Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

5,927 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

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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 5,927 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of RussBecker1
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very very dark brown, not opaque, but damn near close. A nice burnt caramel head lasts for a good amount of time, and produces a substantial amount of lacing from the moment it hits the glass.

N- Precisely what I would describe a black ale's nose as. The hops hit you first and make their presence known, but the roasted malts smoothen it out a good deal, and give you the first taste of what an ipa and stout would mix like.

M- Much creamier than I have had in black ales. It gives the feel more of a lighter stout than anything else which I have not yet had in many other black ales.

T- Great example of a black ale. The hops are there the malts are there, and as big of a beer this is, the flavors meld very nicely on the palate leaving it both complex and accessible.

O-American black ales have always been one of my favorite styles, as counter intuitive blend of bitter citrusy hops blended with the sweeter smokier stout has always created a very intriguing flavor profile. I would say this is either my second or third favorite black ale behind Coasts' Event horizon, and potentially Southern Tier's inequity. This Stone brew, relies heavier on the stout side of things that makes it more unique than other brews and for many, a great intro into the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BrewDocCT
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (glad this one is in 4 packs now) into my Bell's pint.

Appearance is black. Black coffe black. Some light barely squeezes through.

Smell is floral and burnt.

Taste is jarring. Smacked with hops. Finishes with a coating bitterness and awesome roastiness.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous.

Overall just a great beer. One of my favorites. Stone really nailed a 'style' that can be hit or miss.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle bought for $5.79. Best by 11/10, so this should be pretty fresh.

A: Very black, dramatically so. Disappointingly small head that's gone almost immediately. Like many IPAs, doesn't appear very carbonated.

S: Full, fantastic pine and citrus hop aroma. Despite its appearance, I don't get a trace of roasty smells, just hop glory.

T: Wonderful. Pine and soft tangerines. Significantly bitter. Very long taste.

M: Heavier than Stone IPA, but not the heaviness of, say, a porter. A bit of a prickle also.

O: This is unlike any other beer and is remarkably affordable given its quality. In a lineup that ranges from good (porter, pale) to incredible (IPA, IRS), Sublimely Self Righteous is maybe Stone's apotheosis.

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Photo of Celtics76
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s 7:30 – time for Jeopardy and a sophisticated drink to go with it.

I poured this bomber into a Sierra Nevada balloon glass. It’s extremely dark brown in color, almost black. There was about a half inch of slowly dissipating head. Eventually things settle down and we’re left with a bubbly film across the top.

This has a distinct pine scent, with a hint of caramel. Very nice. The flavor is piney as well, with a touch of caramel malt. Also a slight “roasty stoutiness” to it, which I like. There’s a moderate hoppy finish. Not too bitter though. Heavy lacing throughout - the sign of a quality brew.

Not sure why this is classified as an American Black Ale, it’s more like a Double Black IPA to me. And a good one at that.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a a globe shaped glass. Best by 12/28/12.

A- Very very dark brown with some red hues shining through, big frothy mocha colored head with big bubbles on top that left lots of cascading lace

S- Huge, huge piney hops, roasted malt, some citrus. Not very complex but very strong and I love it

T- Big piney hops, tons of bitterness, pretty big woodiness, lots of roasted and burnt malt

M- Very dry, creamy and smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation

O- This is seriously one bitter and dry beer, which is not surprising from Stone. This is like a black IPA version of Ruination. While the flavor profile has some differences from 15th Anniversary Black IPA, both are among the driest and most bitter beers I have had.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of chinchill
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler taken directly from the store where this was poured into a Unibroue snifter shortly after arrival.

Pours basically black with subtle signs of deep orange-red coloration around the edges. The tan head is moderate in size but long-lasting and leaves gobs of sticky lacing on the glass.

Plenty of hops in the aroma, as expected from Stone, with obvious pine and citrus aspects as well as some vague herbal notes. Enticing. A strong piney hop flavor dominates up front. Usually this would be followed by q quite bitter taste, or at least a very bitter aftertaste. Although there's an obvious bitterness and an IBU = 90, this beer starts bitter-sweet and keeps the bitterness under control all the way through. There's a solid dark malt component helping out with this, but clearly Stone extracted plenty of hop aroma and flavor without boiling all the bitterness out of the Chinook, Simcoe & Amarillo hops. The high ABV makes itself known in the aroma, after some warming, but remains fairly well hidden in the taste. Complex and rich, extraordinary balance and interesting, and wonderful flavor dynamics.

M: full bodied; about as creamy smooth as can be at ABV = 8.7%; excellent, medium carbonation.

O: an amazing beer and the cream of the crop in Black IPAs in my experience. In any case, a world class beer all hop heads should seek out.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Damian
3.63/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Enjoy by 10/27/12
Drank from a pint glass

The beer poured a dark chestnut brown and was topped by a two-plus finger tall crown of tight, bubbly, cocoa colored foam. Excellent retention. The head slowly faded to a thick cap. Spotty blocks of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was remarkably hoppy. Candied orange peel was most noticeable. Somewhat grassy. There was a generic, sweet fruitiness that was well matched by a dry, powdery yeastiness. The malts were practically nonexistent. If I tried hard, I could pick up a touch of roastiness, but perhaps that was just my imagination.

Like the nose, the flavor profile was dominated by hops. In this case, however, the hops were much more bitter and punchy. A touch of roasted malts and cold coffee appeared on the front end before the hops took over. The hops had an orange peel-like flavor initially. As the beer moved along my palate, the hops intensified, turning super dry, pithy and grapefruit-like. The beer finished bone dry, super bitter and resiny with strong notes of pine needles. While the flavor profile may not have been my cup of tea, I was amazed by how well this beer buried its alcohol prowess.

The mouthfeel was a bit thinner than anticipated with a very fine and mild effervescence. The liquid felt surprisingly watery for the style.

Had I not been able to look at this beer, I would have sworn that it was an IPA. Neither my nose nor my palate could pick up any more than an inkling of roastiness or malty sweetness. Personally, I would prefer a bit more balance, but what can you expect from Stone?

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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%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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