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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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Reviews: 1,888
Hads: 5,845
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 291
Gots: 778 | FT: 7
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:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 1,888 | Hads: 5,845
Photo of beermanbrian
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown almost black in color. Nice fine foamed tan head that you would expect on a stout. Smell kills the idea that this is a stout right away. Big floral hops smell that just blows me away. This has to be one of the best smelling beers ever. Some sweet malt comes through in the background but it is really the floral smell that stands out. Taste is hoppy up front and then big malts kick in. Very sweet followed by a mild bitterness. Solid chewy mouthfeel that lets you know there something behind this one. Once again a solid beer from Stone.

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Photo of auntfloyd
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 22oz bomber into a Stone Pint Glass.

This ale pours dark, dark black, with some faint ruby highlights at the edge. The one fingerof tan head gradually dissipates, but never fully dissapears. This definitely looks a lot like a porter or stout.

The smell, though, is pure DIPA. The citrusy West Coast hops are the most dominant, followed by pine and a faint sweetness.

The taste is similar, with a piney, grapfruit flavor leading off, with a very subdued maltiness and alcohol followup.

The mouthfeel is fairly full. Drinkability is good for the style and strenght though, as this DIPA doesn't have the overpowering aftertaste that many of them do.

Overall, this is a good DIPA, very much what you'd expect from Stone. On the flip side, there's not much to distinguish this from their other IPAs, aside from abv and looks.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: it's pitch black. the head is nice and tan and thick and leaves nice lacing on the glass. For an Imperial Stout this is awesome.

smell: ok, so this is not an Imperial Stout. it's another stone double IPA that happens to be black. very raw and sticky hops. no hint of malt of any kind like one would expect from the color. Of course if you read the back it tells you it's a black IPA.

taste: very good. Strong IPA front with the same raw and super sticky hops we got in number 10. The bitterness is here but in balance. After all the front end hoppiness we get just a hint of coffee smoothness at the end. Much less than a stout but enough to had a hint of complexity. wow.

mouthfeel: nicely done as usual by stone. runs about medium, probably a bit lighter than an average IPA.

Drinkability: pretty much compels you to take another sip.

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Photo of Admiraldinty
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didn't really know what I was buying when I picke this up.

A: Pours black/ruby, with a substantial tan head.

S: Hops, citrus and alcohol.

T: Complex, as most Stone beers are. Grapefruit, pine, and really strong hops. Some sweetness.

M: Sticky, maybe a bit too much.

D: Great stuff, but treat it with respect.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep opaque amber, almost black, with a tan head. Aromas of grapefruity hops, mellow, and non abrasive. In the taste, huge grapefruity hops and a smooth maltiness. A smooth, small bitterness mouthfeel and a grapefruity hop aftertaste. A hop bomb, interesting in color and style. I felt it tasted like an IPA, and looked like a porter, not bad for a strong ale.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.51/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is hops. And then more hops, and then more hops. Citrus and spice. Once it gets very warm, then a little hint of malt and roast character comes through. I don't want to rip it for being one dimensional, it is a Stone Anniversary so what do you expect. The hop aroma is good, fresh smelling and spicy but that's it.

Appearance is deep black with a good solid tan head that leaves great lacing throughout the glass. Held up to the light it has nice red highlights.

Flavor is very Stone. Lots of hop bitterness. Then lots of grassy & Citrus hop flavor. Then lots of fresh hop flavor in the aftertaste. There's barely a hint of malt flavor and if there's any black or roasted malt in there it's blown out by the IBUs. Again, really one dimensional.

Full bodied with a very nice lively carbonation level. Just barely warming from alcohol.

It's a tough one for me. On the one hand, I expect a Stone anniversary to be very aggressively hopped. But the idea of a black IPA is very intriguing. But any flavor or character that might make this unique as a black IPA is blown out by the extreme hoppiness. I like it but I can't help thinking about what could have been if the roast or black malt might have come through a little bit.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Seaoflament for this bomber sent as part of the 1000 Mile (East/West) BIF. Big thanks, Carlos!

Pours a deep black with some dark mahogany highlights. There's a thick peanut brittle colored head that has good staying power and leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is lightly sweet with some nuttiness. Oh yeah...there is some hops in this bad boy, also. Lots of 'em. Resinous pine and burning citrus. A bit of a vinous scent in the background as well.

The taste is a complex one, imo. Of course the hops are the main factor, but there are many other players here. A touch of roasted malts, chocolate, coffee with a good dose of cream, and some alcohol. Maybe it's just me ,but, I get some wood in here, too. I can just sip and think on this one a while....

Bitter, drying aftertaste from this medium body beer. This one's like a mix of a DIPA, porter, cream stout, and a strong ale. I wasn't sure at first, but as it warmed some it really grew on me. Stone does it again. If you can still find it, buy it.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Finally tracked one of these babies down thanks to alphaking.

A - Just as the description claims, pitch dark, I wasn't sure what I was getting into at first, but I couldn't wait. Thick foamy head, excellent lacing and retention.

S - Strong smell of hop notes and a sweet scent that reminded me of cherries.

T - Very potent bitterness with a floral aftertaste, decent complexity, but it cannot mask the alcohol, which is why I didn't rate it higher than a 4 in this department, it's punch is reminiscent of malt liquor.

M - Full bodied IMO and very sharp, with a little bit of lingering.

D - Hard to put down more than one or two I think, but an excellent ale none the less. Here's to Stone for another excellent brew!

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Photo of genog
3.71/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brownish black color with cascading carbonation coming after the pour. Head is dark brown and a thick 3 inches that lingers and leaves a lot of great lacing. Aroma is hoppy followed by a toasted malt presence. I can also smell some grapes I believe. Taste is bitter followed by an overly sweet hoppy flavor, and a lot of raisins making this one seem like a barleywine type flavor. Mouthfeeling is oily and soft carbonation. Somewhat heavy on the alcohol.

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Photo of forty
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a 'dark IPA' but I was very pleasantly surprised by the result. It poured almost pitch-black with a perfect, creamy head that never disappeared and left some rich lacing on the glass. The taste seemed to me like a perfect marriage of a top-notch Stout or Porter and IPA. The rich malts were superbly balanced by the bold, yet not overly bitter hops and the bottle went down very easily. I was amazed at how drinkable this rich, strong beer proved to be. Perfectly executed.

EDIT: It was so good, it inspired me to write my first review

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into my Stone RIS specialty glass.

A: I see undertones of ruby, but this beer is, by and large, a very dark, opaque offair. It would look almost identical to the RIS, were it not for the generous, rocky, frothy cream-colored head that screams "I taste like a lighter-colored beer!"

S: It definitely smells like an IPA. Orange, grapefruit, and pine resin hops overpower the nose, with a slight fruity hint of raspberry, black currant, and chocolate (very slight) underneath. So far, the color has not asserted itself to any sense but my eyes--I almost wonder if the chocolate scent I pick up is due more to eye-nose association than actual smell. After tasting it, however, the dark roastiness asserts itself more prominently in the nose.

T: The elements are more assertive here. Grapefruit and pine attack the palate, carried on a solid wave of baker's chocolate and dark fruit hints--chocolate covered cherry cordials, perhaps, due to the peppery alcohol bite. There is a definite sweetness in the middle, an almost sugary quality that is quickly vaporized by the roasty malt base and citric-pine oiliness. It's very interesting, and seems to change its balance slightly with each successive sip, bringing different elements forward. It's a little heavy on the alcohol burn in the finish, but still a very complex and intriguing offering.

M: Feels light at first, but it is very sticky. The crispness of the flavors prevents the beer from getting too cloying, but it still clings to the palate a little too long.

D: I really think it's one of Stone's more interesting offerings of late. It's at least as good as the 10th, and will likely age more gracefully. I'd like to find a few more bottles, so I can test that theory.

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Photo of travolta
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber bottle with Stone's constitutionally gifted delineation. Very very dark. Black until held to the light, then it was a tiny bit amber. Fluffy head and thick lacing stays around. Head Retention is notable.

The first smell received was the pine. Vibrant malt and mellow hops. It is awake and green on the nose.

Mouth feel is perfectly constructed to be both elusive and comfortable. It is not as heavy as it looks and not light enough to be a letdown. It is graceful, yet commanding on your tongue. toasty malt upfront, as well as some citrus hops woven in and out. The finish is drying, but not uncomfortably so. This is an expertly balanced beer. Nothing commands, nothing sleeps. To have this with the addition of creativity is divine.

I am very pleased and would highly recommend this beer. It has Stone's predictable aftertaste. I can't quite pinpoint it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.92/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A – Now this one was truly unique. Poured a jet black as night opaque liquid. You could tell it was not that thick though as there was some light getting through on the sides and bottom. Very unique to say the least. A nice off white head formed on the top, maybe about two inches in height. Sticky and foamy it gradually relented and rested back down to about a half inch layer across the top and this hung around for the rest of the session. Very nice side glass lace presentation on this throughout. Now overall I have to admit the look was very intresting considering this was an IPA. I was really looking forward to having a crack at this one.

S – Aroma was extremely hopped, which is about what one would expect out of it. Lots of very fresh and crisp pine aromas, typical of the Stone hop varieties, but very strong. Almost ripping the nose apart, very good indeed. Now there was some underlying roasted malts in there as well. Some light sweetness, possibly even the slightest touch of a nutty characteristic, but the floral fresh hops tore it to shreds and let you know exactly what this one was and where it came from. I was really getting to like this one already.

T – Now to be honest this was nothing extraordinary, nothing really new, and nothing really absurd if you have had say Ruination before. But there was something very unique about it. It was very fresh, almost sticky with hop resin and very floral. Lots of flavors of orange, and tangerine, grapefruit with pine, just a full on hop assault and no letting up. Somewhat sweet in the finish at first, but that lasts for all of about two seconds before your lips stick to your teeth and the dry bitterness kicked in. No hint what so ever of the ABV, very well hidden here and the overall mix of the hops was actually quite nice as it really wasn’t tearing up your mouth as much as one woudld think. There was definitely a touch of malt in there, especially after it warmed up a bit as a subtle sweetness, and earthy type of flavor started to work its way it. Very nice here indeed, this was something that was really finely tuned before being let go and that was very obvious.

M – Wow, very cool here. Lots of carbonation which always helps in these situations, now the other side to this was that it was jet black. Now this automatically turns your mind and makes you think that this is going to come off thick, maybe even syrup like, however that was not the case, It was very light and indeed quite refreshing in that sort. It never got dull and lifeless, always staying crisp, even up until the very last drop.

D – Perfect as far as I am concerned and I will give this one a five here. It was perfectly balanced, lots of carbonation, not too high in ABV, very crisp, and just a great feel overall. All of these things add up to about perfect for me and it was a no brainer to just keep going on this one.

Overall I was not sure what to expect when going into this one. I knew I would be happy, being an IPA I very seldom am not. I was just pleased that it stayed true to the stone routes and was a nice hugely hopped vehicle. I love that about the stone products and really do appreciate it. I would love to see something like this on tap, or heck dry hopped on tap. This was a really great offering and something that I look forward to having a couple more of. Definitly have to give this one a try if you can.

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Photo of younger35
3.15/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

They finally got this stuff in Boise after weeks of waiting. Been excited to try this bad boy. Drank from my Rogue Kells Irish Style Lager pint glass while watching Green Bay vs. Chicago.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish black with a crazy white head considering the color of the beer. The initial two finger head is pretty big and foamy and leaves an awesome collar the entire duration of the brew. Bits of lacing are strewn about the entire glass.
Smell- Holy deceptive. This is definitely an IPA in a Stouts body. Big citrus American hops dominate. Lot’s of piney grapefruit and pineapple smell really nice. Feint caramel undertone try’s to show but is pretty much dominated by the hops.
Taste- Starts super sweet with hints of caramel before it’s quickly taken over by super bitter hops. Huge grapefruit hops and lemon zest dominate. Gritty, piney and numbing. Feint taste of bubblegum/cotton candy in the aftertaste and lots of alcohol warming. I’d guess that this brew is much higher than 8.7%, the alcohol isn’t hidden well. As the beer warms it becomes a bit more balanced but the sweetness becomes a bit cloying.
Mouthfeel- Thick and full-bodied with a nice gentle carbonation and a thin finish (make sense?).
Drinkability- Well, this beer is interesting. I love the nose but that’s about it. I think it’s a little sweet and a bit unbalanced. It’s too sweet at times and too bitter at others. Maybe a little time would help this a bit but until then, this definitely isn’t my favorite offering from Stone.

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Photo of sleazo
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been excited to try this as I am for all Stone anniversary releases

A-pours a very dark brown that allows some light through. nice two finger foamy coffee head dotted with large bubbles. Settles in quite nicely. lacing is decent not great which is the only complaint.

S-Wow I can smell this from across the room. Smells sticky like the Ruination, very piney. But you also get lovely roasted notes as well. It smells like a serious 2xIPA with a kick ass malt presence

T-The first thing that hits you is the roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate very much like a porter. You then get a wave of piney hops on the follow thorugh and a slight hint of alcohol. Overall it is very similar to the Ruination in terms of taste but the malt profile gives it a very different start. The bitterness is consistent throughout as it is not like a sweet porter in the front more roasted bitterness like coffee. This theme contiues with the hop wallop.

M-Slightly thick with a good ammount of carbonation.

D-A very interesting brew. You know this is a Stone beer all the way through. Kind of like a cross between their porter without smoking and the Ruination. I will pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of Zorro
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black IPA...OK I will give it a try.

Super high carbonation level; pour this one CAREFULLY!

Clear super dark brown colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is a clone of Arrogant Bastard ale. Hyper strong hop aroma with lots of molasses and caramel.

Taste starts out mellow with a strong melon flavor and a quite bitter after taste. Melon remains the dominate flavor here with a subtle citrus hop flavor of grapefruit and just super fresh hop flavor, so fresh it is like chewing up a hop bud in my mouth. Some hop flavors simply taste like nothing else on earth, this tastes like that. Lots of flavors under the hops, chocolate and coffee mostly. This still has a rather strong melon flavor, I am curious about how this might age.

Mouthfeel is quite full.

Good and drinkable but I REALLY don't think this has reached its best quite yet. This is a lot like a mix of Barley Wine and IPA and I think this will be better in two years after the melon flavor mellows out some.

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Photo of meatyard
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

The appearance seems a very dark brown it seems though no light peeks through even at the edges. The head is a decent sized light toffee color that leaves a lttle ring of lacing in my snifter.
The smell is definitely pine hops.
The taste is much the same with bitterness at the end.
Mouthfeel is medium and that feels just right.
It's a pleasant drinking beer that challenges the taste buds a bit even with the higher alcohol. One of these is good, two might be better.

It sure is dark for such a hoppy beer, very strange. It's good and most drinkers will have a good feeling for this one.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours from 22oz bottle a very dark brown with reddish hues and a nice 2 finger head of tannish foam that shrinks slowly leaving some spotting and some lacing.

The smell is of citrus hops along with an ample nose of caramel malt and some fruit.

The taste is a big mix of caramel malt and citrus and my, they work really well together and I find a very blanced flavour overall. Tasty! There's a bit of an alcohol warming after the swallow but it's not obtrusive and is actually welcomed since today is a very cool Autumnish day.

Further sips in and I get some dark fruit, toffee, some coffee, some molasses, some alcohol, and a bit of chocolate. Lots going on here! It has a medium to heavy body and the carbonation is medium. Wow. Did I mention that this one is tasty? It finishes with a slight edge to the bitterness and finishing one sip just demands that another soon follows. Very drinkable. Very tasty. Very smooth. Boy am I impressed with this offering from Stone. I still have another bottle but hopefully, next week I'll find some more on my next trip to Colorado.

Bottom line: This is another great beer from Stone. Well done!!

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Photo of NEhophead
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Redbones.

Poured a rustic, maple in color which was nearly opaque. Creamy, white head that stands nearly half-inch high off of the tap and never really recedes, leaving thin, sticky lacing around the glass. Notes of bright, tropical fruit and balanced citrus, hop resin. Faint hints of mustiness along with a light biscuit aroma. The flavors are rounded tropical fruit: pineapple, peach, apricot; as well as, notes of ripe pine/spruce. Light breadiness; very clean, with just a hint of phenolic mustiness. Medium in body; smooth, light as a result of the hop profile. A Double IPA-tasting brew with some great flavors and balance. The 8.7% abv is nearly undetectable. A must try for Stone fans.

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Photo of Jedimaster1
4.41/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one great brew from Stone. Just amazing. Poured from the bomber into a glass snifter.

A: As black as night. This is amazing to see for a DIPA!

S. You can smell the hops as well as the caramel malt. The dark malt breaks through at the end of this hoppy beer.

T: Very tasty! The taste is of citrus hops -- which are bigger and badder than the Ruination brew -- and dark malt. The taste reminded me of a barelywine as the flavor was thick, hoppy, and malty all at once similar to barleywines I have had as of recent.

M: This one just sits nice in the mouth. The bitter dry taste is followed by a warm alcohol taste (which does not overwhelm the feel for this beer).

D: Easy to drink. Too easy so be wary of the 8.7% ABV.

Great creation by Stone. Can't wait to have my other one.

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Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle purchased from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles for $3.99

This beer had a lot of hype behind it and I would be the first to say that every last good thing you have heard is true

India Pale Ales are my favorite beer followed by Russian Imperial Stout, this beer was black like a stout, but definitely an IPA

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with an opaque black color

The head was a light tan color, about one and a quarter inch, faded quickly but lacing was evident the entire time afterwards

Smell was full of citrus, a lot of grapefruit with some orange and a little bit of lime

Taste was full of pine hops, this beer looks nothing like it tasted and was like nothing else I have ever had before

I am contemplating going and buying a case now

I want to see how these age, but I am little skeptical keeping any longer than a year because the hops will most likely fade

I think I will get twelve bottles and drink one once a month to see how they get over a little time, my usual rule with IPAs is maximum two to three months in the cellar, but I think the 11th might have potential to do good things with time

Taste lasted forever, which was yet another plus, could drink several of these, but alcohol content would definitely catch up to me afterwards

Highly drinkable and highly recommended, will be trying on tap next time I make it down to San Diego either at the Liars Club or PB Tap Room

Flawless brew and first of its kind, hopefully more brewers begin to do something like this because it is a great strong tasting bitter beer

This is Stone's best yet in my opinion, no questions asked

Buy as many bottles as you can before this beer is extinct in a couple months!

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an unexpectedly black and thick liquid. If I didn't already know what this beer was, I would definitely assume it was a stout by the look of it. It has a bubbly cream-colored head that lasts for a minute or so and settles to a patchy film of head and lace on top of the beer. Nice lacing is left as you drink it down.

Smell: The hops really jump out on this beer. Piney and citrusy smells right up from, with definite grapefruit aromas as well. You can literally smell the malty sweetness even before you take a sip! It's odd to smell a stout-like malt foundation with these kinds of hoppy smells.

Taste: Lots of citrus and pine flavors from the hops hit you right away. Also resiny and sour grapefruit flavors quickly follow from the hops. There is also a slight presence of more tropical fruits. The malt comes in right behind this and is quite sweet and thick and oh so malty! I never expected an IPA to have such a positively manly malt character. This beer is amazing! Never have malt and hops been melded so elegantly and so devastatingly! Serious goodness...I'm glad I bought six bombers of this nectar. Anyway, the end comes in with some moderate earthy flavors and a lingering citrus from the hops. The aftertaste finishes with a wonderful mixture of alcohol, piney/citrusy hops, and a great malty base for all of it.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is lively, but not overpowering for this beer. It's very complimentary actually. The body is quite thick and smooth as well.

Drinkability - This is a heavy-weight brew, no two ways about it. This beer is not for the faint of heart, as has been said of others. The flavors are strong all around and the body is thick and full.

This is one amazing concoction from Stone yet again! A delicious mixture of stout-like maltiness and a juicy and luscious hop character to boot! This is a must-have beer, and I must say I haven't had many like it (if any). Get your hands on one of these babies, if you know what's good for you!

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Photo of NJBeerguy
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Leave it to Stone to create a complex beer of difference. I'm not sure it fits in a current category. Strong Ale, Old Ale well not that either. Stone calls it a Imperial BPA (Black Pale Ale). Well for me it poured beautifully, The thick tan head above a midnight black beer looked like the perfect stout(especially poured into a pint guinness glass), but the taste is anything but that similar to a stout. The head faded as the beer was drunk leaving a perfect lace ring to mark each sip's journey down the glass. I'm not sure I can describe all the flavors I'm tasting. First there's a strong flavor of roast coffee, and burnt malt, followed by a winey, nutty middle, that ends with the dry astingency found in this brewery most noted of hoppiest of beer like their IPA and Ruinnation. The winey flavor and the roasted hops converge to leave a long lingering aftertaste you will long remember. I had this beer in bottle and on draft within the last three days, the most notible different was the draft version had a very noticable alcohol burn, I'd even call it a rush of warmth that doesn't come through in the bottle. I still want to lay down a bottle of this complexed bottle of flavors for at 8.70% ABV the changes can only be interesting. Do pick up a bottle!

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a thick two finger head that produces some thick lacing.

Smell: big malt sweetness, brown sugar, prunes, grapefruits, and a huge hop presence that leaps out of the glass. Soft alcohol tones are also picked up.

Taste: this is a bold brew. Huge malt profile produces a nice sugary sweetness, but the pine resin, grapefruits, prunes, and soft bitter chocolate tones balances this out wonderfully. Alcohol levels provide a warmth in the throat and belly.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very long as the strong malt and big hop bitterness wraps itself around the tongue and doesn't leave for minutes. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: definite slow sipping beer, but extremely satisfying on a flavor front. This could be considered a meal if one had an empty stomach. The alcohol does come through as you finish the bottle, so more than the one bomber bottle would be dangerous. Awesome beer.

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Photo of MrMonkey
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hop aroma jumped right out of the bottle before I had even poured it into my oversized snifter.

Pours a very dark brown, nearly black, with no light getting through. Looks almost like a porter/stout. Two-finger light brown, creamy head fades slowly with good lacing, leaving spotty sheets and rings down the glass. The head all but disappears, leaving a small cap in the middle that lasts throughout.

Hop aroma is right up front: some grapefruit and orange peel. It is very piney, with a sweet, malty background. Picked up some faint notes of chocolate and roasted coffee.

Initial tastes are floral, citrusy, piney hops. Grapefruit, followed by some sweet malts in the middle. Slightly bitter throughout, but the sweet malts keep things in balance. Bittersweet chocolate taste as it warms, but everything remains in balance. Nice long, dry finish.

Syrupy, full-bodied mouthfeel which coats the mouth nicely.

Easily drinkable, as the ABV is well hidden. I thoroughly enjoyed this bomber all to my lonesome, although next time I may think about sharing this one with a friend. Maybe.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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