Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

5,925 Ratings
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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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle bought a year ago. So most likely the 2011 version

A - Pitch black, not much lacing. But a creamy, tan lace coating left on the top of the brew looks nice

S - Hoppy pine notes, and something sweet. Very well balanced nose. Smells delicous

T - Delicious! A very hoppy black ale. Not enough though to be considered a black ipa. Sweet hoppy ale

M - Creamy, full bodied, well carbonated. Great mouthfeel

O - Great. Like any Stone brew, very hop forward. But well balanced, and tasty. Well done! Heres to 11, and 111 more!

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Though enjoyed many times the past 2-3 years this review was taken October 31st, 2012.

22 oz brown bomber style bottle with quality label screened on the bottle. This label is pure Stone B.C. Badass Gargoyle with some nice art and an arrogant description on the back. What more could a man want? Poured into a standard American pint glass.

A - Shade of black in color with highlights of Ruby red to brown gushing through on the edges. Big tan head sits atop this black ipa with layers of sticky lace splotched to the glass as the liquid gets closer to the bottom.

S - blackest of malts in the front of the aroma followed by a floral and citric hop Profile. Some roastiness to the scent.

T - Roasted black malts with a small hint of vanilla. Dark fruits deep within. Hop character is big Citrus and grapefruit. Alcohol spice Paired with everything else makes a pretty complex but balanced flavor. Bitter finish.

M - Pretty full in body and smooth mouthfeel. It coats the mouth nicely and has some alcohol warming to the finish. I found myself thirsting for the next drink. Quite tasty.

O - this is the best black ipa I've ever had and probably the first I actually seeked out to try. Stone sets the bar for this style and everyone else follow in line. I'm sure there are some good black IPAs out there, but I can't imagine any being better than this. A few may be equal, but for me this is the standard for American Black IPAs and is already becoming a classic for the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Broden
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A deep black beer with a beautiful tan head. Head dissipates but lingers throughout. Beautiful beer.

S- Smell is to die for. Some roasted coffee like notes, a little chocolate, and other roasted malt rests beneath a beautiful hop aroma that just blows me away. Seems to be a perfect balance of hops and roasted malts.

T/M- Taste is equally impressive with the perfect balance of hops, and roasted malts. Extremely easy to drink with a medium body, and a very nice finish.

O- Amazing beer. Definitely my favorite easy to come by, drink any time beer. Possibly one of my favorite beers overall. I would highly recommend this beer to anyone, especially any one looking to explore the black IPA style.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of DRyan
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Ranger Creek tulip from a bomber

A: Looks like a heavy porter or a stout, but with some of the most beautiful head I've ever seen on a beer. It's a very lightly tan head that sticks around forever and laces immensely.
S: Doesn't smell at all like it looks. While it looks like a porter or a stout, it smells more like a pale ale or an IPA. There is a definite citrus lean to the nose, and very little of the roasty malt scents I was expecting... a very nice surprise.
T: The taste is again surprising, as it does not taste like a black IPA like it pretends to be. There is a malt heaviness to it, but there is not that roasty feel that you would expect from something this black. Again it seems more like a pale ale than anything, but this is far from pale! It's a conundrum of a beer for sure.
M: Smooth, velvety, it coats the tongue without being thick or chalky.
D: For a nearly 9% beer, this goes down almost too easily.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of M_C_Hampton
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass, dark dark brown almost black with a 2" light tan head that is thick and lingers leaving great lacing, clear

S: has an amazing floral nose of hops blended with coffee, caramel, dark fruits, prunes, raisins, cherries

T: taste is very pleasant and follows the nose, bitter sweet, hops and grapefruit blended with sweeter dark fruits, bitter up front, sweet in the middle, dry finish, missing some malt flavors though

M: I expected this to be thicker., medium with lower carbonation, alcohol well hidden

O: this is a well made beer with terrific flavors, well hopped with dark fruit sweetness for balance, an excellent black ale

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark, almost black with inch of deep mocha head. Smell is very malt forward with chocolate and other roasted notes, with some definite pieny hops. Taste is substantial, really nice body to this beer and great balance of raosted malts and piney hops with a very creamy and somewhat sweet finish. Great finish on this beer actually makes you want more.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Opaque black with some maroon hue when held up to the light. Thin tan head with good lacing.

Aroma: A little bit of the wet dog odor you get with some kinds of hops. Some dark malt and milk chocolate. The hops really stand out here the most.

Taste: Intensely bitter with hop flavors of grapefruit and pine. This is a fresh bottle and it really does the hops justice. The malt presence is almost overshadowed by the hops but it is there, especially in the aftertaste. Black coffee, dark malt, and just a hint of baker's chocolate. I'm sure as the hop flavor fades over time the beer will balance out but for now it is great even without much balance. No hint of the 8.7% ABV. Almost juicy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with good effervescence. Above average drinkability. There is even a bit of a creamy/smooth texture.

Final Thoughts: Another great hoppy beer from Stone. They get bonus points for adding a 'best by' date on every bottle which assured I got fresh beer. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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