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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

4,607 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4607
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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IPALOVER

Colorado

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

Wow-- what a beer! I didn't know what to expect, and loved the creative writing on the bottle that led me to believe that it was going to be a "very dark" IPA.

The beer poured beautifully-- looked like a nitro delivered beer. I said "yum" just looking at it.

After taking the first sip I remarked, "now this is a great beer." What makes it that way? First of all, the hops, which I am a huge fan of. Secondly, the combination of coffee and black licorice that dominate, as well.

Drinking this beer is not easy-- heavy and definitely an after-dinner sipper! As the beer warms it becomes smoother and the coffee notes dominate-- I didn't leave a drop in the glass.

I'm a fan of Stone because of their use of hops, and was pleased to see and sample this truly unique, tasty IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2007 02:01:39 | More by IPALOVER
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benito

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A Black IPA from a 22 ounce bomber that promises to "keep you in the dark. Pitch dark."

Pitch dark (promise kept!) with a foamy, off-white head. Were the grapefruit aromas not so unmistakable, even from a distance, this would easily be mistaken for a RIS. Yet, the aromas promise something different. Grapefruit dominates and hides a slight alcohol tinge. The flavor is that of an ultra smooth IPA: the dark malts may add a creaminess and smoothness of texture that is hard to find even in the best of DIPAs. The 8.7% ABV is masked well, but not so well as to deceive you into thinking you should drink too many of these.

In the end, there's nothing too complex about this beer--it is a dark, double IPA, and an excellently simple one at that. This is the best brew from Stone that I've had

Don't miss it!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 14:24:56 | More by benito
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gwood

California

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

A - Pours VERY dark brown with nice bits of dark red/orange color that crop up in the light with a swirl of the snifter. This is damn near totally opaque...surprising really. Tan colored head had good retention and was interesting to watch with it's mix of large oblong and small tightly grouped bubbles.

S - Straight out with citrus hops. Some very slight notes of caramel as it warmed a bit.

T - I served this one too cold to start with and paid the price initially. Acidic hops hit the palate first and foremost but the finish didn't linger as long as expected relative to the hop blast. A bit cleaner/dryer than expected (again a bit to do with it being too cold I think). As the beer warmed alcohol peaked through at times along with slight caramel malts and figs at the finish.

M - Good carbonation. Medium body - a bit more than expected.

D - Good overall. Not TOO heavy.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 06:27:11 | More by gwood
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phatmatt20

Colorado

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very visually compelling beer. It has all the look of a darker, roasted malt beer. But, aside from looking the part, drinks like a double IPA. Has a heavy hop aroma, even a little "piney". Then goes onto a great hoppy flavor throughout the palate. Some people may wonder why a dark/black IPA? As I drank through the bottle, I was consistently impressed with the visual/physical contrast the XI presents. A great beer!! Hop heads should enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 03:26:37 | More by phatmatt20
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drseamus

New York

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

A: Dark with a mocha colored head. The head was pretty thick at first but never disappears completely.

S: Citrusy grapefruity hops.

T: Mostly those citrus hops are back. There is a high amount of bitterness in addition to the flavor. It is a pretty powerful beer. If I closed my eyes before I drank it, I would have expected it to be amber.

M: Medium to heavy. Not at all what the color leads you to believe.

D: Not bad at all, just very weird. Style guidelines be dammed.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 02:53:25 | More by drseamus
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jjayjaye

New York

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with mahogany hued edges and a two finger, stiff tan colored head that resists fading. 3D lacing follows in its wake. The smell is akin to an aggressive Double IPA. The aroma is primarily a grapefruit hop. Full bodied, the mouth feel is well carbonated, but primarily conditioned to the grapefruit character. Full flavored, the taste is a fruity grapefruit hop with an understated sweet malt thing. An excellent drinker - the 8.7% ABV is REAL. I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS ONE FOR "X"...come on!!! an India Black Ale (IBA)..WOW!!! Scoring points for imagination...is this 20/20 hindsight?

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 01:02:23 | More by jjayjaye
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bomber to the Abita pint glass, after sitting the bottle about 30 minutes on the counter. Should be around 50 degrees by now...

A: Deep, rich brown pour, tinged heavily with ruby when held to a strong light...very, very dark otherwise. Topped with a long-lasting light tan head - fizzy and frothy at first, creamy and thicker as it wanes. Beautiful sticking lace, gathered in wide bands.

S: Citrus hops, lots of mandarin orange and grapefruit. Backing of sweet caramel malts - smells like a good hop-filled West Coast IPA. Expected this to hold more steady than it did, fading rather abruptly.

T: First sip was a bracing jolt of pithy, bitter grapefruit without much grain or sweetness coming through. As my tongue gets used to the hard hoppiness, hints of caramel develop and more tangy/spicy citrus-ness subsides...a little. A deeply toasted malt finishes each sip.

M: Spicy hops and bittering right down the center of the tongue, lingering on the back. Some cheek swelling and even some puckering. I'm finding some alcohol heat, too. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation.

D: A very pretty beer to look at and an intriguing style: a dark (black?) IPA. Nice aroma and flavor, but really needs to calm it on the aggressive hopping for my tastes. I'm all for big beers with heavy doses of hopes (though not my personal favorites), but balance is important. I just don't find this beer balanced...yet. Given some time, that may change...which I is why I've decided to cellar a few bottles for later.

Happy 11th Stone!
PS: Nice read on the back label about the 'growing pains' of opening the new Bistro...

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:48:52 | More by msubulldog25
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westweasel

Illinois

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into a Sam Adams tasting glass.

The beer poured out a dark brown (definitely brown, not black) with about a 1/8 inch tan head. Lots of lacing was left all along the glass. The smell was all about piney and lemony hops. Certainly unusual for a beer of this color.

You would certainly expect some roastiness in here and there is absolutely zero! If you close your eyes this tastes exactly like an orange hued - copper colored DIPA. There is a strong lemon/grapefruit/pine hop bite at the end of the swallow. There is also enough malt backbone in there to stand up to it, even if there isn't much flavor in the malt.

The mouthfeel is medium with some high carbonation. This is very drinkable and interesting. It's not everyday you run into something this dark that tastes like something much lighter.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:42:11 | More by westweasel
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iconoklaztor

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the beer filled my glass I was surprised by its color. The color is black. A black IPA? Yes, this Stone IPA is black as a moonless night. The smell of this IPA is great. It's like walking into a produce department and condensing it into this 22oz bomber. Orange, grapefruit and even raisins take this IPA to the bank. This one of the best IPA's I've tasted, period.
The mouthfeel lasts so long I needed a glass of water to try Brainzilla's beer.

Overall: GET THIS BEER!! Better yet grab a case if you can!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 02:20:25 | More by iconoklaztor
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rowew

Colorado

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

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, dark blue and grey colors on the screenprinting. Usual long description on the back seems to imply this is a dark IPA.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown/black, with some ruby around the edges. Nice tan colored head with great retention.

Smell: Strange - with the dark color I was expecting roast or chocolate malt aroma, but it is all hops. Lots of citrus.

Taste: Mmm .. hoppy, just a bit of darker malt flavors in the finish. Lots of citrus hops up front, and then the finish is a bit of dark fruit, and some roasted taste.

Overall impression: Very good combination of malt and hops - I like this one a lot. Reminds me a lot of the Avery New World Porter, which is another dark IPA. I'd love to see this one on a regular basis, but I won't be holding my breath.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 00:31:28 | More by rowew
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willjschmidt

California

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black color with a huge tan head.

S: The aroma on this one if fascinating. The complexity in the nose hints at what is in store for the taste. The smell is primarily that of wonderfully fresh hops: citrus, pineapple, and a bit of pine. But wait, what is that? Some aromas normally associated with that of a stout show up as well; a bit of espresso and even some chocolate.

T: This has got to be one of the more difficult beers to describe that I've ever tasted. It has amazing complexity and layers of flavors. The primary flavors are that of an excellent IPA. Citrus, tropical fruits and delicious piney oils. The IPA part of this beer would alone make it worthwhile. However, there is something much more lurking in this brew. Hiding underneath the IPA lies the flavors of a dark stout. Some espresso, slightly sweet molasses, even some chocolate. I drank two glasses of this beer at two different temperatures and it drank like two totally separate beers. The first glass was rather cold and drank like an IPA, the second glass the brew was quite a bit warmer and at this temperature the dark malt flavors dominated. A truly unique and fascinating beer.

M: As good as the smell and taste of this beer is, the mouthfeel might be the best part. It's creamy and smooth yet not all that full-bodied for such a dark beer.

D: A very drinkable beer for how dark is it. A simply delicious, complex, and fascinating beer. Stone Brewing is awesome. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of craft brewing and turning out consistently unique and outstanding beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 02:44:36 | More by willjschmidt
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onthefarside

New York

4.78/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had the great pleasure to try this beer on tap last night at Mahar's in Albany. Curious about the type of beer this was, I was told it was an Imperial Porter by the all knowing bar-keep.

A: Served in a 20oz glass with 1 cm of head about, not much. Was a very very dark brown or black, couldn't tell with the dim lights.

S: Smells like every Stone beer, hoppy and alcohol"y".

T: This beer has a nice one two punch on the tastes a nice flavourful malt up front with nice complexity and then a nice crisp hops twinge to hide any trace of alcohol, couldn't taste it at all. But this is definately a sipper.

M: Nice feel, not too watery, good to swish it around and let it cover your mouth.

D: I didn't know the abv at the time of drinking this beer, knowing stone tends to up the abv, i thought it was about 5-6 but i'm suprised to find it near 9! Unknowing, I could drink 3-4 and wonder why i felt strange. Over all a great beer from Stone again and it will please people who like their IPA and Bastard Ale. I felt like it was a mix of the two almost.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2007 23:28:44 | More by onthefarside
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - pitch black color with a huge tan head that had plenty of staying power, leaving sticky lacing down the entire glass.

S - hop scents, pine and citrus fill the nose, but if you sniff real hard you can smell some roasted malt.

T - delicious brew, strong hop flavor upfront, roasted malt flavor hits briefly before the bitter hop flavor kicks back in on the finish. Alcohol is only slightly detectable after it warms (drink up, buddy!).

M - full bodied brew with a great amount of carbonation (hop burps, baby!).

D - at close to 9% abv, the drinker should know his limits, but if you drink this one cautiously, you can enjoy it all night.

Final Note: I love what Stone has done here.
This brew is a wolf in sheep's clothing...
a black sheep that is!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 22:02:47 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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DrinkinBuddy

New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a complete black with an impressive 2 finger brown head. While pouring, I initially smelt dark chocolate, but when I put the bottle down and took a whiff of this beautiful liquid in my glass, I was greeted with an extreme flowery hopnose that sent me towards heaven. Taste is solid chocolate with such an extreme hopbite it's out of this world. The hops literally assault and pillage your taste buds. Insane hopbite!!! This brew only gets better as it warms, woody/earthy tones mingle with citrus making this an extremely unbelievable brew. Mouth feel is good as well, drinkability is pretty solid as too. I wouldn't suggest slamming too many of these or you might not taste any thing else for a few days! Hats off to stone for this impressive anniversary brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 11:34:26 | More by DrinkinBuddy
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drewbage

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into ye old standard american pint glass.

Big bright piney hop aroma that rides over the odd black beer with it's light brown head.

Flavor is front loaded with a resinous bitterness that runs frontwards and backwards rough shod over any other flavor except some small amounts of sweetness that hangs around the edges.

Not bad, but wow this is a bit tough right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 07:08:21 | More by drewbage
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gubbt

California

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, dark brown with a thin tan head. Just by pouring I might think this was a porter or stout.

Aroma is pretty incredible. Right away you get hit with tropical fruit: mango, papaya, pineapple. In the back when you take a deep sniff there is a hint of roastyness.

Up front, as it warms, you get a small hint of chocolate sweetness, but this is buried by the juicy, fruity hops. You encounter the tropical fruityness once again with a big papaya/mango finish with enough bitterness to keep you interested again and again. I can't really pick up any roastyness from the malts as others have....

Body is fairly full, probably from the large amount of barley used. Nice.

This is a very unique beer. The flavor reminds me a lot of Ruination. Don't let the dark color fool you, this baby is a full flavored double IPA with lots of juicy hops. Highly recommended.

edit: towards the end there was a papaya like "funkyness" in the finish that might have been the roasted malts coming through. I didn't find it that appealing and the bomber was hard to finish....

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 05:15:18 | More by gubbt
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bassmantin

Illinois

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

Pours a very dark brown. I've never seen this dark a color from an IPA, and if the head weren't so big and light, I might think this were a stout or porter. One smell, however, quickly dispells any notion that this is anything other than a top-notch IPA. The dominant smell is grapefruit, and it is fantastic. I'm eagerly waiting for the head to die down; it's taking a few minutes, but I know this is going to be fantastic.

The taste is remarkably well-balanced. There is a nice malty sweetness up front and enough hops to secure the finish. This brew definitely does not leave you hanging. There's a nice little alcohol kick at the end. Highly recommended. Another great offering by Stone... although the bottle literature is a little less arrogant than I expected.

Update: I just drank this reissued as Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. My initial review stands except my comment about the bottle literature. They redeemed themselves with the reissue!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 03:03:40 | More by bassmantin
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DrJay

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown, clear, with ruby/mahogany highlights. Fine, tan bubbles clung in sheets to the sides of the glass and formed a tight cap. Good head retention with spotty lacing throughout. Intense pine resin and grapefruit rind aroma up front, fruity citrus and a hint of sweet cocoa fill in the background. Very floral and fragrant. Solid bitterness, not overpowering, that tends to linger. Sweetness is just enough to provide some balance and has more of a chocolate/cocoa character than stright-up caramel, but the hops are still front and center - mostly grapefruit flesh fruitiness and a bit of pine. Light alcohol flavour in the finish, along with mild warmth. Medium bodied, a bit chewy with creamy carbonation. Very nice texture. This is great stuff, worthy of an anniversary celebration. The darker malts, even though they're fairly subtle, really pull things together and create a nice counterpoint for the hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 23:44:56 | More by DrJay
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black with red highlights. Nice tan head. Plenty of retention and lacing.

Smell: Hops, grapefruit, pineapple, a little caramel malt, maybe some prunes.

Taste: Caramel malt with a bit of chocolate and coffee notes. The fruity hops are presnt mid sip and the coffee finishes it off. A little pine in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

Drinkability: POUR ME ANOTHER!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 18:35:58 | More by stereosforgeeks
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Murchmac

California

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've been waiting for a beer like this, to come into my life. A dark IPA? Has anyone done this? Pizza Port it looks like, but not to this extent. Maybe a southern california thing?

You can smell this beer coming a mile away. After pouring I smelt the cap and then immediately was beat up by the smell of coffee malt, citrus, and straight up hops.

Looks like a cross between old rasputin and saranac black forest. Lacy white frillies follow this beer down the pint glass.

This tastes out of this world. First taste is all over the place, malts, hops, a shot of alcohol, not much carbonation, but somewhere inbetween cask and high, if that makes any sense.

This beer keeps on keeping on, flavor explosions of chocolate, citrus, grain alcohol keep coming at you in different order with every sip you have.

Finsished strong, the gift that keeps on giving.

The 10th anniversary gave you a warm streak down the middle of your body, this one's warms it all over.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 04:18:05 | More by Murchmac
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dedrinker

Kansas

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It looks like a porter; mostly black with a tan head. Smells like an imperial IPA, but with a faint roasted note hinting at Imperial Stout. Hops up front - Stone style. If I closed my eyes, the first few sips might taste like that of a fresh Ruination, but as the beer warms up in my mouth, the astringincy of roasted malts kick in, and I would have to open my eyes at this point. Now there is not a pronounced stout character as that would add too much malt to compete with the hops, so they have wisely chosen what kind and how much dark malts to use in order to achieve this. This will no doubt spark a new age of imperial Stout/ IPA hybrids (just three days before this was on the shelves in my area, I had tasted a bartender's blend of Old Rasputin and Two-Hearted Ale) and we will see who comes out with a more roasted version that still brings the hop aroma and flavor before it just becomes an Imperial Stout with too much hops. In the meanwhile it seems that Stone stands alone on a pedestal of glory here.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 04:17:29 | More by dedrinker
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drumrboy22

Colorado

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

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Westmalle chalice.

Dark brown color with a deep red around the edge. Light brown head that left lacing around the glass.

Aroma was not what I expected at all. Nice citrus aroma. Heavy grapefruit and floral aroma. Awesome.

Tasted like a DIPA with a strong malt backbone. Reminded me of Stone 10th a little bit. Long bitter finish.

Looks like a dubbel, but taste and aroma are all IPA. A great brew. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 04:17:17 | More by drumrboy22
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jeffjfindley

California

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

Whoaaah. Black, with a breath of red transparency when held in front of the light. Head is splendid, and posesses enviable stamina. Leaves fine, feathery lacing. Smell is an absolute killer, exhibiting massive complexity in the malt. It has a sharpness to it that is reminiscent of cedar. Also evident are espresso and an absurd abundance of humulus lupulus. The flavor is equally massive and impressive, very woody, and with a great finish, that thankfully lingers until the next magnificent swig. Mouthfeel is layered, with great viscosity.

This year's VE scared the hell out of me. This beyond reaffirms my tremendous faith in this finest of breweries.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 03:53:29 | More by jeffjfindley
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sinistermadman

Oregon

4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a nice creamy nut colored head. Excellent retention with a lacing that coats the whole glass. Nice roasted barley malt aroma with an undercurrent of fresh hops. Taste starts with a solid malt front and quickly melds into hoppy citrus bitterness. Quite creamy and hoppy. For my taste the hop/malt balance is perfect. Warming sensation from the alcohol, but not to an extent where it impacts drinkability, which is very good. Resinous, full mouthfeel, but not too overbearing. Overall a solid brew. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 02:00:24 | More by sinistermadman
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SwillBilly

Virginia

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, black, opaque with just a bit of dark mahogany show around the edges. A thick, billowy tan head tops this dark brew, then fades slowly to a thin, but creamy toffee colored sheen.

Smell: Wow, big upfront citrusy hops, plenty of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and a touch of sweetened coffee. Faint hint of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: XI starts with a really nice malty sweetness with caramel and brown sugar overtones, slightly fruity, raisin like with a subtle roastiness. The middle is where things transition quickly to a full on hop assault. Big time grapefruity bitterness along with more pine needles. The grapefruity bitterness lingers long after the swallow, leaving your mouth dry and tempting you to take another sip. The very subtle roastiness of the dark malts also make an appearance in the finish as well. Alcohol is there as you can feel its warmth and flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly a rather moderate mouthfeel, looks definitely deceive. Dry in the finish and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Another great anniversary beer from the folks at Stone. I thought X was a really good IPA (glad I have another bottle), but this black IPA is so unique. The ability to combine a big, hoppy, Double IPA with dark, roasty malts is something else. Doesn't come across as a hoppy Porter as you might expect from its appearance, but its a true, honest to god, big time West Coast DIPA. Plenty of of citrusy hops (dare I say Amarillo or Simcoe?) with a subtle roastiness and plenty of malt sweetness to balance things out. Being 8.7% makes this a sipping beer for sure, but man is it drinkable. The dryness in the finish begs you to take another drink. Definitely seek out and enjoy, highly recommended. A hop heads delight for sure. Glad I grabbed a couple of bottles. Can't wait to cellar and try again next year.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 23:32:44 | More by SwillBilly
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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