Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of Noxious26
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had an on-tap "shorty" at the Yard House in San Antonio, TX.

Dark black with a little light coming from the edges. 1/2 inch brown fluffy head. Decent lacing down the sides.

Big hops nose. Grapefruit/citrus. Malty, caramel, chocolate sweetness in the background.

Flavour matches the aroma. Powerful hops balanced out by rich chocolate, roasty malts.

Pretty oily mouthfeel with light carbonation but the hops can be a little scouring on the tongue.

My first Black IPA. Loved every minute of it. Well worth trying.

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Photo of nas4atu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Capmech1
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Caskaway
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of kirkse
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Pugs78
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of cisteve
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mscott1975
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of H0rnedFr0gs
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of rinhaak
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of Falcone
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of LemanD
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of dac0152
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Roger415
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Mudawg
1.75/5  rDev -58.5%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of getbehindthemule
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of twizzbeatz
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of williamjbauer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of bowlerjoe2
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of LenFL
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Lockbreeze925
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
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. 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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Photo of Suds
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
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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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,933 ratings
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