theisti (3773) - 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 hadn’t 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, it’s in the bottle everywhere, but there’s 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 I’m not sure if I’d 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 it’s 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 there’s so much hops they cover everything else up! Still a damn good beer.
hopscotch (10532) - 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 ’08)… 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. There’s 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 (2570) - 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 22oz’s. 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!
FezMonkey (268) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Black in color with a large and lasting head. Hop and some citrus aromas. Bitter grapefruit taste and finish.
beisen (90) - California, USA - OCT 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours almost pitch black with a short tan head. A little reddish tint if you hold it to the light. I expected it to be more IPA than it is, because of the cryptic words on the label. The color threw that out the window, plus the roasted maltiness and the coffee tones. Of course, Stone wouldn’t be complete without strong hops, and they win the day in the end. Nice and complex. It strikes a balance between a porter and an IPA.
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2007
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle. Pours black, very nice tan foam that has great retention and lacing. Huge piney aroma, I get the simcoe and the chinook, there’s also a slight medicinal character hidden just under the hops. Flavor starts off all about the hops, and great hop they are but quickly fades into a more of the strange medicinal flavor and a long lasting and annoying bitterness. Started off so good and finished so weak. Any by the way, WTF is a BLACK india PALE ale?