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:
5,927
Reviews:
1,915
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
310
Gots:
818
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 5,927 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of CloudStrife
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Gtreid
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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 TheRuss9585
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of JellyJacket
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Roger85
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Highbury09
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ericj551
4.63/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stone 11th anniversary pours a deep black with hints of red when held up to the light. It has a creamy brown head that lingers nicely. The aroma is sweet and malty with loads if citrusy hops. There are hints of darker malts, but not as much as I would expect from the color. The flavor starts with sweet dark caramel, but it quickly gives way to bitter, citrusy hops. If I wasn't looking at the color of this beer I would just assume it was a big resiny DIPA, but if I look for them, the roasted malts come through in the finish. The alcohol and strength are both well hidden, probably because the beer is just overboard with flavor.

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Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of lccrunchy
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kirok1999
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is dark. Pours like a porter with a rising off white head that laces like crazy.
Smell is deep and intense. Bittersweet chocolate, piney hops.
Taste is earthy and deep. Sticky hops dominate yet this is very well balanced. The malts are deep and sweet, a dry bittersweet chocolate note balanced well by the pine and citrus hops. A very roasty and bitter finish. Interesting. Almost like a malted up Arrogant. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky.
This will probably age better than the 10th and is super to drink on a chill late summer night.

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Photo of Kadonny
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
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 crow
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of minterro
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from phone

Present to myself after finals

A&S: Piney and floral hops, maybe a little earthy tones thrown in. Looks super carbonated almost like how beer look when they are from a nitro keg. Plus three fingers of light tan head. Medium black colored beer. Head is retianed in a thin foamy layer on top with thick clumps to specks.

T&M: A very stong sweet pineyness, not a ton of caramel, kinda a sour bitterness in the finish. Pretty easy to drink. Kinda sick of the taste of this beer, cause it tastes kinda similar to my black ipa (not to tut my own horn). Medium bodied medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: I liked it, I though that their 15 anniversary black ipa is way better, but this one is still really enjoyable.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Very dark brown color with great 2 finger head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving nice lacing.

Sharp aroma of grapefruit and hops. Smells like an IPA or DIPA, but with a touch of a dark raisin-like fruity aroma.

Sweet taste of hops is pleasant. Seems like a more darkly roasted flavor is in the background. Easy to drink and only a small presence of alcohol.

Tasty brew! Will easily be enjoyed by IPA lovers.

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Photo of Sparty55
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

This beer pours a very dark brown color that looks slightly ruby when held up to the light. It boasts a light brown head that looks thick and fluffy. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a nice piney hop aroma. I smell some citrus notes as well. It has a slight malty aroma mixing in, but mostly I smell pine.

This beer tastes much like it smells. The piney flavors might be just a bit much, with the malt not quite balancing it out. It has a citrusy flavor of grapefruit as well.

This beer is full bodied and aggressive. It leaves a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

I think this beer would make a poor session beer. The alcohol is a little high, and it is aggressive and slightly off balanced.

Overall: Even though it is a little off balanced, I like this beer. I see myself drinking many pints.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovey black colour and an excellent light-brown head. The smell is delicious: mostly of citrussy hops. It has a malty flavour up front which is quickly overtaken by the hoppiness. Very nice. It feels great in the mouth but afterawhile the aftertaste builds up too much.

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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of williamherbert
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle...

The look is pitch black. Has a large bubbly light brown head. Looks like a stout more than anything. Absolutely opaque. Contains a thick swath of lace as it is emptied.

The smell is of a citrusy IPA, with bitter, woody hops. No stout smell at all. There are magnificently complex hops here (grapefruit, pine, other citrus) with mild dry-English malt thrown in. It's perfect. A real bouquet. Hops are oily and rich. It's a traffic-stopper. Has a hint of dark chocolate.

So it looks like a stout, smells like an IPA. What next?

The taste is major bitter hops, but with a unique burnt coffee malt. Like an India Pale Porter/Stout. Oily bitter hops and dry bitter malt both fight it out. Hops come out strong, and malt takes the later rounds. Rich malt steps up as it warms, with hops as an accent more than anything. It evolves with the temp change.

Thick, smooth, oily feel. Dry roasted malt finish. It's motor oil. Overall it's a big, thick, oily, dark, hoppy, nutty, roasted brew. Too big for all night long, but absolutely perfect for one bottle's worth.

http://jbojangles.blogspot.com/2007/12/beer-othe-moment-stone-11th-anniversary.html

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby hues and a big, frothy, cascading tan head that patiently subsides to leave dense sticky lacing behind.

Aromas consist of fresh pine/wood and earthy hops, sweet malt, perhaps caramel, and yeast.

This is quite a unique, yet great palate. Big earthy hops appear first, also generous roasted malt, following is something sweet, perhaps caramel, perhaps dark fruit, I'm not exactly sure.

Medium to full in body, generous carbonation, and overall quite smooth.

This brew is certainly easy to drink, with plenty to offer the senses. This is a delicious beer at a great price.

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Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of onlymurderers
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,927 ratings.
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