DeweyDell (159) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle. Almost black with a large tan head that leaves some lacing once itís gone down a bit. Aroma is strong, very hoppy and citrusy like a nice IPA, but then it has a subtle roasty character to it. Great flavor, again very bitter and hoppy, but with a subtle roasted maltiness that comes out mostly in the finish. Interesting beer, good choice for an anniversary ale I think.
idedek (157) - USA - JUL 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful color black with a redish hue. a nice piney aroma combined with dark chocolate. a nice medium to full body with a chocolate and coffee flavors. a exceptional clean finish with some piney flavor more chocolate really nice.
agent_511 (157) - - JUL 13, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of chocolate, roast coffee, and a hint of nuttiness. Pours dark brown, almost opaque black, with a thick, foamy, tan head with long retention and fills the mouth with a creamy sensation. Tastes of bitter dark chocolate, earthy hops. Balanced toward bitter. Full body, slightly creamy, a little alcohol warming. Fantastic beer.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - OCT 3, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark black color with light brown head, looks better than it taste. Smells of pine and leaves a bad hop aftertaste. Stone is great beer but this one isnít for me!
RRistow12 (155) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off let me say that whoever rights Stones descriptions of there beers cracks me up. Always get a kick out of reading them. Tasted from bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of pine, flowers, roasted malt, nuts. Taste is bitter piney and floral hops mixed with a roasted malt tastes. Pretty good balance. Medium bodied with a smooth and somewhat crisp mouthfeel. Very good black IPA. Perhaps the best I've had.
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Rotbart (155) - - MAY 25, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark brown color with a long lasting foamy white head. Fairly bold bitter taste with a smooth long cola coffee finish.
minihame2 (154) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black body, tan head. Aroma is rich with malts, some chocolate. Smooth mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Taste is also soft with slight bitterness. Overall itís a very good beer.
horto008 (154) - Alabama, USA - MAY 8, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very intriguing. Thatís how I would describe it. Self-Righteous poured a very dark, almost black amber with a relatively thick head. Aroma was sweet with alcohol and citrus notes.
Taste was complicated. There was a distinct sweetness that reminded me of a dubbel or trippel, but the hops or dark malt or whatever was in it managed to keep a terrific bitterness that kept it from being too sweet. Note: nowhere close to as bitter as Arrogant Bastard or any of the Stone IPAs. Had a light smokey flavor that sticks with you. Iíve given high marks simply because it isnít like anything else Iíve run into.
HoppyAlesToYou (154) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Scents of cereal, chocolate, coffee, nuts, resin, citrus, and earthy tea invite a sip. I take a draw from the tulip glass, letting the dark brown ale greet my lips through the pillowy tan head. Such a well balanced ale, the dark malt traits are restrained, sharing the lead with the delicious hops.
A long tea like bitter finish leaves you craving more. SSSRA is wings and horns above any other Black IPA Iíve had, and always a pleasure.
omegamike (152) - York, North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 25, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Meaty, leathery aroma, with hints of mint and pine. Medium body with dense, even carbonation; a very satisfying mouthfeel. Dark treacle and roasted malts leaf the assault that is followed up by masses of bitter, aggressive hops; pine, leather, some ash. The finish is massive and enduring, an exceptional black ipa.