Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,925
Reviews:
1,914
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
304
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TGS
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbenson
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Solid Pepsi with a bourbon diffuse color and a thick, black in the body. The head is as thin as they come and colored burnt umber. It's definitely odd, especially for an IPA.
Smell: Vibrant Citrus notes of orange peel and cantaloupe. It has a decent presence of roasted malt character with notes of almonds and walnuts.
Taste: Sweet and layered. Stronger malt character than most IPAs. Strong notes of citrusy fruits including grapefruit and orange. Notes of oak with a little bit of spices, bourbon, and a hint of chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated entry with a thicker body. The sweet finish sticks in the tongue making you crave another sip. Dynamic and drinkable but thinner than I'd like.
Overall: a peculiar blend of styles that nails the taste but falls short in it's consistency.

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtac
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chard_wells
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
4.69/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stage_master
3.46/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of brayton
3.53/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.77/5  rDev -34%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Glad this is retired. The quintessential way to make a terrible black IPA. All roast, bitterness and astringency. Like biting into a piece of chalk wrapped in powder instant coffee particles. Have another beverage ready to wash out your mouth after drinking this.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with nice tan head and good lacing. Smell consists of some dark chocolate, hops, and little hit of coffee and a malty zest. Flavor is nice, hops hit you up front with little pine, the malt and bits of chocolate/coffee break into the mix. The finish is dry and hoppy. Overall this is a very pleasant beer, well done Stone.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours a clear but very dark brown, looks opaque unless held to light. Head is light tan, pillowy, and dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of toasted biscuit, coffee, and piney and woody hops.

Tastes of pine and honey on toasted biscuit, woody hop finish. Bit of caramel on the follow-up.

Medium to full body with a bite of carbonation on the tongue.

Delicious IPA with some dark beer elements that mesh perfectly. Great pour, great taste, great feel. Nothing is short of excellent. A must-try.

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Photo of Handwaver
2.4/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Maybe something's off with my smeller, but I smell very little from this brew. Taste is nice at first, but it has that bit of funky taste that is the reason I don't drink Porters. Not bad, but not something I will drink again.

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

Photo of Prager62
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle dated 07/09/16 with enjoy by 11/06/16 poured in a Stone snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a medium thick oily black with a generous finger of tan foam that settles leaving ample lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, pine and some char.

Taste- Dark roast and pine forward followed by solid floral notes and a hint of char in the finish.

Feel- Oily and quite thick like an oatmeal stout with a semi dry finish.

Overall- Not my favorite style, but I found this one rather interesting. It tasted like a blend of stout/porter with an IPA. Worth a shot for fans of the style.

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Photo of Stooven
3.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Definitely not retired: was part of the summer 2016 sampler pack distributed nationwide. Reminds me most of Wookey Jack. Is Jekyll and Hyde in regards to being imbibed straight from the bottle and poured into a glass (the latter is recommended. Without reservation.) The juiciness of the hop profile is alternatingly all-for and against the dark wheat ale profile. It's smoother than your garden-variety bubbly porter, less substantial than a stout. The aftertaste calls for a stronger coffee residue but is somewhat astringent. Has upside. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of dasotelo50
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bartleby91
4.99/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So happy this is back even if it is just for a limited amount of time.
Appearance is black with a tan two finger head. Some redness as well when held up to light.
Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, citrus, floral and resiny hop along with some malt sweetness. Really nice and complex.
Tastes are citrus, resiny pine, malt sweetness, chocolate.
The palate is medium plus with a nice creaminess that lingers really well. Big bitterness as well that stays.
Overall this is probably still my favorite beers aer from stone. The best black ipa I have had.

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