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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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5,006 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,006
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 369 | 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.

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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with dark ruby highlights. A thick, foamy head leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of citrus and pine - a PLETHORA of citrus. The "dark" part is more subtle - with just a touch of smoke...

The taste is citric and resiny. The alcohol comes through in a hefty way, adding a sweet fruitiness. Charcoal smokiness lingers in the back. Some light chocolate enters too, but this show is led by the hops. Finishes with a walloping punch from the hop spiciness and alcohol with dark sweetness lingering in the back.

This is full-bodied, smooth and intensely hot.

Nice - a bit much - but, oh- so nice...hefty West-Coast hops with a charcoal, dark backing. Unique and ... well - get some of this!

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 02:28:53 | More by jwc215
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jakon

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle purchased for $5.49 at Orenco New Seasons.

Pours coffee black with a substantial tan head that recedes slowly while leaving a wash of sticky lacing in its wake. The aroma is brightly hoppy. Huge citrus character. Based on aroma alone, this most closely resembles the Summer Yulesmith. My first impression upon tasting is that this beer could possibly age quite well. There is plenty of malt lying just below the surface of all that hop presence. Like a furious undertow waiting to drag you out to sea as if to prove it's just as powerful as a towering wave. As it is, there is just a ton of flavors vying for my taste buds' attention. Tough to pick them out singularly, but there is definite chocolate, roasted coffee and fig presence to go along with those great hop characteristics that we all know so well. Together, these flavors combine to produce a pretty strong bitterness. Despite the intense battle going on between so many different strong flavors, this brew finishes pretty clean. Mouthfeel is dialed in just right. It's slightly thick and a bit oily, and the carbonation is ratcheted down a notch or two. Very smooth on the tongue with just enough bite to satisfy. Fits the flavor profile nicely. Overall, I really like this beer and am impressed by Stone's apparent eagerness to step outside the box and put out something so unique. Not sure I like this one quite as much as last years anniversary ale, but I'm excited about seeing what will happen to this one over time. I plan to put at least 6 of these away and won't check on it for another 6-8 months. I see great potential and think it might be even better once some of these background players step to the front of the stage.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 06:19:51 | More by jakon
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twelvsies

Maine

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a balls-to-the-wall Stone beer. I guess I should expect nothing else from them, but yeah this one is particularly ass-kicking. I was almost confused at first - the beer pours a very dark, nearly opaque brown color yet with a big fluffy head - but at a whiff it smells much like a sappy pine-riddled IPA. Lots of hops in the nose, but digging deeper you'll find a nice mellow chocolate character. The taste too is all hops up front. Really brashly bitter. Yes please. Resin and pine. Once your palate has been smacked around by the pine and resiny hop attitude you notice the whole roasty, chocolatey, rich underbelly of this beer. Real dry and puckering on the palate, but with a rich creamy finish. A little bit of heat perhaps. So much going on in this beer, quite a hybrid of styles. Wicked good.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 00:06:21 | More by twelvsies
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TheHoppiest

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this cellared for some time, and am quite excited to see how this tastes. Am having this poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. The bottle bears a stamp stating that it is best if enjoyed by 8/31/10; obviously, I am long beyond that, but it still smells delicious!

Pours a deep dark black, with a tan/cocoa colored head that goes from a two finger height to a thin wispy skim on top.

Quite hoppy in aroma, with loads of pine, cedar, and faint citrus; a thin malt note is struggling to be heard, but frankly is being snuffed out by the abundant hops. It may have the look of a stout, but has the aroma of a west coast IPA.

Roasted and toasted, with hints of cocoa and coffee, before it is buried beneath an avalanche of hops. The malt does a better job here, though, of not being pushed around by the hops than it did in the aroma. The bitter hops, though asserting themselves earlier on in the sip, find themselves tamed by a pleasant chocolate finish. Overall, a complex and pretty well balanced taste.

Medium bodied, with a dry finish, this is a pleasant sipper.

Awesome to drink, it has that signature Stone hoppiness that I just can't get enough of. The darker chocolate and coffee notes really finish it nicely. I wonder how similar this will be to the black IPA that Stone is just putting out now.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 00:41:07 | More by TheHoppiest
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nUgZ

North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with an almost 2 finger head. Very nice lacing.

S: Hops and malts are present but accentuated by coffee and bitter chocolate aromas.

T: Chocolate malt flavors at first, followed by some mild hops. Hides the alcohol well.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Light to moderate carbonation.

O: Extremely well balanced and about perfect for the style. I'm an IPA fan, but this is a great option for the winter months. I will definitely be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 20:54:19 | More by nUgZ
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dbell23

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance is black with a nice tan head that lingers. Nice lacing.

The smell is hoppy but nicely muted.

The taste is great! Really good beer! Nice hops but very balanced. The hops really stick around.

Nice body and mouthfeel is just this side of full bodied. Nice carbonation.

Overall this a great beer. One of my favorite Stones.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 22:16:16 | More by dbell23
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zac16125

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost but not quite black, but certainly opaque with a 2 and half fingers width of khaki colored head that dissipated very slowly leaving at least a half finger widths throughout most of the drink. It leaves some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Predominately hoppy aromas of the pine and citrus variety. No real malt characteristic, just hit your nose hops. Not a very complex aroma, but very inviting if you are a hop lover like myself.

T: First sip is a very well balanced blend of roasted malts and hops. This beer is not particularly complex, but it doesn’t have to be. The simplicity may be what makes it so damn good. It is just an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Some very subtle burnt malt flavors with hints of caramel, but the balance between roasted malt and piney hops with a strong hop bitterness on the aftertaste certainly predominates. The ABV is masked wonderfully, with no overpowering alcohol characters. Hop flavors definitely are the mainstay of the drink, but are by no means overwhelming. If you consider yourself a hop head, you will almost certainly enjoy this beer.

M/D: Perfect amount of carbonation, relatively smooth and very easy to drink. Leaves the mouth feeling somewhat dry, but not to a fault. It is very drinkable considering the ABV, heavy stout-like appearance, and dominating hop flavors.

O: This beer is deceiving in that judging by its appearance you would expect a more stout-like drink with a certain heaviness and stronger malt characters. But in reality its more or less a great, hop-heavy ,IPA that happens to look like a stout. Overall this is an excellent beer. I admittedly am not that familiar with black IPAs, but I can’t imagine one being much better than this. I recommend this beer to all those who love hops and to those who are interested in this beer style. I will certainly drink this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2011 02:37:48 | More by zac16125
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elmore

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this on from Grapes of Mirth in Columbus, OH about 3 months ago. Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz bottle into a tulip glass. A one finger, off white head with moderate retention, which left some decent lace.

Described as an IPA on the bottle. The darkest pale ale I've ever seen, which wasn't a huge surprise as the last sentence of the description on the back reads "Pitch dark". Dark black. Nearly opaque - has similar appearance to a porter or stout. Carbonation not real active.

Hops dominate the nose. I can detect more dark malts and hints of carmel than the typical IPA. Hops are definetely the dominate taste, but not overpowering and are well balanced by the dark malts. Docked a few points for drinkablity, because this is just such a big beer.

Creamy, dense, chewy mouthfeel with a bit of oily hops. Moderate carbonation.

This beer is big in every way - malty, hoppy, high ABV. Although called an IPA on the bottle label. BA lists it as an American Strong Ale. I really appreciate beer like this that are hard to put in a single catergory. To me seems to have the strong hops prescence and mouthfeel of an IPA with the dark carmel malts of a porter or stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 04:05:44 | More by elmore
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TasteTester

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I agree with the last review, I love this beer. Another great beer in the long line of the Stone Family.

A-Deep, dark, darker than the bottle it came in. Caramel colored head that was a finger or two tall. Lace that lasted top to bottom.

S-Alcohol, hops, caramel.

T-Great american strong ale. Nice hop lingering flavor. Not overpowering, but very much present.

M-Smooth, slightly sticky.

D-Could definitely have a lot of these, if i could only find more.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 03:10:20 | More by TasteTester
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Leviathan

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone rarely disappoints and this beer is no exception. Picked up this bomber several weeks ago and forgot about it in the fridge. Got home from the golf course today and found it behind some Williamsburg Ale Works...

Appearance is dark brown/black with a nice white head when poured into a pint glass. Smells like roasted, malty deliciousness...

The taste is like a strong ale bordering on stout-like proportions. This beer is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hops coating the palette. The beer laces nicely down the glass and leaves a nice crisp hop aftertaste.

I've always been a fan of Stone and will definitely throw this beer into the rotation now that the weather is cooling down. At nearly 9%, a few of these will have you melting back in your chair...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 23:44:19 | More by Leviathan
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Tolann

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours really black. It's nearly opaque, but shows a ruby hue when you hold it up to the light. Lots of thick head that is dark and foamy and leaves behind a nice lacing.

S - sweet hops. Very big hops nose. Theres a citrus I can't identify in there as well (I still suck at identifying this stuff)

T - Big hops hits the back of your tongue and you're then reminded by the sweet. Really nice! The bitterness hangs a bit. The sweetness doesn't hang nearly as much.

M - really nice and what's to be expected for this style. Not too fizzy, not too heavy. I nice medium bodied beer that rolls down your throat.

D - I wish I had more bottles!! A great IPA example! Love the hops, love the beer! This one is disappearing much too fast.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 02:32:46 | More by Tolann
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black with brown highlights, tan head, good retention & lace.

S: Pine, citrus rind, grapefruit, candied fruit, rye bread.

T: Grapefruit, pine, marmalade, dark caramel, toffee, rye bread, hint of lightly roasted coffee, good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish with hop and a little roasted acidity.

D: Quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:56:52 | More by Derek
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KidsDoc

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bomber poured into my San Diego representative "Green Flash" pint glass

Pour was amazing (on the second pour) with an amazing flow of slowly settling tan/espresso head and dark, nearly opaque body - loved watching this one settle into the glass

Aroma was initially hop forward but nice citrus nose. I lost this along the way and only got glimpses after the first few big breaths. Roasted malt predominated the aroma thereafter.

Taste was complex and highly entertaining. First sip was like the nose up front - big citrus hop presence that then became just a small component. What impressed me was the increasing roast/chocalate malt flavor on the backside that tasted like a smooth porter in the finish. This really was a 3-part taste (after the first two sips that were mostly getting used to the bitter hops). Right as you start the sip it was more sweet with some chocolate detected - the middle was dominated by hops but still well blended, citrus was most of what I got here and still sweet but sticky; then the finish was full on roasted malt and excellent

Mouthfeel was very interesting. only downside was a bit much on carbonation for me. Otherwise it was biting when it needed to be and so smooth on the finish.

Great offering from Stone. Such a nice beer to sip on. This will be a go to for me in the future if I really want a good mix of hop and malt that you can really focus on either flavor and enjoy it all.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 18:06:47 | More by KidsDoc
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split this tonight with a couple of friends as a part of a Stone mini-vertical with the 11th-13th. My favorite of the night.

The pour is gorgeous, black with a dense dark brown head with great retention and lacing. On the nose, the hops are still so fresh! Yes, it's been in a 40 degree fridge for a while, but the piney hops with a little bit of fruit character (apricot and peach) really works well with the deep, roasted malt character with coffee and chocolate. Great balance. On the palate, the flavors are replicated, with a surprising amount of hops present, with pine and a little citrus before a gorgeous wave of dark chocolate, coffee and a little sweetness come in. In some ways, almost stout like. Medium in body with moderate carbonation and a long finish with a great balance between hop and malt bitterness, this beer is fantastic. I'd drink a lot more, but I have just one bottle left...

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 03:06:58 | More by DefenCorps
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TheOtherMike

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

I had no idea that this would be essentially black given the dark brown bottle. Giant head. I had to pour it slowly with multiple pauses to allow the head to settle. Thick sticky lacing clung to the glass.

The taste was a full spectrum from roasted malts, coffee, to spicy hops. Very unique. This is not typical of my preferred brews, but I thoroughly enjoyed it nonetheless. I probably went through about five 22 ounce bottles until I could find no more.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 21:52:56 | More by TheOtherMike
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Beerenauslese

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours opaque dark brown, a twinge of light at the edges, with an ample head that dissipates quickly into a thin layer of foam leaving some lacing.

Pleasing aromas of roasted malt, preserved dark fruit, chocolate syrup, and hops.

Similar tastes as in the nose, sweet at first, chocolate then a bit of a burnt edge to the malt, with a dry super hoppy bitter finish that goes long. It has a momentary belgian ale flavor at first, then kicks in like a Harley with the hops, giving the taste buds an enjoyable ride.

Body is medium with good carbonation, providing a mildly creamy mouthfeel.

Alcohol is evident, tasting stronger than its percentage. This is a tasty and drinkable brew in moderation.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 03:22:42 | More by Beerenauslese
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OldeEnglishD

Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a mug. I was really excited to try this beer as I missed out on it when it was released as their 11th anniversary beer.

The beer pours a dark brown, almost black like coffee. A nice 2.5 finger head of tan that has serious staying and lacing power.

The smell is heavy grapefruit and pine, with just a touch of coffe/chocolate in the background.

The taste hits in almost the same order, citrus up front, with pine and earthiness next, followed by a hint of chocolate and coffe. It finishes bitter on the back end. As the beer gets warmer, the bitterness is not as harsh at the end.

This beer is heavier in the mouth than ABA, but not as thick as a Guiness.

This is a sipping beer that I do not feel I could drink more than 1 or 2 of in a night, but I sure as hell would enjoy those 2!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:21:43 | More by OldeEnglishD
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brotherloco

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Enjoy By 06.14.12. Served in a tulip.

Pours solid pitch black with a big rocky three finger head of dark beige foam. Takes a long time to settle. Big chunks of lacing left in the glass.

Aroma of roasted and sweet malt. Dark bakers chocolate. Citrusy and piney hops are right there to back things up. Some earthy notes. A touch of booze.

Plenty of malt in the flavor. The dark chocolate experience continues with mild sweetness, roastiness, and bitterness. Earthy notes in the nose come through as a grassy flavor through the middle and finish. Hop bitterness contributes to the finish and lingers for a bit in the aftertaste. A little sting of alcohol but pretty well buried for a Stone brew.

Medium-full body with mild carbonation. Very smooth and creamy. Feels great and a dry finish leaves you wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2012 02:45:09 | More by brotherloco
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mjsheehan08

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black sludge with a 1.5 inch head that dissipates quickly. Lacing stays consistent through the beer experience. When the glass is held up to the light, some reddness is seen.

Smell: Smells sweet and fresh, with piney, floral hops, but is juxtaposed with dark, almost burnt malts and dark chocolate. A really interesting whiff that I'm hoping it is replicated in the taste

Taste: The hops in this cascadian hit first, and they are dry and delicious. A very fresh taste, that develops into the darker flavors beautifully. The middle has hints of dark chocolate and roaster barley. The taste ends up with some dark licorice. Alot of complex flavors that really work well together.

Mouthfeel: a poppy mouthfeel, with a snappy feeling in the back of the mouth as it goes down, coats the tongue even after it goes down.  

Drinkability: Not a huge ABV, but Stone hids it well. There are so many different flavors at every turn in this beer, that I wouldn't want to drink a lot of them, I would just want to dedicate some time to drinking one.

A really good Black IPA, maybe the best one I have ever had in that style.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2010 05:38:42 | More by mjsheehan08
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color with brownish hues on the edge of the glass. Poured with a thick beige foam with excellent staying power that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. Black patent malt and citrus and resinous pine hop aromas. Medium bodied with a creamy smooth feel. Dark roasted and burnt malt flavors below intense bitter citrus and pine hop flavors. A nice combination of intense flavors with a delicate feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 19:19:53 | More by IronLover
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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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gwood

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours VERY dark brown with nice bits of dark red/orange color that crop up in the light with a swirl of the snifter. This is damn near totally opaque...surprising really. Tan colored head had good retention and was interesting to watch with it's mix of large oblong and small tightly grouped bubbles.

S - Straight out with citrus hops. Some very slight notes of caramel as it warmed a bit.

T - I served this one too cold to start with and paid the price initially. Acidic hops hit the palate first and foremost but the finish didn't linger as long as expected relative to the hop blast. A bit cleaner/dryer than expected (again a bit to do with it being too cold I think). As the beer warmed alcohol peaked through at times along with slight caramel malts and figs at the finish.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body - a bit more than expected.

D - Good overall. Not TOO heavy.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 06:27:11 | More by gwood
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grag

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review on a beer that I had about a year ago so this is all from memory and a fond one at that.

Serving from a bottle poured into a snifter. This was (and is) a memorable beer. Dark in appearance. The thing that surprised me and made me fall in love with this beer was after the first sip. The initial flavor was dark chocolatey with a bit of hops to boot and then the aftertaste... Resin toffee candy. I love that candy and to have that in a beer, just lovely.

Sorry not much flowery description here just my impressions on a beer that sets a certain standard for others like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 20:27:28 | More by grag
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Tomhet

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone's 11th anniversary ale that was so good they kept it in constant rotation as one of their most easily obtainable beers. Thank God for that.

Appearance is nearly pitch black with a faint trace of ruby surrounding the body when held up to light. A mildly aggressive pour yields a one-finger mocha/copper head and lacing that sticks around for a bit (strangely enough, the last few times I've had this, I've gotten a much bigger head despite the same general pouring strength; whatever). Aroma is one of very aggressive pine hops with a quite robust earthy tinge. It logically follows that there's some lemon peel and other quite acidic citrus notes just waiting to be found.

When it comes to taste, this is the real deal. The front is dominated by the aforementioned pine hops that bite the tip of the tongue, but the middle of the sip reveals a very creamy, slightly waxy mouthfeel that brings out a really balanced malt profile which eventually coalesces back with the hop profile near the end until a wonderful finish of dark chocolate gets the last word. Medium carbonation provides a nice bite and meshes perfectly with the slightly roasted, chocolatey finish. An absolutely stellar example of balance and linear taste progression from these arrogant bastards.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 06:17:39 | More by Tomhet
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DoubleJ

California

4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They had quite a bit of this at the BevMo in Brea and hearing the good reviews of this beer on this site, I grabbed one. Purchased at $4.49, on to the beer:

This is a totally different kind of IPA. It's dark, nearly black in appearance. The piney and esters of an IPA are there in the flavor, but you can't really taste any raw hops, and for good measure is kissed by some cocoa. The checker at the store said he didn't like IPA's, but he really enjoyed this offering. This isn't an aggressive beer like some of the other Stone products, but a rather mellow beer that won't tax your palate too much.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 17:19:21 | More by DoubleJ
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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