WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Sweet Jesus, this is a good beer. On tap into a tulip glass. Pours black with a thick tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Absolutely beautiful beer. Aroma is lots of pine and citrus hops. Flavor is very hop-forward, but mellows into nice caramel sweetness. Full, thick, viscous mouthfeel. Basically, this beer has the look and mouthfeel of a very nice stout with the aroma and flavor of a good DIPA. What’s not to love? Garrettbone (1) - ITALY - AUG 22, 2009 does not count
the 11th anniversary ale was so good and in demand that they re-released it as this brew BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 15, 2010
I’m always a little intrigued when a friend describes something as a "black IPA," bit usually a little on the disappointed side when I try it. Both descriptors set an expectation that is a touch contradictory; something that is hoppy-sweet and citrusy while at the same time roasty and malty. The two tastes are powerful ones, and balance between the two is frequently perceived by me as a touch boring. And RIS’s that shout about their hop content don’t usually taste hoppy to me - just too much going on to pick up the more nuanced note of bitterness, even if they dumped bushels of high-alpha hops into the mix, my tongue just can’t seem to enjoy them for everything else going on.
Wow - that is a long lead in to say that this beer is unique to say that it does this integration very well. It pulls off the balancing act without being boring; in fact it pulls it off so well it does the opposite - this beer is intriguing. It is dark and there is a dark-roasty-malt note to it, but it is also lightly sweet and citrus-y with pronounced bitterness. Both notes are there, but Stone has figured a way to make them play well together. If anything, the hops are more pronounced than the roast, which is the outcome I would’ve chosen (if given a choice). Appearance is quite pretty with a black-red body and tall white head. Aroma is as I’ve described flavor, and mouthfeel is like a solid IPA - not slick like a DIPA might be or cloying like a RIS frequently is.
All the way around - this is a heck of a beer, and I need to see if I can find some of it here in C-bus.
I bought my bottle down in KY, at Party Source in Newport. TonyDiUlio (664) - New Jersey, USA - APR 18, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2010 nice brew enjoyed with james and pat. pours a dark body. nice head which lace well. the aroma was sweet with mango. flavor is fruity hops surprisingly. strap (915) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - AUG 6, 2010
Doesn’t get much better. Dark, complex aroma and taste. Just the right amount of hops and dark malts. The name says it all.
SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Pours jet black with a pleasant tan head. Smells both roast malty and hoppy. Tastes malty at first, and then bitter from hops and then goes malty sweet again. Fuller in body than most other IPAs but not as full as a stout with what can only be described as a creamy texture and little mouth carbonation, Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous finishes dry from hops and sweet from malts. This is outstanding. bozoNZ (778) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 18, 2011
Wow - just about drunk it all before I could concentrate on rating it. Bottle, jet black light tan head retained throughout. The aroma is one I first recall from my beer ’eureka moment’ and is the combination of my two favourites, chinook and amarillo. Its a big full choc/orange Grand Marnier hit that would go equally well with and aged sirloin or chocolate dessert. Sublime indeed thewheelbarrow (10) - Killeen, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2011
It pours as dark as night and has mild hops on the aroma. Upon sipping, the hops hit you heavy with subtle hints of banana. It finishes with a lot of hoppiness but is still very drinkable but not really sessionable. HartManSam (74) - Indiana, USA - MAR 27, 2011
Wow. Great beer. Loved it at first sip. leaves a toasty hoppy finish in my mouth. Wonderful beer. One of my favorites =) VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - MAY 15, 2011
To say that I’ve 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 didn’t 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. It’s huge! Roasted grain and chocolate are buried in the nose. You have to work your way past the incredible hop aroma but they’re in there. Then there’s 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 you’ll 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. It’s slick and despite all the hops never gets sticky. This beer finishes very dry (something I’ve 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. That’s not the best description. Let me put it this way I’ve toasted pine nuts, getting them to the point where they’re almost too dark, and that’s what this malt flavor reminds me of. It’s not burnt, but is right there on the edge. There’s also some definite alcohol warmth but I’m not picking up any fusels in the nose or taste, very impressive. It’s 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 it’s possible, but this is a textbook example of an emerging style.