Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
5,925 Ratings
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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,925 |  Reviews: 1,914
Photo of TouchOfEvil
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Swim424
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into houfgrau litre mug

A-very dark amber. has a slight glow when up to light. very nice cream white head with a hint of brown

S-like hops. a bit piney.

T-pretty good. lots of hops. not super bitter hops but more flavorful. very floral piney taste. decent malt backbone, cant really find the words to describe this one though.

MF-Medium leaning towards the thicker side. a bit creamyness with the hoppy aftertaste. definitely some carbonation. not to much though

O-very good beer. They used really good hops for the flavor and aroma of this beer. The only thing it is missing to me is a bit more malt flavor. Just a hint of it though. Overall though this is a delicious beer that I am highly enjoying.

 729 characters

Photo of cmsimeur
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

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

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from bomber into pint glass.

A: Very dark. Not quite pitch black as you can observe tints of brown on the edges in the light but very dark and opaque. a good 2 finger thick creamy head with huge lacing!

S: Very noticeable citrus and pine hop tones with roasted malt presence.

T: Hops hit immediately with a very nice presence. Citrus and Pine deliver with medium bitterness. Roasted and chocolate malt deliver as well with a very nice complex yet not overly aggressive flavor.

M: Great carbonation with subtle warming notes of the alcohol.

D: Extremely drinkable!

Overall this is a great brew to represent the style. I will continue to enjoy it as long as it's available. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-15-2011 16:43:52

 890 characters

Photo of kevgod
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of lilnicky068
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of agaloco9
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of jskennedy
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of likeemdark
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of SageO
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Hellvis
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of BarleyWineRox
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black emptiness with a light toffee head into my tulip. Sticky lacing clings to the sides of the glass.
Grassy hoppy citrus aromas are given off.As it warms caramely malt shows. Candied citrus and hop bitterness in the mouth.This is a very tasty beer!

 259 characters

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of dandmc24
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of bpackertx
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Daniel9913
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of FalconA
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Aiptasia
4.62/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is a big black IPA done right. Assaults the glass with a viscous darkness and a puffy bagel colored head. The head is monster and unrelenting at a solid 2" of foam. It smells of a promising future in surfing (sea water) and landscaping (big grassy scent). I'm guessing that they do late hop additions and whirlpool this super beer.

Taste is bitter up front with plenty of indian river citrus rind, key lime and malt follows. Great big wonderful taste of fresh hops without being completely nuclear bitter. Just enough alcohol and rich smoked and toffee malt added to a base of amber malt to make it refreshingly good.

It's rich, chewy, smooth and a good friend while watching the NFC championship! Go Giants!

 719 characters

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dbell23
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance is black with a nice tan head that lingers. Nice lacing.

The smell is hoppy but nicely muted.

The taste is great! Really good beer! Nice hops but very balanced. The hops really stick around.

Nice body and mouthfeel is just this side of full bodied. Nice carbonation.

Overall this a great beer. One of my favorite Stones.

 379 characters

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into my duvel snifter

A- looks dark amber brown/ almost black while pouring, settles into black darkness with a nice two finger slightly tanned head. Nice lacing all the way down.

S- subtle chocolate and toasted Malts and of course some piney/ citrusy hops. Smells delicious, but not as deep as I expected.

T- taste follows the nose pretty closely except the hops are more in the fore-front. The blend of citrus and pine work very well with the roasted malts in the background. Delicious

M- medium for the style, with light/medium carbonation and a beautiful finish, bitter and piney, but not lingering
Leaves your mouth just right, not
To dry or two wet, just a beautiful balance a bit of chocolate begins income through in the finish as it warms

O- An awesome beer, one of my favs from Kane of my favorite breweries! A true bench mark for the style, more of an ipa then anything, not too stout or porter like, dances right on the line. Truley awesome.

 984 characters

Photo of nicholas527
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of hopsandstouts
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More