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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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Tulip glass

This is almost just exactly perfect. It pours up a deep ebony black with a generous foamy tan head, good retention, and lacing just about unlike any ever seen before for this style. The smell is a powerful and satisfying dark chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Taste is an initial malty sweetnesss giving way to a big coffee taste of a finish, well balanced. Mouthfeel is very thick and lucious. Almost just exactly perfect.

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Bottle to tulip, served cool. No date.

A - 4.5 - Pours root beer brown, is black in the glass. Very pretty cream colored head - thick, creamy, textured, and enduring.

S - 4.0 - Smells really nice. Aside from a general hoppy note there's a sweet note that is almost the sweet of cotton candy, but leans a bit caramel. Maybe some orange.

T - 4.0 - I'm getting something part way between a nice caramel and a stiffer black malt. There's a bitterness that is both hop and grapefruit. The sweetness is pleasant and the bitterness stiffens it up nicely. The afertaste is where the bitterness really comes in fully and sticks around, more of a hoppy bitterness at that point rather than grapefruity or black malty, but there's some grapefruit flesh on the exhale. I'm not tasting hop ghost here, but I'm pretty sure I'm sensing a depression where there used to be something more. Despite that it still has good character.

M - 4.0 - Medium bodied and smooth. Feels nice.

O - 4.0 - I think I've only had one other black ale but I'm liking the style. I forgot about this in the back of my fridge for I'm thinking more than three months, and my store is notorious for old shelf stock. So I don't know how old this is but it could be substantial. Don't see a date. But knowing Stone I imagine it would have been a good bit hoppier when fresh, and that may explain the depression, which I won't quite call a hole.

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