Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing
California, United States
stonebrewing.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,925
Reviews:
1,914
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
307
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 06/25/2011. Enjoy by 08/10/2011 etched on bottle. 22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours an extremely deep brown with lighter brown hues out of the bottle but looks solid black in the glass. A one and a half finger tannish head settles in to a creamy looking tan foam cap and leaves great lacing down the glass.

Big hop aroma in the nose. Nice citrus notes. The grapefruit presence is huge. There is definitely some pine as well. There is just the slightest amount of dark malt detected, which is surprising given the appearance. That just goes to show the amount of hops that are present.

The taste is where the hops and malt come together nicely and present more of a balance, relatively speaking. Huge citrusy hops, grapefruit again, play well off a great roasted malt backbone. The citrus and dark malt seem to present in almost equal quantities before an enormous, bitter, piny stickiness takes over and the hops dominate once again.

Medium carbonation with a fuller body (think as close to full while still being on the medium side of the line, not really thick or anything). Pretty full mouthfeel for such a hoppy beer. Bitterness sticks to the tongue and lingers before it dries out completely.

Excellent take on a dark, hoppy beer. If it wasn't for the fuller body it would almost seem like a borderline DIPA with coloring added. The hop and malt characters are in near perfect complement to each other.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of jmarklan
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle and a pint glass.

A: Deep ebony with a touch of red along the edges. Very dense head with excellent retention and some pretty good lacing too.

S: Hops upon hops. Largely floral, but also a bit piney and citric with the smell of ripe grapefruit. I'm not really picking up any malt in the aroma.

T: Rather bitter. The hops display the same characteristics as in the aroma, but are a bit more balanced. The roasted malt manages to pull through and interweaves very well, albeit very subtly. Slightly chocolaty.

M: Medium body, extremely smooth. Hop resin sticks to the palate.

Overall: As expected, it's amazing. This may be my new favorite from stone.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of yonnie
4.8/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into tulip. Opaque black in color with 2 fingers of tan head. Moderate lacing.

S - Dark chocolate, coffee, sweet malt, hops

T - Rich dark chocolate, coffee, cream, caramel, roasted nuts, bitter hops

M - Smooth, creamy, bitter. Easy to drink.

O - The best Black IPA I have come across yet. A perfect balance of hoppy and dark, roasty, chocolatey flavors.

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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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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of BostonHops
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber served in a snifter glass.

pours a translucent cola-brown, sits an opaque almost black... creamy/foamy khaki head demonstrates great retention and lacing. damn respectable presentation.

nose yields an aromatic bouquet of hops - pine, floral, a touch of citrus - with a noted, if subdued, malt character in the background.

flavor profile follows the nose. big hoppy presence with the aforementioned pulling through - notably pine - and a touch of roasted, maybe caramel, malt. moderate to heavy bitter presence that presists through the finish - slightly more so than i'd like, but still very tasty overall. were it not for the color you'd be hard pressed not to mistake this for a DIPA.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation. nothing too spectacular on that front. i'm going to pick it up a bit in the drinkability department because ultimately i think this is a really enjoyable brew, though falls short of world class. most do; nothing to be ashamed of.

originally reviewed: 03-11-2011

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of WesM63
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a deep dark brown, nearly black with a 1-1.5 finger light brown head. Minimal retention and decent amounts of lacing.

S: Hops! Piney and resiny some of the darker malts peeking through with maybe a hint of citrus.

T: That piney and resiny hop notes on the tongue, then comes through the dark roasted malts and more hops to finish.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Excellent Black Ale! Dare I say the de facto standard for the style? This stuff is just delicious and dangerously drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in snifter.

Appearance: very dark brown almost opaque with a rough tan head that rises to maybe aboiut 1/3".

Smell: This a is a little complex, caramel meets molasses, yes seriously!

Taste: Bitter plus your pieces of sweet, you might not know it but this is the truest black IPA, I am not saying this in any regard it's just the way it is. It is bitter but slightly sweet I do mean slightly...malty and a feel of floral essence throught the body.

Mouth: Sticking after taste, you can breathe in the taste literally.

Overall: Though the label might not say it this is a true Black IPa and for that I will incredibly commend it. It is complex, tasty, full of flavor and just forever lasting. Salud!

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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5/5  rDev +19%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,925 ratings.
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