Tasting: August 6, 2011
Style: Black IPA
Sublimely (adverb): Tending to inspire awe usually because of elevated quality.
Self-Righteous (adjective): confident of one’s own righteousness, especially when smugly moralistic and intolerant of the opinions and behavior of others.
Well if you follow Stone — that about sums them up. You have to love Stone’s attitude. They make awesome beer, they know it, you know it and they shamelessly flaunt it by branding themselves as arrogant. On their Arrogant Bastard bottles, they have the phrase, “You Are Not Worthy”. That always induces a smile. I’m just hoping that if I ever have the pleasure of visiting their brewery in California, that they’ll actually let me sit down.
This brew was first created as Stone’s 11th anniversary ale in 2007 — this one was so popular it stuck around. I’m awaiting their 15th anniversary ale. Apparently, it will also be a black IPA (called Escondidian Imperial Black IPA) and should be available sometime after August 15th.
This ale is 8.7 ABV. Pour is dark as a cola with light tan head that lingers on nicely. Very hoppy nose – grapefruit, pine. Taste is a coniferous hop punch, followed with some almost burnt malts and some spiciness like a mix of pepper and alcohol. This is a very enjoyable medium-bodied ale. I would describe it as a wonderful cross pollination of a Imperial IPA and a traditional stout. Worthy of 91 points from me.
While on the subject of Stone’s Anniversary beer – Read my opinion on Stone’s 14th Anniversary beer — Here