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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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle with a BB of Oct 27th 2012. Bought recently from Trembling Madness in York. As always, I love the labelling and the self-indulgent tirade that accompanies it....

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). A deep ruby hue; appears black unless held to the light. Produces a vast head of creamy beige foam with great retention - this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of overwhelmingly resinous hops, with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange peel and citrus. This is underpinned by hints of sweet roasted malt, yeast and a warming whiff of booze. Though in all fairness the aroma is all about the hops - incredible!

Tastes of super-intense hoppiness with a restrained dark malt character and a knock-out bitter finish. Notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus oils, roasted malt, mild caramel, faint earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a hint of alcohol in the background. A forceful and astringent bitterness upon swallowing - deep and spicy. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a peppery dryness. Good body, though perhaps a little insubstantial for the strength/flavour. Highly astringent - dries the palate completely. Aftertaste of pine bitterness and fruity aromatic hops, along with a hint of sweet, dark malt.

Wow - what a beer! I think this might be my favourite Stone brew yet. Incredibly hoppy, although the malt provides good balance while lurking discretely in the background. The aroma and flavour are peerless. Amazing - I don't think I could recommend this too highly. Form a line, hop-lovers! Self-righteousness shall be yours...

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone's Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale pours a coal body that turns dark mahogany when held up to strong light. The sticky, craggy head rises slowly and falls even more so.

The nose is an enticing mix of roasted grain, dark dried fruits, and resinous and grassy hops.

The first sip explodes on the palate. Up front there are nearly bitter roasted malts, followed by earthy and resinous hop-flavors. Thick molasses, herbs, and pine come to mind. As the aroma hop flavors begin to settle, the bittering hops begin to show themselves, recalling to the fore the roasted malt flavors that had since receded a bit. As these flavors withdraw, the alochol, whose characters are nicely integrated here, slowly creeps up to round out the beer's flavor. It brings with it the sweet flavors of dried fruit (prunes and unsulphured apricots come to mind). It also calls back the grassy hops and roasted malts, complementing the former with floral notes and balancing the latter with sweetness.

As the beer lingers on the palate, bitterness and roasted flavors begin to take over. At first I detected very little citral flavors. But as the beer's bitterness and sweetness develop, and as the dominant grassy character of the hops gives way to citral and floral notes, the beer's aftertaste changes from one of grassy herbs and dark dried fruit to fresh grapefruit.

Some have called Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale's flavor muddled. I disagree. Though they are many, the beer's flavors mingle well and complement each other. I would not call this beer balanced, but that's okay. Some beers challenge the mind and palate. There is balance and counterpoint among this brew's complex flavors, which take time to develop and never rest. Sip slowly and watch the colors dance.

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Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and some citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty and citrus zest bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp but medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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