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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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1,888 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,888
Hads: 5,845
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 18.33%
Wants: 291
Gots: 778 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 1,888 | Hads: 5,845
Photo of Solrac2k
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%

Dark, sweet, vanilla notes, chocolate flavor, spices (chicory?), balanced and smooth with a somewhat peaty and toasted malt finish that reminds one of a hearty stout. 8.6/10 not spectacular and doesn't remind one of an IPA, where are the hops?

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Photo of mr-jj
4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter from a bomber. Review from 4/14/14.

Color is black with a thin tan head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma is grassy hops with caramel sweetness.
Flavor is intense piney hops on the palate that mellows to allow some deep roasted coffee to show through. Finish is mildly bitter with a malty aftertaste.
Medium to full body with moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel.

Overall, an excellent example of this style of beer. Definitely in the top tier.

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Photo of TheRaven
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

If you think you would like to try a variety of Black IPAs, don't try this one first... it will ruin the genre because you won't find another like it. One of the most enjoyable beers I've ever had.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am getting into black IPA's, actually, I have been for a while bu this is the first time I have reviewed one.

Appearance: Black, but not totally light free, there is some light that escapes, looks very much like a porter. Not totally black and absorbs light like a Imperial stout, but from a distance you might think that it was.

Aroma: Some hops, burned malts, some caramel sweetness, but nothing like a stout. This is an animal all of its own.

Taste: Hops, bitterness, like a bitter dark chocolate, but definitely like an IPA, but with some charred malts incorporated. It is what you would expect to taste if you blended a pale ale or mild IPA with a light stout or porter. I am intrigued by this combination.

Overall: I like this style of beer, its not better than any of the other ones I have had, but its not really worse. They all are around the same in quality, at least the ones that I have tried. This one is worth seeking out. I have a 4 pack of Founders Dark Penance I am looking forward to trying, I am interested in seeing how this compares.

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Photo of Mikefriedman90
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown pour, nearly black. Can really taste and smell the hops. Strong, bitter, dark beer- but drinkable, not too filling. Another solid stone beer, great black IPA

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Photo of dmgeng
4.61/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like black IPAs and Stone's offerings so I knew I wouldn't be disappointed.

A - Nice rich black color. Off white colored head with fine bubbles and light lacing.

S - Tons of citrusy, hoppy goodness and then some roasty aroma.

T - Great NW hops that provides a ton of flavor coating the palate. There is a sweet roasty character that compliments the hops very well. There is a strong bitterness from both the hops and the roasted malt but there is a sweet malty character that helps balance.
M - Moderate mouth-feel. Moderate carbonation. The mouth-feel allows the flavors to be savored and the carb helps the hops pop.

Overall, this is an amazing black IPA. Definitely a beer that I could drink often. I wouldn't want more than a couple at a time due to the tremendous flavor impact and bitterness but it is a tasty brew.

Glass- Snifter

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Photo of Guess2814
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly digging this beer... Solid right across the board.. Taste is right.. Look is always cool beans with Stone.. The smell has a nice hoppy Porter type smell.. Loving it.. Stone brewery never disappoints...

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Photo of NickPiezzo
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: probably the best looking beer I've ever seen, beautifully dark with a nice creamy head and nice bubbles
S:smells like an ipa with a hint of chocolate
T: a unique blend of 2 of my favorite beers, an ipa with a slight chocolate and maybe a hind of almond flavors. It has a strong hoppiness with noticeable citrus notes. A power fullbodied flavor of hops citrus and chocolate, possibly my favorite beer I've ever had
F:leaves a nice hoops flavor on your mouth that leave you asking for more
O: poured into a glass from a 1 pint 6 fl Oz single serve big boy bottle. Was excited to try this and it way exceeded my expectations a top notch brew.

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Photo of bgillespie
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thick tan head and a ton of lacing.

Smell: Pine, roasted malt, hops.

Taste: Very hoppy with burnt malts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body.

Overall: Great beer, smooth, delicious, ton of hops.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 12/05/14.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Drippy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Hops, booze and dark roasted malt. The hops are grassy and the booze plays off the malt sweetness to create a brown sugar/caramel quality.

T- All the elements come together in a big wave of semi-astringent aggression where it's all happening so fast you can't pin down which tastes are which. There's some coffee that's cut off by the hop bitterness that's interrupted by the sweetness from the malt that's abruptly diverted by the alcohol. All this chaos comes to an end once the palate acclimates and everything starts to make sense. The hop flavors start to work in harmony with the coffee and char notes that once seemed to be random. The booze bite goes away and the sweetness acts as a mediator between everything else to present the profile's complexity as a whole. Remarkable.

M- Somewhat creamy and quite viscous with a bit of a tingle from the hops and medium carbonation. Fullish body.

O- Though I feel like this beer is better realized and a bit smoother on draft, the bottled version certainly does it justice. An unforgiving Black IPA that is the prototype for all other Black IPAs.

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Photo of FLima
4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black mahogany color with a one finger head with medium retention.
Bold aroma with strong pine notes, voracious yeast and earth.
Intense Flavor with notes of tea bags, pine, toasted malts, licorice, coffee, grapefruit, concentrated lemon and charcoal.
Very dry aftertaste with an eternal lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
Alcohol of 8.7% is superbly well hidden.
Intense Black IPA, a hop juice with lots of pine notes. For hop heads and illuminated only.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4,25

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Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.25): Black with a two finger tan head

Smell (4.25): pine and fruity hops prominent with undertones of caramel and roasted malts

Taste (4.25): Hops upfront that fades into slight roasted malts

Mouthfeel(4.25): Silky medium body with substantial bitterness

Overall (4.25): Id rather have an IPA or a stout, but as far as Black IPAs go, this has to be one of the benchmarks. My favorite in the style so far. One part hops and one part roasted malts. Good stuff!

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Photo of Dwkasper
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

A: Dark, black oil color. Thick, light khaki head. Crystally lacing

S: Very earthy, wood, slight fruit hops and slight grassiness. I actually smell a little toasted marshmallow as I keep drinking it.

T: Very mellow, subdued and earthy. Smooth and not has heavy as you would expect. Just a faint bitterness to let you know that the hops are there.

M: Not thick, not light, just right. Little carbonation with chalky finish

O: Awesome, awesome beer. Black IPAs are always a hit or miss for me and this is right on. Would definitely drink again and it's probably my favorite bottled Stone Brewery beer.

Update: Just tried this beer with steak, blue cheese and soy sauce and it tasted amazing. This beer goes perfect with really savory food.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.7/5  rDev +11.9%

Appearance: An opaque, ebony brew with a smooth tan head that melts quickly due to the high alcohol content, but still leaves lacing on the glass. 2/3

Aroma: Refreshing C-hops mix surprisingly well with roasty coffee notes from the malt. Some tropical fruit aromas add additional brightness and complexity. 12/12

Taste: Roasted, almost smoky malt leads to well brewed coffee flavors that mix nicely with a heavy sigh of citrus, earth, and pine. Almost reminiscent of a rauchbier, as the smoky flavors give way to some uniquely savory tastes. 19/20

Mouthfeel: Medium body leads the way to a dry finish, thanks to a medium dose of carbonation. Slight chewiness brings additional depth to the flavor, while typical IPA bitterness reminds us that the beer is ultimately "true to style." 5/5

Overall: A unique, delicious, well-crafted IPA that balances black smokiness with bright hops. There definitely exists the notion that by calling upon unquestionable expertise, this beer achieves the nearly unthinkable. Absolutely incredible. 9/10

TOTAL: 47/50

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Photo of WoostaBia
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Black IPAs are one of my favorite beer creations. The creativity of balancing roasted malty goodness and hops that complement these flavor produces amazing beers. Stone's Black IPA is a great example of a complex amazing beer. The taste is well balanced of malt sweetness and hop bitterness with an acidic middle taste of mild balsamic vinegar.

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Photo of AirBob
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

A - About 2 fingers of light khaki head. Great lacing and retention. Deep black body.

S - Floral hops and sweet malt with a touch of orange.

T - Floral hops, roasted malt, more floral hops and sweet orange. Very little bitterness.

M - Full bodied with medium-low carbonation. Easy drinking for the high abv.

O - I expected a lot more roasted malt and bitterness considering the style, but it was a great beer nonetheless. I'm thinking that the bottle I had was past its prime as far as intense hoppiness, but for some reason a lot of great hop flavors stuck around. Flavor profile reminded me of Terry's Chocolate Orange.

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Photo of tkdchampxi
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%

So I had this (7 years old) side by side with Stone's 10th Anniversary (8 years old). Not bad, practically a barleywine-but I'm just gonna come out and say it. It could have used another year of age.

Tasted like a cross between a barleywine and an IPA, and, at this point, I would have preferred if it just went full IPA.

Muddy, brown color. Not flat, astonishingly.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%

Pours black with some deep amber highlights. One inch head that clings to the glass quite well. Definite hop presence in the aroma, slight citrus, and roasted coffee. Taste has a pretty strong vanilla component blending nicely with pine and citrus hop. Great black IPA, its nice to see this style picking up some momentum!

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Photo of chicagoish
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

very tasty. Hoppy front with strong backbone. Great Balance. No overt alcohol taste even tho it's 8.70 ABV. Came in a very reasonably priced variety case way here on the east coast. Happy with this one

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Photo of StoutdeSuite
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

I am not an IPA fan by nature - I gravitate towards the 'Dark Side.' This is the Skywalker of IPAs. Bringing the malty darkness akin to a Sith Lord with the tremendous zest of a good Jedi IPA... OK - done with the StarWars analogies. A very good IPA for us stout fans.

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Photo of orangemoustache
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

First BA review in a few years! Dark ruby when held to the light with big sheets of thick lacing. Great aromas from this one, malty and dark roasted notes, slightly sweet and subtle vanilla. Soft on the pallet with a nice hop texture, finishing with a lasting dryness till the next sip. Very balanced BIPA, lending itself to the the hoppy side of the range. The strong ABV is controlled and not overpowering, but shows on the finish. I really like this offering from Stone and see it as one to judge others.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Stone Brewing Co.
Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
“Enjoy By” date of 10/20/2014 printed on bottle
Date Reviewed: September 7th, 2014
Glass of Choice: IPA Glass
12 fluid ounce bottle

Eyes: A dense tan head collapsed and left a good amount of sticky lacing. Dark brown body… coffee coloured would best describe this body as it had a translucent brown glow around the edges of the glass.

Nose: The hops hit the nose hard: primarily floral with minor herbal traces. Very subtle presence of toasted malts… subtle may be too generous of a description here.

Taste: An explosion of floral and herbal hop flavours hit the tongue right off the bat. A weak backbone of toasted grains and coffee made up the malts. The brewers over at Stone nailed the balance here… just the right amount of warm, toasty malts to showcase a very fresh and heavy hop flavour. Medium-bodied. Moderate-heavy carbonation.

Overall: Excellent black IPA. A real treat for hop-heads.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really am not a fan of black IPA's but this is one of the best it seems. The appearance was nice being very dark brown and a tan head that lasts a bit. The smell is full of hops but not much else it would seem. The taste though was very different. Starting out with a lot of floral notes in the beginning gave way to a semi sweet malt finish that I found very refreshing. Would highly recommend.

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Photo of Act25
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amazing, must try beer. Best black IPA ever.

A: The head capped the beer and lasted for an hour as I let it come to cellar temp.
Bold, black body, creamy thick head like a stout.

S: Hops forward, but crazy original salt & sweet malts in the background. Prominent pine, charcoal, summer hay, herbs.

T: Earthier, but follows the smell profile. Deeply complex. Kind of like a strong ale or Belgian in the sweet malt backbone, but with more charcoal and chalk.

MF: Good body, then chalk-like crispness, dry finish.

Amazing beer, starts more amazing than it finishes. Compares well with Arrogant Bastard, which stands as an all-time fave.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Stone variety pack, poured into pint glass. Enjoy by 10/02/14.

Black body with reddish hints when held up against a light. Small tan colored head, well carbonated, and good lacing.

Faint sweetness on the nose.

Taste was very nice, sweet with only a very faint bitterness. Roasted malts come out at the end. (Similar pattern to Arrogant Bastard) Mouth was around medium.

I personally do not really understand Black Ales/IPA's, seems to me there are always much better options on either the IPA or stout side. This one seems to favor the stout side. Taste seem to improve as the ale warmed up toward room temperature. Overall, an enjoyable drink.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,888 ratings.