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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
BA SCORE
4.22/5
Exceptional
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#924
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
5,929
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
309
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 5,929 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of robear
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a dark, dark mahogany, very dark, with a nice bubbly sandy tan head and quite some bit of lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is different... has a certain character that reminds me of Darkness... different styles, sure, but thats what it reminds me of. A very nice floral hoppiness, some lovely chocolates are surprising, and.. a bit of sweet malt hiding in there?

The taste is though. Hopping comes on sweet and floral at first, a bit of citrus, rides out into a bittering and ends with a rind-ish drying, puckers up ever so slightly. Not a tongue lasher for sure, but no doubt this is a Stone. Underneath, there lies some tiny treats, roasted grains and some of those mysterious chocolates in the nose. Not overly complex, but nonetheless delightful. The mouth is rather smooth, the carbonation mellow, slightly warming, good body. Overall, I'm glad I got a few bottles of this.

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Photo of HopsintheSack
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of MrDave
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a mocha colored head. The head was pretty thick at first but never disappears completely.

S: Citrusy grapefruity hops.

T: Mostly those citrus hops are back. There is a high amount of bitterness in addition to the flavor. It is a pretty powerful beer. If I closed my eyes before I drank it, I would have expected it to be amber.

M: Medium to heavy. Not at all what the color leads you to believe.

D: Not bad at all, just very weird. Style guidelines be dammed.

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Photo of moonknight31
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a deep chocolate brown. This beer is stout dark. The very tan looking foam, a two finger dome of head, sits heavy on top of the stout-looking body, leaving little in the way of lacing. The beer looks good and not just because of its unusual color 9I say unusual because, while this is listed on BA as a strong ale, I can't get away from thinking of it in terms of a "black IPA").

Loads of grapefruit dominate the nose here. Only a gentle kiss of pine or bitter hops. Beyond the fruit there is a porter-like smell of light chocolate maltiness. There is some age to this bottle, I can tell from the aroma, but it doesn't detract from the beer. While simple, uncomplex, the beer smells good. I can't deny the pleasure of smelling this much grapefruit from such a dark beer.

You first taste all of that grapefruit along with a touch of a softer, rounder fruit, like strawberry. But a beer this dark has to have some roasted malt character, right? Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale has the roast character of a solid American Stout, with a tasty blend of coffee and chocolate flavors coming out of the malt bill. It is a treat to taste the bright hops interact with a roasty, stout-like base. This beer makes me think of what a dry-hopped Boulevard Bully! Porter might taste like when ran through a DFH Randal the Enamel Animal. I can see why some people wouldn't like black IPAs or super-hoppy stouts. Me though? I adore them.

This very thick by IPA standards. I would abhor the mouthfeel if it weren't for the stout flavors that this beer has. it strikes me that Stone has figured out something of a happy middle ground here that feels mostly like an East Coast IIPA. The more that I drink of this beer the more that I can see how creamy the feel is without being too heavy. Drinkability is just fine. It is close to 09% ABV, strongly flavored and comes only in a bomber but the sheer playfulness of the flavors here is enough to propel the drinker down deeper into the bottle.

American Strong Ale? American Stout? Black IPA? Whatever. This is a playful, interesting, damn tasty beer that successfully marries big-time hoppy grapefruit with roasty malt. Enjoy it.

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Photo of sleazo
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been excited to try this as I am for all Stone anniversary releases

A-pours a very dark brown that allows some light through. nice two finger foamy coffee head dotted with large bubbles. Settles in quite nicely. lacing is decent not great which is the only complaint.

S-Wow I can smell this from across the room. Smells sticky like the Ruination, very piney. But you also get lovely roasted notes as well. It smells like a serious 2xIPA with a kick ass malt presence

T-The first thing that hits you is the roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate very much like a porter. You then get a wave of piney hops on the follow thorugh and a slight hint of alcohol. Overall it is very similar to the Ruination in terms of taste but the malt profile gives it a very different start. The bitterness is consistent throughout as it is not like a sweet porter in the front more roasted bitterness like coffee. This theme contiues with the hop wallop.

M-Slightly thick with a good ammount of carbonation.

D-A very interesting brew. You know this is a Stone beer all the way through. Kind of like a cross between their porter without smoking and the Ruination. I will pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Review from notes.

A: Mostly black. The pour produced a quarter of off white head that retained well and left some great lace. But, it's black.

A: Hop forward brew for sure. Getting really nice floral and citrusy hop aroma. Caramel malts, and a little nuttiness finish off the nose.

T: Well, I don't care how they catagoize this beer, this is an IPA. Lots of floral and earthy hops in this brew. Nice sweetness from the caramel malts. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Thinner than the color suggests, but welcome.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great, I had no problem finishing the bomber. Overall, I'm a little on the fence with this. I think a new category is in order, Black IPA. Good beer, I would have again. Skal.

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Photo of YamagamiTravis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large snifter.

A: Surprising in its total blackness. An excellent looking beer topped by a light tan 2.5 finger thick head that lasts a pretty good while.

S: Primarily a hop assault - pine and some citrus rind at first glance, but then balanced a bit by some kind of dark bready note. Followed by a nice sweetness and more citrus character.

T: Very bitter up front with a full array of hop flavors. Very nice and Dry but also with a balancing malt with the taste of fresh pumpernickel and then caramel and then a big bitter black coffee finish and more hops.

This is an enigma of a beer. So much to take in here that it might take a few more bottles to sort everything out. Looking forward to it...

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Photo of e30todamax
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Walkerjgt
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Gtwreck45
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of comfortablynirm
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a tap at TJs in Paoli into a nonic pint glass.

A: A jet black color with no light filtering. A one finger light brownish head lays atop with nice full glass lacing as you drink this beauty.

S: Wow, holy freaking hell. I do NOT remember such fresh citrus smells on the bottle version, nor on the 11th Anny. Fresh citrus with some deeper pine hops and a nice dark roasted sweetness.

T: Amazing. Citrus just pops on the draft version with huge amounts of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, pineapple. Leads into some darker earthy piney hops flavor that gets paired with the bready sweet but dark malt. Notes of coffee, chocolate and some spicy flavors shoot in, but the hops pound them down and shine at the finish. Creamy smooth hops finish with a warming alcohol flavor that just seems "right".

M: Full, coating, smooth and some alcohol that is very welcomed.

D: Awesome for this high abv beer. Damn how it's drinkable.

Overall this is hands down my favorite Stone beer ever. Every time I taste it I get blown away. Award winning, awesome, give me more. Love it.

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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 freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of GoGators
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber with a black, blue and silver silk-screened label featuring a S-R Gargoyle and the usual blurb. It pours a dark ass black of a brown, with a tight, thick and creamy 1/2" cocoa colored head. Lots of thick sheet type lace that eventually disappears back into the brew.

Certainly smells a lot different than it looks...hopbomb right hook to the nostrils and then a left jab. Pine, citrus and spruce set the stage for this ale. A slight roasty malt in the far background.

The taste is hoppy as hell from start, to finish, with pine-o-plenty and loads of citrus. Make no mistake, this is a strong hop ale of the IPA type...more hop than strong, the alcohol gets burried deep in the forest. Medium plus body with a bitter, sappy finish. Quite refreshing and drinkable. If you like your beers dark and hoppy, this is a must try.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoy by 12/07/12.

A: Pours a dark brown appearing black in the glass with a 1.5 finger off white head. Leaves a thick layer of lacing as the head dwindles to a thin covering with clumps around the edge. Some light is visible through the body.

S: Interesting blend of malts and hops. Has a sweet chocolate and carmel malt body with pine and citrus hop notes on top. Some dark fruits like raisin in there as well.

T: Malt forefront with a chocolate blend of dark fruits, hops quickly pick up in the after taste with a nice bitter taste. Can get the pine from the simcoe and citrus from the others. Almost a spiciness to it too. Nice roastiness.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Has a creamy velvety mouthfeel which is pleasant.

Overall better than I remember. Stone really blends a nice malty hop blend here and makes a benchmark for the rest of the style.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.64/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,929 ratings
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