaps it was a dirty line, or some outstanding circumstance like those, because this beer was surprisinly unenjoyable. I will absolutely try it again at some point to make sure this tasting wasn't an exception to the rule.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2011 22:35:38 | More by GarthDanielson
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DrinkingDrake

Massachusetts

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

Pours dark black with not as much head as I normally get out of Stone. I was expecting something almost spilling over the sides. A small amount of lacing.

The nose is deceiving in a way. At first you get the standard toasty stout smell but the hops that shine through make this really stand out.
Citrus chocolate dipped grapefruit

very hoppy with orange citrus and grapefruit that has a good spice going on. Toasty as well but its all about the hops in this. Stone usually dominates when it comes to hops characteristics.

Smooth texture and drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 22:30:25 | More by DrinkingDrake
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dismal

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black (or extremely dark brown) with red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Nice big light tan head that has great retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. I've never had a black IPA before so I keep thinking more of a stout smell and taste and I keep getting thrown off...in a good way though. The smell was very hoppy way more hoppier than I expected actually. Mainly citrusy. A little bit of malt in the background which gives it a slight roasted smell. The taste is similar, very hoppy with a slight roasted bite in the background. Nice and bitter, ends with a faint coffee/roasted malt finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average and smooth, like a step below creamy. The ABV on this one isn't terribly high so finishing this is no problem. I'd actually take another. My first black IPA and it's pretty great and another great beer from Stone. Will definitely pick this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 22:34:57 | More by dismal
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therica

Maryland

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

A= dark chestnut brown to black depending on the lighting, big slushy tan head like a rootbeer float.

S= dry roasted dark malts, nice northwest hops, hint of chocolate and occasional smoke and nut notes at some temperatures, complex.

T= dry, with rich dark roasted malts, light hints of caramel sweetness to balance, very bold. Occasional licorice notes. A bit too dry-bitter for my preferences but not too far overdone.

M= very dry with bitters remaining, some toffee hints and dark malts.

D= probably too strong for session, came in a large 22oz bottle and at 8.7% ABV it's probably going to decrease one's capacity. Also somewhat filling. Dryness might get in the way with some foods, or most foods. Maybe good with anything smoked or grilled.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 05:16:00 | More by therica
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Eriktheipaman

California

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

First off WOW.

Pours a solid black with mostly white with some tan head. the head fades quickly (probably because its a shocking %8.7 but leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell isnt over powering but of a nice toffee pine.

The taste is fairly bitter but off set by a roasted coffee. The alcohol at first isnt present but then I started noticing it the more I drank.

Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:34:19 | More by Eriktheipaman
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xpoweruser

Pennsylvania

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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heebes

Ontario (Canada)

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

1 pint

Pours black with huge foamy tan head. Nose is citrus hops foremost, chocolate roasty malts apparant as well, auromas of a stout sutble. Taste is a complex blend of bitter hops and robust toasted malts. Dark chocolates combined with pine needles. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry in the finish. My first experience with a well recieved Cascadian Dark Ale. Honoured it was with Stone's self-proclaimed best. Great benchmark of an ABV, this bomber is goning to be perfect for the drinking session this afternoon. Cheers to great craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 18:53:51 | More by heebes
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fsimcox

California

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

Served in an 8oz tulip glass.

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

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

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

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

Overall a wonderful IPA well worth a second glass.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 14:23:27 | More by fsimcox
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philbe311

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love the bottle...

A - A mammoth billowing and cascading medium brown colored airy head with a rocky batter like top settles at slightly more than three fingers worth before displaying excellent retention... A great deal of lacing clings to the glass... An opaque flat black to the naked eye, but some minor notes of red hue can be detected when back lit...

S - Hoppy citrus notes can be detected well before bring one's nose over the glass... Grapefruit... Pineapple... Oranges... Some faint piney hop notes... A touch of roasted malts... Very appealing...

T - Hop forward to say the least... Mostly citrus, with a touch of piney hops... A quick hit of roasted malts before the hops reassert themselves... Perhaps a some faint chocolate notes on the finish as well...

M - The creamy lushness of the foam touches the lips first... Medium bodied, yet still airy and light... Very light carbonation... A strong hop bitterness lingers in the throat and on the back of the tongue...

D - Wow, this is a great brew... If it were not for the color and faint roasted malt components this would compete for prominence about IPAs and DIPAs... With the black color and faint roasted malt component, this becomes a highly memorable and enjoyable brew... The only things keeping this being a "5" in this category are the 9% ABV which is hard to hide and the hop assault that leaves the tongue blistered and battered...

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 01:37:15 | More by philbe311
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almychristopher

New York

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark near black color with a tan head that recedes to lacing. the aroma brings the promised hops nearly balanced by the roasted malt character. the taste has a really nice piney hop character up front filled out by the coffee notes of the black roast, the medium body and good co2 make this a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: growler

12-27-2010 04:47:45 | More by almychristopher
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RandyV

Arizona

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

Pours a beautiful balck/ dark mahogany with a nice, frothy espresso creme head. Lacing is consistent and substantial. Nice floral, pine smell tells you you're in for a hop treat. It doesn't disappoint. First taste denotes citrus and molasses. The alcohol is foreward initially, which I don't mind. It mellows in subsequent tastes to a nice, warming presence. The mouthfeel is creamy, more so than I expected. The hop presence wins by a nose over that malt sweetness, which is never cloying. Just an all around flavorful, drinkable beer and a real treat for the beer senses.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 22:37:24 | More by RandyV
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HoustonTX

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazing Black IPA.

Big sticky, and frothy head. Deep shade of brown when held up to light, dark black otherwise.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of roasted malts, bitter floral hops, and tannins.

The taste is really spot on for the style. Perfect balance of malts/hops, both being on the heavy side. However, none of the notes overpower each other. They work in perfect harmony. The alcohol content is covered extremely well. I'd guess 6.8% at best blind taste test.

With the roasted malt notes, a hint of coffee, a bit of caramel. The blend of citric, floral, and piney hops, just works so well.

This beer is really straight forward, but really well done. Amazing beer all around, and incredibly drinkable. One bomber wasn't enough, two would be no problem. Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 06:36:37 | More by HoustonTX
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94coog

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lurking here for awhile. Never felt compelled to write a review until now.

A: pours a rich black with amber edges. a medium-rocky head that laces well.

S: Rich malt with doughy bread notes, brown sugar, grassy hops.

T: Takes me to my knees. Its like the malt and hops are fighting for supremacy, and both are winning. Cloying sweet malt with alcohol punch that carries the hops through the palate.

M: perfectly carbonated. Could be a bit less thin, but remember its an IPA, not a porter or stout. This beer is confusing in the way it crosses styles. Its an IPA. No, a barleywine. Wait, an imperial porter. No, it's all of those. It's the best of all of those. It's sublime.

D: If I had more than one bomber, I would drink all I had.

A humbling experience. Its as if the best qualities of an IPA, porter, and barleywine were combined into one beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 02:00:23 | More by 94coog
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Northjames

New York

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

22 oz bottle.

Beautiful dark brown, almost black, like melted chocolate in appearance. A dense quarter inch head of light tan bubbles stays on top for the duration.

I get a huge hit of molasses cookies fresh out of the oven in the nose. Maybe slightly too-browned molasses cookies. There are some hoppy notes in the background, but I can't distinguish them from the malt. The smell is rich and very pleasing.

The first thing that hits my tongue is the sweetness. It is rich, dark and caramel-y. Almost like a lactose based sweetness, it washes right off the tongue and the hops start to come through. There is an initial bitterness that fades into a nose tingling aroma hoppiness. After that, I am inclined to take another small sip. The flavors working together, in a delayed flavor reaction is an impressive feat. The alcohol taste is present, but in the background. Exceptionally clean, the effects come directly from the ingredients.

This is a sipping beer to me. Partly because it is strong, and partly because it is so interesting. As a homebrewer, I am jealous of the mind that created this.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 00:31:56 | More by Northjames
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2010 00:00:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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pharmer

Pennsylvania

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

A: Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz brown bottle with painted-on label into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown (black??) color that is nearly impervious to light. A one-finger light brown head tops this brew and shows good retention and great lacing.

S: Grapefruit and big time for me. Also some piney notes and a hint of dark malt in the background.

T: This beer tastes great. Strong hop presence obviously. Grapefruit and pine notes predominate. Alcohol quite noticeable both in the middle and at the finish. Also, as would be expected the bitterness hits hard at the finish.

M: Quite highly carbonated with a medium body....quite nice.

D: This beer is excellent...but at 8.7% abv, one must be wise. I sipped on my bomber for about 90 minutes, which gave me a good chance to note its varying nuances with temperature change. I would drink this beer anywhere, anytime, but not more than a pint or two.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:29:13 | More by pharmer
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SirRuss

California

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

A - The head shows a shade of light chocolate and sufficiently tight bubbles to set decent expectations. The body is a matt black with a slither of maroon hue at the very bottom. Retention is also good.

S - Sweet malts and fruity hops battle for center stage, although neither seem to really want to win. It's more of a nudging contest between two half-hearted contenders, although both are pleasant enough. The resulting fragrance is akin to a sprig of milk chocolate - coated cascade leaves being wafted a few feet from your nose.

T - This brew would be a great stepping stone (no pun intended) into porters/stouts. A soft ascorbic spine - like that found in bananas - directs the fairly simple flavour profile. Sweet malts found in the nose appear first, and slowly transition into the roastiness typical to a a porter. Finally the hops blend-in to provide a clean biting finish. Integration and balance is the point-scorer for this brew - simple, but well built.

M&D - This is perhaps the best aspect of the whole experience.The body's weight matches the intensity of flavors, and the alcohol is well aligned with the sugar/acidity levels to create a deceptively drinkable result. Furthermore, and as suggested by the head, the carbonation is firm and well structured. It augments the flavor profile in the same way a good caddy improves the performance of a golfer - humble and unassuming, yet ultimately vital to a winning game.

O - Overall this beer is well assembled, and as such there's nothing really "wrong" with it at all. Having said that, there's also nothing really impressive about it either. All-in-all: solid, but uninspiring - a bit like a girl calling a guy "nice".

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:08:57 | More by SirRuss
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

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

A - The body of this beauty is by no means modest in a cloak of black topped by a foamy, frothy, medium tanned head with nice lacing and solid stamina.

S - An interestingly minty and citrus hop presence with a hint of spice.

T - The combination of hops and malt make for a solid array of flavors to enjoy here. Every time I take another pull I pick up another tasty character. Citrus and dark bread are the mainstays while leafy hops, nut, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee are also all present.

M - Thick body with a slight coarseness.

~ I want more of this beer. I wish I could have one a week. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2010 03:06:58 | More by cdkrenz
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drizzam

Wisconsin

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

Thanks to my good buddy cdkrenz for his generous offering!

A - Pours a very dark brown (looks almost black) with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light source. The body is topped by a beautiful fluffy khaki head that has well above average retention. A gorgeous veil of lacing is left down the inside of my glass.

S - Very nice citrus hop aroma stands out first and foremost. There also seems to be just a touch of sweet smell, maybe caramel, just trying to compete with the hops.

T & M - Wow. Stone is able to back the bragging I read on the back label. Citrus hops are first and foremost, just as I got from the aroma. But there is a slight sweetness that just wants to battle with the hops, I think it is the underdog known as caramel malt. As expected though, the hops win in a beatdown, dominating the malt. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

D - This is a seriously drinkable brew! Hoppy and delicious, and the 8.7% ABV is hardly detectable. I have to thank cdkrenz for introducing me to this beer that is far less than modest. Simply delicious!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 03:29:59 | More by drizzam
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gopens44

Virginia

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

A - Pours black as night with a generous mocha colored head.

S - Straight up hop goodness that takes the shape of grapefruit with barely present earthy notes.

T - Super fantastic fun time taste power! Grapefruit on top of oaked mmonshine that gives way to a smooth oakey finish.

M - A little more carbonation than I expected, but it's all good. A touch of burn throughout with a moderately heavy aftertaste.

I challenge Stone to make a beer that doesn't make me happy. This beer delivers very well. Perhaps the hoppiest Cascadian I've had yet!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 00:16:00 | More by gopens44
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jpro

South Carolina

4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a "special cask" (extra dry hopped with amarillo hops) sent by Stone to the Closed for Business birthday party in Charleston last week... from notes...

A: Black with some red around the edges; khaki head is small (cask), but leaves a lot of patchy lace.

S: Mindblowing... citrusy, grassy hops; tropical fruit is also evident in the hop profile; some malt sugary-ness in the background. But, oh so hoppy! Man, the amarillo dry hop on this makes for a delicious aroma!

T: Sweet, tropical fruit concentrate / hoppy nectar; some acrid bitterness on the finish; great stuff.

M: Medium bodied and super smooth.

D: Great drinkability considering the abv - there's almost no hint of it in the taste. I'm a big fan of the "regular" Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (which also utilizes amarillo hops, but not at this level!)... this version definitely takes it up a notch... great stuff! Not sure what the availability on this one is, but if I ever see it again I'll be sure to have a couple -

Serving type: cask

12-20-2010 15:50:31 | More by jpro
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled last night, 22 oz bomber, shared with a friend. From memory...

A: Muddy black, supple tan head that left some great lacing and a moderate cap throughout the tasting.

S: Roasted grain malt, bitter hops, ash, black peppercorn. This smells great but I worry these roasted qualities may not play as well as I hope with the bitterness.

T: Bitter hops are up front followed by some charcoal and grass. The overall roasted qualities here are too weak for the bitterness of these hops. I was expecting the hops, obviously, but thought the definite dark malt profile would be a bit more present to balance this out. Disappointed.

M: Wild carbonation, medium-bodied, smooth.

D: For me, this is hard. I love IPAs and in general Black IPAs but something about this one is just hard for me to get down, let alone an entire 22 oz bottle. Luckily I shared.

I wouldn't go for this again unless it was on draft somewhere. Understandably so an IPA, though it still needs balance, something I feel the Sublimely is lacking.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 13:07:37 | More by ShanePB
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,910 ratings.