hiddenvariable (206) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours an opaque black with a thick tan head that sticks around and leaves a good lacing. smell is huge floral and citrus hops that mingle with the malt and give off a bit of bubblegum, orange, and grapefruit. taste is suprisingly malty for that huge hop nose. the hops are still there in a big way, but now they mix with a sort of chocolate milkshake malt flavor, which ends up tasting a bit breadlike. very yummy. big dry bitter finish and a medium body with a good amount of carbonation give a pleasant tingling sensation that lasts for a while. itís, much like they say, a deep and complex beer that is unlike any iíve had. another great beer from stone.
scoobysnak (312) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer definately isnít for the faint of heart, although I canít think of many Stone brews that are. Definately one of a kind. Worth the try.
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
chalk up another great beer from Stone, this black IPA is fantastic, loved the hops in this one, definitely unique!
theisti (3000) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - OCT 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2011
++++ RE-RATE 22 March 2011 ++++
22 oz bomber (Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale) given to me by friends. Pour is a hazed brown auburn with a somewhat loose two inch khaki head. Lasting head, falls with pretty lacing. Aroma is fresh orange citrus and pine hops, along with a gently roasted malt. Fresh and clean nose. Taste is the pine hops, along with the roast malt finishing with a pretty weird peanut shell taste and some hot booze. The after taste is dry, with notes of straw. The palate is medium bodied, though thins out at the finish, which has residual alcohol and entirely dries up the beer. There were aspects of this beer I enjoyed up front, though the thin boozy finish overwhelmed that. Thanks! 8,4,6,3,14 (3.5)
++++ RE-RATE 5 March 2008 ++++
22 oz. bomber (Stone 11th) courtesy of Gregis. Pour is deep brown with ruby and copper highlights. Big, bubbly tan head, that was quite lasting. Aroma of bright pine and citrus hops, with some malty graininess in the background. Taste features more malt than hop, though the hop shines through midway with some nice clean, bright, pine hoppiness. The citrus hop from the nose are also present. The after taste has a nice burnt - roast malt smokiness to it, and is very dry. This tasted as good as I had remembered, and was a bit surprised the hop character was still as strong as it was. Thanks for hauling this one back for me Greg. Bumped overall rating up one overall impression point. 7,4,8,4,16 (3.9)
++++ ORIGINAL RATING 16 October 2007 ++++
22 oz bottle (Stone 11th) shared by mreusch at my tasting, 10/12. Pour is opaque brown with almost no head (tan). Aroma initially of hops, then some malt. Taste is mostly malt, with some nice hop character - very bright at the end. Also get some smokiness. Nice, hope to get my hands on some more. Thanks for sharing Matt. 7,4,8,4,15 (3.8)
pleasesir (14) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at David Copperfields,NYC. Pours porter black w/ espresso coloured head that would of probably stuck aroung longer if I hadnít sucked it down to get at the beer. Deep garnet colour when held to the light. Aroma was at first sprucey with a flowery hop and a little ruby red grapefruit thing going on. But when it warms up you can smell the alcohol along with some brown sugar and a little raisin. Good balanced bitterness at first then all kinds of things happen once you swallow. What the hell is a black IPA? Who knows? Who Cares?? Get it while you can, itís in the bottle everywhere, but thereís nothing like a nice fresh pint on demand!
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. Aroma: Slight roasted malt flavor with a touch of brown sugar. Big hop nose with a lot of citrus, tropical fruits, floral, and pine. Appearance: Dark brown in color with reddish highlights. Light tan head was full and frothy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Some roasty flavors upfront with notes of toffee, smoke, cocoa. Hops kick in big with a bunch of citrus and mango, pine and resin, floral and light grass. Lots of sticky bitterness. Finishes dry with a bit of astringency. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: This was good, but Iím not sure if Iíd buy a bottle. Bitterness was a bit harsh at times and hung around long after drinking.
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Being a black IPA I was expecting more burnt/roasted malt flavors. But itís more of an IPA than anything else. Although it is black in color the huge citrusy hops are really all I smell or taste. I guess thereís so much hops they cover everything else up! Still a damn good beer.
hopscotch (8362) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Bottle (tried again at RBSG í08)Ö This beer rocks!... The wet Simcoe hops definitely kicked this baby’s flavor up a notch... from 3.8 to 4.0... Origninal rating... Clear, deep, dark mahogany ale with a large, creamy, beige head. Great retention. Big-time grapefruit smacks me right in the nose. Lesser, burnt notes of charcoal and ash. Thereís dark chocolate in here as well, but make no mistake, the hops run the show. Sweet caramel and chocolate flavor right up front; then tannic, abrasive, pine needle and grapefruit pith bitterness. Full-bodied and astringent with medium carbonation. Burnt, bitter-as-hell, dry-as-hell finish. Thanks to growler for sending this one my way!
MIBRomeo (2442) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark pour, huge frothy sticky lacing of that tan head. Hoppy aroma, citrus, fruits, definate cereals. Avg pal. Nice overly bitter, touch of grassiness in the finish. Bitter front w/ good caramel and alcohol overly prevelant. Not to bad, had better.
jhanske (18) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 14, 2007
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Truly deceptive! I held my initial purchase up to the flourescent lights in the grocery store to check the color and was thoroughly stumped and intrigued. At home I was convinced I was tasting a malty concotion. Instead I was treated to a black IPA!!!. I had to confirm what I was tasting with my wife and my son. ( He hates bitter and knew by the smell this beer was bitter!!!). Well needless to say I ended up purchasing a case of 22ozís. Hats off to Stone for such a singular beer. Potent and mysterious, strong and unforgiving. This beer insists upon your full attention and respect. I handed out three of the 22oz from my case and all the recipients had different yet positive repsonses to this ale. Certainly an ale for the ages!