Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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4.22/5
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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:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#983
Reviews:
1,916
Ratings:
5,935
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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313
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Ratings: 5,935 |  Reviews: 1,916
Photo of Braseltonage
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of rfoltz53
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of neorunner
3.25/5  rDev -23%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of headyhopzhead
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of kiddynamite920
3.63/5  rDev -14%
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 -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of UA8
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pour a rich, deep and nearly opaque mahogany. Two fingers worth of cocoa colored head which resembles the top of a root beer float.

S- Looks Say Stout ....Nose says IPA! Rich citrus hops with a pineapple backing.

T- Whoa... leads with heavy citrus hops and tropical fruit flavors. Moves to nicely roasted caramel and toffee malts. and finishes with resinous hops.

M- Nice rich and thick with fine carbonation bubble.

D- I love this beer and am extremely sad that its A) retired and B) I found it almost a year after its release. So much going on here its almost as if it starts and IPA then moves to a stout then back to and IPA. Never had something quite like this. I would highly recommend this and fortunately know a place that has a stash left!

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Photo of kflorence
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Stone Brewery in Escondido, CA.

A: Poured a dark, opaque black in color with a nice half inch of thick, creamy off-white head atop that lasts for a long time and leaves tons of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Tons of pine and citrus hops, roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Potently potable!

T: Dense on the palate with predominant notes of pine hops, roasted malts and coffee with some dark chocolate. Finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness. As advertised in the aroma, this one packs a huge hop punch (like all Stone brews), though it remains fairly balanced without becoming overly bitter.

M: Pretty thick and heavily bodied with ample carbonation and an oily, syrupy and chewy quality on the tongue. A good amount of substance for the style without being overly thick and remaining fairly drinkable.

O: Lots of flavor and a high dosage of hops are sure to make this a pleaser. Very enjoyable on tap or in the bottle, though I would say on tap the hops come out a bit more and it tasted a lot more fresh and poignant. Very enjoyable, but I don't think I could drink more than one as it fills you up quickly. If you like dark, roasted brews and are a fan of hops, this one is for you. Cheers!

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of vobr0002
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark black color with a caramel colored head that lasts on top of the beer.

S- citrus hops, then the roasted smell comes through to finish. Hint of chocolate smell.

T- a smooth roasted chocolate flavors then followed by a blast of hops. A bit more pine flavor on the taste than on the smell. Lasting bittetness.

M-medium high carbonation level with a slightly creamy feel.

O- I like this beer a lot. Has a very unique profile that leaves your mouth wanting more of the bitterness.

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of PartyBear
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is jet black, with a big creamy caramel head, and no real sign of carbonation.

Aroma: A raging battle between malts and hops, one moment there is the signature resinous piney hops we've all come to expect from Stone, then there is a heavy sweet roasted maltiness. Chocolate and coffee, then citrus, and grapefruit...very complex.

Taste: The taste is much the same as the nose, it's a back and forth battle between the ingredients. Roasted malts, chocolate, and a subtle oat cake taste, which is slowly overpowered in the middle by a bitter fruity pine, and then the finish is a smooth bitter coffee.

Mouthfeel: Thick, creamy and heavy; with a wonderfully smooth finish.

Drinkability: This is a class act, incredibly flavourful, and smooth as silk. A hard beer to describe, the best thing to do is to try it for yourself.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had 12/30/09

This pours a dark, dark brown - definitely not quite black, with an effervescent head, loose quick forming and disappearing head. Looks decent, but not exiting. The smell gets you with C-hops, citrus, underripe mango, lemon-lime, with a lot of pollen, resin, flowers. Super flowery. But you get just a note of chocolate, caramelly sweetness. I guess it more than does its job as a black IPA. The taste definitely has more malt balance than the smell. It's very sweet and chocolatey, caramelly, not quite roasty like a stout, but the hops add greatly to the complexity. Pleasant and fruity, a nice layer of sweetness, mango and sweet oranges on top of some chocolatey tastes, not quite bready enough to remind me of cake. The body is moderately full, the carbonation is kind of hard to predict, but is a little low. Overall, its very nice and enjoyable, though the hoppiness pushes the envelope. I think its a good beer, like Stone IPA with some chocolatey sweetness, which I think is a bit of an improvement on the enjoyability. And it gets more interesting as it warms.

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

dark black body with a frothy light brown/tan head. when held against the light of a lamp, ruby red shimmered through the body. looks excellent. lacing is great too.

a beer that has the wonderful appearance of an imperial stout has the great aroma of an IPA. great combo. clearly a ton of cascade hops dumped in there. slight malt background too.

the citrus taste of hops with the backing of the coffee/heavy malt taste that some great stouts have.

the mouthfeel is solid. good carbonation.

for a big abv beer, this is unbelievably drinkable.

one of my favorite beers possibly.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,935 ratings