Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a midnight-dark red, sort of cola colored with a foamy tan head. Tons of hops in the aroma, like a DIPA, also a sweetness like brown sugar, with some piney hops. The taste turns to citrus, sugary grapefruit, a bit more unbalanced towards the hops, but not negatively so. Definitely a big brew for the hopheads.
A bit darker than the 13th anniversary in taste and appearance, but this brew follows along that line and should appeal ton anyone who likes that or any of Stone's hoppy goodness.
08-01-2009 06:50:42 | More by saintwarrick
4.83/5 rDev +14.5%
A- pitch black brew wearing a massive tan crown, outstanding retention
S- hops galore: citric, pine. caramel, big roasted malt aromas
T- roasted malts and citric/pine hops, grassy. outstanding balance of hops and malts, intense amount of flavor
M- medium creamy body, definite hop abuse, sticky film after
D- WOW, this beer is pure joy. This brew is the answer for us stout lovers who are also closet hop heads. I couldn't possibly recommended this brew enough
11-10-2007 04:05:10 | More by tonistruth
4.31/5 rDev +2.1%
Amazing, must try beer. Best black IPA ever.
A: The head capped the beer and lasted for an hour as I let it come to cellar temp.
Bold, black body, creamy thick head like a stout.
S: Hops forward, but crazy original salt & sweet malts in the background. Prominent pine, charcoal, summer hay, herbs.
T: Earthier, but follows the smell profile. Deeply complex. Kind of like a strong ale or Belgian in the sweet malt backbone, but with more charcoal and chalk.
MF: Good body, then chalk-like crispness, dry finish.
Amazing beer, starts more amazing than it finishes. Compares well with Arrogant Bastard, which stands as an all-time fave.
08-07-2014 04:05:57 | More by Act25
4.39/5 rDev +4%
A- Pitch black with a super creamy, almost milky, 1/4 finger head. Really nice lacing. Looks like a thin Stout.
S- Orange, floral, chocolate, caramel, and bitterness that seems to shift between pine and coffee.
T- Wow, now that's a mix of flavors, right there. Sweet citrus with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and pine up front. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and more pine round out the finish.
M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Dry finish with a nice oily coating left behind. Aftertaste is piney at first but shifts to coffee with a touch of orange a little later.
O- I was really impressed by this beer. The flavors balance incredibly well despite belonging to different styles. To me, this was a quality stout meets a quality IPA. Honestly, how can you beat that? For those times I'm torn between the two styles, this is will be beautiful solution. I will be having this far too often.
11-15-2013 00:57:44 | More by tmm313
3.75/5 rDev -11.1%
This one fills the glass with a nice dark brown, almost black hue with a solid off white creamy head which leaves plenty of sticky lacing in it's wake. An attractive looking brew.
Smells of grapefruity hops, dark chocolate and burnt molasses. Interesting mixture.
Taste is along the same lines as the aroma, along with a hint of roasted nuts and maybe a slight bit of toffee. The beer opened up quite a bit as it warmed.
Mouthfeel was very good. Smooth and creamy, somewhat on the thicker end of the scale.
A well done brew by the folks at Stone. This is not my favorite style, but is a beer I'd consider having again sometime.
06-14-2009 00:00:25 | More by JBogan
4.45/5 rDev +5.5%
Had an on-tap "shorty" at the Yard House in San Antonio, TX.
Dark black with a little light coming from the edges. 1/2 inch brown fluffy head. Decent lacing down the sides.
Big hops nose. Grapefruit/citrus. Malty, caramel, chocolate sweetness in the background.
Flavour matches the aroma. Powerful hops balanced out by rich chocolate, roasty malts.
Pretty oily mouthfeel with light carbonation but the hops can be a little scouring on the tongue.
My first Black IPA. Loved every minute of it. Well worth trying.
04-10-2012 06:13:36 | More by Noxious26
4.58/5 rDev +8.5%
22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.
A - Nearly pitch black brew with two full fingers of tan head sits in the snifter. Nice lacing rings are left behind.
S - Great citrus aromas with some grapefruit/orangey aroma floating around. Some tea like aroma is there too.
T -Wow, some bitterness and alcohol meld with the fruit and lead the way over some dark malt flavors. A little bit of chocolate flavor makes a nice, albeit brief appearance. Alcohol is definitely evident into the finish over those fruity tastes. Very interesting.
M - Nice medium/slightly heavy body with just the right carbonation for this unique brew.
D - So one of a kind. I'm loving it and I want more after every sip.
Notes: India Dark Ale???? The bottle states that the brewers kept everybody "in the dark with this IPA" and it really is like a hybrid of a few possible dark beer styles and an IPA. I guess Strong Ale is the only classification that makes sense but this beer has many characteristics of a barleywine, IPA, and even some stout and/or porter like traits. I guarantee some will love this and some will hate it, but everyone who appreciates craft beer should try it. Me, I'm a fan. I'll have to grab some more.
10-02-2007 01:34:58 | More by EStreet20
4.33/5 rDev +2.6%
Poured from a 1 pt. 6 oz. bottle into a Corned Beef & Co. shaker pint.
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Has a large tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves impressive lacing.
Smell: Cascade hops almost completely dominate, giving it a very grassy, earthy smell. Slight bready smell in the background.
Taste: Hops overwhelm at the front. As it develops, it gets slightly more malty. Tastes like a slightly maltier DIPA. Very tasty. Leaves an earthy, piney aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied and reasonably well-carbonated.
Drinkability: A damn fine beer and another win from Stone. While I don't think most people could handle more than one of these at a time, it is definitely still a world-class brew.
06-13-2010 00:13:56 | More by wahhmaster
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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