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:
303
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Snooprobirob
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flyers1980
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mpedara429
4.41/5  rDev +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 +5.5%
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 -4.8%

Photo of ryanjtravis
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of LakersGotRings
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Walken
3.82/5  rDev -9%
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 +14%
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 +2.9%
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 +1.2%

Photo of brewtalthrone
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of josh32219
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BBrewington
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of shadowofthereaper_666
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of PJHOY
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Roman5150
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

bottle purchased from Total Beverage in Murfreesboro, TN

appearance: very dark, mocha colored one finger head

smell: great mix of malt and hops, none is too overwhelming. i smell some apple and cloves as well.

taste: very malty backbone, with a very hoppy finish. smooth and well balanced. hints of coffee, caramel, apple, and piney, earthy hops.

mouthfeel: not over carbonated, this sits well on your tongue

overall: I will be buying this upon seeing it, tastes amazing. I would say this beer tastes very similar to Sweetwater's Happy Ending seasonal, if you've had that (or this), you will love the other. Except this one is a tad bit more malt heavy. Either way, I love dark beer with lots of hops, and if you do too, Stone did a great job with this one. Well crafted beer.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black-brown pour, ruby highlight and a dense , 2 finger, tan head. Sweet, citrusy aroma with notes of fig, cocoa, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is alcohol, pine, slight citrus and some roastiness and chocolate. Oily, medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of bcheng
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of GordonQuid
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sifter.

Black as night witha white foamy head and thick lacing. A bit of "leg" too.

Smells like a punch in the face with a pine branch; POW! Piney with just a hint of pineapple sweetness.

Taste is strong alpha hop piney pleasure blended with roasted chocolate malts. Quite an experience of complexity.

This is a heavy drinker.

Enjoy!

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Photo of kchannel9
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of JakeWright
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Skott1123
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Syncro-Vox
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of chillwave22
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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