Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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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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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle to rock art pint glass

A: Dark as night could qualify for a decent stout though not totally opaque it has a dark vanilla head with a thick lacing .

S: lots of fresh hops upfront especially for a black IPA there is also plenty of roasted malt to balance out the smell though there is a little bit of alcohol

T: follows the nose with lots of hops up from but again is balanced out by the malt though the roasted flavor is overpowered by the hop bitterness in the finish which is huge for a black ipa but does calm down and the malt starts to come out more as the beer warms up. All that being said the alcohol is no where to be found.

M: Somewhat thin but very oily and surprisingly resinous especially for a black ipa there is quite the sticky bite. It does go down really easily considering the abv which is impressive drinkable as can be.

O: Pretty good black ipa a bit too hoppy for a black ipa I like hops so it wasn't bad just not to style in my opinion. It also does not have that great of a scent but this is a real solid beer and I would highly recommend it very drinkable for the abv and tasty.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with ruby edges. The nose is pungently hoppy. The flavor profile is strong on the hops while the roasted malt takes a bit of a back seat.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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1.66/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: beautiful rich dark brown in color. Nice head, 2-3 fingers worth.

S: hoppy, piney-tar

T: wow,it's really hoppy! Did not expect it to be so bitter. Notes of pine, tiny little aftertaste of chocolate, but overhwlemed by the bitter metallic flavor. So bitter and metallic. It doesn't mellow either. Yikes!

M: good carbonation, nice thickness

O: I was so excited when I first poured it, rich head, great color... I got excited. Then, I smelled it, hoppy, pine, tar. The taste was so bitter, it has some depth which might become more noticeable if it weren't so bitter. Overall, I am underwhelmed. Perhaps if you like bitter, hoppy, metallic beers you might like it. I am not impressed.

Note: I would be willing to try it at a warmer temp., perhaps it might mellow out or add some depth. I just don't get the bitter beer movement.

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into Stone Russian Imperial Stout snifter. Beer was allowed to warm for 30 minutes after pulling out of fridge.

Appearance: Brown on top to deep black. Flashlight cannot be seen through thicker parts of glass. Head is light brown, and medium, although fades pretty quickly. Remnants of head left after fading.

Aroma: Very hoppy with mostly pine or resin. There are hints of citrus after. Overall taste doesn't linger for long, and very pleasant. Deep and malty, not crisp like a normal IPA.

Taste: A strong beginning that quickly mutes compared to most Stone beers. The initial taste of pine and hops die off quick but leave a bit of bitter in the back of the throat. While hops are prevalent at first, malt shows up quickly after and fades leaving only a slight aftertaste. The pine is probably the strongest flavor, showing up just before the hops leave and staying with the malt and lingering after.

Mouth-feel: Obviously has the thickness of a dark IPA. Not nearly a porter or stout, but more obvious than others. Decent carbonation levels which are obvious with each sip, but not overwhelming by any means. Very pleasant beginning taste.

Overall Impression: A very pleasant dark IPA. I can't say I'd enjoy more than one bomber in a night due to it's complexity, but the taste is overall impressive. Definitely worth a try if you're looking for a dark IPA. I can see why this beer was brought back after being the Stone 11th Anniversary.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,933 ratings
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