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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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4,599 Ratings

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Ratings: 4599
Reviews: 1801
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best beer i have ever had. I love double simcoe and thought it was perfect on tap, but this is pure excellence. The smell is definitely fresh simcoe hops, and I have to stop to smell every time I go for a taste. The taste is perfect. There is a strong dark chocolate taste, and bitter like unsweetened chocolate chips, but goes very well with this. There is a lingering and pleasant bitterness in the aftertaste that seems like a perfect balance of dark chocolate and fresh hops. I can't get enough of the fresh hop taste. The chocolate taste really reminds me of FFF Alpha Klaus, but the overall flavor is definitely DIPA. After smelling this when I first poured it, I thought for sure there is no way it will taste as good as it smells. I was very wrong. I picked up two cases of this and have already called to set aside a third. Hopslam and Un-earthly will always have a special place in my fridge, but this stuff is hoppier, and just plain delicious. This brew has impressed the shit out of me. Excellent job with this one Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 21:09:17 | More by alphaking
Photo of thepitch


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

Haven't reviewed a beer in a while. Nor have I had a Stone Anniversary Brew since number X. Here it goes.

Bought the beer at Whole Foods in Brentwood. You can always count on Whole Foods for some good beer. Not a revolutionary selection, but they've always got some good old stand-bys when I am in the mood to achieve some beer flavor satisfaction. On a relative scale (and by this I am comparing L.A. to the Bay Area) it is nice to have somewhere to go for good beer in this land of Corona and Stella Artios.

Nice Appearance, pours translucent black with plenty of copper and burgundy when held up the the light. Beautiful, well balanced head, with light tan lacing but it definitely doesn't linger.

Hoppy, iron laced, rusty full bodied and hoppy aroma. I'm getting a floral hoppy smell and prelude to nice and unique character.

Great taste, notes of coffee, malt and finishes with a strong but harmonious bitterness that makes you thirsty for more. Lots of hops including hop bitterness in addition to the hoppy floral flavor. Tastes like a stout IPA.

Overall, a Great beer. I like it. My only criticism (and I don't trust critics) would be to increase the malty body which will bring out the sweetness of this beer and also increase the aftertaste's staying power.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 04:36:44 | More by thepitch
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, deep brown, with slight ruby highlights around the edges. 2 finger head has good retention, and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma is deliciously hoppy, not that you'd expect much else from Stone. Big time west coast citrus hops are backed by and ever so slight chocolate malt aroma. Not in the sweet way at all, just like dry bitter cocoa.

Flavor is much the same. Nice slightly sweet amber malts up front, with a good amount of cocoa hints. Followed by a smooth wave of hop flavor. All the usual suspect "C" hops seem to be present, yielding a very left coast flavor profile. Finish is bitter, but not searing. Mouthfeel is moderate and sticky. Drinkability is good.

Definitely an odd duck. Chocolate IPA perhaps? I'm a bit torn on this one though. I applaud Stone for their originality in this one, but I'm also a little disappointed. While it's not a earth shattering as the Stone 10th, it's still a damn fine beer. I'll be picking up a few more to drink, and a few more to cellar, just out of curiosity.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 00:22:35 | More by phisig137
Photo of jakon


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

Pours mahogany with 3+ fingers of rocky mocha colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Piney & citrussy hops with a little malt lurking in the background.

T: Grapefruitty & piney hops, with a little chalkyness & cakeyness up front. Some boozey warmth, tangerines, chocolate, husky grainyness, vanilla, oaky dryness & coffee as this warms. Finishes dry, with cherry, coffee, tanic & resiny hoppyness, but suprisingly no booze

MF: Chewy & oily with moderate carbonation, balanced great

Drinks pretty good considering the complexity & abv, Reminds me of a Black IPA Bristols produced, just not the same hop profile as I try to recall...Worth the hype, the wait

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 04:16:09 | More by russpowell
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District of Columbia

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

wow! black in the middle and ruby on the edge with a great big tan head that sticks around for a bit and leaves a ton of lacing on the glass. smells of piney hops with a hint of malt and some coffee/toffee/chocolate in the background. hops overpower, but there's definitely something else. tastes the same. the piney hops are way way up front, but there's a nice backbone that includes sweet malt and some other stuff like coffee and chocolate. medium to full body with a slight bitter/alcohol kick. super fun to drink, but potent. a stoutdoubleipa. congratulations stone. hope to enjoy 11 more years with you.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 01:55:47 | More by timtim
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4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-brown color, almost black. Medium-tan head is thick and foamy, laces the glass, and retains quite well. Looks almost like a porter.

Smell: Has a very piney/citrus aroma up front. But there's also more subtle roasted malty and coffee aromas further back. Nicely balanced, and quite intriguing.

Taste: Wow! It's very strong with many things going on. Hoppy bitterness, coffee bitterness, pine and citrus sweetness, a bit of chocolate-like sweetness, and other unusual flavors in there too. It's a very complex taste and well-balanced too. Everything really stands out too. A slight bit of alcohol in the finish, and the aftertaste is roasted malts & pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just a bit of carbonation. Medium- to full-bodied. Slight alcohol tingling after a while.

Drinkability: This is a strong beer, in taste and alcohol, so take it easy. Hardly a session beer, but still very drinkable.

This is a very unusual beer -- somewhere between Stone's Pale Ale, Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Smoked Porter. It certainly has elements common to all of those beers. It's a real beast of a beer, so best not for the light-hearted. But if you want to try something really unique and bold, this is definitely one to try.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 01:29:55 | More by mithrascruor
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a coca cola colored brown, but mostly black body with a tannish/off-white head.

Nose is dominated by a strong citrus and resin hop smell. Tiny little wisps of milk, even fainter milk chocolate. Really a very deceiving nose, as with the dark body you'd expect some coffee notes, but nope. Close your eyes and all you smell is double IPA. Scary.

Taste is medium/full to full bodied. Taste is just overwhelming hops. Strong citrus peel, resin, pine needles, hints of pepper and more citrus peel. Very little in the way of malt. Some mild caramel, little tiny hints of cracked coffee beans, maybe just a touch of black patent malt. Bitterness is overwhelming and overshadows almost any malt flavor. The hops and bitterness leave a long dry resiny mouth-feel taste that lingers for a long time.

This is the Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde of beers. I don't know how they do it. It is 100% a DIPA, but has the color of a stout without any of the taste. It's as if it's a DIPA with food coloring or something. Weird. As for the beer. It's a hop monster, and really needs some aging to take the bite off. Very reminiscent of SN Bigfoot mixed with Three Floyd's. I like it alot, and will pick up a couple more to keep for a few years. Maybe 2010 I'll crack it open again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 00:33:22 | More by taez555
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New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone- 11th Anniversary Ale

Appearance- Dark murky black with a thick tan head. Light lacing on the glass.
Smell- Stong pine and citrus hops with spicey malt.
Taste- Strong grapefruit and pine hops. Thick black pepper spice, caramel malt. Rye and anise flavor comes through.
Mouthfeel- Sweet heavy malt with a powerful dry bitter hop finish.

Overall- Delicious. Much better than their 10th Anniversary.
This was like Rogue Brutal Bitter and Weyerbacher Double Simcoe mixed together!! 1 of the best beers I've had to date!

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 23:44:23 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of ams4k


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

Awesome black IPA -- the tiny bit of light that makes it through the glass emerges as a ruby red gleam. Great hop flavors, reminding you that this is a Stone offering, but made complex with rye and malt sweetness. Sort of a combination black lager and Aventinus double-bock, taken to the West Coast and smacked around with a bunch of hops. More interesting than Arrogant Bastard. Delicious. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 12:36:57 | More by ams4k
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

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

Appearance - pours a very dark brew with a nice tan head that retains very well. Nice lacing to boot.

Smell - WOW! Smells like an absolutely amazing DIPA. Very piny, sweet malts, grassy, hops, hops, hops...extremely floral, grapefruit, tropical notes...absolutely intense!!!!

Taste - Again, WOW! Is this beer really dark?! lol Tastes like an amazing DIPA, again...Very piny, citrusy, tropical notes, great malt backbone to balance the extreme hop presence, tremendous depth...mild alcohol burn. Amazing.

Mouthfeel - Velvety, good body, active carbonation...nice.

Drinkability - This beer is so damn enjoyable, that alone makes me wanna drink more than only one bomber. The abv% obviously hinders how much one can drink of this gem of a beer, but boy, is it tempting.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:28:47 | More by Doomcifer
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4.83/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Forget about it, this is one of the best beers ever. I am not a huge Stone advocate, but this is one killer beer. Served on tap at Sierra Grill in Northampton, MA. Comes out looking like a stout, nice thick head, obvious black body. But there is simething more to this beer, classified as a "Black IPA" wtf?!?!!?! Considering how unique this beer is, it could be a Black IPA" fuck, it. lets start a new category...include Port Brewing's Old Viscosity.

Massive pine, huge hops, no bitters...how did they do that? An unbelievably great beer. Try and get some.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2007 00:44:23 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz. bomber into my stone 9th anniversery pint glass. pours a dark dark mahogany color, pretty much porter status. off white thick head with nice sticky lacing.

smell is wonderfull. such a great blend of chocolate, piney hops and malts. not one single thing over powers one another. picture perfect balance.

the taste is a resemblence to arrogant bastard but with a few tweeks to it. aggressive piney hops with just the near perfect amount of chocolaty malts which leades to a plesent dry bitter aftertaste.

full bodied soft chewy mouthfeel.

this is quite possibly one of the best fresh and well balanced brews from stone i've ever had. such a better blend than last years 10th anniversery(which was also a great brew too, don't get me wrong). i'll be getting as much fresh bottles of this as possible.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 08:19:41 | More by deuschbag
Photo of Beaver13


4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head that recedes to a wispy film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel and resiny piney hops with a touch of bright citrus. As it warms, there's lots of roasted chocolate tinged with caramel piney hops.

The flavor is fleeting sweet malts and chocolate followed by a big roasty hop bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is well hidden and sneaks up on you. The mouthfeel is full with nice carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer - a dark and roasty IPA. Kind of like a darker and roastier Arrogant Bastard.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 05:44:05 | More by Beaver13
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A: Quite shocking to be honest, Pours a very dark reddish brown color, that doesn't let much light in. A nice dark tan head that stays around for a while and leaves some nice lacing, however it doesn't stick around too much.

S: Very pleasant smelling light pine hoppy scent typical of a nice IPA, also hints of nuts, chocolate, sort of a mix of smells between an IPA and a stout.

T: Very earthy taste, lots of bitter hops. A super bitter aftertaste that sticks around. Honestly I may need another review of this but this is a fairly one dimentional Stone Release. I'm not really seeing where the darkness in color is coming from.It does however hide the almost 9% quite well though. Overall a bit odd.

MF:This is where this beer wins. An excellent feeling beer. Just enough carbonation and thickness. I really like the way this one goes down. Quite pleasant

D: Not too bad, it is a hefty and hearty beer, the flavor is a bit off in my humble opinion, probably a once in a while beer.

Overall probably my least favorite Stone brew yet, that's not to say I didn't enjoy it, it's just that I was expecting better things after last years masterpiece. Oh well.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 03:41:49 | More by ChillMike
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New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance is a nice near black colour with a thick creamy looking tan head that has decent retention time and leaves a good amount of residue on the glass.

The aroma is a great blend of pine and fruit hops, caramel and chocolate malt, with perhaps a touch of coffee as well. It's sweeter than it is rugged, and hoppier than malty. Just really nice overall.

Flavour is a blend of dirty, oily hops, with some pine and fruit coming through again (the latter a bit more so than the former). Definitely some roasted malt in the mix here too. There's a bit of alcohol harshness that mixes with the bitterness from the hops at the finish of each sip as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick and oily, with a bit of hotness to it.

Aside from a nice look and a very nice aroma, I unfortunately was not a fan of this brew. It's the first Stone beer that I can recall not liking. I just felt the flavours didn't mesh well at all. The numbers will show this one as a positive recommendation, but I can't say that I can recommend this one. It's interesting for sure and has a good amount of flavour, but there's just something about this one that I didn't like. A disappointment for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 03:35:39 | More by guinness33
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4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Topped by a healthy, rich dense foamy dark tan head, somewhat reminiscent of a head you'd see on a porter.

Color is dark black yet not entirely opaque like an RIS.

Aroma is all the way hops, big piney sticky hops, not much in the way of anything else going on in the nose, typical IPA all the way.

A combo type beer for sure and man is it enjoyable. My favorite part is the balance and smoothness of it all, surprisingly enough it is killer smooth. Starts off with a creamy mouthfeel (similar to a dry stout) giving way to big hop finish but not overpowering. Lingering taste is a bit of the roasted malt which still has some presence (albeit a small one) amongst the hoppy finish.

Alcohol? Its in here? Can't find it. A surprisingly smooth hybrid style. Grab some while you can.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 00:55:35 | More by FlyFisher2782
Photo of kirok1999


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

Wow, this is dark. Pours like a porter with a rising off white head that laces like crazy.
Smell is deep and intense. Bittersweet chocolate, piney hops.
Taste is earthy and deep. Sticky hops dominate yet this is very well balanced. The malts are deep and sweet, a dry bittersweet chocolate note balanced well by the pine and citrus hops. A very roasty and bitter finish. Interesting. Almost like a malted up Arrogant. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky.
This will probably age better than the 10th and is super to drink on a chill late summer night.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 00:51:32 | More by kirok1999
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4.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this brew in Porter Square, which to me delight has the familiar gargoyle from Stone's 10th Anniversary ale. I poured this beer in to a sniffer glass without really reading the description on the back...in fact I didn't really know anything about this beer, but with Stone I feel like you can bet safely that you are getting quality product when you take a chance on one of their brews. The pour was charcoal black, with no light getting through and a white head. "Stout? fuck no, this is way too hoppy for that" I thought, then decided to check out the label. A black ipa certainly sounds like something interesting to me. Aroma had piney hops, grapefruit, earth, and some rough spices. Beer is chocked full of hops in the flavor, with a nice malt touch in there as well. I also detect a slight hint of rye bread and garlic. Mouthfeel is bordering between medium and heavy for me, although that could be in part because of the fact that the dark coloration of this one makes you think that it is a heavy brew. Easy on the drinkability as well, although I would definitely say that this is one to sip and savor. Kickass offering from Stone right here. They should make this a year round kind of brew. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 00:23:46 | More by jamie2dope
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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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4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- A black as night liquid with a very smooth looking off white head that sits atop. The head settles down to a thin covering and leaves some spectacular lacing.

S- A lot of grapefruit and pine. The color of the beer really messes with your head- you expect a strong roasty aroma, but its just hoppy with a decent malt backing.

T- Very hoppy but not harsh. The grapefruit and pine flavor is excellent. The alcohol is slightly noticeable as well, but it is not harsh, just a little on the warming side. There is a malt backing, but it is not roasty by any means.

M- Very light and creamy. A little on the dry side, but this is not harsh by any means. This has the flavor of and IPA and the mouthfeel of a lighter, creamier stout.

D- A very unique beer and well worth a try. I was not expecting something like this.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 01:47:38 | More by david131
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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark deep brownish black, with a creamy tan-brown head leaving lacing through the finish. Aroma is a strong hoppy presence, with some strong roasted malty deliciousness in the background. Mainly strong piney/citrusy resin hop flavors. Taste is virtual insanity (thanks for that one, Jamiraquoi). I can't describe the complexity in this beer. Strong citrus hops dominate the palate with grapefruit and orange. Earthy bold coffee flavors from the dark roasted malts with a definite alcohol flavor drying out the back of my tongue. Mouthfeel is not-too-thick, but it does have a nice viscocity. Oily and smooth. Very easy drinking for over 8%, but be careful. I have only had 1 of these so far tonight, and it is getting very difficult for me to type this review...

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 00:56:58 | More by domtronzero
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4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a case of this "Black IPA" soon after the Festival.
A- Pours a dark brown/black with some dark garnet edges, head is brown/tan with a creamy texture that dissipates very slowly, nice dark lacing throughout
S- Nose is distinctly "Stone IPA" with big bold swaths of pine and citrus hops cutting through the olfactory senses, some sweet malts along for the ride in the background and modest alcohol presence that will not be overlooked (I also caught a bit of smoke, vanilla, and wood as it warmed up)
T- Initial taste hits you with a strong push of grapefruit/pine hops and a bit of vanilla and slowly transitions to some sweet malts, finish is lasting and characterized by dry bitterness and alcohol warming down the throat
M- Medium/full bodied ale with smooth and slick mouthfeel backed by a good amount of carbonation
D- Getting close to 9% abv means you have to watch yourself with this beer, the aroma carries more alcohol presence than the actual flavors, but this specialty release deserves to be enjoyed slowly (not in mass quantities), I am glad I have a case of this gem, if I can be so bold, I am imagining the 11th as a combination of Oaked Arrogant with 10th Anniversary punched up by a heavy dose of dark, sweet malts... Anyone with me on this one?!?!?

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 23:58:44 | More by Stoneman78
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3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of 22oz bottle from Holiday wine cellar into a 7th annivesary port english pint glass. Poured nice coffee color with brown hue edges where any light can come through. but with less viscoity than a irs or porter. Head thick and tan that had good retention. Aroma of roasted citrus with a touch of yeast on the backend.Taste of ipa is there with pine and citrus but is backed up with a roasted coffee flavor with hint of moca similar to a porter or dry stout but a little more alcohol heat at the end. Mouth feel sides a litttle more with an ipa style. The combination is quiet amazing but at times confusing on the tongue but like anything new it makes you want to try more.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 06:30:21 | More by sfoley333
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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at fridge temp into a Stone IRS glass. I'm going to see how this progresses through cold to warmer. A pretty dark shade of black. You can't see through it- Not at the edges, not held up to light. Light tan head forms atop, slightly creamy but then breaks up and becomes thin. I'd like a little more substance to the head, otherwise it's perfect. The smell initially is a ton of resiny piny hops. As it is very cold the taste comes across as all pine hops and leaves that resiny bitterness, with just a touch of sweetness lingering as well. Either due to a bit of warming or the tongue getting use to the hops, you can start to get a deeper malt presence, with some of the bitterness seeming to come from the roasted malt- though it's very subtle. I still can't get anything past the pine in the aroma, but at least it is a highly FRESH smell.

The mouthfeel is is incredibly smooth. Slick, but not very heavy- in fact, probably about medium. Complimented by the very fine amount of carbonation

Rating this overall is kind of hard. It's my first black double IPA, so I would say they did a pretty good job of hitting the goal they were going for. On the other hand, I just didn't find it to be my cup of tea. The dark malt and what I perceived to be a very one-dimensional hop aspect (all pine) wasn't that exciting. Of course, nowhere near bad, still a very good drink and a pretty good price for this bomber of $4.49.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 00:45:03 | More by MiScusi
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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