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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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4.22/5
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5,929 Ratings
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:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#922
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
5,929
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
309
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3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SailIntoTheStout
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.54/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a nice looking black color with an eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sliding semi-stringy lace ran down the glass fairly nice.
The aroma had some roasted almonds, citrus peel, slight grapefruit, then coffee grounds, dark chocolate nibs, and had a slight chalk-like malt backbone.
The flavor had that dry chalky roasty sort of almond to coffee ground taste pretty bold and up front pummeling the dark chocolate further into the background. Super chalky dry/coffee ground aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied, perhaps just a touch under but having a decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt appropriate. ABV felt appropriate. Finish was super dry with some citrus, grapefruit and coffee grounds.
Overall, though reviewed fresh, I have to admit, it's not exactly one of the best black IPA's on the market, I guess that's why this got retired.

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Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of duceswild
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Narthax
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duvel1979
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TGS
3.77/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbenson
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
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 -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtac
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chard_wells
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlunderfulGuy
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Electros
4.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of stage_master
3.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Duhast500
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HermitDan
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of brayton
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisledTitan
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.77/5  rDev -34.4%
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 +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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 +5.9%
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 -43.1%
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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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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