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:
5,926
Reviews:
1,914
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip, best by 2/14/2012. Re-reviewing my first rating ever from 6/3/2010. Pours almost pitch black color with a nice 2 finger dense khaki head with great retention that reduces to a thick cap that lingers. Some nice soapy lacing on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, pine, biscuit, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, floral, and herbal hops. Nice and well balanced aromas with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pine, toasted biscuit, caramel, chocolate, roasted malt, herbal hop, and coffee. Nice sized smooth spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine, toasted biscuit, chocolate, caramel, citrus, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of hop bitterness to roasted malt flavor for a black IPA. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel. Very smooth to drink but is still a sipper. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish noticed. Overall this is a delicious Black IPA as expected. Big hop flavors with a great balanced malt backbone that I usually prefer in black IPAs.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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

A black ale, eh? The only one I’ve ever had was from Stone, and I really didn’t like it (15th Anniversary Ale) – I’m not one to give up on a style, though, so bottoms up!

Two months to the day before this one hits its best by date (“Enjoy by 06.14.12;” love Stone’s laser-etched bottle dating).

A: A smooth black body, letting only a tiny amount of light through, pours like coffee from the bottle. Love the head: it comes up from the bottom of the body, churning and rising like the famous foam of a Guinness. It transforms into a rich three fingers of off-white (which looks incredibly vivid compared to the supremely dark body), taking literally minutes to settle to a thick retention with oily lacing. It’s an interesting, intense look for a beer; the perfect first impression for a badass brewery like Stone.

S: Loads of pine hops in the nose, bright and flowery, but with enough oil to leave this one with a feel I can only describe as dank. Stone really knows how to open up a beer with hop character, and that’s exactly how this one starts. The blackness of this nose has that not-so-pleasant licorice and fusel note, just like the Anniversary Ale, but this time it is enveloped by viscous chocolate, cinnamon-sugar, molasses, vanilla ice cream, and gingerbread. I like this combination of flavors: bitter hops and dark, roasty, sugary malts.

T: One word: juicy. The hops are rich with resiny oils, beginning with a subdued assault of pine sap, lavender, and lemon rind; they’d make any hophead’s mouth water. Then comes a smooth pattern of roast-heavy malts, bringing in the syrupy character of toffee and chocolate icing, a sugar-blast of dessert tastes. Cinnamon flavoring (like Hot Tamales), ginger, blackcurrant, coffee with cream, walnut, tons of char, tobacco, and an earthy musk roll around in the malt tirade, leading to an herbal, leafy end note; however, the majority of this brew’s dark aftertaste shows an acidic, citric dryness, some menthol coolness, and a light alcoholic tendency that is ends up somewhat metallic. Now, I know I give a timeline of tastes, but the flavors are so close together in this one that they all seem to roll out at once, giving this beer a lasting impression of chocolate-covered pine cone. Interesting, Stone…

M: Bubbly and hot, this brew’s body lends its character to the spicy hop presence of the palate. It thickens up as it gets warmer, but not by much; if Stone was going for that drinkable tingle of great beer, they got it.

O: This has given me hope for the American black ale style – what a combination of powerful hops and even bigger roasts. It’s an interesting palate, for sure. That’s really the main thing I like about this beer – that it’s unique (as are most of Stone’s offerings) – but as far as dark, hoppy beers go, I think a stout might be a bit more satisfying for my tastes. Of course, that’s not to say that this beer doesn’t have its place. If you really want to see where this one stands out, grab something salty, garlicy, or just plain spicy and crack a bottle – the darkness will soothe your burn, and the hops will rile it up at just the right times.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with brown edges. A large mocha head lasts forever, and leaves tons of thick lacing.

Smells of grapefruit and floral hops right of the bat, then some roasted malt shine through, with a hint of coffee. Strange to have the two combined.

Taste is malty, very roasted, with the hops coming throughout the taste. Balanced, yet bold and mellow. Strange combo, but it works here, as well the flash of coffee on the finish.

Feels medium bodied, and incredibly smooth, almost silky. A bit of booze joins the party, but it's ok, as there is room in the texture for it.

I liked the beer, probably the best ABA I have had to date. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend, nor to enjoy again.

DOA

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev -28.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had 20oz of this at Mugs Alehouse in Williamsburg after Pies 'n' Thighs. It was dry hopped with Amarillo.

Almost pitch black with a thick, luscious tan head. Great sticking power on the head, it never went away. The smell is great, with tons of spicy hops bursting through the coffee-like malt backing. The flavor is fantastic as well, giving off tons of complex malt flavor, with those citrus-like bitter and peppery spice notes that are unique to the Amarillo. So good. Kinda snuck up on me though. One flaw: the hops could meld better into the beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

Had an on-tap "shorty" at the Yard House in San Antonio, TX.

Dark black with a little light coming from the edges. 1/2 inch brown fluffy head. Decent lacing down the sides.

Big hops nose. Grapefruit/citrus. Malty, caramel, chocolate sweetness in the background.

Flavour matches the aroma. Powerful hops balanced out by rich chocolate, roasty malts.

Pretty oily mouthfeel with light carbonation but the hops can be a little scouring on the tongue.

My first Black IPA. Loved every minute of it. Well worth trying.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,926 ratings.
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