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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
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5,116 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,116
Reviews: 1,819
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 420 | 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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nataku00

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a bottle into an Allagash chalice. Beer is a very dark brown, bordering on black, with initial three fingers of tan head. The head laces nicely as it receded. Due to how dark the beer is, you can't see any bubbles, but based on the head, it should be well carbonated.

Nose is mostly citrus peel (mostly grapefruit and orange), and some wet pine needle. Really a normal ipa smell, and fairly pedestrian at that.

Taste starts out like a typical IPA, with grapefruit being the dominating flavor, with some pine for freshness. But there's hint of roasted malt at the end of the tongue but not enough to distinguish it from a regular IPA.

Really easy drinking black IPA.

09-13-2010 02:10:34 | More by nataku00
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timonan

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Brought home a growler from Stone Brewery. Opened a week after it was bottled.

A - Very dark brown. small brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving a few scattered bubbles. almost no lace.

S - Earthy, coffee, a bit grassy, characteristic stone hop smell.

T - A lot of different flavors at once. The sweetness and floralness of the hops is wonderfully balanced by a dark, malty flavor. Kind of a "sugar with your coffee" flavor.Toasty aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

M - Almost no carbonation - not sure if this is typical. Maybe a bad seal on the growler? The flavor is very present because of the low carbonation.

D - Very smooth. Almost slides down the throat, but I have to let it linger in the mouth each sip to savor the flavor.

We had this last year at Stone, and it seemed more vibrant then. Still, a great beer with a very interesting mix of flavors.

07-11-2010 21:27:28 | More by timonan
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Proteus93

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Bottle was shared by CrellMoset... and a few months ago, at that!

A: Pitch black... Totally opaque. A light tan head. .. More offwhite.

S: Hoppy aromas areall but gone. A LOT of anise. Like snorting a fresh bag full of black licorice. Some notes of bakers chocolate.

T: A bit of hop flavour is there... Citrus rind. Anise again, but a creamy feel that makes it a little unusual. a burnt malt.

M: Creamy, quite full and rich with a big oily body.

D: A nice sipper... I would have liked to try this fresh, but it has held on fairly well.

03-22-2009 15:37:36 | More by Proteus93
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SHODriver

Louisiana

4.05/5  rDev -4%

A: pours a rich black with a finger and a half of dense tan head.
S: this one hits the nose with some very sharp bitter pine notes with just a bit of sweet citrus
T: very interesting. roasted malt flavors battle with piney hop goodness to dominate the taste buds. Slightly citrusy and some hiints of coffee and chocolate make brief appearances before getting beaten back by the hops. Lingering bitter pine with a bit of sweetness.
M: Full bodied and a bit creamy. Carbonation is adequate and isn't prickly.
O: a very good beer that is a pleasure to drink.

06-22-2011 07:24:34 | More by SHODriver
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charlzm

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Second bottle, consumed 05/14/08.

Dark brown pour with reddish highlights. Three finger light tan head sprung up with little encouragement. Reduces to one finger soon. Strong lacing.

Aroma is strong spicy and grapefruit hops. Slight grassy note.

Rich roasted bready and chocolate malt flavor. Very smooth, slightly chewy body. Hop bump at back end mainly for bittering but there's a hint of citrus and pepper. ABV is noticeable but does not interfere with flavor. Not terribly complex, but tasty and unusual.

It appears six months of aging have not significantly changed this beer.

ORIGINAL REVIEW:

Bottled, consumed on 11/2/07.

Cola colored pour, modest tan head with excellent retention and plenty of bubbles. Smoky, piny aroma: reminds me of a robustly hopped porter in the nostrils. Nicely chewy in the mouth. When served cold, hops are assetive in this beer, easily the strongest flavor. There are some faint suggestions of bread and honey mixed in there, but this is a hophead's brew. As it warms, balance appears, allowing a stronger malt profile to emerge. Reminds of pumpernickel bread or a dash of mocha. Strong as it leaves the mouth with a lasting bitter finish.

03-06-2008 04:36:10 | More by charlzm
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -4%

A- Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Pours pitch black with a big, 2 finger tan head. Pretty thick. Head lingers for a few minutes. Beautiful lacing that slowly trickles down the glass

S- Hops hit you strong at first, followed by some roasted barley notes. Strong pine and hop resin with some sweet, earthy aroma.

T- Another hop forward brew as usual from Stone. The hop level really took me by surprise at first since the bottle gave no indication that this was an IPA. But make no mistake...it most certainly is. A little citrus and a boatload of pine really popped me in the mouth. Resinous. Then the roasted flavor came through. A very solid malt base of roasted barley and a touch of chocolate at the end. Very good balance with some complexity. A touch of alcohol at the end that isn't overpowering, but does a nice job of warming you up.

M- mid body. Feels a little thin and oily, but very smooth and drinkable given the ABV. Mid carbonation with a dry finish.

O- Simply delicious. If it isn't a black IPA, it sure fooled me. Since the aroma wasn't powerful like i have come to expect from great IPAs, I couldn't tell until I tasted it that this was an IPA. To steal a quote from another beer advocate, "It's as if you were to cross an Old Rasputin with a Palate Wrecker". A strong dark beer with an intense hop level to go with a robust roasted, malty base. Black IPAs are one of my favorite style of beer, and this one is maybe the best i have ever had (also love El Cucuy by Marshall Brewing). My palate continues to be enchanted by the Stone brews.

$10.99 for 4 pk

02-24-2013 23:16:00 | More by Bosoxfan20
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev -4%

We pour a brew of the deepest brown, which lightens to a reddish amber towards the bottom of the glass. The head put up stands huge at three fingers, with cappuccino colored bubbles that look much like the froth from a cola. It retains well and leaves sticky lacing around the glass. Carbonation appears standard and no sediment or haze is noted. The aroma sings of bright citric and piney hops that sit atop a field of rich roasted caramel malts. They smell a bit toasty, but not charred. There is a sugary and fruity sweetness to it, attributable to dark cherries. There is also a faint boozing and a steely bite of yeast. As we sip, there are big chalky malts up front. They fight for first place with sweet and tart hops that taste both piney and soapy. There is also a citric cleaning, which enhances as we move to the middle. This evens out to bitter hop activity and a darkness of raw coffee bean or raw chocolate, with a slick oiliness. The finish is clean, dominated by more hops and sweeter grain than in the start and middle. The aftertaste reverts to that bitter hop quality, and breathes with a bit of alcohol and that raw organic oil. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is medium. The feel is extraordinarily smooth and soft. There is a big froth, smack, and slurpability to each drag. The abv is appropriate, maybe a bit high, and the beer drinks with great ease.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the surprising mouthfeel and the great balance. The first thing noticed at the very first sip was how soft the feel was. For this style it is easy to produce a watery beer with little substance, but they seemed to retain a good deal of body, after which the hops were added as a secondary feature. This made for a nice balance, which allowed for no component to really obtrude the other.

07-24-2011 00:48:16 | More by TheBrewo
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head and a pretty one a that. It's very gritty looking with very tiny bubbles. The color is light tan/beige. The body is a dark chocolate brown with garnet tones around the bottom that become more pronounced when held up to the light. The head is dissipating slowly while it leaves a good amount of lacing. Almost a sheet of lacing is left on the second pour. This is a slow one.

Nose- Very nice aroma with lots of grassiness, pine, and citrus. Very classic IPA smell but I haven't detected any soapiness yet. I've been skeptical of the black IPA but the reviews (and smell) are promising. There is also some orange and wood on the nose.

Taste- Starts off with very typical IPA notes: citrus, pine, wood. This has a very pronounced bitter finish of wood and something akin to coffee. It's not overbearing and right now is quite enjoyable. There is a lot of grass and wood in this one and the alcohol is not present. This is definitely a beer for hopheads. There's nothing wrong with it but at the moment, I can't find anything that sets it apart from you basic good to very good IPAs.

Mouthfeel- This one ends up just on the light side of medium and is quite creamy for IPA. This is definitely a twist on a style which is generally fairly light and crisp. I'm liking it so far. The mouthfeel is one aspect that is definitely unique.

Drinkability- This will take time for those who are not acclimated to serious hops. This will take some time for myself as well- the bitterness of the wood really lingers.

Overall- Right now, this seems like a B+,A-. It's closer to a B+ for having a typical IPA flavor profile but strives toward an A- because of its unique mouthfeel.

03-28-2013 00:21:30 | More by artoolemomo
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%

A: black with a nice tan head and lacing.
S: american hops and dark roasted malts.
T: same as above. malts are reminiscent of a just over medium bodied dryish stout (some coffee and dark molasses) with lots of american hops clearing it out to a bitter, drying finish. lingering hops and roasty malts, manages to seem crisp at the end.
M: frothy and lively for this abv.
D: goes down a lot easier than you'd think for this abv. alcohol is well-hidden and the dryish hoppy finish helps in this regard.

05-03-2010 16:55:35 | More by MrMcGibblets
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ABCJiugui

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4%

poured into tulip

A- black, opaque with tints of reddish brown on edges with less concentration, sticky 2 finger head recedes to cap, single top ring of consistent lacing.

S- malty, caramel, american hops/piney/citric. Very pleasant and nothing overpowering, in balance and melded well to the point that I'm content that I can't tease out everything.

T- Malt sweetness mixes and recedes into a sharp finish of piney hop bitterness which lingers, very well balanced and tasty.

M- carbonation contributes to creamy feel, full bodied, very pleasing.

Overall, stone's done it again. Like the arrogant bastard/double bastard, this beer is really good. Totally unexpected color, but that actually added to the score for me, and the aggressive-yet-balanced hopping of the beer is really pleasant to take in. Heck of a beer and gladly drink this again.

04-18-2008 06:58:13 | More by ABCJiugui
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fsimcox

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Served in an 8oz tulip glass.

Poured a deep, dark black. Big tan fluffy head that dissipates surprisingly quickly to a thin tan layer! Very nice lacing down the entire glass.

Smells of hops, some grapefruit and a hint of roast malt. Very nice, and not overpowering.

Creamy hops up front, with a slightly bitter finish, some grapefruit at the end, and a hint of grapefruit aftertaste. Some carbonation in the back.

Mouth feel is creamy. With an all around hop presence.

Overall a wonderful IPA well worth a second glass.

12-29-2010 14:23:27 | More by fsimcox
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walshclimb

Nevada

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Update - I had one of these last night that has been aging almost 4 months. It is like a different beer. Nicer, cleaner smell and much more balanced flavor. That harsh bitter aftertaste is all but gone. I am very impressed with how well this is aging. Boy am I glad I have 3 more bottles. So, I have upped my taste from 3.5 to 4.0. I will reconsider in a month or two and maybe bring it up a little more.

Original review -
I have to say, I had really high hopes for this after last year's anniversary ale. Unfortunately I was left a little disappointed. Still a good beer, just no fireworks for me. Starts off nice, with a black pour with a thick tan head that is frothy with bubbles ranging from very small to 1/8". You can see active carbonation in the body, and it leaves sparse lace up the side of my tulip glass. The smell is there too, with citrus to floral hops coming through first with light malt in the background. It smells almost summer-y and is a surprise considering how dark the beer is. I was expecting strong roasted malts but it isn't really there. There is light caramel to molasses with increasing caramel and decreasing hops smell as it warms.

The initial flavor is nice and bitter with a sweet to smkey transition to a long lived very bitter, almost harsh aftertaste. The aftertaste is complex with roasted to burnt malt and strong hop bitterness that never seems to go away. Not as balanced as I would like and the aftertaste is just too bitter and stays around too long. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a milky to creamy feel, active carbonation and slightly alcoholic finish.

Overall, this is a good beer. I guess it is one of those situations where you look forward to something for too long - a year! The complexity is good, but the balandce is not. It is great for a hop head that likes it dark, but I don't expect to be desperately seeking this one out like I was with last year's beer.

10-16-2007 19:09:30 | More by walshclimb
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sixerofelixir

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4%

22 oz bottle, "enjoy by 06 29 10"

Pours very dark brown with a sudsy tan head. Smell is super crisp, citrusy, and sweet. A bunch of grapefruit in the taste, and other assorted hoppy layers. Hard to believe all this is coming from such a dark brew. The malt is pretty subdued, but does add a mellowness the body and finish. Bitterness expectedly rears up at the end. Maybe a little clash of characters, and except for a touch of alcohol burn, drinks quite easy for 8.7%

04-06-2010 04:45:56 | More by sixerofelixir
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Justinomoore53008

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -4%

A - Dark, with a tan-like head. Looks like oil in the bottle.

S - Very bitter hops with a hint of citrus (when first opened). Towards the end of the bottle, the malt really comes out and the hops mellows away.

T - Mild malt taste with a strong hops aftertaste. It's rated at 90 IBU's but I would place it more around 80 or 85.

M - Heavy compared to most IPAs I've tried. Feels kind of thick when it starts to warm up, but not overly so.

Overall, I like it. It's the most expensive beer I've ever had, and certainly one of the best. Good job Stone!

07-01-2013 01:39:43 | More by Justinomoore53008
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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -4%

I like the idea behind this beer, and where they are trying to go with it. Intentions are good. Dark, bitter, malty, fruity. It is a cross between an IPA and a stout from what I can tell. It's good, a very strong beer, complex, with a strong finish, sort of coffee-like at the end, leaves a slight after taste. I must admit, at the first sip, I was disappointed, I have learned to expect great things from Stone, but after I started to drink it, it grew on me, and I enjoyed it. Great pour/appearance, consistency. For the price they charge, I am not sure I'd buy this again, don't get me wrong, it's a solid beer, but it is over-priced, I think you could get alot better value for the money. I probably wouldn't get it again, mainly because of the price not taste.

03-27-2010 00:00:39 | More by Pittsburgh
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phisig137

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev -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.

09-21-2007 00:22:35 | More by phisig137
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FlyFisher2782

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%

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.

09-18-2007 00:55:35 | More by FlyFisher2782
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Had 12/30/09

This pours a dark, dark brown - definitely not quite black, with an effervescent head, loose quick forming and disappearing head. Looks decent, but not exiting. The smell gets you with C-hops, citrus, underripe mango, lemon-lime, with a lot of pollen, resin, flowers. Super flowery. But you get just a note of chocolate, caramelly sweetness. I guess it more than does its job as a black IPA. The taste definitely has more malt balance than the smell. It's very sweet and chocolatey, caramelly, not quite roasty like a stout, but the hops add greatly to the complexity. Pleasant and fruity, a nice layer of sweetness, mango and sweet oranges on top of some chocolatey tastes, not quite bready enough to remind me of cake. The body is moderately full, the carbonation is kind of hard to predict, but is a little low. Overall, its very nice and enjoyable, though the hoppiness pushes the envelope. I think its a good beer, like Stone IPA with some chocolatey sweetness, which I think is a bit of an improvement on the enjoyability. And it gets more interesting as it warms.

01-15-2010 01:37:47 | More by taylorhamrick
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TTAmod

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4%

Surely this ale is too magnificent to be decanted into a simple pint glass. This great brew requires something more...say...a carefully crafted silver-rimmed chalice. Yes, that may suffice. Needless to say, even this glorious piece of glassware is not worthy enough to hold the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

A: This grand elixir was not pleased with its housings within the chalice. It wanted to escape...badly. Small spheres raced to the surfacing, begging for release. In the process, they formed a thick, but quickly dissipating beige head. What was left of the makeshift crown, however, was radiant lacing that continued to persist after death.

The swarthy fluid absorbed all light. Even when held up to a source of luminance, it was opaque.

S: The scent of hops is quite intense, as it should be.

T: The hops assault the taste buds with grapefruit and pine. Roasted malt quickly rushes to defend, but ultimately loses. There is a war being fought in your mouth when you imbibe this great drink. The only victor...is you.

M: What can you expect when a conflagration is created by the artillery fired from both sides of this epic battle? Thick. Yes.

O: Quite an excellent brew. A bit more focused and balanced than the Escondidian. I'm quite jubilant that they continued to brew this great drink.

11-07-2011 04:49:09 | More by TTAmod
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benclimbs

California

4.05/5  rDev -4%

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.

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

Florida

4.05/5  rDev -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.

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

California

4.05/5  rDev -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.

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

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev -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.

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

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -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.

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

New York

4.05/5  rDev -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.

11-08-2010 01:24:25 | More by pmlondrigan
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,116 ratings.