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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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1,888 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,888
Hads: 5,846
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 291
Gots: 777 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 1,888 | Hads: 5,846
Photo of WeisGuy
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a dark, almost black but not quite, huge tan head with good retention and good lacing

s - citrusy hops and roasted malt bend nicely on the nose, slight chocolate, not much alcohol noticeable

t - very well-balanced flavor with seamless transitions between the start, midpalate and finish, the body of the taste is a balanced mix of sweet, lightly roasted malt and grapefruity hops, some bittersweet chocolate notes, finish is more IPAish, with a Stone signature long lasting bitter finish though there is some mild maltiness, very good and complex...this is more of a 4.75, but I'll err on the low side

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, fairly dry on the finish, slight alcohol warming

d - pretty drinkable with the well-balanced taste, abv limits somewhat though

Another great Anniversary brew from Stone. This is very interesting and complex. I was a huge fan of the 10th Anniversary brew, and the 11th is right up there with it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bitterbill for this brew.

Poured into a Stone pint glass a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy tan head, which then leaves some nice small islands and thick sticky lacing. The nose is mostly malty, very slight hop tones, and lots of caramel. The taste is very malty, some hops, and caramel. The finish is dry and slight bitterness to it. The alcohol is hidden pretty well. Full body. Very drinkable, another awesome brew from Stone, very much a joy to drink, highly recommended.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark cola color with a little bit of transparency. Head is medium sized with a solid creaminess to it, an attractive pizza dough color.

S: Sprucy hops, licorice, caramel, black patent malt and some vinous qualities.

T: Starts with an interesting maltiness that walks the line between caramel and roasted barley at the tip of the tongue. Sprucy hops cruise in and flow from the front to the back of the tongue. Almost chocolaty but not totally, perhaps it’s the hops and malt that are reminding me of Andes candies. Definite coffee ground bitterness comes in after the swallow, as does some redwood abrasiveness. Finishes with tremendous balance of dark malts, bitter roasted barley and vibrant hops. Interesting beer.

M: Medium body, straight forward mouthfeel.

D: I’m not sure how I feel about these hoppy dark beers. Tasty but they aren’t one of my favorite styles…not yet at least. Regardless, this is a delicious beer with fantastic balance.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap, city beer store, sf, ca. This is a dark brew, near black russett brown with haloed edges of caramel/ruby. Aromas are of a hoppy IPA but also there is some roasted and chocolate maltin there as well. This is kind of a cross between death and taxes and racer 5. The malt background is nice and the hoppy/piney/citrusy middle smooths out into a chocolate caramel coated hop finish of roastiness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and helps this beer achieve a solid drinkability level. Nice one.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
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!).

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Photo of ericj551
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone 11th anniversary pours a deep black with hints of red when held up to the light. It has a creamy brown head that lingers nicely. The aroma is sweet and malty with loads if citrusy hops. There are hints of darker malts, but not as much as I would expect from the color. The flavor starts with sweet dark caramel, but it quickly gives way to bitter, citrusy hops. If I wasn't looking at the color of this beer I would just assume it was a big resiny DIPA, but if I look for them, the roasted malts come through in the finish. The alcohol and strength are both well hidden, probably because the beer is just overboard with flavor.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted this cool from a brown 22oz into a goblet, purchased this at Thirsty's in York, Pa.

A - Black as cinder w/ a tall, 3 fingers of rocky tan head w/ an ultra-fine bead. Moderately full coating of lace on the glass.

S - A huge citrus aroma w/ totally hop dominant nose. Tinges of malty toasted and creamy notes peek out from behined the NW hop aroma.

M - Rich, acidic feel w/ leafy resionous pungency, bitter upfront w/ notes of sweet dark malt in the finish.

T - An intensely flavored ale w/ a nod to the IPA, very citrusy w/ grapefruit and tangy citrus notes w/ mango and sweet subtle flavors that have a gentle dark malt influence w/ hints of molasses and dark sugar w/ caramel and roasted flavors. The acidity is present in each sip as the citrus hop flavor makes its potency known. Sip after sip says Grapefruit! There is a ruby red note w/ a turbinado sugar topped flavor, very zesty the taste reminds me of a grapefruit winter warmer I brewed w/ actual ruby red fruit years ago. I find it unique that this should bring back that one-off memory. I like how the malt is in the taste kind of cushioning the high vault of hops, a very nice effect.

D - This beer is impressive in craftsmanship. Nice black color, all IPA in flavor. It is not something I could see myself drinking many of, but is tasty-it kept me coming back. This ale isn't what I consider complex, but makes its point well and is very drinkable. Shame it is only around for the Anniversary.

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Photo of WeymouthMike
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I knew this was referred to as a dark ipa but from a distance it could have been a stout with its dark color with ruby edges with a cream like head. Not much on the nose, a bit estery with some roasted smell. A great mouthfeel to this very smooth with little to no carbonation. Some dark fruit and black licorice as well as some little maple syrup Very easy drinking beer but I can feel the effects after one bomber.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip, this one looks a deep dark brown with just a touch of bright brown and burgundy shining through. The head started about an inch tall but slowly fell to a sticky foam leaving behind a lot on the sides.

I can smell it as it sits here beside me. There’s a light piny hop backed by caramel… at two feet away. This gets amplified all the more with my nose in the glass. The pine rounds out with some nice nectarine and strawberry and the caramel takes on a dryer quality that suggests maple syrup. Quite pleasant.

Things come to a screeching halt in the flavor. The hops and malt collide in a cruel automobile accident with bits and parts flying every which way. The hops pick up a very dry pine/cardboard flavor that really rubs the malt the wrong way. I can see that this may have been intended to nestle into a coffee roasted flavor from the caramel, but they seem to have backfired in my mouth. It isn’t entirely unpleasant, odd at the least, but just strange none the less. The dry oddness stays around in the finish.

Feels slick and present with a soft swarm of carbonation trapped in the body. Feels a bit sticky in the finish.

Interesting for sure. I’m not sure how this goes as per “American Strong Ales,” but this seems to be an odd duck.

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Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. First off, let me say that I poured this after it had been in the fridge for a day. The smell, at first, was dirty socks all over the place. Did anyone else get this? Thankfully, I waited about two hours before reviewing it, which was probably the smart move in the first place. Here we go.

Appearance: How is this some kind of opaque IPA? Not sure, but alas, I suppose it is. A good, thick, frothy head around the bowl of the snifter toward the top. Large raindrop-like spots of lacing left all around.

Smell: All balanced hops and sweet nutty malt. Again, when this was right out of the fridge... wow -- don't do it. It was bad, though I'm not sure exactly why. Now there's the light candy bar chocolate, just-brewed coffee, slight grapefruit and pine resin hops. With some swirls some cinnamon stick and sweetbread. Even some grapes, and some raisins. Let this sucker warm up, definitely to room temperature.

Taste: The best and hardest-to-nail aspect of this beer. As it warms, the hops and IPA flavors get more subdued as the darkness and the malt seems to take over, but it still leaves it as a force of a brew. Woody flavors and dark malt are there, with some blacker vinous characteristics, oily bark, dark bread, husk toasted-and-nuttiness, along with slightly sweeter dark malt, maybe caramel, and some honey and vanilla to balance out the dark and roasted characteristics. The hops, however, are phenomenally balanced with the darkness, which can certainly be felt on the tongue without the overt heaviness to a porter. Sour grapes and vinous hops, along with orange and grapefruit rind, and I mean rind, though it works well with the burnt sweetness of the malt. I have to say I've never had a beer like this before, and for seemingly a first, as far as this beer goes -- though there may be more of this particular style on the horizon -- it's quite impressive and bold.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth, allowing the flavors of both the dark and heavy roasted malt to combine nicely with the resiny hop rind flavors. Enough carbonation to not feel thick, but enough to feel the hop oils and their flavors coming through, which is quite astounding for such a dark brew.

Drinkability: I'm not sure this warrants outstanding from me. The 10th I thought was a lot more ballsy and out of this world. Though it was higher alcohol and more sought after I suppose. I do, however, like the experiment, and I have a feeling that this can be a kind of strong ale to set the standards for more like it, with the odd-enough and unheard-of hybird, at least from me, of IPA and Porter, which this beer does, somehow, quite singularly and successfully. Certainly beyond worth a try if you can find a bottle. And even if you wouldn't go for such a style, this isn't going to be around for long of course.

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Photo of Gusler
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer emerges from the 22-ounce bottle a sparkling deep brown, the head a crown of light chocolate, creamy and long lasting, after its final demise the lace forms a thick blanket to cover the glass. Nose has a profound hop floral spiciness at the front, backed by the sweet malt, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate, mouth watering. Start has a nice malt sweetness; hop bitter bite to the back, top is moderately full in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops potent and spicy; the alcohol warms the tummy while the aftertaste continues the hop spiciness.

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Photo of Risser09
3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle shared at a tasting - Poured into a tulip

Appearance: Dark black color that is not pitch black. The edges are still see-through with orange and yellow hues. Some head arises and some lace is left behind.

Smell: Very strong hoppy grapefruit and pine combination for this beer. How deceiving, based on the looks of the brew. Sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Very sweet and grapefruity. A bit of molasses. Quite deceptive.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied and lots of alcohol burn. Could be the result of this being a young beer.

Drinkability: Tasty, deceptive, and great. I'm sure you've had this by now, and if not, try it. Not as great as some proclaim, but a step in a new direction.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone 11th Anniversary, in the dark with this IPA, pitch dark, so they say...what's that mean? Let's open and find out...

Hey, that is dark...and hoppy...big aromas, leaping out at ya...just about black, this one, with a smallish dark brown head.

Aroma: bright hops, mixed with rich, dark malt...ripe fruit melds with cocoa and coffee tones...interesting, to say the least...and I like it!

In the taste, big hop smack, taking a dark turn, feeling hot, roasted, and full. Tangy, twangy, tingly hops, meet roasted malt...overloaded with character and confidence. Some trickles of molasses and a hint of spice linger in as well...hops are everywhere, this is in IPA territory, definitely, but those dark malts take somewhere else entirely...and I like that!
first bitter fruit feel, then dark roast burning the palate...again, I like!

8.7%? I'm hardly feeling it...or, am...I?

A bit of bright orange and grapefruit pith, then a round of chocolate and coffee grounds..I'm enjoying that!

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Photo of peabody
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark black color with three fingers of tan suds that leave lacing around the glass as they slowly dissapate.
Smell is floral hops with a maltygrapefruit finish. Very nice here. Wonderful aroma.
Taste is a little alcoholy but still very balanced between the malt sweetness and the bitterness of the hops.
Mouthfeel is very clean and refreshing and doesn't dry the mouth out like you think it would. Mabey the alcohol is balancing that out.
This is a very nice ASA and I rate it pretty high on the drinkability scale despite the high abv.

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Photo of ccrida
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic, Stone's 11th Anniversary is black with a very large, thick, rocky tan head that leaves heavy lace.

Smell is overwhelmingly sweet, citrus hops, grapefruit to the extreme. Smells fine, but really more like grapefruit juice then beer, although with enough sweet malt and alcohol to make the difference clear.

Taste is pretty good but rather unusual. Basically a big porter with a huge charge of citrus hops. The hops are so citrusy that they're more akin to the sourness of, again, grapefruit. There's a bit of astringency from the black malt as it warms. The finish is a bit boozy, with just enough bitterness to let you know your actually drinking beer. Lots of flavors, but they seem very disjointed, lacking synergy. I think I'd really like this better if they went with EKG or another English or Noble hop, rather then the PNW "C" varieties, but still, it's quite nice. Funny how thinking outside of the box ceases to be so when you do it the same way every time....

Mouthfeel is very creamy, with a suprisingly light, yet not thin body.

Drinkablity is about average. The booze is certainly there, and I'm not to fond of grapefruit juice, even if it is as sweet as this. However, like most Stone brews, that second half of the bomber goes down way to quick! Still, I couldn't really take to big of a swig, that weird sweet and sour combo was just too much. I had this right when it came out, and this one tastes about the same, maybe a hair sweeter, but I think the store kept it chilled the past 3 months, as the hops are still in full effect. I'm gonna cellar one just to see what happens in about 2 years. Sure the hops will fade, but dark beers really develop well in my experience, and I expect a whole new animal by then.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charred walnut with dark copper trim that extends a short distance into the liquid rather than being a mere sliver along the edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored head is the usual beauty from the boys at Stone. It produces numerous bridges of foam that result in sticky splotches of lace when they eventually break. We're starting things off on a high note.

I love the aroma! It's hard to get the beer's color out of my mind, but I'm not sure that I could have identified this as anything but a hugely resinous DIPA. A whiff of black malt would be welcome. However, when a beer smells this sensational, it isn't essential. Pineapple and grapefruit in brown sugar syrup explode out of a glass that is begging to be upended.

11th Anniversary Ale tastes like a black IPA. In other words, it's an IPA that happens to use some quantity of dark malt. Actually, Double IPA might be more accurate given the ABV. I was expecting something along the lines of Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, but that beer is, at heart, an Imperial porter that uses more hops that I've ever tasted in a 'dark' beer.

Maybe it's the muddying effect of the roasted malt, but the hoppiness isn't as bright and as vibrant as it could be. The citrus zestiness (almost exclusively white grapefruit now) is front and center, it's just that the bitterness digs in harder than the hop flavor. I feel like I'm nitpicking because 11th is clearly delicious beer... that could be even more delicious with a tweak or two.

I understand the brewery's desire not to do yet another C-hop IPA/DIPA, even though they do them very well. What I'm trying to say is that if you're going to brew a black IPA, then make it unquestionably BLACK. Give me roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate right alongside the grapefruit. Those flavors work well together, as Alpha Klaus, Rogue Black Brutal '07 and Bear Republic Big Bear Black have shown.

Despite my ever so slight misgivings about the flavor profile (which are really nothing more than wanting a good beer to be a great beer), drinkability is right up there. I was shocked when I picked up the bottle and found it to be almost empty. The mouthfeel is much closer to an IPA than a DIPA and is part of the reason why this sucker is disappearing like nobody's business.

I've been drinking the Stone Anniversary Ales since 7th and haven't been blown away by any of them. Keep in mind that this is in comparison to Imperial Russian Stout, Ruination IPA, IPA, et al. 11th is probably my favorite and is a beer that deserves a repeat purchase if I'm lucky enough to run across a few bombers again. Don't age this one. Drink it now.

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Photo of beerphan
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown practically black with a huge unmovable head that last. Thick crusty lace.

Nose: Piney hops, sweet cherry soda pop,

Thick body. Unexpected hop explosions, mixes well with some sweet dark malts. Not roasty. Finishes with a long lingering piney hop bitterness.

Very drinkable and actually not outrageously priced as some other specialty brews seems to be. Highly recommended.

Review from notes: drank during the Pitt-Baltimore game a few weeks ago. Go Lers.

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Photo of buzzworthy
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone 11th Anniversary Ale looks marvelous! It pours a dark brown, almost black color with a three finger, frothy tawny-brown head. Hops come through on the smell with a hint of malt and almost licorice. Grapefruit and orange hoppiness dominate with some bready malt flavors submerged in the mix. The hops are aggressive, not overly bitter, but would mitigate my desire to drink this brew all night long.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - dark black,with a offwhite creamy head, and nice lace.

smell - Fruits and hops here.

taste - Sweet,like toasted malts, and toffee with a hoppy finish at the end.

mouthfeel - Medium body

drinkability - Not a bad drink, looks like a porter but wasn't. Would buy agin, can't wait for 12th ann.

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Photo of Talisker
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am very definitely *not* a Stone fan. But I *love* the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale.

22oz bomber purchased for $4.99 from SF's City Beer Store in October '07. Poured in November '07.

Pours very, very dark. Not pitch black - has some dark brown highlights around the edges - but certainly a black beer. Looks like a particularly opaque Schwarzbier. Head is medium-tan, and about medium-think - a few fingers high.

And the smell isn't entirely unlike a Schwarzbier, as long as you add a very healthy dose of American citrus hops. There's sweet malt, more roasted perhaps than a standard IPA, but yes, it's American hops and more American hops. And unlike most Stone beers, pretty straightforward in the aroma.

Fortunately this trait continues in the taste, which is basically IPA. But not Stone IPA - there's sweetness, but thank the heavens there's no typical-Stone thick over-the-top gooey syrup. And maybe I'm just being influenced by the color, but I daresay there's some roast here - the faintest hint of a bit of burnt sweetness you wouldn't get in your standard IPA. The taste holds up as the beer warms - doesn't change, but is always with you.

Again, kudos for a silky texture that doesn't fall into the goo trap of nearly every other Stone beer, most notably and unfortunately the otherwise excellent IRS. There's a bit of alcohol heat on the finish, and perhaps just a bit too much of the hops winning over the malt, that hurts the drinkability.

An IPA that looks like a Schwarzbier and shares a few characteristics. Including ageability - this feels like something you should have now, rather than set aside for the future. It's ready to go, no rough edges, and the hop bite is what makes it special.

Really, I love this beer.And I'm happy finally to be able to say that about a beer from Stone.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 8.7% ABV. Very dark brown, approaching black in color. Edges are ruby, thick rocky tan head. Seems to be a good amount of carbonation. Great head retention.

Slightly piney and grapefruit hops in the nose. A whiff of caramel and a slightly roasty character. Hop aroma seems well rounded.

Starts with a roasty flavor, which then turns into a bit of chocolate. Seems a bit chalky. Long lingering pinet bitterness. Finishes a bit dry.

Good body. Alcohol seems pretty well hidden to me. Interesting beast this one is.

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Photo of grub
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DrJay hooked me up with this one. thanks jay!

22oz bottle.

pours deep red, nearly brown, with a big dense than head. the head drops very slowly and leaves nearly a solid sheet of lace behind. tons of lace down the glass too.

aroma is great. pine and grapefruit. huge caramel. slightly sweet orange and tangerine. bready malt.slightly earthy hops too, but the pine and citrus dominate. light alcohol. i think i get a bit of rye-like spice in there too.

taste is good. high bitterness level, but fairly smooth. massive grapefruit flavour and bitterness dominates. light alcohol. not much pine. light orange and tangerine sweetness. there isn't as much caramel as i expected from the aroma, but still a little. bready malt. touch of biscuit.

mouthfeel is good. the bitterness is long and clingy, but not unpleasant. well integrated very fine medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. the bitterness feels a little high and out of balance, but that'll settle out with time. the solid malt base holds it all together and the alcohol is hidden fairly well. i can see this one coming together nicely with some time in the cellar, but it's still quite good now.

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Photo of pershan
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD

A: Not what I expected! Black with a cream-colored semi-rocky head. The bartender called it an IBA (India Black Ale). Nice lacing on the inside of the glass after a few mouthfuls.

S: Strong, piney hop aroma. I'm a hop-head, so very nice.

T: A big, initial hop hit, and stuck around for the entire tasting. A great balance of hop flavor and bitterness, which did a fantastic job of masking the substantial amount of alcohol in this beer. The warmness came through, but not until you swallow.

M: All hop flavor and bitterness...again, very nicely done.

D: This is a dangerous brew, since it is very drinkable and does such a nice job of masking the 8.7% ABV. I haven't had a bad Stone beer yet, and I think this might just be my favorite. Frisco has 7 of the Stone beers on tap right now in preparation for a tasting tonight - wish I could be there.

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Photo of zealot
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I live in MN, and don't get access to the Stone gems. I was going to trade this to a friend without tasting it, but he surprised me by opening it and letting me try it with him. Thanks, Jeppe!

I knew this was going to be a black IPA, or an India Black Ale, however you want to call it. I am a big fan of expanding the definitions of traditional styles, and Stone did just that with this brew. Poured dark and opaque. It had a healthy head on it, like any IPA should. Not viscous like an Imp. Stout, but just very different from most beers.

I was too eager to taste this one, so I forgot to dissect the nose. I apologize. But I'm not going to make up a fake one. I'm going it assume it was good, based on my other ratings.

At first I felt a little let down because it just tasted like a regular IPA, but ... wait for it ... the roasted barley showed up. I am pretty sure it was roast barley and not chocolate or black patent - but maybe I'm wrong. But it was a subtle flavor that just boosted the malt profile to round out the flavor and balance the hops. Truly elegant.

Creative and artistic with this beer. Fantastic stuff. It left the great sticky tackiness of a good IPA, but with some added depth from the darker grains. I could have drank the whole bomber, but I just appreciated my taste.

I guess the only criticism I might have would be that I was hoping for just a little more from the dark grains. As stated above, they made their appearance, and it was great, but perhaps just a touch more would have been nice. BUT, the subtleties are what make this the beer that it is.

Get it. Drink it.

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Photo of ohoove
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured off at first what seemed to be a black/brown but when seen in the light more like a deep dark rusty copper.
A beautiful thick and frothy head hung tough and eventually gave way to consistent and clingy lace. Nice tan color.
Would never have guessed American Strong Ale by the smell, more of an IPA dipped in smoke.
Taste to me is the best of both worlds IPA characteristics combined with the malt and smoked flavor of an American Porter.
Medium mouthfeel.
Good drinkability, although i wouldn't session this one, she's got some bite to er. Very good.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.