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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,599 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a foamy tan head that retains nicely and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma of citrus and pine upfront with some caramel malt also present. Some roasted malt is also found but the hops seem to be most prevalent.

In the taste, the caramel flavors are more noticeable upfront. The hops again make their presence known as a strong burst of grapefruit comes in the middle along with some lemon and pine. Towards the end, some darker flavors come out again as a touch of chocolate/coffee is evident in the finish.

Medium bodied witha creamy mouthfeel. Overall, this was very interesting to try and something I look forward to having again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 01:08:14 | More by Vengeance526
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery 07-10-09. Pours a beautiful dark brown with nice tan head. Great looking beer with a really unique aroma dominated with chocolate and orange. Would have love to tasted this blind as the aromas were a bit confusing to the senses. Pretty well balanced with a nice bitter chocolate finish. My notes are also saying that there was a nice woody aroma and touch of dry wood in the taste, though I'm not sure how that came about.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2010 04:41:21 | More by ChrisPro
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rfgetz

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with thin cap of khaki head, leaving decent lacing. The scent is mild, muted hops combined with a muted earthy and muddy backbone with hints of chocolate, nuts, carmel. The taste brings a nice citrusy hop flavor the the front, followed my a smooth and mellow blend of earth, wood, carmel, nuts, dried grain and dense bread. Lighter side of medium bodied, lower carbonation, slightly dry. An all around nice beer whcih doesnt attempt to overpower the senses with any one ingredient.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 14:06:50 | More by rfgetz
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Pahn

New York

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Stag's Head in Manhattan. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Bartender leaves a one inch tan head that dissipates very slow, leaving thick rings of lacing. Pours a very dark brown, and leaves huge rings and walls of lacing all around the glass.

Smell: Caramel, and some big, piny/grapefruit hops. The deep, almost barleywine caliber malt has a nutty character to it. Smells like a really good porter, plus some almost DIPA strength hops.

Taste: Wow, on tap this beer is amazing. It's so rich and creamy, like a beautiful stout with some piny, fruity hops thrown in. Not much bitterness from either the hops or malt at first. This malt flavor is exquisite; cocoa, chocolate chip cookies, balanced by a big hop presence that mysteriously doesn't clash with the decadent, creamy malt flavors in the slightest. That big hop bite yields a nice citrus, tropical fruit aftertaste, blending beautifully with the rich malt.

This flavor gives me a whole new perspective on the "black IPA" idea; it asks, "what if a world class stout were hoppy enough to be a double IPA?" Sublimely Self-Righteous is the answer: a generous barrage of cookie dough, roasted malt, and big, clear hops.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. About as smooth as Fritz and Ken's, an excellent beer whose highest point was its silken mouthfeel. Subdued carbonation, silky cookie dough, and a prickly hop bitterness. Excellent.

Drinkability: If black IPAs are inherently experimental, this experiment is a resounding success. After discovering how amazing this beer is fresh on tap, it would take a lot of convincing for me to order anything else.

I really can't get over how impressive Stone Brewing Co. is. Just when I think I'm giving them too much praise and credit, they deliver a beer that surpasses my expectations of them (this happens consistently). Sublimely Self-Righteous works my brain by giving me a whole new take on the so-called "black IPA" (it doesn't have to be a malty IPA, it can be a perfect stout with overdrive hops!), while delivering a simply fantastic beer regardless of style. If this beer were called "Stone Stout" or "Stone Barleywine", it would be scoring A or above from me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2010 09:02:46 | More by Pahn
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz. draft pour into an elongated chalice.

A: A finger and a half of creamy light tan colored head. Excellent retention allows the head to attach itself to the glass. The body is the darkest brown imaginable with ruby highlights that are only visible when held to light. Lacing in sheets with just a few holes.

S: The nose is incredible. Sweet and juicy hops dominates. There are much less malts than I expected based on other BIPAs I've had in the past. The hops provide aromas of citrus and pine with citrus components of white grapefruit and orange. Black malts and bready malts come through on the aroma. There is an odd kerosene scent to this brew. Hops are heavy, malts are medium-light. Dark candi sugar.

T: Follows the nose. Hop tastes of tangerine and the skin of fresh peaches are more noticeable on the palate.

M: Starts out sweet, cut through by a fine fizzy carbonation and ends dry and crisply. Long flavor duration. Slightly alcoholic warmth but only noticeable when the beer is already in the stomach.

D: Dangerously drinkable. There are only a few Stone brews that "WOW" me, and this is one of them. I am honestly surprised at how high my ratings are, but I stand by them. SSRA is my shit!

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2010 00:16:55 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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mullenite

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty dark black in to the glass. If you were to ask, "How much more black could this be?" The answer would be none; none more black... Okay it could be more black as it had a reddish brown highlight but whatever. The head was made up of tightly packed cream colored bubbles that left lacing down the whole glass.

Smell was very fruity hops, lots of citrus with some pineapple and mango. All hops in the aroma, no real malt character.

Taste was similar to the smell with lots of citrus and other tropical fruits. The bitterness is smooth and well rounded, not as harsh as it usually is with stone beers.

Medium body with adequate carbonation to cleanse the palate.

Overall this is a pretty good beer, not sure why it had to be black because the dark malts don't really add anything to the beer underneath the hop character.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 18:18:50 | More by mullenite
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a growler into a pint glass.

A- jet black with a 2 finger slightly offwhite head. So yeah, this looks awesome. Not at all what I was expecting...but it looks great.

S- holy fragrance! It smells like the best IPA in the world...I get pounded with hops...grapefruit and orange mostly predominant. Not at all what I'd expect from something that poured like this.

T- this is amazing...I'm getting a ton of hops like it smells, and theres also a smokiness that is representative of the color. The bitterness from the hops mixes so well with that subtle smokiness...its amazing

M- feels great. Carbonated goodness without having a texture that makes it overwhelming...this is perfect.

D- unbelievably drinkable. I want more now. It drinks like an IPA but looks like a stout...I love this so much

Serving type: growler

05-29-2010 17:30:57 | More by bigfnjoe
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Brattleboro, Vermont Brewer's Festival on May 22, 2010. There is a mahogany dark brown pour with some red hues and a two-inch puffy tan head. Hops are the lead ingredient in the aroma but it seems very well-balance and not overdone. Hops also tend to be the first thing caught on the tongue but there is also a rather molasses-like sugar-sweetness in there. Definitely not as bitterly hopped as some strong ales. This one tends to be a lot mellower than other strong ales. Pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 00:24:28 | More by puboflyons
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4000qtrap

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Source/Serving: Draft (City Beer Store)

Smell: Mint julep (when cold), grapefruit/pine oil, salted caramel.

Taste: Rich and bitter and pretty darn good. Herbal/floral/grassy hops with a nice roundness and sharp bitterness. A healthy helping of ripe pear and grapefruit oil that tickles the throat. Molasses and caramel and some barely perceptible clove with nice dark malt flavors. Mocha/Coffee emerges as it warms. Slightly interesting play between the dark, slightly roasted malts and the bitternes but the bitterness is a just a bit harsh and hurts drinkability and the mouthfeel is pretty oily. Finish is grassy with an astringent edge, grainy, bitter coffee, residual orange oil.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2010 04:19:21 | More by 4000qtrap
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pitch black almost like an imperial stout with fluffy white head.
S - Very faint coffee and chocolate with very strong almost overwhelming hop profile. Dangerous.
T - Oh damn! The hops were too much for me! I really couldn't taste anything but buckets of hops. Defiantly a sipper.
M - Very harsh yet enjoyable beer.
D - Man I may have to have this again but I am pretty sure its the hoppiest beer I ever had from Stone. They are know for angry beers and this one had some good rage.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 19:44:39 | More by DrDemento456
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OneDropSoup

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a goblet: Smooth black, just a few dark brown highlights at the bottom. Half-finger of foamy tan head.

Smells of rich grapefruit, straight up & delicious. Just the tiniest bit of grape.

Taste right in step: grapefruit, cereal malt, tiny backbone of caramel & some roastiness. A hint of dark fruit just to give it a twist & round it off. Bitter & woddy in aftertaste.

Feels full & creamy, leaves you dry afterward.

Overall very tasty but powerful. One's good, though I could easily see myself ordering it again in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 19:39:46 | More by OneDropSoup
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MrHassellYaHurd

Louisiana

4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a deep and translucent brown with a creamy khaki head.

The smell is strongly hoppy. Intense pine and citrus notes as well as a deeply sweet roasted malts.

Deliciously hopped sweet goodness. The hops are spectacularly citrusy in a truly American fashion. Sweet roasted barley and delicious thick grainy body. The drinkability is excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2010 05:28:47 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
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jgasparine

Maryland

3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a thin, tan-colored head, which slowly receded to a collar. You have some little touches of lacing throughout. The body was a very dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation. Although any carbonation could easily be obscured by the dark color itself.

S- On the nose you're getting an incredible bouquet of hops... high alpha acid... citrus and tropical-fruitlike hops. There's some faint indications of pale and stewed malts in the background; but this is very much a hop dominant nose.

T- In the mouth, the hops are even more dominant. The pale and stewed malts appear right up-front, but are immediately overtaken by bucketloads of high alpha hops... which are bitter like citrus zest and citrus pith throughout the finish. The lingering hoppiness on the tongue is a little weaker than the midpalate suggested. Overall good flavor.

M- A medium body. Not much viscosity there... but a nice soft carbonation. There's a bit of astringency there, presumably from the hops.

D- Still quite drinkable, despite its unbalanced hoppiness. The alcohol is very well hidden throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2010 00:41:25 | More by jgasparine
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femALEist

California

4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on cask at the 2010 Firkin Festival.

Black IPA dry hopped with Chinook. Funny, I literally just had the regular Black IPA version of this on draft at Pi Bar this week.

This poured a dark chocolate with a touch of light cream.

Nose: Mmmmm dry hopped mixed with some light malty deliciousness and some grapefruit skin bitterness.

It tasted hoppy with a good roasted malt backbone, then roasted coffee, then back to a bitter grapefruit skin finish.

Good carbonation, great mouthfeel.
Sooo good. I LOVE this freaking beer. I can say hands down, this is the BEST Black IPA I have ever had! It has SUCH an incredible balance of being a hugely hopped IPA with a soft, sweet malty balance. Mmmm mmmm good.

Serving type: cask

04-28-2010 20:53:26 | More by femALEist
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MrSnrub

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Harris Grill, 23-4-10.

Pours almost jet black with a thick layer of tan head. Piney hops prominent in nose; aromas of coffee and chocolate also present. Taste is big, boozy, and complex. The combination of bitter, resinous hops and rich roasted malt is interesting and new to me; the only other "black IPA" I've tried is Southern Tier's Iniquity, but SSSRA is more aggressive on all fronts. Sort of reminds me of Arrogant Bastard (one of my favorites), but with more of everything. Another winner from Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2010 17:27:18 | More by MrSnrub
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christianAK

California

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

Out of a Cask at 7th Annual Firkin Fest @ Triple Rock.

Dark IPA style with a low carbonation.

Nice hop to dark roasted malt aroma.

Thick mouthfeel. Tastes of burnt chocolate and toffee. Good bitterness to round out sweetness.

Fun beer out of a Firkin.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2010 23:07:06 | More by christianAK
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep black color with very thick tan head, lots of sticky lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, citrus, and some pine.

The taste is of bitter hops immediately, then citrus and roasted malts, there is also some coffee and hints of pine.

Medium bodied, smooth and coarse, very little carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, lots of flavor, but quite filling.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 20:56:38 | More by BeerCon5
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a deep ruby color showing highlights throughout. Foam is thick and creamy, tan colored and displays good retention and lacing.

Nose is west coast hops at their finest...citrus grapefruit with lemon and orange peel. Not much else can overcome these cones, but there is a touch of roasty grains and fruity yeast esters. Smells very delicious, one of the best smelling beers I have had in a while.

Hmmm, taste is way more complex and interesting than I thought it would be thinking of some black IPAs I have had in the recent past. Heavenly roasted malt mixes with a very nice hop flavor. Bitterness is there, but not over the top in any way. Bit of wintergreen mintiness comes in and is followed by an almost chocolaty malt flavor. Very smooth for a black IPA and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. ABV is well hidden but still lets you know it is up there. I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would, and definitely would encourage any good beer lover to try it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 15:55:36 | More by twiggamortis420
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jwinship83

Illinois

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

small snifter (10oz?) served at the grumpy bulldog.

A- this one is brought to me in a small snifter. a black body with a neat beige head that doesnt last very long and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i notice are the hops, which seems odd coming from such a dark beer. pine, grapefruit, and a little bit of orange. after that comes lightly roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate.

T- the taste, like the smell, is all about the hops. loads of pine and grapefruit. i think i can detect the orange i could smell also. the roasted malts are in there, but not as dark tasting as a stout. slight chocolate and a little bit of coffee at the end.

M- medium to full bodied with a nice level of carbonation. nice and bitter.

D- easy to finish and i wish the glass was larger. ive tried this not too long ago when it was stone 11, glad i can try it fresher now. look for a bottle review soon. im so glad that stone is on the shelves here.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 04:13:55 | More by jwinship83
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MURF0320

Florida

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

On-tap at The Lodge in Boca Raton. Poured into a tulip, light black with a tint of dark red. Two finger light tan head that faded and left moderate lacing.
Looking for a strong hop aroma as a raised the glass and I found it...citrus, floral, and pine. Also notes of roasted malts and citrus fruits.
Complex flavor. Dominated by bitter citrusy hops. On the bitter side (good for me) but still well balanced with sweet malts and an earthy flavor. I described it as a great IPA with a thimble of great stout thrown in.
Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very smooth and finishes dry. Warmed well.
Enjoyed every bit of the glass. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2010 01:15:57 | More by MURF0320
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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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weatherdog

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL. We're happy to finally be able to have Stone in Chicago.

Served in a 10oz. snifter

It pours a nice almost black color, creamy dense khaki colored head that lingered for about 1/4 of the glass before receding. A medium amount of lacing was left coating the side of the glass.

The smell was firm but now overpowering piny resinous hop nose. Behind that a supporting background of roasted malt was present. The two opposing smells were melded together in a nice complimentary way.

The taste starts off much like the nose with a nice dollop of pine hops and the associated bitterness was much smoother than I expected since I find many stone beers to have an overly harsh bitterness. Past the initial hop presence the dark character reared its head with some molasses and just a touch of kilned malts but not as much as was in the nose. The two opposing flavors didn't blend together as well as the nose.

The mouthfeel was ok and had a medium body with an acceptable carbonation in order to help keep those hops form lingering on the tongue. Drinkability was above average and I did not know the ABV until I started writing this review and I must say it hid very well so I give props in that area.

I've only had a couple Black IPAs (Well I guess I can call them American Style India Black Ales since the brewers Association revised the style guidelines today) and they have been all over the board in terms of successfully blending the flavors together. This one is my favorite of the bunch so far.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 06:00:42 | More by weatherdog
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emmasdad

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown/mahogany color, with a good tan head. Nice piney hoppy aromas compete with undertones of roasted malt. On the palate, this one boasts a good malt backbone, with roasted malt, cocoa, dark chocolate easily mingling with some good pine/citrus hop flavors. A very nicely balanced beer, and one that is way to dangerous drinkable for its ABV. Excellent

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 00:59:30 | More by emmasdad
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Florida9

Illinois

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

On tap in Chicagoland!!!

A: Served in a snifter with a thin layer of light tan head. Good lacing. As far as I can tell, the beer itself is black.

S: Predominantly bitter, piney hops and, to a lesser extent, roasted malts.

T: Starts with the light flavor of roasted malt, finishes with an appreciable hop bitterness. Bitterness is the key "flavor" which overwhelms everything else.

M: Medium in weight with appropriate carbonation. Clean.

D: Very good. I recently had a ST Iniquity, which is considered a DIPA, but, in my opinion, this beer is much more accurate representation of the style than Iniquity. However, this beer decides to be classified, I believe any hophead would find it to be quite drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2010 02:43:28 | More by Florida9
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mynie

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the Black Sparrow, billed as a Black IPA because, well, Sparrow customers know that some beers is wheat and some is pilsners and others is IPAs.

Pours like a thick, fluffy stout. Big white head. The body looks black until you hold it up to a light and it's like those Crows candies, it's actually a really deep shade of green that looks black. Pretty cool.

Smells agressive. Big, giant west coast hops. Big, bitter, syrupy malt. There's some nice nodes here, but also some stuff that's unpleasantly intense and really the balance is kind of off.

Aaaand it tastes pretty much like it smells: interesting, but hugely offbalanced. There's some herbs thrown in there, along with the big giant alpha of citrusy west coast hops. That's nice. The whole front half is excellent, actually, but then in the back it's a thick, syrupy malt that's just not all that great. Overall there's a lot more good than bad but the bad still spoils much of the good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 20:37:29 | More by mynie
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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