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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
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4.22/5
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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:
#920
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
5,929
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
309
Gots:
816
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 5,929 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of Dirty_Island
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Whoaaah. Black, with a breath of red transparency when held in front of the light. Head is splendid, and posesses enviable stamina. Leaves fine, feathery lacing. Smell is an absolute killer, exhibiting massive complexity in the malt. It has a sharpness to it that is reminiscent of cedar. Also evident are espresso and an absurd abundance of humulus lupulus. The flavor is equally massive and impressive, very woody, and with a great finish, that thankfully lingers until the next magnificent swig. Mouthfeel is layered, with great viscosity.

This year's VE scared the hell out of me. This beyond reaffirms my tremendous faith in this finest of breweries.

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Photo of meich75
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of SuperNova777
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/08/10

A:Pours a non transparent black with a fingers worth of white head on top. Very nice lacing is left down the sides of the glass.

S:Right up the front the nose picks up lots of citrus hops, very pleasing and inviting.
Trying pick out some other smells but it all comes back to the hops dominating

T:At first taste you get a small amount of roasted malts in the front and the middle. Then
the hops start to take over the backend of the drink, bitterness then lingers around on
the palate till the next sip.

M:Excellent body for the style, not too thin and not too thick. Palate is left a little dried
out from the alcohol with a nice coating along the mouth.

D:This is a all around excellent example of this style (probably the best that I have had so
far). Drink is dominating by hops for the IPA part with some roastiness in the mix as well.
Easy drink and the alcohol is pretty much non existent, would recommend this for hop
lovers everywhere.

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Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Balvenie
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of mcdonald422
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of RyanOooh
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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

Bomber: poured 9 oz.'s into Sam Adams "ultimate beer glass." Dark color with reddish hues poking through and a cappuccino colored two finger head. A good amount of lacing sticks when swirled.

Dark roasted malt and rye on the nose, Raisins, pineapple, and apricot appear and creamy, faint coffee round everything out.

A very smooth beer that reveals some cocoa powder, dark roasted grain, coffee, and orange cream pop. A sprinkle of nutmeg and pine on the tail end. The mouth is left VERY dry and a controlled booze flows down the throat.

For some reason the term "porter on steroids" came to mind while sipping this beer. A complex and pleasing brew, I wonder if it would be served best in chilly to cold weather. Nevertheless, a tasty and fun beer.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This dark and lovely ale poured a slow but solid two finger head with good retention. The nose had strong grapefruit and coffee aromas. The mouthfeel was silky for a well hopped brew. The taste was like a roller coaster of flavors. The smooth chocholate and coffee taste takes center stage then the big citrus hops try to peak thru the murky flavors of all the malts. This beer was darker than most Indian brown ale's I've tried. Thanks to Stone for pushing the envelope.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first Black IPA, from one of my favorite breweries. Let's see how this goes....

A : Black, with just a small brown tinge. A nice finger thick brownish head, with some sticky lacing that's quite frothy.

S : Hops and roasty coffee swirled together. Picking up pine and a burntness. This is just... odd smelling. If you like IPA's and Stouts, imagine the two together and you'll get pretty close.

T : Big bitter up front, almost overbearing. Pine and burnt quality to it. Fades into a malty coffee, but still with a hop underlayer. Finishes with a bite, more roast.

M : Medium bodied, with a good tinglyness. Somewhat like the more medium bodied stouts, but with no creamy quality.

D : A unique brew, that is a rage on the senses. A bomber of this is all ones palette could take. Bonus points for being unique. Overall, I like it, but it isn't something i'd have often. I just simply prefer more direct styles.

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Photo of dwren89
3.57/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pretty much jet black with thin tan head, opaque so no discernible clarity

Aroma: roasty and malty, slight alcohol note, a slight meaty/cheesy note

Taste: very malty and roasty, but with a cheesy like flavor that just doesn't seem to fit. I don't know I I have a bad bottle or what (the drink by date is not for another 6 weeks and I have stored it in my fridge since I bought it). Overall not bad, but I didn't get the citrusy flavors nearly as much as the other reviewers of this beer did, which makes some sense as cheesy flavors are a result of degraded hops.

Mouthfeel: thick, chewy, and full bodied, medium-low carbonation

Overall: I think I got a bad bottle of this beer, because every other Stone beer I've had has been great. This one just had a funk to it that was a little cheesy. Great roasty and malty flavors with some solid bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of oakaged88
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jbaakko
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Snooprobirob
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyers1980
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of mpedara429
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out a very, very dark copper that was almost black. Two fingers of khaki head.

S: Vibrant citrus with a dark malt backbone.

T: Grapefruit and orange. Subtle but present dark malt. Floral and earthy hops with a nice bitter bite.

M: Medium and slightly creamy body. Medium carb.

O: Sometimes black IPAs just don't jive with me because the balance just seems to be off. This one worked very well. Just a really good mix of IPA and dark malt characteristics.

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Photo of jdhowe
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle, Enjoy by 08/08/13 (not clearly printed, so it's possible this isn't the date).

A: Pours a deep brown (very minimal light passes through the edges, revealing a deep brown color, but otherwise it's black) with 1 1/2 fingers of foamy mocha head. Plentiful lacing down the glass.

S: All hops. Piney, earthy hop aromas predominate, followed by light alcohol.

T: Strong hop bitterness, a sweet malty backbone filling out the flavor profile, with coffee and roast flavors on the finish. The coffee was undetectable on the nose for me, and is a truly pleasant surprise.

M: thick, oily, and moderate carbonation. This coats the mouth and stays long after the sip.

O: I am very impressed by this beer. While I am far from a huge fan of Stone, this is definitely one of the best beers I've had by them, right up with Espresso IRS and Enjoy By. I would not hesitate to have this beer again, and I will probably purchase it again if I am in the mood for a black IPA-type beer, which is really what this reminds me of. If Hop in the Dark were available year-round, this would have a bit more contest, but as it is, this may become the go-to for me in its style.

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Photo of drinkinmiles
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of ryanjtravis
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of LakersGotRings
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Walken
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone: Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Black IPA
22 oz. bottle, poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Dark brown, very dark brown with an off-white head that's flat with some bubbles, very clingy, very very clingy, so much stickage.
Odor: Woof woof arf. Intense pineapple, grapefruit rind and waxy floral aromas sit over a backdrop of faint, pumpernickelish dark malt, kind of reminiscent of a shwarzbier, my guess is Carafa Special, but I'm not sure.
Consistency: Light to medium body, walking the edge of the spectrum towards the latter. Carbonation lends an element of creaminess, dark malt astringency is notably missing, which furthers my guess that there's some Carafa Special coloring this beer up.
Taste: Chinook herbal/waxy bitterness hits quick and carries the rest of the flavors along. Hints of dark roasted coffee poke through here and there, hardly making a dent in the hop flavor, though it lingers and intensifies a bit in the finish.

I'm not a big fan of the way the harsh, herbal bitterness of Chinook meshes with the dark malt character in this beer, but when all is said and done, it's still a hell of an ale.

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Photo of hophead247
4.79/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a clear, dark brown body with a dense beige head on top. It has a nice aroma with chocolate, coffee, sweetness and dried fruits, as well as a lovely hop profile with pine, resin and citrus, mostly orange. Chocolate and coffee flavor, rather burnt, with fruity hop flavors, citrus notes, pine and resin. Full, rather dry mouthfeel, and a long, piney and resiny finish with citrus. This is one of those lovely beers with layers and layers of aroma and flavor. The aroma being the best of those though. I'm happy they modeled this beer after the 11th Anniversary ale...It was my favorite Stone beer to date.

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

A - Black, barely any highlights but ruby red highlights where there are any. Off white tan, good retention.

S - Bit of roasty, but ample hop aroma (citrus and fruity).

T - Interesting. Roasty notes but hopp at the same time. Citrus and fruity again, with floral notes.

M - Smooth and bitter.

D - Good.

From notes take a few weeks ago.

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Photo of htdoerge
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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