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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,919 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,919
Reviews: 1,814
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 211
Gots: 333 | 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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benclimbs

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured in a tulip glass black and beautiful with a one finger lingering head and a ton of lacing...bad ass lookin beer.

smell is a lot like a big huge double IPA nothing like a dark ale - wow! so freaking surprising, the hoppiest dark ale ive ever smelled.

taste is so amazing, really really hop dominated with some bittersweet STRONG coffee notes and a crazy extremely bitter finish...a little bit of alcohol warmth throughout - crazy crazy beer.

mouthfeel is nice, but can't score well for drinkability - this is one of the harshest, least drinkable beers i've ever had, albeit both delicious and interesting, but DAMN! this thing is freaking gnarly - could not drink a whole bomber of this beer, no freaking way.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 07:27:52 | More by benclimbs
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thryn

Florida

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

Dark, dark reddish-brown. Nearly black. Nearly opaque, once it's in the goblet. Head doesn't last, but a cappucino-colored lace hangs out on top and forms a lovely halo. An attractive beer. Some loose-weave lacing.

Tons of citrusy hop character in the nose. Faint roasted malt in the background, but I really have to search for it. Smells pretty much like a good DIPA, but doesn't reach "wow" levels.

Basically, it's a mindfuck -- it doesn't *look* like a DIPA, but it *tastes* like a DIPA. It's good, but I was hoping for the roasted malt to come out a bit more. It's present right when the beer first hits my tongue, but then the powerful hop flavors overwhelm it, sending the poor malts screaming for the hills. Hop character is mostly citrusy, bitter grapefruit with some oily pine involved as well. A tiny bit of raisin character and a little more roastiness comes out as it warms. Still, I would, indeed, call this a black DIPA.

The mouthfeel is outstanding. It's fairly thick, and of course oily from all the hops, but creamy nonetheless.

This is drinkable, but it is also powerful.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 07:43:25 | More by thryn
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snpub540

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard alot of hype around this beer so I had to go and try it myself, not that I wasn't going to anyways. Pour was a very dark brown that was almost black. Thin tan head tops it off, and leaves some nice lacing on the way down.

Aromas are all IPA. Citrus and pine hops, and a hint at roasted malts to go with the very dark color.

The taste was mostly hops. Pretty much the same as the aromas. There was also a coffee after taste that followed. Pretty much a very hoppy porter. Small amount of alcohol is present in the end. Very enjoyable.

I found this to be a very good beer. Another great offering from Stone. Tastes like an IPA and a porter. Alcohol content is not overwhelming and there is a nice smoothness to mix with the bitter hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 23:47:13 | More by snpub540
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

$8.99 growler fill....I think we have a winner for the evening. Thanks Consumers.

Appearance:
After skimming the review and expecting a typical stone light-amber ale I was supremely surprised by this black -dark brown monster. Garnet around the edges with a light tan head that builds to about an inch in my pint mug and stayed present through most of the drink while lacing all the way down.

Smell:
Super hoppy with a sweet malt that beckons to be consumed, immediately. It's got incredible balance that allows both the sweetness of the malt and the bitterness of the hops to be intertwined throughout my entire breath. I can only hope that this balance can translate into taste, a good start for this beer thus far.

Taste:
This beer tastes almost like an imperial porter. I am definitely getting lingering roasted, caramelized sugars with a pungent, overpowering, and piney hop. The hops are the key player in this flavor profile, which takes some getting used to because they come on strong. It's rich and hearty as far as beers go, but doesn't give as much appreciation to the yeast and malt as I would have preferred.

Mouthfeel:
Initial lingering pine sap all over your tongue coating it from other flavor experiences for at least a minute after tasting. My next sip is more because I want to get rid of the dense bitterness clouding my senses than because I want to. The beer does grow on me as i continually consume it, as I knew it would, but it's at the expense of half a pint sacrifice before coming around. I would have preferred a Stone that didn't have to come on strong with its hops...it's obviously lacking for a small...you know.

Drinkability:
The price was unbeatable, a sale that will never be reproduced at Consumers again. I am certain that I made the right choice for the evening, even though the beer was lacking in flavor and left a slightly undesirable aftertaste. At a cool temperature this beer travels down the esophagus nicely and with little effort. I would try this beer if you are a fan of stouts/porters, dark, and super hoppy beers.

Cheers.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2011 06:16:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
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jrallen34

Illinois

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

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into my Orval glass.

The beer pours a dark brown with decent head. Almost two fingers of light tan head rises, lasting a couple minutes. The lacing is pretty solid.

The aroma is pretty light giving off a nice smooth hoppiness.

The taste is super hoppy from start to finish with a very bitter finish. There is slight earthniess to this that separates it from being an ipa, a nice change of pace.

Overall, pretty decent. Its an ipa that isn't. If your an ipa search this out.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:12:03 | More by jrallen34
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pmlondrigan

New York

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

Well I've had this one a few times and now just getting around to reviewing it. Before I even poor the beer I can smell that west coast dry hopping. Pours black with a two finger light tan head with spotty lacing all around. Again crazy west coast piney hop aroma. Multi layered hoppiness, a little piney and floral, a good bit bitter with a lasting sharp after taste. Full body and rich without tasting like a hoppy porter. Well carbed and well rounded and easy to drink to boot. at 8.7 abv there is not hot flavor and no sign of the booze.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 01:24:25 | More by pmlondrigan
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

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

A- Pours a deep brown to almost black. Medium to big, frothy, tan colored head. Lacing and retention are both very good. Hints of light peek through the almost impenetrable brown to black body. A beautiful beer.

S- Bang baby! You know she's a black IPA with hop aromas like that. Mostly pine hop scents with a hint of resin flavor. Not too overpowering. Hints of the darker malts are in there, but mostly covered up by the hops.

T- Starts with a bang of hops mixed almost evenly with dark malt flavors. Tongue immediately is met with burnt flavors and hops bitterness. These flavors mix very well throughout the drink, except for the very end. The drink finishes with a slight, almost chemical-flavored bite. It's not too distracting, but it's not among the better flavors of this beer. Aftertaste is mainly of the burnt malt flavors and lingers only a little while.

M- The weight of this beer is a mix between a porter and an IPA. Slightly thicker and less carbonated than an IPA, it is very drinkable. No alcohol is detectable, and the burnt flavors and the hops don't really destroy the palate. Rather gentle on the palate as far as Stone brews go.

Overall, this is a pretty good example of a style that I am discovering that I like. Not quite as Wookey Jack from my memory, but the mix of hops and dark malts is superb except for that slight finishing flavor. Wish these weren't $8 a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2012 23:48:31 | More by boilermakerbrew
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Lockbreeze925

United Kingdom (England)

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Just for the hell of it, I'm reviewing the UK-only cask version of this beer, which (to add to the fun) was available on gravity dispense from a cask mounted on the bar. That won't happen often.

This brew (part of the Wetherspoons fest) is UK-brewed by Stone and is significantly moderated down to 5% from the normal strength. Still, it retains the essence of the original with a massive hop punch involving a piney overall taste, coupled with an understated coffee/roast presence and a long bitter finish. Very bitter.

Appearance was naturally flat, with a small cream-coloured head lasting reasonably well on top of the blackness. Aroma was all wet hop impact.

Mouthfeel...er...not the brewer's fault, but that presence on the bar counter, with only a thin jacket for "cooling"...meant the beer was virtually room temperature, much too warm for any beer, never mind a black IPA. However (making imaginative adjustments for the heat), I'm giving high marks for the beer that lurks within the warmth, which is a bitter hop delight. If it had been on hand-pump, they would have needed a crowbar to prise me away.

Serving type: cask

03-31-2012 17:20:56 | More by Lockbreeze925
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fitrock2112

Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale into a Belgian Tulip.

A- Pours black with just a touch of ruby highlights when held up to the light. Nice thick two fingers of creamy mocha head.

S - Getting grapefruit, pine needles with some hop resin in there.

T - Different for sure. Roasted malts with grapefruit and hops. Mid palate getting subdued pineapple with a touch of citrus.

M - Very smooth beer, medium carbonation with medium to full on the mouthfeel.

O - Nice brew. Just getting in to the style, and this is very nice. Recommended! Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:17:30 | More by fitrock2112
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jbphoto88

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sublimely pours a deep amber brown that is almost too dark to see through. It's not possible from the full glass to see if the beer is cloudy or not. I guess I will be forced to drink some down and look at it later. The head is a strong latte brown that rises fast and sticks around for some time.

American Strong ale that should be in the IPA class if not for the color. The nose has buckets full of strong citrus hops with a warm malt backbone behind it. Excellent.

The taste is close to a barleywine because of the strong hops, crisp malts and large bitterness. The citrus from the nose carries on into the taste but it's not as potent. Maple syrup soaked grains make up the rest of this flavorful beer.

Tasty but a little harsh on the mouthfeel. The bitterness starts to wear on me after a few sips. In the beginning it was a nice compliment to the bold flavors but now I find it distracting. There is also a booziness from the ABV that you don't taste but can feel after the swallow. A strong start and an above average finish yields a strong well enjoyed brew. Well worth it and by the reviews (A- with 1,026 and counting) I'm not the only one who thinks so.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 00:17:24 | More by jbphoto88
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sfprint

Germany

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2 finger rootbeer head, very dark cola color, rising carbonation not visible through the darkness. Looks like a soda minus the carbonation.
S: IPAish, floral fruity hops, slight heaviness beneath that.
T: Porterish, but also IPAish, in fact I would say it's a direct cross between the two styles, however more on the IPA/DIPA side. The porterishness of it is like. There's definitely a coffee ground quality in there, but not particularly heavy like most porters are. Has the body resembling more of a DIPA. Mild bitterness. Interesting style, I wouldn't have thought of it. It's good but I can't say I love it.
M: a hair astringent, medium-heavy body, mild but sharpish sting.
O: Interesting and good, but not my style.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 06:30:34 | More by sfprint
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Gmann

New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep deep brown color, almost black, nice fluffy light brown head that settles into a puffy cap. The aroma is of grapefruit hops, some pineapple; juicy and fresh. The taste is of grapefruit, piney, and resiny hops, all in that order. A roasted malt is detected after the hop blast, also a touch of caramel. This is one hoppy and roastd malt bitter bomb. Well bodied, not quite chewy, fizzy carbonation, bitter all around, finishes with an asprin like dryness. Good contrast between the hops and malt but both bitter. A little too bitter and dry for my liking. A big hoppy bitter brew, with plenty of flavor. I'll finish off the bomber but my tastebuds might be shot.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 01:21:46 | More by Gmann
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titosupertramp

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, coffee colored with thick, tan head that slowly dissipates. Persistent lacing.

S: Piney and citrus notes dominate in a good way. Mild roastiness is present as well. Pleasant.

T: Nose comes through in the taste as you'd expect. Roastiness comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell. A little chocolate here as well. Mild licorice as it warms.

M: Chewy and full. The hops leave a dry finish. Excellent.

D: The in your face hops and high ABV, which is slightly noticible, make this an enjoyable sipper.

This is the best black IPA that I've had so far, but having Upland's Komodo Dragonfly recently, the gap has closed.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 01:59:04 | More by titosupertramp
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PatrickJR

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Black, opaque, with a massive 4+ finger mocha colored head. Retention is excellent with a thick cap remaining. Abundant lacing.

S - Heavy on the hops. Lots of pine and some sweetish fruits. Quite herbal and floral with little bits of citrus and apple.

T - Pine, flowers, and a touch of fruit comes on first with a minimal sweetness that lasts but a second. At this point, I'm not sure whether or not some malt is trying to pull through, but I'm leaning towards not. Spicy grapefruit peel character ushers in the beginning of the bitterness, followed by earthy tones. After some sort of burnt sugar finish, the bitterness is almost staggering as it lingers and lingers for several minutes along with evident alcohol flavor.

M - The mouthfeel on SSR is great. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Everything slides down quite smoothly begging me for another sip.

D - Decent stuff, but somehow unoriginal. The bitterness is pretty rough but the mouthfeel provides a great delivery of the flavors at hand. For such a black beer I would expect more malt presence which hinders the brew a little. Still, a solid offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 08:21:30 | More by PatrickJR
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bastu

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 10/15/2011

Pours a very dark brown with light only coming through around the edges of the glass. Perfect 2 finger foamy head with great lacing on the glass.

Smells like citrus hops, some cat piss, and a bit of roasty malts.

The taste on this beer is amazing! Very hop forward with the darker malts counteracting the bitterness on the back end.

The mouthfeel is very nice, the carbonation is very nice, just what you would expect from Stone.

Overall, this beer is excellent! As an IPA lover who is trying to branch out into some of the darker brews, this is the perfect gateway beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 21:03:06 | More by bastu
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kbeals

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber received in a trade with bkrefetz.

A- Gentle pour into a snifter glass reveals a black liquid with some light red hues when held up to the light. A generous two fingers of tan, foamy head adorn the top leaving excellent lacing.

S- Bourbon, vanilla, oak and a bit of roasted coffee. A hint of licorice is also noticable. Surprisingly, there's still a bit of a hoppy, fruity aroma that comes through even after the 2+ years this beer's been sitting.

T- Pretty much all the aromas come through in the taste. A good portion of bourbon, oak and vanilla comes through. Also present is the hops. It's not a punch in your face, but it is definitely there. A bit of a bitter, roasted finish.

M- Thick, velvety smooth, very little carbonation. No real complaints here.

D- This is the only area that takes a hit. While the beer is really good, it is just so sweet and high in ABV that it's tough to drink this one. A definite sipper, that's for sure. One glass is more than enough.

Overall, a great beer. Definitely reminds me of some of the barleywines that I've had, especially Behemoth.

Thanks again Brett for this fantastic brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2010 15:51:25 | More by kbeals
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chicagoabbot

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a snifter...big black beer with the head of an IPA (if darker for the malt beneath it). Plenty of lacing. Tons of hops in the nose, with a dryness to them moreso than in a big paler IPA. Loads of hop bitterness on the tongue with some smoky after-tones. Cheers to Stone for making a very interesting beer in a style that doesn't come in six packs. Why aren't black IPAs more popular? At least most of the brewers who decide to make one know what they're doing. Mouthfeel is excellent and I recommend trying this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 07:24:42 | More by chicagoabbot
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session1979

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark "Pitch Dark" black with a nice airy 2 finger head that lasted a few minutes and then clung to the glass as it dissipated. Smell was full of fresh oily hops, citrus, pine, and some light toasted malts. As it warms the aroma of over ripened fruit starts to dominate. The taste was of the hop flavors one would expect in a DIPA but there seem to be some other lingering flavors which are quite surprising, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and the warm molasses flavor you usually find in a RIS really wants to poke its head out. I am intrigued to say the least... The beer coats the mouth with a smooth medium to full bodied texture. The alcohol really starts to show as it warms and even though there is moderate carbonation the bite is there.

Overall this is a very tasty beer fresh but I look forward to experiencing it over time as it is a bit hot right now. I will give it another shot later on this week to see what I think on the second go round. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 04:33:20 | More by session1979
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boyermi206

Maine

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark brown, dark ruby red held up to light

S- Malt that is dark, hops that are citrus

T- What? Did not expect that. Like a black IIPA, very unique, I like it. It tastes like an IPA but looks like a Stout/Porter. Very complex malts then the hops hit your throat like a Bruce Lee 1 inch punch.

M- Full and just the right amount of carbonation

O- Buy it and try it. If you like stouts and Ipa's then this seems to be the perfect combo.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 23:05:47 | More by boyermi206
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Drinkerofales

California

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown edges. A large mocha head lasts forever, and leaves tons of thick lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and floral hops right of the bat, then some roasted malt shine through, with a hint of coffee. Strange to have the two combined.

Taste is malty, very roasted, with the hops coming throughout the taste. Balanced, yet bold and mellow. Strange combo, but it works here, as well the flash of coffee on the finish.

Feels medium bodied, and incredibly smooth, almost silky. A bit of booze joins the party, but it's ok, as there is room in the texture for it.

I liked the beer, probably the best ABA I have had to date. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend, nor to enjoy again.

DOA

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 06:26:16 | More by Drinkerofales
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jackorain

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22 ounce bomber poured into my Duvel tulip glass on 11-29-07. This review was enter from copious notes taken during quaffing.

A-Poured nearly pitch black, almost no light enters the glass. there was a slight appearance of brown around the edges. Did not pour extremly thick though. Head was tan and about 2 inches in height from moderately aggressive pour. Retention was good and lace left after the head did fall was phenominal.

S-Malts hit 1st for me, caramel, molasses and toasty bread. The middle to end of the nose brings a hop feild on harvest day, pine hops, green hops and hnt of citrus hops. Alcohol in the nose as well after it begins to warm.

T-Big and bitter piney hops right in the front on the tongue. carmel malts and roasted barley come in in the middle. Some dried pit fruit can be noticed in the middle as well. A hint of unsweetened choclate and espresso shows as well.

M-medium body with a mouth coating creamy texture.

D-The drinkability is pretty good, but the bomber is certainly enough for one sitting. Overall, I thik this is a little hot and bitter right now. I think this one would benefit from sometime in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 17:19:25 | More by jackorain
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-very dark, cola like, brown color that is transparent but lets just a little light through giving off red hues. the head is a thick creamy khaki color that has decent retention and leaves huge lacing on the glass

S-big sweet malt, caramel and brown sugar, hints of hops, grass clippings, citrus, and pine

T-the taste is quite different, there is a lot more going on. there is some oak, burnt wood, dark chocolate, hints of licorice; a light citrus hop comes in at the end but a smokey wood flavor accompanies and dominates it.

M-full end of medium body, extremely creamy, very smooth, a good bit of carbonation, and slick on the back of the throat. very interesting!

D-very interesting taste to this, very dark malty, almost smokey. some hops but very faint (lots of age mellowed those out i'm sure). great mouthfeel, complex but nice!

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 01:00:26 | More by cpetrone84
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Wildman

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured an almost pitch black but with some light barely getting through. If formed a huge foamy medium tan head and formed circular lace as it slowly subsided. An aroma of malt, hops, pine and grapefruit. The flavor was of malt, hops, grapefruit and a hint of chocolate. The body is medium light and the finish reflects the astringency of the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 02:17:30 | More by Wildman
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laituegonflable

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, mostly black, with a slight cedar-reddish tinge up to the light. Head is lovely, beautiful even. Dense mother-of-pearl bubbles around the edge with larger bubbles on top, leaves some waves of sticky lace behind. Off-kilter sense to the top, just wonderful.

Smells tasty. Roasty and darkish but some wonderful sweet and spicy hop aromatics. Dark chocolate with blackcurrants, figs and a lot of tasty floral hops. Slight cola tinge to it, giving slight anise aroma. Dark, fruity, mysterious. Wunderbar.

Taste is very very decent indeed. Dark and roasty with cocoa-rich chocolate upfront. Develops some spice notes on the mid; carraway, star anise and some minty characters as well. Slightly metallic on the back, but also some pleasant hop notes, wood and a slight espresso coffee burtness on the very back. A little off-balance at times, but the flavours are all very pleasant.

Mouthfeel is full enough, thick enough, a bit of heat adds harshness though and it's all a bit too dry for my liking at the back.

Tasty beer, with pleasant characters. A bit of a falter towards the end adds a touch too much robustness, but overall a very tasty brew from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 01:33:19 | More by laituegonflable
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlindPig for this one.

A - Deep brown, black with bright ruby highlights that can be seem without even holding the glass to the light. Big 4 finger rocky tan head

S - Pungent piney hops with some floral and earthy hops mixed in followed by a big kick of sweet caramel.

T - Piney and floral hops, orange marmalade followed by a touch of chocolate and a slightly roasty, bready malt, raisins and a lingering fruity bitterness. Very well balanced without the sweet caramel in the aroma. Interesting blend of dark fruits and hoppy fruits.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Touch of alcohol but it blends nicely. Dry, spicy finish.

D - My first black IPA and while the aroma was somewhat standard Stone hoppy IPA style the taste was a nice change from a regular IPA. I can't wait to try more beers similar to this style.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:26:37 | More by brewcrew76
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 4,919 ratings.