Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 5,928 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of Mattco
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of arfenhouse
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark, close to black, with some ruby red shining through. Nice big light brown head with good lacing. Silkscreen and flavor text is a very nice addition.

S: A sweet malt profile which is followed by a slightly-bigger hop profile. Brown sugar, caramel, with some toast. Resiny hops and orange peel. A very faint chocolate

T : First comes very quick, bitter roasted grain. Getting a nice dose of grapefruit/ orange citrus which transitions into a slightly sweet brown sugar. Roasted malt and a bit of chocolate in the aftertaste. Overall taste is dominated by hops. The individual aspects of malt and hops are good but do not seem to combine and transition well. Seems a bit mismatched and confused.

M: Medium-heavy bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes wet.

O: Overall tasty, but the individual flavors don't seem to match well for me. Probably won't try this one again. Also a bit pricey compared to Stone's other offerings.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of ckk527
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22-oz bomber into pint glass.

A: Dark brown to black, with a glimmer of mahogany where the light hits (at bottom of piny glass when help up to light source). Thick and inviting light tan head, 2-fingers deep with a mildly aggressive pour. Substantial lacing remains near the lip of the pint glass and is streaky below that.

S: Aroma of pine, some roast, but I'm also picking up a slight musty-resiny aroma. Truly a hop-lover's dream. Not mine, but for the style, spot-on.

Taste: Hops up front, with a slight malt note next, followed immediately by a mix of cocoa and bitter citrus (grapefruit, maybe?). Something just short of burnt. There is a LOT going on here, and it all works quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: Dry and tart but smooths out to provide a light-medium feel.

O: Full disclosure: I am not a fan of IPAs in any form, but since this one was from Stone, I felt it warranted a try. A remarkable representation of the style, and priced reasonably (which is not always the case when looking to buy a brew from Stone). I will finish my bomber and enjoy the experience of tasting a truly remarkable American black ale. However, I probably will not purchase again - simply out of personal preference.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Zach136
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head. Great lacing.

S - Aroma smells strangely familiar to Fruit Loops cereal to me. Tropical hops with a touch of malt.

T - Mostly pine flavored hops, a touch of grapefruit bitterness and a very coffee like finish.

M - Crisp and dry at first but leaves a sticky, resinous quality.

O - My favorite Black Ale so far. I'm still not particularly sold on the style, but this example is pretty good.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black in color with some dark brown highlights around the edges of my Sam Adams Perfect Pint. This beer has a light tan two finger head that sticks around untill the beer is empty. There is a lot of carbonation and there is a wonderful lacing left down the sides of my glass. This is a very nice looking ale.
I am picking up a variety of aromas from this ale but I really have to agitate it for them to show. The aromas that I'm getting are mostly malt based with some yeasty notes coming out as well. I'm picking up caramel, roast, and raisins.
The flavor of this beer is a little more complex than the aromas where I'm getting both malt and hop flavors. First I get the roasted malt and caramel flavor which is followed by a light citrus hop flavor. The finish is one that really reminds me of my morning coffee.
Sublimely Self-righteous is a medium bodied beer. It's mouth coatingly smooth up front. It's intensity picks up midway and on the finish where I get roastiness, citrus, and coffee. It leaves a significant aftertaste as well.
This is a quality ale. The great thing is that it's now being sold in 4 packs as opposed to the 22oz format. I'm a fan of Stone and will continue to support them by purchasing more Sublimely.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92.1% out of 100 with 5,928 ratings
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