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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,975 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,975
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 358 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into snifter.

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with deep red accents and a frothy tan head. It has a surprisingly hoppy aroma despite the dark appearance, with notes of citrus and pine. There is a nice bready malt backing to the nose as well.
The flavor is a very pleasant mix of juicy, citrus and tropical fruit and roasty malts, though the hops are dominant. There is also a slightly boozy warming finish, while the mouthfeel is a medium to light body with decent carbonation.
This beer is very drinkable, especially considering the ABV. I particularly enjoy the balance of hops and malts.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 03:40:42 | More by vkv822
Photo of ckk527

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black, with a glimmer of mahogany where the light hits (at bottom of piny glass when help up to light source). Thick and inviting light tan head, 2-fingers deep with a mildly aggressive pour. Substantial lacing remains near the lip of the pint glass and is streaky below that.

S: Aroma of pine, some roast, but I'm also picking up a slight musty-resiny aroma. Truly a hop-lover's dream. Not mine, but for the style, spot-on.

Taste: Hops up front, with a slight malt note next, followed immediately by a mix of cocoa and bitter citrus (grapefruit, maybe?). Something just short of burnt. There is a LOT going on here, and it all works quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: Dry and tart but smooths out to provide a light-medium feel.

O: Full disclosure: I am not a fan of IPAs in any form, but since this one was from Stone, I felt it warranted a try. A remarkable representation of the style, and priced reasonably (which is not always the case when looking to buy a brew from Stone). I will finish my bomber and enjoy the experience of tasting a truly remarkable American black ale. However, I probably will not purchase again - simply out of personal preference.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 21:45:42 | More by ckk527
Photo of Andreji


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

I had stored this baby for months now after fellow ba aschwab brought it over of me back in feb.

Yesterday, after un-beerlike procrastination, I decided to go for it.

Poured into a pilsner glass, shared with a friend. Nice, dark brown to black tone with a generous and dark chocolate toned head. in itself it looked beautiful, non translucent.

Smell isn't too strong but it comes off in a deliciously well blended feel of coffee and hops. sort of porter-ish at first but too sweet and less smokey than it. the hop feel is hardly overwhelming, and rather complimentary to it- it doesn't go the way so many american beers go with their hops.

Taste is fantastic. soft, sweet palate at first, with a roast maltiness to it aided by a simultaneous musty feel of yeast. smoky across the tasting, and ends with a strong hop feel that however doesn't overtake the following sip. It's thick bodied, but not enough to be viscous- it was very nice to drink in a cold, refreshing sort of tone.

Overall, yet another beautiful american beer, a twist to the direction usually perceived by me from Stone (and certainly its most original and tasty one). I never cease to be amazed with the brews of the states.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 00:15:31 | More by Andreji
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. No bottled date, but a new shipment just received this week, so I believe it to be fairly fresh.

A: Pours a really dark borwn, almost bordering black. Nice off white / eggshell 1/4 inch head that disappears fairly quickly.

S: Nice big hop flavors up front. Nice piney scents with only some minor toasted malts in the background.

T: This definitely tastes fresh. Big hops presence right from the start, piney, maybe a little citrus notes in there as well. There's a healthy malt background with some bready flavors along with a bit of chocolate. Wow, and then here comes the bitterness. Long bitter finish with lots of grapefruit that lasts for minutes (or more). Maybe a little out of balance on the finish...

M: Medium mouth feel and carbonation. Seems appropriate for the aggressive of the beer.

D: Wow, this starts out as a great beer. But it's also a fatiguing beer. It's so big and aggressive, that it's not easy to finish a 22oz bottle in one sitting. But it's still a really nice beer and I'm glad I can get this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:24:34 | More by oregonskibum
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West Virginia

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

Bomber, two goblets (wifey).

A deep dark brown, with a nice tan head. Head stays as a thin layer throughout the drinking experience.

Interesting chocolaty nose that really melds well with the spicy hops. Mild levels of roasted malt are involved here. Promising to say the least. The taste is a veritable plethora of experiences. Roasty, coffee and chocolate up front, but quickly overcome by a strong bitter hop bite that digs in deep. Sweet dry bitter and warm...yes they all battle it out but it does dry out in the finish with the bitter hop bite lingering on the tongue for a bit.

Nice big body, smooth and so drinkable. Love this beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 20:32:02 | More by ZimZamZoom
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an opaque perfect black, with a mountain of head. Half a finger of head remains.

Smell - Big citrus hop nose, backed up with roasty/chocolatey malt.

Taste - Much like the nose: big citrus hop presence up front with some pine, sweet roast malt follows up, finish is a chocolatey malt and resinous, piney hops. Good dose of ethanol in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied than I expected, viscous and oily, smooth carbonation, and with some of that hooch warmth.

Drinkability - Nice. Liked it quite a bit. Great flavor profile: clean hop taste balanced with roasty/chocolatey malt. I will say it's got more alcohol warmth than I expected. Still great, will do again!

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 00:12:25 | More by yeahnatenelson
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- poured a dark color like a pepsi or coke.a solid two finger tan head. i don't see this everyday.

S- all my nose catches are fresh hops. slightly cirusy alil earthy.

T- well alcohol is well hidden. malts are hidden but you can find them behind the hop attack.

M- light bodied. carbonation is ok.

D- could slam a couple 22's no prob.

Overall- once i poured this dark brew i was worried it would be all malt but boy was i wrong. hops just take everything on this one and stone really knows how to dish them out. if you're a hop fan you don't wanna pass this one up!!

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 07:13:08 | More by claminat420
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 Pint, 6 Fl Oz bottle of this from Dierbergs in Ellisville, MO for $4.99. Poured into my LongHammer IPA glass and has a Best By Date of 07.08.11 on the front almost chalked in white on the bottle.

Aroma- Great malt and hop aromas from the start. A hint of roastiness and almost stout like.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger of off white head that has good retention. Has a deep brown color body and leaves great lacing behind.

Flavor- A very rich and malty beginning with some spices around the finish. Hop bitterness was perfect and perfect drink! A top black ale!

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Thick, Rich, Medium Carbonation, and leaves combo of hop/coffee on the palate.

Overall Impression- And Stone just keeps em coming! Great black ale and will be enjoying this one again VERY soon. It almost reminds me of a Black IPA but not hoppy enough for this style. Great price for this beer as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 02:15:04 | More by DCon
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark almost black with a nice head that resides and lasts for about a centimeter.
Smells of hops, nice maybe glacier from dry-hopping. A good amount of bitterness too but nothing too much compared to the darkness.
Nice balance and a good hoppiness give it something I would probably not be able to drink a whole bottle of but still enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 23:14:18 | More by Spineypanda
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ordered this online through bottle trek.

22 oz brown bottle dated September 2007.
Gotta love Stone's labels.

a: Deep black with a frothy light tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

s: Sweet malt with chocolate notes combine with a citrus hops to form an unusual and intriguing aroma.

t: Sweet caramel and toffee malt upfront then you're hit in the face by excellent grapefruit hops in the finish. A fantastically unique brew!
I am amazed by how well these flavors work together.

m: A rich, acidic beer, with average carbonation and a full body thats sticky on the tongue.

d: Wonderfully drinkable, strong grapefruit hop flavor pairs surprisingly well with the dark malt. Bitterness is low considering the hop flavor.
The abundance of flavor really hides the alcohol nicely. I really enjoy this beer, I only wish it was available here in Missouri (thank god for mail-order beer!).

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2007 00:32:34 | More by BradLikesBrew
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle

Crystal clear mahogany, with lots of ruby highlights. Large, creamy, light brown colored head. Lacing, not much legs.

Aroma is grapefruit followed by pine. After clearing my sinuses, I picked up some alcohol and toffee/caramel.

The taste was incredibly well balanced, much more so than the aroma. Alcohol was supremely well hidden. Bittering was grassy and herbal in nature, and seemed most dominant in the aftertaste. Malt came through as brown sugar, perhaps a bit carmelized to give it that almost burnt flavor. Some tea like flavors came on as it warmed, as well as a touch of earthiness.

Medium to full bodied. Medium carbonation. Not as dry as I expected, relatively refreshing. ABV warming kicks in well.

Dangerously drinkable. Stone can ride the IPA horse as long and as far as they want to in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 20:12:25 | More by
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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
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From what I hear, this is stone's 11th black IPA re-released. Had it on tap @ Beachwood BBQ this weekend.

Black, brown body. Not quite opaque, but a step below brown. Aroma is of hops, medium body, with a mix of IPA characteristics like the citrus and floral but a definite touch of malt. A very interesting mix, and much better done than other black IPAs I've had (dogzilla, etc).

Worth a try!

Serving type: on-tap

12-15-2008 06:48:51 | More by antilogic
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- One fingered frothy mocha head atop a black beer. Great lacing and head retention. Holy awesome.

S- Hops, immediately.

T- Yeah! This is what a black IPA should taste like. Well balanced.

M- Smooth, creamy.

D/O- Stone got this right. Best per style? Yes, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 06:13:00 | More by Duff27
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New York

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

A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. At first glance I think "the description on the bottle is correct - it's black. Pitch black." But then I see some crimson hues at the rounded edges of the glass. A 2-finger tan head slowly settles to a film on top and leaves plenty of splotchy lacing behind.

S: Immediate impression is "wet hops" - of the citrus and tropical fruit varieties (i.e., grapefruit and pineapple). It reminds me of the Tenth Anniversary's nose, though there's a definite mental disconnect going on in my brain, as the color doesn't seem to go with the scent at all.

T: First impression is of roasted malt underneath, with just a hint of chocolate, and then a dry, roasted coffee-like finish, followed by alcohol heat at the end and down the gulley. Surprisingly, in those first few sips it doesn't seem to be as hoppy as the nose would suggest; it tastes more like it looks rather than how it smells. However, after a few sips the hops take hold of the taste buds and won't let go - juicy, grapefruity and citrusy hops that leave a touch of grass or pine lingering well into the aftertaste, creating a bit of a tongue-curling bitterness. As it warms, however, a bit of that roasted malt flavor comes back, as does the alcohol heat in the finish. But ultimately it is the hops that are victorious.

M: Medium bodied and pretty well-carbonated. Not particularly smooth or creamy given the carbonation.

D: Good, but not great. It took me over an hour to finish this bomber. It wasn't a chore at all, but really tasty and smooth bombers (and/or lighter beer) tend to go down a lot faster.

Notes: There really was a mental exercise going on here, as the appearance and the nose were sending different signals to my brain -- the color cried out "malts!" while the nose cried out "hops!" My taste buds, being the final arbiter, seemed to be confused, as I really got a different impression at different times. I'm looking forward to the next bottle to see if I can get a decisive answer or a consensus of some sort, but for now it seems like the hops were the clear victors. . . .

Edit, 6-8-10: having recently had the Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, I'm bumping up the taste and mouthfeel to 4.5. This is a damn good beer, and a friend tells me that aged 11th Anniversary ends up stout-like and very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 19:30:45 | More by Kendo
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown with a thick light tan almost kaki in color head that leave abundant lacing as it dissipates.
The most dominant smell of the aroma is the wonderfully delicious amarillo hops. That unmistakable pinapple aroma always gets me in the mood for a beer.
I can taste a citrusy hop in the flavor but it is much more balanced with the malt than the flavor would lead you to beleive with a little grassy/piney bitterness near the end. The malt doesnt play a real forward roll in this beer but it balances everything out great like a good worker who is seen but not heard.
The mouth feel is light and creamy and makes this beer all the more pleasure to put in my mouth.
Dispite the 8.7% I feel I could put back one after another and still ask for more.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 00:52:33 | More by JoePat
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New York

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

Enjoyed in a tulip glass

A: pours near black in color, pours with a two finger creamy head that is mocha brown which lingers nicely and leaves a ton of lingering lacing
S: nice citrus hop notes up front, very slight caramel malts slide in at the end
T: nice citrus hop notes initially, very fresh, then the malts kick in really nicely towards the end which helps to really even it out, very yummy
M: smooth with very gentle carbonation, slight kick at the end, very creamy
O: a great balck ipa really delicious and well balanced, everything i had hoped this brew would be, ill pick it up again in a heartbeat

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 00:39:17 | More by BigPlay1824
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark and lovely ale poured a slow but solid two finger head with good retention. The nose had strong grapefruit and coffee aromas. The mouthfeel was silky for a well hopped brew. The taste was like a roller coaster of flavors. The smooth chocholate and coffee taste takes center stage then the big citrus hops try to peak thru the murky flavors of all the malts. This beer was darker than most Indian brown ale's I've tried. Thanks to Stone for pushing the envelope.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 21:06:39 | More by athensbeermaster
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Holy moly, this thing pour a deeeep mahogany brown, tan head rises like a mountain, only to collapse, leaving thick sheets of lace behind beautifully in my Cordendonk tulip.

The aroma is a surprising pine citrus , thick and juicy. Moves right into the quaff, juicy pine bubblegum. Smacks with citrus and a hint of chocolate malt in the finish. This is one loaded up brew, sips like a dream while watching football and working on some cheddar and crackers.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 20:17:39 | More by Vancer
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New Jersey

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

Large head, slowly works down to around one finger, while it is mostly miniscule bubbles, you get oddly sized larger bubbles here and there and the head does dimple in spots, almost sheets of lacing down the sides, thick and clingy, light brown in hue. Completely and I mean completely black in color, you'd think it was a stout by looking at the glass. Then you smell and, wham, the hops slap you upside the head, all pink grapefruit, pine needles, tropical pineapple, guava, papaya, nectarine fruit, the floral side the weakest hops element, yields to burnt biscuits, lightly roasted coffee beans and peat moss. In the mouth it's full-bodied, muscularly sinewy and gets right up in your face. While there's no getting around that pink to white grapefruit, pine sap, licorice and bitters, here there's more equanimity shown towards the roasted malts and toasty dough elements, blends in coffee bean, hard toffee and a nip of butterscotch. The carbonation more prickly than anything else, fits in with the overall tingle. Balance for Stone is a high wire act blindfolded, but this one comes about as close as the brewery can get. More than any of the flavors you feel the energy bristle through each sip.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 02:36:11 | More by farrago
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber poured into a snifter

A- Black with a two finger tan head. Looks like a stout.

S- Sweet and fruity with hints of hops and something roasted. Having trouble pin-pointing different smells, but very good.

T- Roasted malts and hint of coffee up front, with a big bitter hoppy finish. Different and very good.

M- Smooth and a just the right heaviness for the flavor.

D- Just really good. Very unique and a little puzzling. When you pour it you think it is a stout, when you smell it you think it is a Barleywine, and when you taste it you think that it is a brown ale with a hint of coffee stout that finishes like a strong ale. I could easily drink two bombers and feel that it is worthy of the name it is given.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 23:07:25 | More by larryi86
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2009 21:24:25 | More by drabmuh
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beeotch.

Pours a deep dark brown with a slight transparency in the light. Small off-white head.

The aroma is bursting with fresh citrusy and resity hops. Some slight alcohol and faint malt is in the nose.

The flavor of the beer is a burst of fresh citrusy and resiny hops with a great malt profile to boot. The malt profile is slightly caramelly, but I don't really detect any dark roasted malts. Perhaps they used some Sinamar for color? Despite the dark color of the beer it's not too heavy on the caramel. It finishes much lighter than it looks.

The mouthfeel is medium yet crisp. The carbonation was spot on.

This is one of the best beers I've tasted from Stone and certainly my favorite anniversary ale since 8th. This beer is bright and should be consumed fresh. Drink it now and savor the memories.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2007 16:11:00 | More by SacoDeToro
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New York

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

Served in snifter.

Appearance: very dark brown almost opaque with a rough tan head that rises to maybe aboiut 1/3".

Smell: This a is a little complex, caramel meets molasses, yes seriously!

Taste: Bitter plus your pieces of sweet, you might not know it but this is the truest black IPA, I am not saying this in any regard it's just the way it is. It is bitter but slightly sweet I do mean slightly...malty and a feel of floral essence throught the body.

Mouth: Sticking after taste, you can breathe in the taste literally.

Overall: Though the label might not say it this is a true Black IPa and for that I will incredibly commend it. It is complex, tasty, full of flavor and just forever lasting. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 04:37:01 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark blackish red. Looks and smells like a stout, but the head is not creamy.

Smell has a coffee like richness. Not over powering. Nice

Taste, very enjoyable full range of flavor. For sure its a blend of worlds here. A taste not quite stout, not quite IPA.

Very interesting brew from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 03:10:14 | More by foxbat2500
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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