Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 5,935 |  Reviews: 1,916
Photo of MisledTitan
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MonkeyBread
2.77/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Glad this is retired. The quintessential way to make a terrible black IPA. All roast, bitterness and astringency. Like biting into a piece of chalk wrapped in powder instant coffee particles. Have another beverage ready to wash out your mouth after drinking this.

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours jet black with nice tan head and good lacing. Smell consists of some dark chocolate, hops, and little hit of coffee and a malty zest. Flavor is nice, hops hit you up front with little pine, the malt and bits of chocolate/coffee break into the mix. The finish is dry and hoppy. Overall this is a very pleasant beer, well done Stone.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz

Pours a clear but very dark brown, looks opaque unless held to light. Head is light tan, pillowy, and dissipates to a lacing.

Smells of toasted biscuit, coffee, and piney and woody hops.

Tastes of pine and honey on toasted biscuit, woody hop finish. Bit of caramel on the follow-up.

Medium to full body with a bite of carbonation on the tongue.

Delicious IPA with some dark beer elements that mesh perfectly. Great pour, great taste, great feel. Nothing is short of excellent. A must-try.

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Photo of Handwaver
2.4/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Maybe something's off with my smeller, but I smell very little from this brew. Taste is nice at first, but it has that bit of funky taste that is the reason I don't drink Porters. Not bad, but not something I will drink again.

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Photo of flgimp
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Prager62
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce bottle dated 07/09/16 with enjoy by 11/06/16 poured in a Stone snifter for the review.

Look- Pours a medium thick oily black with a generous finger of tan foam that settles leaving ample lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt, pine and some char.

Taste- Dark roast and pine forward followed by solid floral notes and a hint of char in the finish.

Feel- Oily and quite thick like an oatmeal stout with a semi dry finish.

Overall- Not my favorite style, but I found this one rather interesting. It tasted like a blend of stout/porter with an IPA. Worth a shot for fans of the style.

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Photo of Stooven
3.82/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Definitely not retired: was part of the summer 2016 sampler pack distributed nationwide. Reminds me most of Wookey Jack. Is Jekyll and Hyde in regards to being imbibed straight from the bottle and poured into a glass (the latter is recommended. Without reservation.) The juiciness of the hop profile is alternatingly all-for and against the dark wheat ale profile. It's smoother than your garden-variety bubbly porter, less substantial than a stout. The aftertaste calls for a stronger coffee residue but is somewhat astringent. Has upside. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of dasotelo50
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bartleby91
4.99/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So happy this is back even if it is just for a limited amount of time.
Appearance is black with a tan two finger head. Some redness as well when held up to light.
Aromas of dark fruits, chocolate, citrus, floral and resiny hop along with some malt sweetness. Really nice and complex.
Tastes are citrus, resiny pine, malt sweetness, chocolate.
The palate is medium plus with a nice creaminess that lingers really well. Big bitterness as well that stays.
Overall this is probably still my favorite beers aer from stone. The best black ipa I have had.

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Photo of mac31
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Entry is briefly sweet, then dry cocoa bitterness kicks intermingling with the bitterness from the hop. Hops are fresh, floral, citrus (lemon), pineapple, earthy, woody, resinous, and intense. I love it. Body thickens up slightly as the beer warms. Hops linger on the palate. Alcohol is forward at times and can be a little sharp. This has gone off the market, but was brought back on in a variety pack. One of the better black IPA's out there. Made in the Stone mold- big, brash, in your face. True to style. If you close your eyes, you get IPA all the way and maybe a little of the dark properties, which in an informal way is how the style is suppose to present itself. This is a really nice beer. It's intense, but it's surprisingly drinkable. I was at the bottom of my glass before I knew it. Not a beer for all. If you are a true IPA fan, grab it if you can get it.

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Photo of jpd026
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Yancey82
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Sublimely pours perfect black with thick tan head, just sits there eventually leaving coating lace. Roasted malt n hops fill the nose. Roasty taste, lots of piney bitter hops bite mid way and dominate the rest of the sip. A hop lover's black
IPA. Medium silky feel. Glad they are bringing this one back occasionally.

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Photo of weareallfalafel
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, about a month after bottling. Pours a deep brown, or mahogany in color. Close to black, but not quite. Head is fairly small (1/4 inch to 1/2), but this is mostly due to my pour, I think, because it's been bigger and more sustained in recent times I've enjoyed this. Lacing however is still pretty present and clings to the side of my glass throughout. Smell is of chocolate and coffee at first, and then of fruity hops. Taste is immediately a roasted quality that leads to more coffee, and some dark chocolate. A slight sweetness, and then a tame, but appreciated hop bite, just enough to stay true to the style. Feel is fairly full bodied and a tad creamy, like a stout of similar strength. Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable beer. Smell was a little more tame than expected, but the layered flavors in each sip more than makes up for what was likely due to a less than perfect pour.

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Photo of mpenske
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of davidloyless
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LeftHanded666
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of j0hnc2468
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tprinzing
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I got this as part of a seasonal 12-pack mix. The bottle was date stamped as bottled on 6/3/16. I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

L: It pours a one finger head and leaves a pretty decent amount of lacing, and is quite black.

T: I really like the black IPA style to begin with. The taste of this one did not disappoint, with a delightfully hoppy taste with significant toasted malt.

F: Rolls over the tongue pretty much like any of the Stone IPA's, a nice feel.

If this beer were available all of the time, I would buy it regularly.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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