Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

5,928 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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of estlinska
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. The color is almost pure black with the most minimal notes of brown when held to the light. There is a tower or beige head that leaves sticky lacings all over the glass. The nose is full of roasted coffee and chocolate malt with a dominating citrus and pine hop character. Very good nose. The taste is very hop dominant. There is lots of citrus hops, grapefruit and orange peel with some resin. A nice balance comes from the roasted malts which even out the palate very well. The palate is big with a long bitter finish. Great black IPA.

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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%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of angrybabboon
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 6/24/12

Appearance: Black with some brown around the edges - creamy, off-white head - very sticky lacing, sheets that fade to small spots

Smell: Roasty and hoppy - coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate malts, and some dark fruits - plenty of hops, with a lot of citrus (mostly orange and grapefruit), and some resiny pine - lightly sweet

Taste: A marriage of chocolate malts and hops - roasty malts, with lots of dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and chocolate malts - fleshy citrus, with some pith, and some pine - lots going on here, some semblance of balance

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, smooth, nicely carbonated

Overall: A standard

So much roast. It's like an unsweetened chocolate bar, with West Coast hops. This is not the most extreme (I'm looking at you, Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA), but it's beyond solid.

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

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: pretty much black. Head is the color of fresh espresso. Creamy and fluffy. Head drops to a spotty cap. Sheets of lacing stick to the glass.

Smell: Pine resin and some serious citrus. Black patent malt, chocolate malt, and some seriously roasted malts. Bitter chocolate and some dark cocoa as well. So chocolatey. Burnt in good measure. Mellow backing sweetness.

Taste: Creamy roasted chocolate. Big slap of oily pine with some grapefruit zest. Chocolate malts aplenty. Cocoa nibs and smooth milk chocolate sweetness. Burnt and then some. Black patent goodness. Hops are huge, but so are the malts. Aggressive but balanced for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mild carbonation. A touch dry. Super smooth.

Overall: This is one of the better approaches to the "Black" IPA. Massive flavor but manages a balance. I set this as the benchmark for the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -34.5%

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4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bomber into a snifter

dark brown, almost black pour with a nice head that quickly dissipates. smell is big on roasty malts with a very nice hop aroma on the back end. the taste grows on you. sweet up front, bitter finish. hops are blended perfectly. a lot of flavor here. great. medium bodied with mild carbonation. a hard style to do but stone nailed this.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,928 ratings.
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