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:
5,925
Reviews:
1,914
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
304
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 5,925 |  Reviews: 1,914
Photo of BierStein711
4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snifter

Elegant half finger head with copious lacing

Smells of hops, some fruit, and malt

Tastes: Hemp and hop at the beginning, combined with some light apricot. Mighty hop bitterness at finish.

Superb beer with an elegant mouthfeel!

Overall, seek this one out soon!

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Photo of uvm2003
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Dbot
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jhhollier
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of JasonL02
4.04/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Jmikepow
4.51/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SpecialK088
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the bottle, and a huge thank you to my brother in law for sharing this on a trade!

A-Pours a deep black that when the light comes across the edges makes a near red color, and a nice about 1 finger head. Thick thick lace

S-I give this high makes not for the complexity of thenose but the sheer fragrance of the malt and sweet dark fruits. Also has a very nice roasted undertone

T-Oh stone you have a flavor all your own! The hop profile says all you need to know who brewed it but the best part is the complexity of the dark rich malts the blend seamlessly with the hops. Undertones of some choclate in the nice bitter finish

M-Very straightforward mouthfeel, yet a a tone of flavors, medium bodied good carbonation.

D-It may just be me but ive yet to come across anything from stone that isn't at least above avg and very easy to drink, this one is no exception I am very happy I got to have it.

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Photo of StoutIrish
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bca115
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Spineypanda
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark almost black with a nice head that resides and lasts for about a centimeter.
Smells of hops, nice maybe glacier from dry-hopping. A good amount of bitterness too but nothing too much compared to the darkness.
Nice balance and a good hoppiness give it something I would probably not be able to drink a whole bottle of but still enjoy.

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Photo of Halluxone
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ha-sheem
3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Stephen_Woods
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Braseltonage
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of jborg
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of AApparel
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of PA-hunter
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into glass. 7/14/14 freshness date. 8.3 % abv.

Appearance- Quite dark and opaque. Nearly black with a monstrous brown-tinted head that lasts. Not unlike a stout.

Smell- Intense fresh aroma of pine. Citrus is prominent as well with hints of orange peel. No shortage of smell.

Taste- Much the same profile as the smell, keeping up with the superb freshness. Elements of pine and an earthy malt flavor are made much apparent at first. This is followed by a grapefruit blast of hops. The bitterness afterwards is right on par with this generous hopped beer. Perhaps a slight roasted malt tone but this was easily passed by the pine/grapefruit transitional blast, if there was some roasted flavor. This was not indicative to the look.

Mouthfeel- Very heavy thick and creamy in texture, this was aided by the super high carbonation.

Overall- I was impressed. This is a strong yet smooth hop bomb. Easy drinking and packed with flavor. Possibly one of the biggest heads of all my bottle pours. I never had an ale so dark. What an awesome, heavy brew.

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Photo of rfoltz53
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of neorunner
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of jdklks
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of headyhopzhead
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very, very dark brown. Near black color with a tan head. Fluffy head is lasting quite a while and leaving a bit of lacing as it recedes slowly. Nice head for a strong ale.

S: Nice big malt backbone on this one. Caramel and dark malts are quite nice here. Of course this being a Stone brew, the hops are also quite present. Not too much bitterness from the hops, yet rather a floral and near fruity quality. The malts are winning this fight though, some alcohol heat that accentuates the hop profile.

T: Has a savory flavor, getting a beef jerky/soy sauce type flavor. Smokey malts and a very bitter hop presence. I am reminded of the GUBNA meaty flavor and the soy sauce in Expedition stout. Not nearly as evident as either though. Hop bitterness is balancing the big malt backbone out well. Just a bit of some strange flavors mingling here.

M: Carbonation is at a good spot. This one has been sitting in the cellar for a month or so, may have mellowed the hops a bit. Still falls a bit short, relatively thin mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of a sizzling carbonation on the teeth.

D: This beer is definitely drinkable, very full of flavor. Not sure the flavors going on work well together but it sure is interesting.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,925 ratings.
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