Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
Stone Brewing

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
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Style:
IPA - Black / Cascadian Dark Ale
Ranked #7
ABV:
8.7%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,332
Avg:
4.24 | pDev: 10.14%
Reviews:
1,967
Ratings:
6,034
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Stone Brewing
 
California, United States
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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
Reviews: 1,967 | Ratings: 6,034 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a nonic style pint glass.

L: Clear and near black, big three finger light brown head, dense foam is very persistent and rocky, leaves good lace.
S: Bright and hoppy nose, more fruity and tropical than roasty.
T: Starting resinous and a touch fruity, moves to an assertive and balanced hop-roast bitterness, aftertaste is roasty.
F: Soft and fluffy with some low astringency, medium carbonation.
O: Nice brew, robust flavor.

Aug 25, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with thick, tan head.

Smell is roasty and fruity with notes of pine, resin, caramel, coffee and chocolate.

Taste is roasty, fruity and solidly bitter. Notes of pine, resin, coffee, fudge and chocolate with a hint of cured meat.

Mouthfeel is medium, chewy and well carbonated.

Overall, a very classic, typical black IPA, very well made.

Jul 31, 2021
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank a single bottle at a friend's house, bottled on date of December 2020. My fourth brew reviewed from these guys, have had many more. Like, don't love black IPAs, but this was solid, especially considering the age.

Jun 26, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Labirratorium. En copa Teku. Jugando a FFX. Nunca entenderé como es que no se populariza este estilo. Aún no he probado black ipa mala, y Stone no iba a ser una excepción. El elevado abv de esta ni se nota, y las deliciosas notas típicas del estilo están muy bien implementadas

Jun 14, 2021
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blazerkor from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It smells fresh and piny like an IPA but with a rich depth that's a little earthy.

It has a bit of a malty taste to it up front. Then it's just really bitter with so much hops.

It's thin bodied.  It has moderate carbonation with a long and bitter finish.

It's good. It's different than an IPA. Overall I'll give it a 4.6 out of 6.

May 10, 2021
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

4.61/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a pitch-black coloration that develops a ruby sheen when held up to the light, with a medium, creamy head. Smells of quite roasted, slightly caramelly malt and resinous, citrus hops, with notes of chocolate, coffee, grapefruit and pine. Taste is a perfect balance of quite roasted, slightly caramelly malt and fruity, bitter and resinous hops, with citrus and lighter tropical notes of grapefruit, lime peel and pineapple, as well as some chocolate, coffee and pine, with hints of licorice and tobacco as well. Finishes with a medium/strong bitterness and some roasted malt, coffee, grapefruit and resinous pine lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

I've been really looking forward to this and it certainly didn't disappoint, probably the best Black IPA I've ever had, which is one of my favorite styles. It just gets that balance of roasted, chocolately malt and bitter, resinous hops just right, with those citrus and spice notes adding layers of depth and complexity to this. Even at 4 months old, those aggressive, bitter and resinous hops still stand out and I especially love those strong, distinct resinous pine notes here. If this is still this bitter and resinous at 4 months old, it must be an absolute revelation when fresh, which is why I have adjusted my score slightly upwards, although I can still very much enjoy the balance of roasted, bitter and sweet notes at this age. An oustanding example of the style that is both aggressive and well-balanced at the same time.

May 09, 2021
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle, RVA12/29/20, EJBY04/28/21; purchased single off shelf at Total Wine... poured into a fat tulip)

L: deep, dark ruby liquid with decent clarity; tall, slow-receding, dense-creamy, tan foam... keeps a messy, broken cap; some flares of lace to and fro

S: piney weed, spicy (blood) orange peel, berry taffy, pine cleaner... later, it settles into a potpourri-ed polyester weathered classic car upholstery

T: caramelized cereal grain, floral light-roast coffee bean, hint of cacao extract; xmas tree finish, highlighted by the ghosts of citrus (bitter white grapefruit)... aftertaste is predominantly herbal, grassy, citrus-pithy bitterness and a fair bit of roasted, toasty malt, but little (rounded) sweetness; so, relatively cleaved dry with begging moreishness... the alcohol gradually adds a sharp edge to the bracing bitter

F: taut, dextrinous texture with layers of electric resins finely buzzing... not the least bit of syrupy viscosity, let alone sticky oils... the bitterness and alcohol provide an almost capsicum heat... about as chill and smooth as it gets at this IBU/ABV; how is this improved?

O: can't remember how long it's been... this was a welcome throwback... it's not quite Wookey Jack (not nearly as much depth, but easily more treble), but it's damn delightful (1754)

May 04, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nearly all black, slightly brown color with a strong off-white head. SRM of 23. (4.25)

Aroma: Mild aromas of chocolate and chocolate malt balls up front. Then there's resinous orange citrus in the middle. Some pineapple and tropical notes as well. (4.00)

Flavor: Chocolate and orange flavors upfront. This turns into an orange citrus, grapefruit, and pine flavor in the middle. Some pineapple and tropical flavors too. Then it follows into a cocoa and chocolate malt finish. As that fades away, the lingering west-coast pine bitterness prevails on the tongue. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Strong carbonation. A strong pine bitterness lingers on the end. Yet, still drinks smooth. (4.00)

Compared to Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale 4/25/21: Pours a darker color. More chocolate, resinous orange, and airy pine. Less burnt caramel, pine with less malts and bitterness. Milder.

Overall: My first black IPA and what a complexity here. Glad to have tried this one. Captures a strong orange citrus, grapefruit hop profile, strong pine, but then toward the end, drinks with a dry cocoa malt and roast profile. However, the classic west-coast Stone pine bitterness prevails through the end and leaves a strong bitterness on the end. Blindly, this one drinks more similar to an American west-coast IPA. I would describe it as a mix of 3/4 Stone IPA and 1/4 dry stout. Very drinkable, enjoyed the style, and would like to see similar beers on the craft market. (Final Rating: 4.12)

Apr 25, 2021
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Glad this is back. There's no commonly available classic version of this style. Black with a huge khaki head. Smells of grapefruit, toasted malt, and light coffee malts. Tastes of sweet caramel and roasted malt for a brief moment before an aggressive grapefruit hop kicks in. Dominates the profile for a bit, becoming bitter and pithy. Back end exhibits some chocolate sweetness and lingering bitterness. Medium body. Aggressive and flavorful. A nice blast from the past and not a beer I've had in years. I probably didn't notice it was gone, but its hiatus reminded me of its quality.

Apr 05, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.89/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Rerate, 355 ml bottle, Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 8.7%. Very dark brown colour, nearly black. Large beige head. Dryish roasty aroma blends in with some fruity hoppy notes, hints of liquorice and sea water. Medium sweet flavour with distinct roasty notes, strong coffee, hints of liquorice and chocolate, followed by a very hoppy finish with resinous and grapefruity notes. Original rating: Shared bottle at hotel room tasting. Black colour, beige head. Very good aroma and flavour, hoppy and moderately roasty. Will definitely buy again when / if I can find it.

Apr 01, 2021
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PathofChaos from Maryland

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
A red so dark its practically black; like magma well on its way to obsidian. Exhales a plush-looking, ivory head with extensive retention. Showcases near-perfect lacing for the first minute or two, then slowly melts apart, becoming loose mesh.

Bouquet:
Hunks of woody, dark malt resting on a small mound of piney soil and grapefruit pith.

Feel:
A medium that’s roasty and fleetingly sweet. Bares light carbonation, which humbly makes way for a dry, herbal finish.

Taste:
Upfront, charry dark malts and caramel coffee, served black. They’re both blasted to bits by a cannonball of piney hops soaked in grapefruit juice, then return as intermittent confetti, drifting around the edges of a predominantly pine-and-licorice linger. An elusive, phantasmagoria of chocolate darts by in a sporadic hit-and-runs, bouncing off the tongue at nearly the exact moment of impact.

Overall:
Hop-forward and impressively complex.

Apr 01, 2021
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BubbleBobble from New York

4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours near black, some ruby hints when held up to the light, slight dark tan head that settles to a thick ring; great. Nose is a pleasant mix of roasted malts and and resinous West Coast hops. Taste follows - rich, chocolatey malt, not overly sweet, combined with fresh dank hops. It's really a great combination - subtle malt sweetness and pine keep it from becoming overly bitter or overly sweet while still challenging the palate throughout. Mouthfeel is ample but not too thick, while the carbonation is sharp enough to cut through like a knife. Great example of a style that I wish there were more of.

Mar 19, 2021
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For me border's on the idea of a WC single stout. Thinner than I thought it would be, but with plenty of dark roasted char flavors with a lingering bitter resinous finish. Expected more from the malt bill in this one given the ABV. Not bad, not awesome. Would drink again, but not reaching for it first

Mar 17, 2021
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2021 Release
12oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one-finger foamy light khaki head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind

S- piney hops on the nose with some charred malt undertones, campfire ash, chocolate and citrus peel close it out

T- initial blast of pine resin and grapefruit zest is followed by notes of charred malt, coffee and chocolate. Caramel and black licorice on the finish with a linger of roasted malt and pine

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a creamy finish

O- one of the better balanced black IPA's with good drinkability

Mar 13, 2021
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark as night with an outstanding three-fingered cola-colored foamy head that lingers quite well.

Aromas of citrus, coffee, char, and caramel malt.

The brew is fleetingly sweet and roasty on the tip of the tongue before citrus and char provide a counterpoint. Just a bit of booze at the finish.

Quite heavy bodied, but the carbonation keeps this off the deck.

About as tasty a Cascadian as I've had.

Mar 13, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown in color with a bitchin two-finger espresso colored head. Very hop forward, very faint amount of some roasted malts, but mainly the aroma is hops. The taste has a lot more complexity than the smell, you definitely have your resiny hop flavor upfront, but the malts are brought out more in the taste than the smell. Has a very subtle taste of chocolate & coffee. Medium-bodied, light-carbonation, dry & bitter finish. I'm really impressed with this beer, most Black IPA's aren't as hop forward & practically end up tasting like a stout. Not this beer, the hops are all there.

Mar 05, 2021
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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown on the pour and jet black in the glass with a formidable light tan head that rises up and slowly succumbs, coating the glass’ rim with sticky lacing
Aroma: Pine sap, earthiness, orange and grapefruit rind, wafts of roast, baker’s cocoa, and fir needles
Taste: Huge roast and rich, dry, and slightly bitter dark chocolate assault the palate to begin, followed by waves of pithy citrus fruit notes and earthiness that peak and crash in the fold. Raw cocoa and unabashed citrus reclaim the lead and hold to the close along with a big hop bite
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, hides the alcohol decently but I can tell it’s a ‘big’ beer, and very dry in both the overall flavor and especially the finish
Overall: This is awesome. I absolutely love this style, especially in its heyday years ago and so was stoked to hear about this gem finally making its reappearance. Everything about it epitomizes what I dig in a black ipa/cda – chocolate, roast, citrus/earthy hops, dry as hell, and bitter. I only pulled the trigger on a single but I will be returning for a full sixer as this stuff is tasty as hell and brings me back to the mid-00’s. Highly recommended for black IPA fans

Mar 01, 2021
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. It pours a dark cola color with a large, creamy, light khaki head and a thick coating of lacing. The smell is malty with notes of citrus, coffee, chocolate, and tobacco. The taste opens with sweetness on the tip of the tongue: roasted malt, dark chocolate, and freshly-brewed coffee. On the back end it's earthy, strongly bitter and slightly acidic. There is lots of resinous pine. The Chinook, Simcoe, and Amarillo hops are on full display. The flavors are big and bold but well balanced. Its mouth feel is moderate in thickness and carbonation and the 8.7% ABV gives it good substance. It doesn't drink like a big beer but you have to pace yourself. Overall, this is one of the best Black IPAs I've had the pleasure to drink. It's only slightly below Carton's Epitome, which is not just my favorite beer of the style but one of my favorite beers period.

Feb 28, 2021
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timon from California

4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The look is part of what separates this from a Russian Imperial Stout: the head here has waay more going on, more lumps, depth, etc, hinting at lots of quality hops. The taste is very much dark chocolate with a tea-like sweetness. The smell is more like dark fruits and liquor. Ya, it's good. It's very good. I'm glad I picked this up.

Feb 25, 2021
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puck1225 from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So happy this beer is back! Hope it stays a while and brings friends!

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Clear dark brown color with nice fluffy beige head and good curtain lacing. Citrus smell and taste. Pleasant earthy bitterness. Very nice roasted malt flavors. Great beer with food. Like I said, I hope to have it available for a while!

Feb 22, 2021
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Rug from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/29/20

This beer seems to be having quite a moment right now. It hasn't been brewed in a few years, and many demanded that Stone bring it back. They finally have, and I'm excited to try it for the first time

Pours a very dark brown with mild ruby highlights and 2 fingers of creamy light brown head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose shows a subtle but enticing juxtaposition between the oily hops and the dark malts. I'm picking up on aromas of dark toast, lightly acidic coffee, dank oily hops, pithy grapefruit, rich chocolate malt, and a hint of smoke

The taste loses a bit of the balance, but it is still tasty. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting oily hops, dark bread, and smooth roasty coffee. The swallow brings notes of intense herbal hops, pithy grapefruit, and a touch of sweet malt for balance

A medium full body pairs with very gentle carbonation, resulting in a beer that's both dry and silky on the way down, ultra drinkable for the abv. Finishes dry and bitter

This was good, but nothing mind blowing. It just seems like a typical Stone IPA but just with dark malts. That being said, it's good for what it is and I could see myself getting it again

Feb 20, 2021
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Specialmick from Connecticut

4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look... its black with a dark brown head.
Smell...faint smell of hops ,citrus. Not much goin on
Taste...Bitter dank roast coffee with a great hop finish. The first time i had this i was definitely blown away and the only reason i am not is because i know what to expect. Duh. With that so awfully said this is a really good unique beer with a lot of character.
Feel...very thin with a somewhat chalky (not in a bad way). Thin body that is very drinkable with salty and sweet snacks
Overall...This is really nice to have for a change of pace and unique goodness. Not a beer i would have all the time but is awesome to have around. I hope Stone continues to carry this beer. You are worthy!!! A can't miss for the first timer

Feb 19, 2021
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KeithHartwig from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Opened on 2-15-21. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Dark w/ a/ finger thick tan head. Clear ruby highlights around the edges.

S: Dank and resinous w/some underlying notes of red berry and chocolate.

T: Piney and resinous flavor upfront that leads into chocolate and vanilla. Some alcohol present that leaves you 'feeling' the beer after its finished.

M: Medium body that leans toward full, but not sweet. Balanced by an assertive bitterness.

O: A very well balanced beer despite the fact that it leans towards the extreme, especially in terms of bitterness and body.

Feb 16, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark hue with minimal head. Hops, pine on the nose. Tastes mildly of pine, coffee, malt with a slightly bitter finish. Low carbonation, and goes down very smooth. Drinkable but overrated.

Feb 14, 2021
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Industry Public House. 2/13/21. Can't sit at bar....covid....

THE best black IPA I've had to date because it is very bright, and hoppy. Not as smokey as other blacks I've had.

Feb 13, 2021
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