Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
Stone Brewing

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
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Stone Brewing
California, United States
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #6
Ranked #2,497
4.22 | pDev: 10.19%
Yesterday at 06:20 PM
Sep 02, 2007
Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
Notes: First brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this ale was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didn't last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldn't be any more. For us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this ale. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self-righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.

90 IBU
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4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

Picked up a six pack, pours almost black. Strong flavor that was great. Makes you feel great. Became my go to beer for about a month. Did my job to bring it back next year.

Yesterday at 06:20 PM
4.25 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana on Apr 30, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

Great in between beer. I love stouts, I love IPAs. This one is perfectly in between for me.

Apr 26, 2022
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4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
by sodavisions from Michigan

LOOK: black in the glass with a finger of foam, opaque, coarse bubbles, lots of lacing
SMELL: super dank, roasted coffee and pine
TASTE: the perfect 50/50 between stout and IPA. Chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, with a nice hoppy finish.
FEEL: Heavy and dry, mildly carbonated.
OVERALL: Incredible, but not a regular drink. Super delicious for special occasions.

Apr 11, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by laketang from Arizona

Deep dark brown in color.
Nice roast notes, floral.
Man that first sip is deep in roasty malt flavor and good hops too. Caramelized flavor and some char character.
Medium to full and long finish.
Boy I am glad to finally try this and I want more.

Apr 09, 2022
4.19 by beerrat from Virginia on Apr 09, 2022
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4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Reef from South Carolina

12 oz. can packaged 1/5/22 poured into a nonic pint glass.

Mahogany brown color with two fingers fine tan head. Full lacing curtains and 1 cm. cap.
Pine, plum, grapefruit, light toasted malt aromas.
Citrus, light licorice, raisin, dark chocolate, light char flavors.
Good bitter hop mouthfeel initially, more flavors appears across the tongue. Great lasting carbonation. No alcohol heat. Dry finish.
Great flavor combination with the piney hops and dark malt. Always a place for this beer.

Apr 03, 2022
3.88 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio on Apr 03, 2022
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by MarshalLovesBeer

I’m very impressed with Stone for this one—most Stone IPAs have the same exact generic bitterness; however, this one is different; this one has a balanced hop flavor, balanced bitterness, and is oh-so-smooth. Pours a dark brown like the color of the glass bottle it came in, yet looks basically black poured into a glass. Has a head you would expect from a darker beer like this…the head dissipated but still left a thin lingering layer…the lacing is wonderful. The 8.7% ABV is extremely well-hidden in this brew. Honestly—this does leave your tongue longing for more sip after sip, with the melody of flavors. I’m about 2/3 done with this 1 pt 6 oz bottle and I have no idea why I’m already feeling buzzed. Nice work on a unique brew, Stone. Try it while you can as it is a limited re-release.

Mar 30, 2022
4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah on Mar 23, 2022
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4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

Very different from other black ipa's. The look is the same but the hop characters are very different. Not as malty but happy and delicious. Grassy and floral but very drinkable.

Mar 20, 2022
4.35 by RollDamnTide from Florida on Mar 12, 2022
4.5 by hester7 from Texas on Mar 06, 2022
3.77 by HighwayChile from Kansas on Mar 05, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Whyteboar from Michigan

Poured cola brown and looked black in the glass.
Aroma was actually hoppy for me, which was surprising as most black “IPAs” are more malty than hoppy.
Taste followed, this actually tastes like an IPA, with an abundance of malty flavors like coffee and cocoa.
Feel is excellent too, almost crushable in mouth feel, very crisp like almost.
Glad I finally found one to try, I’ll be on the lookout.

Mar 03, 2022
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4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Skabiski from Maryland

Pours black with a tan head. Smells of hoppy goodness and roasted malt. The flavor of the dark malt with the hops is outstanding. Lingering bitterness.I am glad I finally got to try this one.

Feb 26, 2022
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4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by NCSapiens from Indiana

This is probably the best black IPA I have ever had due to the roasted malts and chocolate undertones.

L: Nearly black with brown highlights and tan bubbles with good retention.
S: Citrus peel and roasted malt.
T: Toasted malts, citrus fruit bitter hops, chocolate and coffee. Interesting combination not common in an IPA.
F: medium body.
O: excellent and unique.

Feb 21, 2022
4.12 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia on Feb 21, 2022
4.32 by Suku from Maryland on Feb 18, 2022
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Korbynlehr from Kentucky

Poured from can dark black but not thick like a stout. Head was slightly tan that left decent lacing. Nose is dank like an old school IPA. Taste is sort of chocolate or cocoa, but then it fades to a bitterness that had sticking power. Took a while for the bitterness to fade (GOOD THING!) Good beer.

Feb 13, 2022
4.38 by o29 from Texas on Feb 06, 2022
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4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

January 2022 Special Release - 6 pack
12 oz. can dated 12/22/21 - 8.7% ABV / 90 IBU
Brewed and canned in Richmond, VA
Poured into a Bell's branded tulip snifter glass

Look - Pours a thick and dense light tan head that leaves lacing. Pitch black appearance with small amounts of light coming through revealing a reddish hue.
Smell - Not getting much aroma from the beer while it's cold. Maybe some toasted malt. As the beer warms, there's the scent of pine, grapefruit, coffee, and faint dark fruit coming forth.
Taste - Initial taste is charred malt and pine that brings a nice bitterness. Getting light chocolate and citrus flavors as the beer warms. Also getting dark fruit and berry qualities. Can't detect any alcohol flavor.
Feel - Medium bodied with a sharp mouthfeel and you can feel the booze burn on the back of the tongue. Has a fairly dry finish.
Overall - Nice hop flavors that balance well with the smoky malt. Easy to drink despite the high ABV.

Feb 05, 2022
4.19 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania on Feb 03, 2022
4.22 by TargaFlorio from Indiana on Feb 03, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by whynot44 from Missouri

Clear, very dark brown, near black with a substantial foamy tan head that persists and produces some nice lacing.
The aroma is pine resin and caramel with some notes of raisin and plum.
The taste is dark roast malt, pine, caramel, plums, coffee and dark chocolate with a lingering dark roast bitterness that outlasts the hops, very bold and robust.
The body is solidly medium, very smooth, good carbonation level.
Altogether this is an outstanding example of this style and a very enjoyable brew for the hops lovers.Very nice!

Jan 30, 2022
4.4 by arini10 from Oregon on Jan 29, 2022
4.93 by Connybumbum from Colorado on Jan 29, 2022
4.03 by bpkrippner from Missouri on Jan 27, 2022
3.94 by StArnoldFan from Texas on Jan 23, 2022
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4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by q33jeff from New Jersey


can to snifter.

LOOK: dark black, greyish white medium head, very good retention.

AROMA: roasted barley, oat, oak, maple?

TASTE: a touch of hoppy and smoky, but mostly roasted malt and ash

FEEL: a touch astringent, but smooth enough. medium body.

very well crafted. like a good dark ale with a bite.

Jan 22, 2022
4.19 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Jan 21, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DrBeergood from Ohio

L: Dark amber. Hazy. Light tan head. Glossy. Looks good.

S: Lots of hops and character right away.

T: Lots of hops. Caramelization. Does it's job. The 8.7% is hidden well.

F: More complex flavors emerge as your palate adjusts. Cascading finish.

O: Pretty okay. It's not perfect. But it's GOOD.

Jan 20, 2022
4.02 by wilymobastardo from California on Jan 12, 2022
3.29 by KT3418 from Colorado on Dec 16, 2021
4.23 by uncleotis from Illinois on Dec 10, 2021
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4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Paradox1000 from Florida

Pleasantly surprised and really enjoy this! Highly recommended!

Dec 05, 2021
3.73 by hophugger from Virginia on Dec 03, 2021
3.89 by Winzlow from Florida on Nov 27, 2021
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