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. JAG55 (77) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - OCT 5, 2011
22 oz bomber poured in pint glass: burnt malt aroma, resin, chocolate, citrus; pitch black, with frothy brown head and good lacing; very bitter, medium sourness, like pineapple and grapefruit with some syrup; full body, creamy, sticky, soft carbonation, bitter, long finish, maybe the finest brew I’ve had. wlajwl (7012) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2011 Very spicy in aroma, taking over all of the aroma. In flavor the hops and malts are very balanced with a deep chocolate flavor to it. Can’t really say there’s anything at all wrong with this, the very best in the style for sure. Sathorael (159) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 6, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2012 Very unique beer. Poured from 2 litre growler into Duvel tulip. Great beer over all areas. I will drink this again. Lucky for me it is readily available and brewed down the street! PushermanK6 (4) - Medford, Oregon, USA - JAN 19, 2013 does not count
Best black ipa. Sweet brown sugar with mellow earthy aroma. Starts dark roasty and sweet. Ends with full bore aggressive bitter. The bitter sneaks up on you but awakens your taste buds with awesomeness.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Excellent Black IPA. I love the roasted malt. It complements the bitter hops well.
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Closest to perfection as me. Lots of good flavor and aroma. The aftertaste is good and there is still a long time. finn1918 (234) - Georgia, USA - APR 30, 2013
12oz, $3.50 from Total Wine, BB 5/15/13. Pours inky black with a 1-finger light tan/off-white head. Aroma is typical Stone-stle hop punch: floral and pine dominate. Taste is boozy, roast malts, cocoa powder, and a big floral hop punch, although not as bitter as some. Nice cocoa/hop finish that lingers for a while. Mouthfeel is fairly light and silky for the style. A good food beer, but a bit too dry to stand on its own. Excellent, but truthfully, a little overpriced. Some equally good beers can be had for a few dollars less. Buukwurm (42) - California, USA - JUL 9, 2016
Poured a deep, deep brown bordering on black with a creamy head. Smells of citrus with undertones of pine. Tastes like a cross between an IPA and a stout with a good deal of maltiness poking through the initial bitterness. The carbonation is a little lively. The body is medium. Overall, a truly great ale. phiconners (152) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2007
Pours a dark brown, large beige head. Hops dominates the aroma. Flavor is strong hops, but you pick up the malt afterwards which makes it a little creamier. Fantastic beer, Stone is unbeatable.