Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1,906
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Avg:
4.2
pDev:
18.33%
 
 
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Photo of Chadhowie
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exceptional and can be drank in nearly every setting. Much like all of Stone's brews, Sublimely Self-Righteous is a true beer, that does not make you cringe or question, but instead it delivers 2 notches above what you were hoping for. I love this beer.

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Photo of doboy
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Black IPA? and a fine one at that! It pours as Black as the Ace of Spades, with a nice head, that reduces to fine lacing that holds for the entire beer. The aroma is sweet hops that strike the nose. The first sip gives wonderful mouthfeel as the hops explode in your mouth. The aftertaste was great, leaving you longing for the next sip. This was an exceptionally great beer that can only be improved by year round production from now till the end of time!

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Photo of Buggabeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A Nice dark black in appearance with a red cast when held to the light. Poured with a 1 inch head that slowly disapated. Nice lacing around the glass.

S Very nice hop presence. Definite grapefruit aroma

T What an excellent choice for my B-Day beer Has a nice dark beer taste at first and a wonderful hop finish at the end. Perfect not overpowering

M I think it feels great in the mouth not over carbinated or flat at all very nice beer

D Can I have another PLEASE!! I think it is exceptional. Awesome beer.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

12oz. bottled 04/30/16

Pours dark maroon, nearly black with a creamy frothy tan head. Smells like caramelized raisins, dried fig and plums, some candied grapefruit and orange citrus, mild licorice, some tropical pineapple, papaya, dark roasted caramel, toffee, molasses, subtle vanilla, chocolate, coffee, with mild earthy grass and pine. Tastes like dark roasted malts, burnt caramel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, dark chocolate, charred coffee, dark raisins, dried fig and plum, candied caramelized grapefruit and orange citrus, some tropical pineapple and papaya undertones, with earthy grass and pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice black IPA.

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Photo of rtig
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice Lacey head

Emits a nice citrus aroma

Great hoppy taste that finishes extremely well

Mouthfeel sets the standard and really makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Overall, Stone has set the bar for black IPA's. I think this is one of the best beers on the market as it is so well rounded in all categories and is worthy of its namesake.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of MenloBeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Up front I should note that after having Hop In The Dark from Deschutes, Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA is rapidly becoming my fave style beer.

A: Dark, almost opaque blackness. Held up to the light you get a little penetration, but that's minimal. Good lacing on a two finger head that died down but remained "scummy" on the top.

S: Mind f*ck right up front with a lot of hop and citrus notes. Anyone expecting something porter or stout-esque should be be getting the clue now. This is an altogether different type of beast. Grassy tones, with barely a hint of malt.

T: The taste ... bitter citrus meets a great blend of darkly roasted malt. Hops all over the place, but some cereal notes, too. It's kind of like drinking grapefruit juice and eating toast. Beer is for breakfast!

M: Oily, but slides off the tongue easily. Doesn't have the coating factor you might expect from a dark beer. Finishes more sweet than dry, but not by much.

D: I like this beer. I like this style. At 8% ABV this beer would kick me in the groin after more than a few, but I could see myself willingly going there, given the awesome blend of hops and malt in this beer. Well done, Stone.

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Photo of Anaz
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer, and it's probably my favorite of the Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale type so far. The color is intensely black, fading to dark cola at the edges. The head is a huge coffee-and-cream beauty that resolves into generous lacing.

The bright citrus and resin aroma of the hops blend so well with the roasty coffee and chocolate aromas that it's amazing. This is where the style started to make sense for me, and the aroma of an IPA is supported and enhanced by the dark malt aromas very well.

The flavor is so like the aroma it's fantastic. The bright clean hops that Stone is so well known for mingle with the dark malt flavors, but are never overshadowed by them. The hops rule here, but the malt expresses itself nonetheless.

The rich, bitter mouthfeel finishes clean with at lovely citrus peel bitterness and faint toffee sweetness. There is a slight booziness that gently warms, but doesn't burn. This is a very drinkable beer for the ABV, it's so delicious that it's hard to stop drinking. I Love it, and am very glad that Stone has added this to it's year round releases.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Dark brown from the bottle, jet black in the glass. Huge, fluffy tan head is thick and shows good retention. Spots of lacing left behind in its wake.

A: Big citrus & piney hops, roasted bready malt, caramel, and a wee smidgeon of booze.

T: This is outstanding! Big citrusy hops backed by a very sturdy backbone of roasted malt. Creamy caramel mixes in to add a nice touch of sweetness to offset the high bitterness. Sublte chocolate also comes out on the back end, along with a much more pronounced bready malt in the finish. Alcohol is minimal, and contributes to the taste instead of getting in the way.

M & D: Full-bodied, thick and viscious, a bit chewy yet deceptively smooth. Excellent drinkability, was wishing I had another halfway through the bomber.

Notes: Is it a Black IPA? Is it a very hoppy American Strong? Seems like a hybrid between the two. Who cares, though, it's fantastic! So glad this is available year-round! Highly recommended

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been staring at this beer in my refrigerator all weekend, then I finally got a chance to open last night and it was well worth the wait. The brewers at the Stone Brewing Company, located in Escondido, CA, pride themselves on being able to consistently produce such fine works of art like this truly self-righteous ale. This beer was first produced in 2007 as their annual anniversary edition release and was such a huge hit they had to make more. When you poor it into the glass the color is black as pitch with nose that similar to most imperial IPAs with notes of grapefruit that dissipate to hints of red fruits. The palate was bitter, but a balanced bitterness that comes from both the hops and malts, with hints of cranberries in the beginning and finishes long and dry. ABV 8.7%.

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Photo of boulevard2
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle 9/29/07

Pours a dark thick head with heavy retention almost looks like a stout. Intense aroma of exotic fruits and spice. Hops are tantalizing every sip with smooth well rounded flavour. This beer reminds me of Hop Rod Rye but with a little more kick. I recommend you pick up a couple of these , one to sample and the other to enjoy down the road a bit. Once again Stone puts out another doozy for us to admire and crave for the next offering.

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Photo of Scoobydank
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, I did not know anything about this beer before I poured it in the glass, so this was an awesome suprise to me.
L:A thick mocha colored head that covers 2 to 3 fingers. The beer itself is a dark thick black, like chocolate.
S:Big grapefruits and pine needes, liek an IPA
T:Pine needly hops on the back. Coffee beans as well. The pine needles linger for awhile.
M:Sharp tiny little buddles. Because of the thick black color, I figured full and round.
D:AWesome!!!! What a great beer and huge surpirse. I was thinking a big porter of some form, but it turned out to be a awesome IPA. Certainly would age well.

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Photo of enzocc
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice color going around. Dark brown, oak color, almost turning black! The head is almost perfect. Thick, foamy, consistent, cream; the head has Light hazelnut color!

S - the aroma is wonderful. Floral, smoky essences! You can see that the beer has been brew with coffee and dark chocolate,this two aromas are going around strongly. Also a sweet vanilla between the coffee.

T - The taste of this beer is something unique. It takes you from vanilla, oaky flavors to light bourbon with nuts! Coffee, chocolate, vanilla, smoky caramel. Hops going around like crazy. Malts also.

M - Creamy mouthfeeling. Not thick at the end. very balanced for a creamy feeling. It leaves you an essence of what the beer because the kind of mouythfeel, creamy, drinkable, beautiful feeling trought your mouth.

O - This is one of the best beers I have ever tried. Excellent contexture! well balanced flavors. Smoky, caramelly, coffe, and chocolaty.!! :)

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Photo of dhilltop2000
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Definitely one to try. I wasn't sure what to expect as it’s only listed as Stone XI and mentions a dark IPA on the back. Pours a brownish-black color with ruby accents around the perimeter. The head is a little too over abundant and hangs around in thick 1-2" clumps after finishing a pint. As it warms the head only multiplies in following pours, leaving long yearning minutes of undrinkable beer due to a mountain of foam. Smell is intoxicating! A porter?, an IPA?, BOTH! Smells of toasted oats and grain while balanced by a hoppy aroma, slight citrus note, porter and some barley wine qualities. This is among Stone's better brews as it is an ensemble to the sense. Let this beer sit from the fridge for awhile and it's definitely a treat.

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Photo of MichaelLynBryant
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt hidden behind hop bitterness. Roasty taste, with hop oils residual. Full, creamy mouthfeel similar to a dry stout. Bitter front end plows over the creaminess with each sip. Hint of alcohol warmth is good indicator for non-info'd drinkers.

On draft, this is one of my favorite beers. From a bottle, it continues to live up to its worth.

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Photo of jameswaldo
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wife and I had pints of this poured patiently at Ithaca Coffee Co's Tavern on the Green in Gateway Commons yesterday afternoon when I decided we needed extra fuel to get our tandem bike up steep State St Martin Luther King Jr hill. The head on this sublime beverage is so fierce, it took much gentle pouring and slopping to get the pints just perfectly right. Head is severely persistent, nearly gelatinous, leaving serious permanent lace. "Black IPA" is how Tavern chalkboard promoted this brew, and for sure it's an opaque dark, not letting even direct sunshine from Tavern's south windows peek through its delish murk.
Smell combines all sorts of complex hops and dark malt bitter-sweet odors with high-octane ethanol. Only the yeast hides from strenuous sniffing. Taste is just totally perfect. We hardly want to swallow, the mouth-feel is so smoothly satin-lined comfy cozy unctuous. We had to get a bag of gourmet pretzels to eat with this drink it was so powerfully persistent in its sweet malty bitter aftertaste the palate begs mercy. At $7 per pint, the price (and yes, I've read the blogs where rich dudes claim you shouldn't ever consider expense in "drinkable" considerations) is too steep for us to want more than one pint per day; but the brew itself is so extremely intense, we wouldn't want to indulge in more than a single pint even if we didn't both have to get back on our tandem bike and pedal 3 miles steep uphill to get home with it glowing darkly like a black hole star in our contented bellies. Generally I disapprove of sending beer long-distance (sorry! mental problems with diesel transport interfere with my palate), but thanks, Stone, for the audacity of shipping that truly sublime ale all the way from San Diego to Ithaca!

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Photo of feylure
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite fantastic. I've had it twice on-tap/in-growler and now in a bottle.

Smell is quite roasty and malty (like deep brown-sugar). Personally, I find it quite enticing.

It pours quite well with a decent bit of carbonation.

Taste is beautiful; bold, roasty and colorful flavor up front. The carbonation adds to it. And it finishes with a fantastic tail of the same kind. Late in the end of the taste, I find a bit of hops/bitters but not enough to put me off. It's an interesting tail that makes me want to have another drink.

It is quite drinkable, especially if you like dark beers. The taste is not too abrupt and over-the top bold to make you grimace. It feels like it struck the right balance.

It definitely fits into the concept of an angry beer with the dark overtones and malty-body, and it is one beer that I will keep enjoying for a while.

Cheers

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale

Bought as a single for $2.99/12oz. Enjoy by 5/16/14.

It’s a black IPA without the deep dark flavor or aroma profile or is it a hoppy stout. Stone does a great job imparting great hoppy aromas to their brews and this beer does not disappoint. One of the best in this category. 4.5

A – A hazy reddish brown during the pour but opaque black in the glass with a one-finger light brown fluffy head. Head died down to a constant thin layer. Good lacing. 4.5

S – Sweet, blossom, a bit of spice. 4.75

T – Semi-sweet start, herbal/peppery bitterness with some roastiness in the finish. A bit of alcohol heat. 4.5

MF – Medium bodied with a dry finish. Smooth start with a sharp carbonation in the finish. 4.5

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Photo of PatronWizard
4.56/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A gift from OlieIPA who took pity on me for the swill the current economic crisis has forced me to drink. Thanks, you bastard, now I owe you another one!

Pours a rich deep deep ruby-brown. Very dark. Huge mocha head of beautiful mushmellow. A damn fine looking beer indeed. Maybe even perfect, as in 'cannot be improved.'

Smell is awesome. I know right now that this is gonna be great. Big pine and citrus hop blast of mouth watering aroma. Very clean. Very crisp. Not as strong as it could be, but all business.

Taste is simply delicious. Hops run the show. Bossing around the stray malt flavor that tries to get outta line. I can almost get a hint of ... chocolate? Maybe something else, then the hops finish the battle with a tangy grapefruit bitterness. Yum.

I can't believe how smooth this is. Carbonation is almost completely unnoticeable. Slick, goes down like a two dollar whore.

Since I love high ABV to begin with, I know I could drink this yummy stuff all night long (all night), all night long! Easily 3 or 4 bombers if I had 'em.

I'm a big fan of the 11th, but only had it a year old. This fresh stuff is divine. One of my personal favorites ever. I can say no more: this beer is awesome.

Overall: any time

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle with a BB of Oct 27th 2012. Bought recently from Trembling Madness in York. As always, I love the labelling and the self-indulgent tirade that accompanies it....

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). A deep ruby hue; appears black unless held to the light. Produces a vast head of creamy beige foam with great retention - this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of overwhelmingly resinous hops, with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange peel and citrus. This is underpinned by hints of sweet roasted malt, yeast and a warming whiff of booze. Though in all fairness the aroma is all about the hops - incredible!

Tastes of super-intense hoppiness with a restrained dark malt character and a knock-out bitter finish. Notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus oils, roasted malt, mild caramel, faint earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a hint of alcohol in the background. A forceful and astringent bitterness upon swallowing - deep and spicy. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a peppery dryness. Good body, though perhaps a little insubstantial for the strength/flavour. Highly astringent - dries the palate completely. Aftertaste of pine bitterness and fruity aromatic hops, along with a hint of sweet, dark malt.

Wow - what a beer! I think this might be my favourite Stone brew yet. Incredibly hoppy, although the malt provides good balance while lurking discretely in the background. The aroma and flavour are peerless. Amazing - I don't think I could recommend this too highly. Form a line, hop-lovers! Self-righteousness shall be yours...

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

A- pours a dark molasses color with a nice mocha head.

S- not sure I have experienced a more balanced beer on the nose. it has a very strong hop presence that is full of citrusy pineapple... but also has a very strong malty backbone. sweet like brown sugar

T- initially has a sour twang on the palate that present as grapefruit & black cherries. follows with a nice bitter aftertaste. again, both the hops and malts are nicely intertwined like a braided rope! the alcohol is very faintly noticeable... just barely.

M- medium to full body that is thick and creamy with right amount of carbonation

D- one fine beer! very complex and goes deeper than the hops that are on the front end. I suspect this is a hop bomb but I don't notice the sharpness of it because the malty backbone brings a balance like an acrobat on a high wire.

One of my favorites!

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

Wow, what a great beer! It combines citrusy and piney hops with a deeply caramelish malt that's also a touch chocolatey and roasted.

It appears black in a full pint glass, but held to the light it reveals dark mahogany edges. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves some nice splatters of lace about the glass.

The nose is citrusy and piney over a hint of dark caramel. Quite nice!

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a standard carbonation level.

The flavor reveals the maltiness that's not quite found in the nose. It's almost like burnt-sugar: caramelish, and bit roasty, and even a touch smokey. There's an edge of dark chocolate to it as well. It's rich, but not 'super' rich; and it's complex, but not 'super' complex - it's just everything it needs to be because it's really just acting as the perfect 'dark' springboard for the hops.

With any other malt base I'm sure these particular hops would be displayed in a different fashion, but here they're piney, resinous, and minty with a citrus edge that expresses orange, lemon, and red fruits as well. I think the roasted and dark chocolatey side of the malt develops the mintiness by combining with the pine-like qualities; and the citrus is slightly subdued, but still comes through towards the middle and end as a refreshing splash that pulls you away into a little something different. Atop a golden or amber malt I'm sure the hops would be more emboldened, and more citrusy, piney, and fruity (like fruity pebbles?), but here they're more reigned in. And what that all leads to is a really interesting beer from the first whiff to the elegant, lingering finish. In fact, I get the most smokey edge out of it after it's been gone for a minute or so.

Regarding drinkability, the alcohol at 8.7% by volume is never noticeable. You might feel it, but you won't taste it. And I think the subdued complexity and interesting 'bright points' make it remarkably compelling. It's brilliantly balanced at its core, and superbly studded with hops. Quite possibly my favorite beer from Stone.

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Photo of Snow81
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Super dark amber almost black

Head: light brown head

Smell: Orange zest right up front with a bright hop and light maltyness

Taste: Bright tropical fruit upfront as the malt washes over the bitter hops bit back and stack on the palate

Weight: Medium frosty body with high to medium carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops with subtle malty sweetness and a hint of heat

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

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. 2 fingers of light tan head. Black and sticky looking. Smells of mango, peaches, citrus hops, coffee and alcohol. A little hot on the nose, but otherwise perfect. Tastes like mango, bitter hop flavor, and a bit of toasted malt, vaguely coffee-like. Slightly sweet on the finish, but mostly bitter chocolate and hop. Alcohol is prevalent, but imminently drinkable for a beer at 8.7 abv. Delicious.

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Photo of spark3148857
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

So glad that Stone brought this back short term...Enjoy By Black just doesn't come close to matching my all time favorite BIPA. Pours pitch black with half finger dark khaki head that recedes to a khaki ring around he edge of the glass. Aroma of espresso, roast, pine, resin, baking chocolate. Taste is just so beautiful. Roasted malt with an assertive smokiness gives way to waves of pine, resin, and a hint of grapefruit that lingers for days. Such a difficult style to nail, and stone nailed it. Still stands up after the years.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 1,906 ratings.
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