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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Photo of Gerred
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ChrisPro
3.76/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery 07-10-09. Pours a beautiful dark brown with nice tan head. Great looking beer with a really unique aroma dominated with chocolate and orange. Would have love to tasted this blind as the aromas were a bit confusing to the senses. Pretty well balanced with a nice bitter chocolate finish. My notes are also saying that there was a nice woody aroma and touch of dry wood in the taste, though I'm not sure how that came about.

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Photo of scratch69
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong aroma of piney hops with notes of roasted malt.

Taste- I am hit with a bitter pine flavor at first that fades into a roasted malt and chocolate taste. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a decent amount of prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- Interesting beer but a little too bitter for my tastes. I still prefer a good stout or porter but this would be my first choice for an IPA (black or otherwise).

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Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= dark chestnut brown to black depending on the lighting, big slushy tan head like a rootbeer float.

S= dry roasted dark malts, nice northwest hops, hint of chocolate and occasional smoke and nut notes at some temperatures, complex.

T= dry, with rich dark roasted malts, light hints of caramel sweetness to balance, very bold. Occasional licorice notes. A bit too dry-bitter for my preferences but not too far overdone.

M= very dry with bitters remaining, some toffee hints and dark malts.

D= probably too strong for session, came in a large 22oz bottle and at 8.7% ABV it's probably going to decrease one's capacity. Also somewhat filling. Dryness might get in the way with some foods, or most foods. Maybe good with anything smoked or grilled.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobhits
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

So I've been practically stalking the local liquor stores waiting for this beer. I put it mildly I expect perfection and well stone almost can't win me with this one, but we'll give it a shot.

OK first thing is I opened this before it was cold enough so I'm a bit unsure.

Appearance. It's a black IPA. I mean...what more do you expect? It does create an amazing head. Almost too much and it takes it's time falling down.

Smell. As I opened the bottle it INSTANTLY hit me with the smell of hops. I've never had anything with a smell this strong. This defiantly has that grape fruit hop smell which is something I am not a huge fan of. I love hops but I don't care what ever type causes this. I'm already disappointed.

Taste. This beer has me really wondering if maybe the double IPA's have had in the past were just old or something. This is the first time I got a CLEAR feel and taste of the "oily" aspect of hops. In the past I often considered that a result of the malt or the thickness of the beer but this one really show cases it. The first impression was a blend of hops mostly creating that grapefruit flavor but with just barely enough malt backing to cover it up to make it enjoyable for me. For the most part at first I'm pretty much overwhelmed by hops and not much else. After sipping a bit longer I'm starting to find a different flavor coming out in the back ground. It's got a nice smooth base like effect that neutralizes the hops to some degree (almost a stout like flavor but that could just be the black color making me want to think that's what it is). It's definitely growing on me as I drink it but it's definitely not one of my favorite double IPA's if this is even a double. I'll definitely have to set one or two of these back and see if something fun happens to this with age.

Mouthful. Sticky, creamy, smooth. Very nice

Drinkablity. Cold you could probably throw this down with the best of them. Warm and it's a great sipper. They have a nearly perfect mix of the two. Very well done.

This is definately a differnt kind of beer from stone and for that I give them my praise. It's really not my style of an IPA but I can't hold that against them too much.

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4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark... black. A huge head starts off this brew, nice and tan. Sexy lacing, makes you want to lick it off the glass.

The smell is a mash-up of charred malts and citrus. Hard to pick any one thing out. Hints to a complex taste but not on the most appealing of ways.

Burnt chocolate, coffee and strong grapefruit lead off the taste. A touch of coffee and an almost marijuana herbal taste follows (not surprising being that they are in the same family). I taste a bit of creamy vanilla bean and another hint of citrus in the finish. A touch of booze is noticed as it warms. Goes down well, though a little heavily carbonated.

When I'm in the mood for the style, this would be a, "go to brew". Very nice, one is good for a sitting though.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.6/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with almost no light coming through. Big honkin sand colored head and layers of lacing.

Lots of warm roasted wood, juniper, hefty smokiness, and huge hop aroma to round things out.

Taste dives into rich woody smokiness, deep roasted semi-sweet malts, and a slap of resinous bitterness across the palate. Piney hops come through strong but well balanced. A touch of booze.

Mouthfeel is nearly chewy, warming, pungent and dry.

Another angry one from Stone. Loaded with layers of flavor. Just try it.

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

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Goliath
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance and is completely opaque. A half inch tan creamy head sits on top and lingers with excellent retention and falls leaving some fine lacing behind.

Aroma is quite pleasing. A gentle floral note up front, with darker malt tones behind it. Dark fruits, sugar, spice, and mollases.

Taste is not quite as good as the aroma lead me to believe. Slightly floral still, but with those bigger malt tones brings up the rear. A bit of chocolate, slightly bitter, with some dark fruit. Rather boozy actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine and gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and moderate alcohol make this brew fairly easy to consume, but slightly limit it as well.

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Photo of Kromes
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thin soapy line of bubbles. Some lacing on the glass.

S: A nice pine and citrus hop aroma with roasted malts. Smells great

T: The initial flavor is roasted malts and a strong citrus hop flavor. The finish is bitter from the malts and hops and you can taste and feel the alcohol in the finish. The hop really takes over the beer and the darker qualities are hard to pick up in the background.

M: Not too heavy and a little bit sticky.

D: I really like dark ales and IPAs, so for me this is a very drinkable mixture of the too.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mithrascruor
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-brown color, almost black. Medium-tan head is thick and foamy, laces the glass, and retains quite well. Looks almost like a porter.

Smell: Has a very piney/citrus aroma up front. But there's also more subtle roasted malty and coffee aromas further back. Nicely balanced, and quite intriguing.

Taste: Wow! It's very strong with many things going on. Hoppy bitterness, coffee bitterness, pine and citrus sweetness, a bit of chocolate-like sweetness, and other unusual flavors in there too. It's a very complex taste and well-balanced too. Everything really stands out too. A slight bit of alcohol in the finish, and the aftertaste is roasted malts & pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just a bit of carbonation. Medium- to full-bodied. Slight alcohol tingling after a while.

Drinkability: This is a strong beer, in taste and alcohol, so take it easy. Hardly a session beer, but still very drinkable.

This is a very unusual beer -- somewhere between Stone's Pale Ale, Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Smoked Porter. It certainly has elements common to all of those beers. It's a real beast of a beer, so best not for the light-hearted. But if you want to try something really unique and bold, this is definitely one to try.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amazing hoppy aroma as soon as i crack the bottle.

A- pours deep dark stout black with a generous mahogany highlight at the bottom of the glass. head falls somewhere in between beige and khaki and is so sturdy and thick that it barely even moves when i tilt the glass. it doesn't even recede it just sits there. lurking, stubborn, becoming pitted and pockmarked. monster lace on this one. an absolutely outstanding look and one hell of a handsome beer.

S- stone. stoooone dude hop me. incredible zesty grapefruit aroma with pineapple, passionfruit, mango and pine. fresh and bold amarillo and simcoe really hit it out the park like i'm holding a handful of sticky hop flowers. the great citrus bitter smell is balanced out by an underlay of somewhat cocoa somewhat roasted but very sweet and caramel toffee brown sugary coated nuttiness and the smallest hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and pipe tobacco. sandalwood nag champa incense come out as it warms a bit. herbal, earthy, spicy, sweet and a total nose boner.

T- this is insane. i know strong ale here in the states can cover a broad range of styles but this is some sort of freak of nature. i call arrogant bastard a red ipa so i guess i could call this a black ipa or even a double. unrelenting hop flavor from start to finish. not just bitterness, which it does have plenty of, but a crazy hop freshness that makes me feel like i'm chewin on a resinous nug of cali's finest. and at the same time very hard to describe. grapefruit, of course, flesh, pith, peel and all, with a generous coating of pine rosin and pineapple. some passionfruit and mango hang in there as a sweet and roasted brown sugar nuttiness attempts to attain some sort of balance. as the beer warms, the malt flavor increases and a very fine balance is achieved as the hops relent. at 45 degrees it's a hop titan but at 60 it's a nicely balanced chocolatey ipa.
finishes with lingering hop flavor and some roasty stuff.

MF- full, creamy and soft with fine under medium carbonation allowing the weight of this beer to really be felt. luscious like a stout with the dry resinous feeling of an ipa. sticky lips slippery cheeks and a rough tongue result from a nice sip of this brew.

D- not bad drinkableness for something this intence and alcoholic. alcohol content is barely evidenced in the flavor and by the end of a pint i'm starting to get the buzz on. hoppy and tasty but a big brew. sort of a conglomerate of porter, brown ale, and DIPA, this black beauty was well worth the $7 bomber.

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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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