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
Black IPA
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,534
4.22 | pDev: 10.19%
May 04, 2023
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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Rated: 4.12 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

May 04, 2023
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Reviewed by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours pitch black with a small light brown head. Smells of grassy hops with very slight dark roasted grain. Tastes of citrus and earthy hops, with nice chocolate notes. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a very good beer.
Dec 18, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by Ananabiya

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 3.72 by not2quick from Missouri

Nov 23, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by dms1767 from Nebraska

Oct 19, 2022
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, roasted malts. Taste is dank, pine, light roasted malts, a touch of alcohol, significant bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
Oct 16, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by akk14 from Illinois

Sep 18, 2022
Rated: 3.39 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Harrison8 from Missouri

4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours black with a couple fingers of khaki foam. Aroma is sticky resin, with toasty and roasty malts underneath. Sticky, but dark, with earthy undertones. Flavor profile is sticky resin and mild dank hops, with roasty and toasty malts underneath. Caramel and earthy flavors build as the beer warms. It's a really sticky IPA, but with dark stout undertones. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a mild velvet, fluffy texture. Very low grit. Overall, sticky dark beer, which is always a juxtaposition, but in a favorable way.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegelau tulip from a 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes.
Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by DeaconWhite82 from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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.
May 15, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by runlikeakenyan from Indiana

Apr 30, 2022
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Rated by cbuzz24 from Mississippi

4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by sodavisions from Michigan

4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by laketang from Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.19 by beerrat from Virginia

Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.88 by DrewTheBrew from Ohio

Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by MarshalLovesBeer

5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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
Rated: 4 by DerwinWentworth from Utah

Mar 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.66/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 3.81 by Sparty1965 from Michigan

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by RollDamnTide from Florida

Mar 12, 2022
Rated: 4.67 by hester7 from Texas

Mar 06, 2022
Rated: 3.77 by HighwayChile from Kansas

Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by Skabiski from Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by NCSapiens from Indiana

4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.12 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.32 by Suku from Maryland

Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.38 by o29 from Texas

Feb 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Valdez_Mescalito from Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.19 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Feb 03, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Feb 03, 2022
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Reviewed by whynot44 from Missouri

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.4 by arini10 from Oregon

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.93 by Connybumbum from Colorado

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 4.03 by bpkrippner from Missouri

Jan 27, 2022
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