firefly765 (194) - - DEC 31, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle pours a deep black with a foamy tan head. Nice citrus aroma. With some pine notes also. Very nice tasting black IPA. Nice Malt to hops balance nice roasty flavor but not over done
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DigitalMan (193) - Idaho, USA - SEP 29, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Black with very small light tan head. Hoppy pine aroma, like Arrogant Bastard. Yep thatís a lot of hoppiness, if thatís your thing. The bitterness in the finish is just too much for me to enjoy.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2011
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
To say that Iíve been looking forward to this beer is an understatement. One of my buddies happened to pick this up in Denver last year but he of course didnít share. 22 ounce bomber poured into an oversized wine goblet. Comes out of the bottle dark brown (think cola) with a frothy long lasting tan head. Wish the head was a bit thicker, but the high ABV probably makes that difficult. Aroma comes across as this dank and earthy hop character, with big notes of pine. Itís huge! Roasted grain and chocolate are buried in the nose. You have to work your way past the incredible hop aroma but theyíre in there. Then thereís the whole matter of taste. Hops shatter the palate first, with a prolonged bitterness in the finish. The first taste is all hops. As you acclimate youíll be able to start to pick at the malt profile a bit more, but the first taste is jarring. I like the mouthfeel as well. Itís slick and despite all the hops never gets sticky. This beer finishes very dry (something Iíve noticed with most Stone beers), as the malt character never goes overboard into sweet territory. Instead it opts for roasted and nutty, with a slight bitter coffee note. Thatís not the best description. Let me put it this way Iíve toasted pine nuts, getting them to the point where theyíre almost too dark, and thatís what this malt flavor reminds me of. Itís not burnt, but is right there on the edge. Thereís also some definite alcohol warmth but Iím not picking up any fusels in the nose or taste, very impressive. Itís not often that I find a beer that lives up to my expectations when trying it, but Sublimely Self-Righteous does that and then some. Not sure if itís possible, but this is a textbook example of an emerging style.
c_lee_burton (193) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another delicious Stone offering. Great combo of smoke, coffee, hops, citrus, carbonation, and cherry. Wonderful year round brew thatís hearty enough for Winter, yet smooth and crisp enough for Summer.
cafgen (192) - California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2014 Nice dark color with a nice roasted color head. Aroma is pine, citrus, hoppy and a slight sweetnes. Taste is pine and hoppy. Very smooth. Definitely try it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Lanchester (191) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled randomly on tap at the Dieu du Ciel brewpub in Montreal. Poured a jet black with a dense tan head, leaving behind some very decorative lacing. Aroma is a penetrating resinous and piny character, very inviting. Flavor is a nicely balanced, sweetness from the malts curbing the strong hop character enough to make this fairly easy drinking for the style. Slightly syrupy on the palate, though this is offset by the mildly prickly carbonation. Finishes very hoppy, coats the palate with enough hop resins to leave a lingering aroma several minutes after drinking. Well done!
MannyGoldberg (190) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Based on itís status as top ranked black IPA on here Iíd been looking forward to trying this out. An extremely pleasant beer but lacking the hop attack I like in my preferred black IPAs. Not much on the nose but reassuring malty sweetness. Overall Iíd rate any of the three Kernel black IPAs released so far ahead of this brew. None of those are in the top 50 though, go figure!
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Lupulucid (189) - - MAY 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Somewhat subtle malty aroma belies an intense hop character in the palate. Amazing hop flavors eventually give way to bitterness and malt. This is in many ways several beers rolled into one.
gvmdw7 (188) - California, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured black with an inch of head. Smells of piney hops. Tastes like I bit into a fresh strawberry. It was served too cold and it muted the malty character. I didnít enjoy this out of bottle, but itís much better on tap
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hoppy aroma is so intense, youíre eyes will water. Just behind it is a malt that smells similar to a strong rye bread. The mixture of the two sensations is unusual and amazing. The head is off-white and fades after a time. The brew is a dark caramel, letting only the slightest light pass through. The taste is unapologetic in its extreme hoppyness. The maltís rye quality is right there to back it up. Silky and milky on the palate, the bitterness of the hops continues into the aftertaste, but does not take anything away from your enjoyment.