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:
5,926
Reviews:
1,914
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber served in a pint glass, the artwork is awesome!

A - Dark obsidian with little light on edges with a 2 finger fluffy ecru head with excellent retention and good lacing.

S - Rich pungent malt with molasses, raisins, a bit of floral hops and some brown sugar.

T - Very richly sweet malt and molasses sugar with dark fruits to follow then very well complementing floral and piney hops with a crisp bitter finish. A nice bit of EtOH throughout.

M - Full body, moderate carbonation, chewy, creamy.

O - Such a neat style, one of the first I've tried and I really like the black ipas. This is a standout beer and one of my favorite from Stone. This was my sublimely awesome 100th review!!!!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.25

Just for the hell of it, I'm reviewing the UK-only cask version of this beer, which (to add to the fun) was available on gravity dispense from a cask mounted on the bar. That won't happen often.

This brew (part of the Wetherspoons fest) is UK-brewed by Stone and is significantly moderated down to 5% from the normal strength. Still, it retains the essence of the original with a massive hop punch involving a piney overall taste, coupled with an understated coffee/roast presence and a long bitter finish. Very bitter.

Appearance was naturally flat, with a small cream-coloured head lasting reasonably well on top of the blackness. Aroma was all wet hop impact.

Mouthfeel...er...not the brewer's fault, but that presence on the bar counter, with only a thin jacket for "cooling"...meant the beer was virtually room temperature, much too warm for any beer, never mind a black IPA. However (making imaginative adjustments for the heat), I'm giving high marks for the beer that lurks within the warmth, which is a bitter hop delight. If it had been on hand-pump, they would have needed a crowbar to prise me away.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a black, dense, heady brew. When held to the light, it's a blackish-brown, and nearly impenetrable. The smell is fantastic...very malty, with a dark fruit and yeast scent. Vanilla, toasted wood, and stone fruit. The taste is sweet with a lot of hop bitterness. Malt forward. Soft and very drinkable. This is a great beer.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 3/4" diminishing creamy light brown head that left a nice lacing over black liquid.

S: Chocolate and caramel malts and citrus and grassy hops.

T: Slightly bitter, grapefruit, grassy and some pine flavours with a caramely and biscuity malt finish.

M: Creamy medium viscosity with a delicate carbonation and a long finish.

O: A different beer, in that strong flavours and delicate touches are combined.

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4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - this beer is seriously dark, pitch black. If you shine a light into it you can see the unfiltered hops and malt.

S- Hops. Malt follows. Fruity and bready almost combining. Simcoe hits me especially..( brewed an all simcoe IIpa today so that may be why)

T - I have only had a few black IPA's, but this would definitely top my list if Stone would call it one. Hops straight forward with strong malt backbone, citrus, melon, coffee, and some caramel, all combining nicely.

M - very dry, gone almost as soon as you sip it, alcohol very present

O- Once again Stone has made an incredible beer. The best Black IPA I have ever had.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,926 ratings.
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