b3shine (9079) - Indiana, USA - APR 29, 2013
On draft at Dark Lord Day. Looks good; cola with light beige lacing. Smells solid; hoppy and malty with a nice espresso influence. Tastes like it smells, but the roast is too bitter. Kind of unbalanced. I like the base better. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - APR 28, 2013
UPDATED: APR 30, 2013 Draft. Dark brown. Big creamy beige head, lasting. Expresso, chocolate, hops. Smooth bitter finish. Great coffee character and definitely doesnt take a backseat. I really enjoy beers that use coffee well and this is a winner. Rich and flavorful. gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
Draft at Dark Lord Day. Wow. Wasn’t too sure about adding coffee to a black ipa, but I love self-righteous ale, so I gave it a shot. Definitely give it a try if you find it. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 1, 2013
Draft. Large tan head atop black body with brown edge. Aroma is moderately sweet, grapefruit, some coffee, roast. Taste is moderately sweet, grapefruit, roast/coffee. Soft medium body, some acidity, resin. radagast83 (8321) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2013
Tap at Churchkey during CBC. Poured a deep dark rich color with a slightly tan head. Aromas were malty notes, some herbal hop character wrapped around a LOT of coffee notes. Flavor was bitter coffee, malts, plenty of fresh tasting hop character. Really enjoyed this one.
brokensail (16633) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Black pour with a finger of tan head. Kind of an old coffee aroma which is a bit acidic. Spicy, has almost a pepper note, lots of roasted malt, dark chocolate, and grassy hops. Mild grapefruit and pineapple. The flavor is heavy on the chocolate, roasted malt, and old coffee notes. A bit acidic, mild bitterness, pine, grapefruit, and grass. Light molasses sweetness. dnstone (3495) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 25, 2013
Chocolate brown with a light off-white head. Chocolate aroma. Roasty with espresso undertones and a solid hop backbone. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Draft. Great beer! Chocolate, coffee, spices and some herbal hops. Less bitter than I was expecting. I would gladly drink this again. badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 31, 2012
On tap at brewery. Black with a short lived creamy tan head. Bitter sweet chocolate, coffee, and citrus aroma. Kick you in the teeth coffee grounds taste up front followed by a bitter bite and finishing with light chocolate covered citrus flavors and a lingering dry bitterness. Not bad. DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Snifter on tap at The Lackman. Black color. Thin light brown head. Some lace. Good earthy hoppy nose, typical Sublimely Self Righteous... Until the first sip, that is... Wow, nice big roasty espresso flavor. Interesting with the big earthy hops, personally I really dig the combo. Big coffee aftertaste. Yeah, if you’re going to add espresso bean, why not go big with it? Maybe even more coffee than hops, here. Moderate bitter taste. Crisp, lighter carbonation. Bigger body, more dry. Some espresso in the nose. I’m actually surprised how big the espresso is in this. More coffee than a lot of self-proclaimed coffee stouts. OK, possibly unbalanced, but that’s not at all the point, here. It’s a really unusual, even weird combo of flavors... But I can’t help but really dig it. Certainly the most extreme example of a coffee black IPA I’ve had yet, got to respect the unique creative factor, here. Super-interesting. I wanted a 2nd glass.