J_man (1025) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 26, 2016
Well, this is fairly ridiculous. I thought I was looking this up to reminisce about this beer and see what I said about it, but apparently I never got around to rating it! I’m enjoying my last bottle of it since it is now gone forever (but replaced by Enjoy By Black IPA which is also excellent). This was a great early beer by Stone and I’m guessing they may do a "Encore Performance" run of it some day like they’re doing for others. Anyway, nice roasted malt aroma with lots of hoppyness coming out of a very dark brown but crystal clear body with a light tan head. Dark chocolate and cocoa up front with biting astringency following this which I think is both the hops and the alcohol working together. Earthy and citrusy, the hops really round out the dark roasted husky malt. Ends with more chocolate and cocoa on the tongue with a lasting bitter burn in the back. Farewell you sublimely self-righteous bastard, you will be missed and remembered. R4N5H (1375) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 25, 2015
12oz bottle, picked up in Tokyo (2014), and consumed on 25-Dec-2015. Stored carefully, but still BBE Mar-2015. Dark, close to black in colour with a medium sized tan coloured head, which dissipated pretty quickly. Full body and soft carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, caramel and pine. Bitter on the palate. Flavour of sweet malt, bread, molasses - very hoppy up front. Worth the wait. bulldogops (2874) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
Rating #1297 21.10.2014 - On tap at Stone launch @craftbeeryeg. Pours a California back alley black with a bubbly tan head. Aroma is a violent clash between toasted malt, and floral piney hops. Taste is extremely hoppy, tempered with a pleasant coffee, chocolate, burnt sugar sweetness that disguises any alcohol on the palate and rounds out the hoppy bitterness, and is beyond refreshing. Unreal hoppy black beauty. weordie (1472) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 8, 2015
pours black with a huge cappuccino head. Lots of earthy smells to the aroma. A very malty taste is followed through with a hint of bitterness and a light coffee finish. This is a very nice beer. Lukasmh (780) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with light frothy beige cream head, lasting. Aroma is sweet old dank hops, yammy, mellow, roast, coffee, ripe berries, chocolate, light fruity, light herbal and grass, light candy, some wet tobacco. Aroma is reminiscent of an old oldschool IIPA. Taste is quite roasty, grassy, sweet malts, coffee, dark chocolate, old hops, light fruity, liquorice. Really balanced roast against the hops. Piny resinous finish, dry, bitter roast and hops. Lasting finish, with light tobacco. Light oily body.
Vestergaard (2091) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2015
Vintage bottle thanks to LukasMH (Est. 2013). Pours a dark reddish brown with a big, tan head. Aroma has roasted malts, old hops, slight grassy, not in an earthy way though. Piny, tobacco, slight strawberry, licorice, black currants. Taste suffers surprisingly little from the ageing. Sweet, malty, piny and grassy up front, bitter roasted and hoppy finish. You can tell that it’s old, but it is pretty darn good anyways. Oily, sharp body and an average carbonation. kambei70 (1136) - - OCT 2, 2015
Fairly dark black, border line cola color with half finger light khaki head. Smells of rye, dark malt, anise, piney hops, a little dark fruit. Taste is a dark grain/rye like bitter, burnt charred, cigarette ash, anise, a tiny bit of coffee and chocolate, pine hops. Good representation of the style
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone koleminer20 (4176) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - SEP 24, 2015
From notes. Enjoyed on September 19 at Travis’ house. Poured from a 22 oz bottle labeled as Stone 11th Anniversary that was produced in 2007. Should be interesting. The pour is great. It’s a dark brown with some ruby or garnet shining through and a couple fingers of an off white head that leaves some decently soapy lace. The aroma is definitely oxidized up front. There is some leather, and a little bland old hoppiness. There is a good roast present, and a light bitterness that is sure to have faded over time. I would have liked to try this fresh, but I suppose I can go buy a Sublimely Self Righteous if I feel the need. The flavor is more oxidized. There is a little hoppiness, and maybe some decent roast, but this one had just blended together into a roasty, oxidized fluid with a hint of bitterness. It’s disappointing. The mouth feel is thin and light with an off carbonation and a lingeringly roasted, oxidized finish. Might need to get a Sublimely... Hopmaestro (1825) - Örebro, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2015
Aroma is rosated and hoppy with hints of chocolate and licorice. The smooth and slight grassy hops brings a refreshing taste to this mighty fine brew. Pleasant bitterness.
katrinaez (2358) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 26, 2015
Very heavy. Super thick and not to hoppy but very even and balanced. Fills the whole mouth and sticks. Tap and bottle