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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,971 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 4,971
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 358 | FT: 6
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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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peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

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

Very deep brown, near black, 2 fingers of tan head, good lace left behind. Smell is very hoppy, lots of citrus, grapefruit, pine, malty, some roasted qualities, bittersweet chocolate notes. Taste is fairly roasted, coffee, bakers chocolate, nice hop presence, some alcohol points, citrus in aftertaste, long roasted finish. Lightish mouthfeel, med body, medium carbonation. Well balanced and enjoyable, very nice black ale, hits the mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 15:48:14 | More by peensteen
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kflorence

California

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

On tap at the Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA.

A: Poured a dark, opaque black in color with a nice half inch of thick, creamy off-white head atop that lasts for a long time and leaves tons of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Tons of pine and citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Potently potable!

T: Dense on the palate with predominant notes of pine hops, roasted malts and coffee with some dark chocolate. Finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness. As advertised in the aroma, this one packs a huge hop punch (like all Stone brews), though it remains fairly balanced without becoming overly bitter.

M: Pretty thick and heavily bodied with ample carbonation and an oily, syrupy and chewy quality on the tongue. A good amount of substance for the style without being overly thick and remaining fairly drinkable.

O: Lots of flavor and a high dosage of hops are sure to make this a pleaser. Very enjoyable on tap or in the bottle, though I would say on tap the hops come out a bit more and it tasted a lot more fresh and poignant. Very enjoyable, but I don't think I could drink more than one as it fills you up quickly. If you like dark, roasted brews and are a fan of hops, this one is for you. Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2011 21:59:19 | More by kflorence
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Trappissed

California

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

Quite an intense brew. Huge amounts of dark roasted malts. Gives off a coffeeish flavor. Of course, it also comes with big hops, both citrus and pine. Maybe just a little more citrus. Fairly bitter. Dark fruits, mainly prunes. Not exactly amazing, but somewhat interesting and unique. I would say pretty good overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 09:28:03 | More by Trappissed
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kzoobrew

Michigan

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

Body is a deep mahogany, could certainly be mistaken for black in a low light area. Massive head measures three full fingers after the pour, slowly works its way back. Plenty of heavy lacing left clinging to the sides.

The nose reveals a large dose of west coast hops. Very strong citrus aroma even in a slightly older bottle. Slight roasted character underneath, the hops simple over power. Definitely the most hop driven "Black IPA" when it comes to the smell.

The taste reveals much more balance than experienced in the nose. Citric hops with a piny bite provide the strong handed bitterness. Chocolate, roasted malt and just a touch of java provide balance. The flavor is much less hop forward than the nose, still certainly worthy of the Black IPA tag.

Medium bodied beer delivers and exceptionally smooth and creamy texture. Carbonation is on the lower end but very appropriate. Very good beer all around but it is the mouthfeel which stands out.

Very balanced while delivering strong flavors and hiding the booze. SSRA drinks much easier than it should and it tremendously enjoyable. My only requests is 6 packs and more distribution.

Thanks to CaveDave for the pleasure of enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 23:44:59 | More by kzoobrew
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AAG

Texas

4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served from a large cold bottle into a stein...this beer is definitely self-righteous!

Appearance - Extremely dark black; opaque; light, tan fluffy head; started about two fingers in depth and decreased to a finger but frothed nicely throughout the length of the beer. Very attractive appearance; my mouth is watering.

Smell - Sugary, malt-like, liquor-smell.

Taste - Tremendous surge of bitter hops on the first sip; really packs a punch; charcoal, burnt taste midway through; hops maintained their kick throughout but smoothed out nicely; thick hops malt; tremendous.

Mouthfeel - Bitter (not for the feint of heart) yet comfortable and smooth in its own way...

Overall - This is a tremendous ale; if you like a strong, hoppy beer this is the one for you; Stone proves why it is a hop-heads fantasy. I strongly recommend this one and will seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 02:33:42 | More by AAG
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear really dark brown and settles in the glass very black below a big tan head that's takes it sweet old time to recede into what I assume will be a lacing at sometime in the future.

Light roasted dark chocolate malt aroma with some citrus, I think it leans toward grapefruit, the aroma is pretty subdued but kinda worth stopping before you drink to search it out.

More roasted dark chocolates dominating the taste with some light almost sweet citrus hints coming through, once again I think they lean towards grapefruit but not really sure, nor care.

Drinking this beer as well as it's aftertaste you kinda get the feeling with it's milkiness that you are drinking a melted candy bar. I feel that I've taken a Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate bar and melted it in Stone Smoked Porter swirled it around and drank it down.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 00:05:59 | More by LXIXME
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sloejams

California

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

On tap at Pure Luck, LA 12.29.08 - $7 for 10 oz

Piitch dark in the chalice. Brilliant looking - full frothed head, lacing everywhere. Just looking at it you'd reckon you're dealing with a Trappist quadruple. But that couldn't be further off. It's the roasted malt and caramel flavors of Arrogant Bastard meshed wit h the hop bang of an IPA. You get some caramel in there too, which i very unique with all them hops bouncing around. There is a big hop presence, but not as far as Ruination.

I guess this is Stone 11th Anniversary re-released. I'm happy as that was a favorite of mine and now that means this is too. Hopefully it will be around for some time.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2008 19:02:33 | More by sloejams
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pourmeup

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- light tan head with thin bubbles, light lacing with no retention; beer is dark-stained mahogany
S- Piney is prevalent with light Citrus
T- There is a great sweetness from the malt, almost a light milk chocolate flavor and maple syrup on the beginning with an abundance of hops on the aftertaste: pine and grapefruit predominate the pallet with a slight caramel on very end of the finish.
M- Very creamy with a very light carbonation; very silky small bubbles, the taste of the hops cling the the palette long after its gone.
D- For 8%, this beer is a tad strong on the alcohol flavor, but still extremely tasty. Just not drinkable as for the percentage.

(two person review)

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 13:26:46 | More by pourmeup
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a globe glass.

A= Nice dark malty colors. Tan nose, with little head retention and minimal lacing. Good looking beer.

S= The nose off the bat is high of hoppy bitterness. As it mellows down, the hint of roasted nuts comes through.

T= The complex flavors of this beer range from bitter to bold. the mix of hops and malt has really been achieved in this stone brew.

M= When first served, the feel was that of an IPA. As the ale warms, it gained a chewiness to it.

D= Very drinkable, I could have this one everyday, or use it as a nice afternoon relaxing beer.

Overall= Overall, I am very pleased with this beer, malt monster with hidden bitterness. . . how Stone.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 13:37:00 | More by GDBEERMAN
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nickd717

California

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

Draft review transcribed from May 2009 notes.

Nice black color with a medium cream-colored head.

Aroma of piney hops and roast. Nice and intense with typical Stone hop profile.

Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, orange, and typical Stone hops. Some caramel malt evident as well.

Palate medium with fairly high carbonation.

An excellent offering from Stone. Will revisit this one for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2010 20:34:22 | More by nickd717
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shiptoshore

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass

A- nice dark brown look with a small light brown head.

S- sweet from the malts with a nice herbal smell from the hops

t- nice roasty taste with a bit of a sweet start and a nice lingering hoppy finish

m- nice smooth mouthfeel

d- very easy to consume if used to the more hoppier beers that stone puts out, for me its a nice beer to drink while working on a paper or reading.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:25:20 | More by shiptoshore
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

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

A 1 L swingtop growler filled at Al's of Hampden this afternoon. A shout-out to ARH.

A: The strong ale is dark, a veritable stout or porter. I'd say it's darker than a porter, offering up no colors or hues other than blackness. An off-white, slightly tanned, head, 2.5 fingers on pour, laces lightly.

S: The nose defies all logic (I remember being floored when I first got hold of 11th Anniversary). Dark roasted malts and ample citrus hops shsre the stage. Malts are first, bready and rich, but quickly yield to the resiny citrus hops. Pow!

T: Dark roasted malts, rye bread and chocolate showcase the malt side. They are immediately followed by hops, lots and lots of oily hops. Those hops are citrusy and strong. A touch of pine adds to the thicker hop presence. The floral finish is lively, several mouthfuls of citrus pulp. My first Black IPA (as Stone 11), and you never forget your first.

M: Roasted malts. Lotsa hops. Any questions? The fullness of the malts and their ability to influence the ale is impressive. Looking at the ale, you'd expect it to be much chewier but it isn't.

D: I'll finish off the growler but I'm starting to feel it after too glasses.

Serving type: growler

04-11-2010 19:32:56 | More by akorsak
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SpecialK088

Missouri

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

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, and a huge thank you to my brother in law for sharing this on a trade!

A-Pours a deep black that when the light comes across the edges makes a near red color, and a nice about 1 finger head. Thick thick lace

S-I give this high makes not for the complexity of thenose but the sheer fragrance of the malt and sweet dark fruits. Also has a very nice roasted undertone

T-Oh stone you have a flavor all your own! The hop profile says all you need to know who brewed it but the best part is the complexity of the dark rich malts the blend seamlessly with the hops. Undertones of some choclate in the nice bitter finish

M-Very straightforward mouthfeel, yet a a tone of flavors, medium bodied good carbonation.

D-It may just be me but ive yet to come across anything from stone that isn't at least above avg and very easy to drink, this one is no exception I am very happy I got to have it.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 04:25:06 | More by SpecialK088
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Wreckoncile

California

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

Poured into an Arrogant Bastard Pint Glass.

A - Two fingers plus of an almost fluffy tan head on top of an abyss of opaque black liquid. Dissapates reasonably quickly and leaves average lacing.

S - Solid nose that could be detected as I poured from a foot away. The citrusy character of the hops blends with the roasted malts to give it an almost dark fruit scent. Powerful and robust, with notes of bitter chocolate to compliment.

T - Similar to the scent, with the combination of roasted malt and hops. But whereas the beer smelled initially like a combination of the two, the taste is a little bit more of a ride. The malts hit first, with a slight bitter chocolatey note, transform into a dark fruit flavor, and finish with a pine-hop aftertaste.

M - Not overly viscous, not watered down. A good balance, with light carbonation, and an appropriately wet mouthfeel that gives the illusion of sticking a bit more due to the hoppy aftertaste character of the beer.

O - A perfectly drinkable black ale for a warm evening insofar as it offers the great combination of roasted flavor, but the drinkability of a hoppy IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 03:52:43 | More by Wreckoncile
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rsyberg01

California

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

S - 22 oz bomber courtest of Stewdawg in week 2 powerball.

A - pours a deep dark ruby, a light tan head tops this puppy and sticks moderately well.

S - chocolate, citrus, piney hop, pretty big floral notes as well, slight coffee hint in there, ethanol heat, fuckin' awesome

T - piney, malty, sweet malt undertones, slight ethanol, chocolate

M - good carbonation balance, lingers well between sips.

D - 8.7% kind of stumps it, but I love it, makes me want a fresh 10th.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 21:25:03 | More by rsyberg01
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PBoegel

New York

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

I had a bottle back in September when it was first released. I enjoyed but felt it was young, I was fortunate enough to find a few still available at a local brew store.

Poured from the bomber into a Brooklyn Flute the appearance is as the marketing speak indicates, pitch black. A pretty tannish head sits on top of this porter/stout looking beer.

The sight deceives the aroma. A big whiff of tangerine and grapefruit hops hit the nose and keep coming. There is a malt layer beneath but not the expectation of beer that is this dark. Much more caramel sweet and light faint milk chocolate. I rarely try to name hops that are not called out by the brewer, but I cannot imagine this beer is not finished with a ton of columbus for the aroma. Clean, nothing off, big and bright and inviting.

As when I first had this I am still marveling at how they get this color and the taste profile is that of a double ipa, a nice rich malty backbone to carry those tasty citrusy and slightly piney hops with a bang of very clean bitterness in the finish. There are some touches of chocolate tastes in the middle, but clean caramel maltiness is predominate in the malt profile.

Really outstanding, clean well crafted, carries a near 9% abv with pride.

Stone should consider moving this into regular production.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2008 23:33:01 | More by PBoegel
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Psilo707

California

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

Very, very dark appearance on this 2009 Self Righteous Ale by Stone. Took me by surprise! Head & Lacing were both fairly voluptuous and expected. The scent is one of strong cocoa, and I can already tell this one is going to have the standard Stone BITE to it once ingested. A bit of hazelnut and walnut aroma swirl around the top as I get ready to drink.

Tastes just like it smells... delicious! This Stone Ale is set apart from the rest by it's secondary lingering aftertaste and mouthfeel. It has a very citrus-like appeal to it, without it being considered fruity in any way. A complex swirl of tastes and analyzations go through the head as it travels down the mouth and through the body.

With the 8.7% rating, the taste and drinkability are both very high on this. It's a very complex brew. Not to mention the creamy, thick mouthfeel that begs to stay on your tongue for longer than necessary.

Another great release from Stone. This brewery just doesn't stop coming with the heat.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 03:21:35 | More by Psilo707
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PDXHops

South Carolina

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

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Some copper highlights along the edges of the near-black body. Thin beige head, OK retention and lacing.

A very nice CDA. The nose reveals a touch of burnt malt along with a heartier serving of roast and a ton of pine needle and grapefruit hop aromas. Fresh, bold and inviting. Taste is more of the same. A touch less chocolate and a touch more roast would send it to the top of the class, but that’s nitpicking; this is a damned fine brew. Crazy fresh hop flavor with a fair amount of bitterness. Medium bodied with a dryish finish that brings the roast back into play. Alarmingly drinkable at this ABV; indeed, the booze is barely noticeable. Without ready access to my PNW favorites, this is my go-to for the CDA style.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 18:45:24 | More by PDXHops
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MikeM40

Connecticut

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. This brew pours a near black and creates a huge foamy light tan head that last forever and leaves tons of lacing. Aromas of bitter hops,pine and citrus fruits,particularly grapefruit greet the nose. First sip reveals a surprising roasted malt character that is nicely balanced by bitter hops. Also hints of bitter coffee,chocolate and more citrus. This beer has a very usual flavor profile but the flavors work together amazingly well. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium and there is a definite creamy quality to this beer. The finish is long and quite bitter and any hint of alcohol taste has been completely masked. This is a very interesting brew which manages to blend flavors you would not think would go together,and does so very well. An interesting ale I would gladly enjoy again. 

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 16:34:30 | More by MikeM40
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vic21234

Illinois

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

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black with a finger's worth of head that sticks around for awhile. The head slowly dissipates into a sticky film along the sides of the glass.

S- Smells great, tons of citrusy hops dominate the aroma. I get some slight hints of an almost toffee/chocolate like smell also, but very subtle.

T- Starts off with some citrus and pine hop notes, gives way to dark fruits and toffee-like malts. Good stuff, very different.

M- Medium to heavy, carbonated well, bitter yet malty.

Sublimely is yet another stellar showing from Stone. It's the best of both worlds with malty and hoppy characters.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 00:48:04 | More by vic21234
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throwitallaway

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extremely dark with a small brownish head. Smell is extremely hoppy with an obvious grapefruit scent. Underneath there is a subtle burnt malt aroma. Taste starts off very hoppy, with citrus and floral, but fades into burnt malt and a coffee-like taste. Mouthfeel is good. The first time I had this I was slightly disappointed. I wasn't expecting so many hops. Knowing this my second time drinking this beer, made it way more enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 20:19:44 | More by throwitallaway
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marksto

Florida

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

Sampled on tap at Falling Rock in Denver and happy with the choice among their many offerings.

Pours a deep brown, almost opaque, with a thin head and good retention. Aroma has big hoppy notes mingling with fruit - and the hops are complex and aromatic, nice. Flavor has a chewy, fruity malt backbone with fragrant, pine-tinged hop flavor and bitterness. This one is like juicy-fruit in a glass, another excellent beer form a brewery well known for its fine, hoppy ales.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2007 14:20:42 | More by marksto
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Either really dark brown or black, but definitely opaque. A full, dense, frothy, tan head two fingers thick. Looks like a stout. Lace makes nice bands, measuring the size of each gulp. Yes, I gulp. This is a beautiful beer!

Might look like a stout, but smells like an IPA. Well, what did I expect from those hop-crazed maniacs at Stone? Hmm, pink grapefruit preserves spread on a piece of toast?

Wow! The boys from Escondido are nowhere near the bottom of their stash of hops. What a sucker-punch to the back of the throat! Hops heads will rejoice! You malt heads might enjoy as well, if you can get past all the puckering. The toast tends more toward burnt in the taste, but there's still sweetness. It's hard to figure out how to describe the sweetness since the bitterness pervades all the way up the sides of the tongue, encroaching on sectors that are traditionally salty and sweet. Perhaps it's figs, dried cherries or raisins, but surely dark fruit.

The bitterness really packs a wallop! Much too much of a wallop for a Belgian fan like me. I appreciate balance and this beer has a train-load of hops on one end of the scale and a goodly amount of malts on the other. Fifty tons outweigh 50 pounds.

The back of the bottle reads, self-righteously, that they "know their stuff" at Stone. Yes, they do. They brew great beers and also know that the prevailing trend right now is to the grapefruit bitterness of the many varieties of hops from the Pacific Northwest.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:18:11 | More by Naugros
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Deigea

California

4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. Beer was allowed to warm for 30 minutes after pulling out of fridge.

Appearance: Brown on top to deep black. Flashlight cannot be seen through thicker parts of glass. Head is light brown, and medium, although fades pretty quickly. Remnants of head left after fading.

Aroma: Very hoppy with mostly pine or resin. There are hints of citrus after. Overall taste doesn't linger for long, and very pleasant. Deep and malty, not crisp like a normal IPA.

Taste: A strong beginning that quickly mutes compared to most Stone beers. The initial taste of pine and hops die off quick but leave a bit of bitter in the back of the throat. While hops are prevalent at first, malt shows up quickly after and fades leaving only a slight aftertaste. The pine is probably the strongest flavor, showing up just before the hops leave and staying with the malt and lingering after.

Mouth-feel: Obviously has the thickness of a dark IPA. Not nearly a porter or stout, but more obvious than others. Decent carbonation levels which are obvious with each sip, but not overwhelming by any means. Very pleasant beginning taste.

Overall Impression: A very pleasant dark IPA. I can't say I'd enjoy more than one bomber in a night due to it's complexity, but the taste is overall impressive. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for a dark IPA. I can see why this beer was brought back after being the Stone 11th Anniversary.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:46:15 | More by Deigea
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

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

Picked up a fresh 22oz. bomber from Harvest Wine & Spirits in W. Hartford, CT.

Interesting label, no date indicated.

Pours a dark black with the slightest mahogany highlights and a tan head, super thick like whipped egg whites. Great lacing.

Incredible aroma, super hoppy, funky... columbus? Some piney hop resin behind all that a bit of roasted malts, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and toffee.

Pretty thick full-bodied beer, almost fluffy with a syrupy slickness to it.

Some malty sweetness that develops into fruity mid-tones, dried fruits, hops and roasted malt give a sweet-tart similar to cranberry. Tastes a bit like a barlywine IMHO. Really powerful flavors on the back end, large roasted espresso flavors with some serious grapefruit peel. Each sip leaves the palate pretty wrecked.

This beer really should be a sipper at a whopping 8.7% ABV. It's very aggressive and complex. Super hoppy and roasty at the same time. I'd expect nothing less from Stone.

- Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2010 22:55:21 | More by SteveO1231
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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