Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.1/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
06-30-2011 00:05:59 | More by LXIXME
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
A: Pours a dark opaque color with a tan head.
S: Theres some citrus nose with some dry pine and a touch of smokiness. The nose is sweet overall.
T: The flavor is a huge dry roasted malt bill, some dry chocolate with some citrusy hopping and sticky pine. Theres a definity pine sticky resin character to the palate with a great roasted malt presence that is deep and very rich. Definitly tastes like they combined their arrogant bastard and smoked porter recipe. Typical Stone hopping with Chinook with some new Amarillo lemon hops used to give it a distinct citrus/lemon hop flavor. A good combination of malt and hopping and very well balanced. There was a nice lingering bitterness from the hops that hung around for a little bit as well.
M: the mouthful was full with a nice dry roastedness.
D: very good drinkability for its abv. could easily drink in multiples, very smooth palate going down, and nicely hidden alcohol.
01-22-2008 00:12:31 | More by beerthulhu
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Big thanks to DrJay for bringing some of these up!
Pours a hazy dark orange/brown, thick off white head forms, settles slowly dropping a nice lace ring, good retention. Smell is nice, chocolate and toffee, solid roast, lots of pine and floral hops, roast, grapefruit, nice balance with the malts and hops. Taste is similar, caramel and chocolate, roast coffee, light alcohol, nuts, oranges, grapefruit and floral, solid bitterness, excellent. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, bit of warmth. Very good beer! Thanks Jay.
02-15-2008 03:51:58 | More by Viggo
4.5/5 rDev +6.6%
22oz poured into a snifter
Pours a thick black with a heavy, foamy head. Nose is a perfect bouquet of flowers. Taste is a solid balance of roasted malt and bitter hops a little chocolate in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is full bodied and well carbonated.
This beer is amazing. Looks like a stout. Tastes like an IPA..You have to try it.
07-22-2011 20:51:43 | More by tdm168
4/5 rDev -5.2%
Review from notes 1/22/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.
A: Pours very dark, no light passing through at all. Two fingers of off-white lacing form on top which stands on top for most off the time I drink the beer. Very nice lacing remaining on the glass.
S: Lots of floral hops and citrus. I also get a little bit of malt and some chocolate and toffee, but really dominated by the hops.
T: Extremely hoppy, but still balanced by the malt. The hops have nice citrus and herbal flavors while the malts are dark and roasted. There is also a chocolate flavor similar to the aroma.
M/D: Very smooth. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Extremely drinkable. One of the best in this new category.
02-21-2011 02:45:04 | More by mdaschaf
3.78/5 rDev -10.4%
Appearance: Dark ruby. Almost black. Thin cola colored head that leaves nice amounts of lace.
Aroma: Bready malts, cocoa nibs and juicy hops.
Appearance: Nice bitter hop presence noticed first and then some alcohol, which is quite noticeable and actually, a little overbearing and scathing in this beer. Covers up a lot of what I was expecting in the hop department. There's some hop juiciness noted, but not a lot. Chocolate is distant. Decent flavor, but not great.
MF/DK: Medium bodied and light=medium to medium bodied. A bit of spiciness from the alcohol and a long lingering astringency from the alcohol. Fair, but not one I'll be tapping again soon.
05-06-2011 04:16:01 | More by Bighuge
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Had this beer at the Bistro Double IPA fest. Even though it is the same recipe as 11th anniversary, I thought this one was lacking compared to the 11th I had recalled. By lacking, I mean, just really really good instead of fantastic.
Black IPA, hopped very well, obvious dry hopping, hides the high alcohol quite well. I can't wait to try the bottled version. Some say don't age, some say age. . . I dunno, I'm still holding bottles of both version, we'll see this Christmas. You don't really taste the alcohol, but it hits you by the end of the bottle.
Anyways, if you see it, check it out. Right up there with Laughing Dog's black IPA's when uber fresh if you ask me.
EDIT: Well this was definitely a drink fresh beer. You can't really taste any of the darker malts used, but if you age it, the hops fade and some of the astringency comes out of it.
11-18-2009 17:23:42 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5 rDev +0.7%
poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Pours nearly black with a thick tan head. Very good head retention a d lacing on the glass.
Aroma is hoppy, much like a DIPA. It's citrusy with grapefruit and orange but the dark malts also come through with a slightly sweet presence. Taste also has the citrusy hoppy flavor, but the dark malts come through more in the taste. There is a slight sweet caramel and chocolate flavor going on, it's nearly hidden behind the hops though. This takes on more properties of a DIPA but there is still that dark, sweet, chocolate and roasty flavor going on in the background that adds to the complexity.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, a very complex and tasty beer that I really enjoy every time I buy it.
01-10-2010 02:04:58 | More by billab914
4.47/5 rDev +5.9%
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.
09-22-2007 23:44:56 | More by DrJay
4.43/5 rDev +5%
Growler taken directly from the store where this was poured into a Unibroue snifter shortly after arrival.
Pours basically black with subtle signs of deep orange-red coloration around the edges. The tan head is moderate in size but long-lasting and leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.
Plenty of hops in the aroma, as expected from Stone, with obvious pine and citrus aspects as well as some vague herbal notes. Enticing. A strong piney hop flavor dominates up front. Usually this would be followed by q quite bitter taste, or at least a very bitter aftertaste. Although there's an obvious bitterness and an IBU = 90, this beer starts bitter-sweet and keeps the bitterness under control all the way through. There's a solid dark malt component helping out with this, but clearly Stone extracted plenty of hop aroma and flavor without boiling all the bitterness out of the Chinook, Simcoe & Amarillo hops. The high ABV makes itself known in the aroma, after some warming, but remains fairly well hidden in the taste. Complex and rich, extraordinary balance and interesting, and wonderful flavor dynamics.
M: full bodied; about as creamy smooth as can be at ABV = 8.7%; excellent, medium carbonation.
O: an amazing beer and the cream of the crop in Black IPAs in my experience. In any case, a world class beer all hop heads should seek out.
09-19-2012 23:33:34 | More by chinchill
4.38/5 rDev +3.8%
I need a hop fix... and don't want to dive into recent trades or too deep into the cellar.. so I picked out a 11th and am hoping for the best. I haven't had one of these in a couple of months and noticed then, the hops were definitely dying down.
22oz picked up at a variety of places around Boise in the $5.50 range... poured into a shaker pint.
Looong lasting lite tan head leaves crusty lacing for the entire glass.... color of the brew reminds me of a schwarzbier.. near black but still walnut and dark ruby highlites show when held to a light.
Aroma is certainly more subdued than fresh.. but still reminiscent of a big grapefruit and piney DIPA. Black coffee/with sugar notes are more prevalent than before.
Flavor is abundant citrus .. dark roasted malts are only available on the end of the palate and the finish.. even then, the hops are the heavy hitters... Very smooth from front to back.. the hops resins add nicely to the palate.. Doesn't taste as dark as expected.. just enough interesting espresso/chocolate components that drives everything home.
This brew is going to age very well... don't let the naysayer change your mind .... it may go through a significant muddy period like the 8th, but ultimately, the 11th will be fantastic... I will not drink another for probably 6 months... ooh my.. I have another glass.. cheers. Galt.
02-05-2008 09:18:16 | More by JohnGalt1
4.13/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong citrus/floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of vanilla, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, wood, hint of earthy malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.
08-13-2010 15:07:01 | More by Tone
4.08/5 rDev -3.3%
My amazing wife gave this to me as part of a Valentine's Day gift....Sweet!
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a tulip glass.
A - Poured a deep, rich, leathery black with minimal lacings and a small carbonated head.
S - Due to the color, I wasn't expecting the abundant hop presence in this ale. Along with the hop presence, dark fruit and hints of chocolate permeate throughout.
T - The initial wave is dominated by the "pineyness" from the hops and a secondary wavy leaves hints of chocolate and plum/dates.
M - Full-bodied with a very appealing creaminess.
D - This ale was extremely enjoyable (shared with my wife) because of the unexpected hop presence. Extremely well-crafted ale with high drinkability.
02-16-2011 01:03:06 | More by PEIhop
4.2/5 rDev -0.5%
Had a glass of this courtesy of daryk77 - thanks!
Pours a color that's one shade away from black with dark brown highlights - I knew what this was going into it and was still surprised by how dark it was. Head is one-finger of light tan foam that recedes into a thin pancake on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of citrus and pine hops - more emphasis on the citrus than pine - and pale malts. I tried but could find no hints of roasted or even toasted malts.
Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front quickly give way to citrus and pine hop flavors. The ending is solidly bitter - the only hint of darker malts.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation and goes down smoothly.
Drinkability is very good. I had half a bomber and could easily polish off a full one.
Overall this beer is quite the conundrum - a dark IPA that's definitely worth a shot.
04-24-2009 02:31:23 | More by glid02
4.18/5 rDev -0.9%
Poured into my Stone IRS snifter. The beer is very dark brown with a monstrous frothy two finger beige head with excellent retention and scattered lacing.
The aroma is pine resin, grapefruit rind & flesh, and earth (damp forest soil, mineral, desperation). Malt exhibits a moderate roast and a slight toast that compliment the hop profile nicely. Light chocolate notes are evident as well.
The flavor displays an upper moderate level of bitterness up front with aggressive pine resin and grapefruit rind notes. The light roasted malt profile is a welcome addition to the lupulin onslaught. The finish is aggressively hopped with big alcohol notes, a light roast/toasted malt profile, and lingering pine and grapefruit.
The mouthfeel is creamy and sticky. Carbonation is at a moderate level. Great mouthfeel.
A very nice Indian San Diego Dark Hoppy Pale Ale.
08-02-2010 02:16:03 | More by HopHead84
3.73/5 rDev -11.6%
Served in straight pint glass. The bartender had a rough time with this beer, it seemed way over carbonated, and after much pouring off of foam I finally got my beer. Poured a slightly translucent black, with touches of brown on the edges, and had well over an inch and a half of dark khaki colored head that had very good retention and lacing.
A surprisingly neutral and balanced aroma greeted the nose. Nice mixture of malt and hop, with just a touch of roast. The first flavor across the tongue is that roast we found at the end of the aroma. The roast sticks around and covers the expected malt taste and mixes with a bite of hops at the end.
The body is full and just a little sticky. Drinkability is very nice but I think I'd get bored if I had more than 2 in a row. Overall, a decent beer worth trying.
09-23-2009 21:33:33 | More by beertunes
British Columbia (Canada)
4.4/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Black with brown highlights, tan head, good retention & lace.
S: Pine, citrus rind, grapefruit, candied fruit, rye bread.
T: Grapefruit, pine, marmalade, dark caramel, toffee, rye bread, hint of lightly roasted coffee, good bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.
M: Well-attenuated moderate body has a dry finish with hop and a little roasted acidity.
D: Quite drinkable.
05-05-2008 23:56:52 | More by Derek
4.43/5 rDev +5%
The beer emerges from the 22-ounce bottle a sparkling deep brown, the head a crown of light chocolate, creamy and long lasting, after its final demise the lace forms a thick blanket to cover the glass. Nose has a profound hop floral spiciness at the front, backed by the sweet malt, caramel, and maybe a hint of chocolate, mouth watering. Start has a nice malt sweetness; hop bitter bite to the back, top is moderately full in feel. Finish has a determined acidity, the hops potent and spicy; the alcohol warms the tummy while the aftertaste continues the hop spiciness.
12-05-2007 23:40:38 | More by Gusler
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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