Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
BA SCORE
92.1%
Liked This Beer
4.22 w/ 5,928 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
Ranking:
#894
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
5,928
Liked:
5,459
Avg:
4.22/5
pDev:
10.43%
Alströms:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
309
Gots:
817
Trade:
5
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Photo of BierFan
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Big off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing down the sides of the glass. The smell is mostly of grapefruit from the hops, with a little of the dark roasty malts shining through. Tastes like a schwarzbier with an abundance of American hops and a big bitter component. I'll definitely buy this one again when I see it.

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Photo of SubpoenaDeuces
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, American Black Ale 8.7%

A: Very dark with a shiny deep brown and 2 finger head with large bubbles, minimal lacing. Almost black with a watery pallor than a stout somewhere in between an ipa and an imperial porter,.

S: lots of bittering on the nose, it feels like a DIPA with Trojan horse malty notes. Great smell that is both urban maltiness and rustic pine concurrently.

T: herbal dryness akin to the ruination but more muted, some rauschbier notes with rasin and lots of hoppy fulfillment

M: Very light coating given the super heavy presentation, strange bait and switch, ultimately an intimidating appearance that ends up being a very approachable character. Not a huge amount of coating and just the right amount of thickness.

D: This is very drinkable, but in a strange way. The hops finish quickly and add a drying sensation but the overall feel of it makes you want to take another sip.

Narrative: “AND STAY OUT OF MY ROOM!” Becca, or GWENDOLINE as she preferred to be called in her adolescent epoch, slammed the door of her room. The Twilight posters swelled with a gush of incoming air and tusseled her Junior High School diploma on the wall. “They don’t understand my depth, and just because I leave my leather bound poetry book out doesn’t meant that she can JUST READ IT!” she fumed to herself. She had a bitter and dark note inside of herself, but she tried relentlessly to present herself in a comprehensible manner. Her acoustic guitar collected dust in the corner, next to an unfinished paint canvas, just beside her various competition dance uniforms; the items formed a confusing strata of personality layers ever weathering, ever changing. Ultimately, her interpretive dance classes would alienate school and performer alike but, she would maintain her bitter cold dignity with calm poise.

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Photo of SHODriver
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a rich black with a finger and a half of dense tan head.
S: this one hits the nose with some very sharp bitter pine notes with just a bit of sweet citrus
T: very interesting. roasted malt flavors battle with piney hop goodness to dominate the taste buds. Slightly citrusy and some hiints of coffee and chocolate make brief appearances before getting beaten back by the hops. Lingering bitter pine with a bit of sweetness.
M: Full bodied and a bit creamy. Carbonation is adequate and isn't prickly.
O: a very good beer that is a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is very, very dark. There's not much light getting through this one - I guess you could say it's black. It's so dark it looks like a porter! It has a nice, fluffy tan head with excellent lacing that clings like crazy. It's hard to decipher the nose. I don't seem to detect much. All I get is a tiny bit of nuttiness and some floral notes from the hops. It's very faint.

Nice complex flavor here and a creamy mouth feel. I was surprised to get a sharp spiciness almost immediately. Then the bitter flavors recede a bit and the taste becomes toasty and nutty. As it slides across your palate, the hops start to kick in again for a nice, dry finish.

This excellent beer will appeal to hop-heads (like me) as well as those who like big, complex flavors. Although I prefer the standard IPAs to this variety, I still found this beer to be quite tasty. I would NOT suggest this beer to someone new to craft brews.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.62/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes of the Mondial

A: Pours deep black but just so slightly translucent giving away a light brown/cola hue. Moka head, good retention and lacing.

S: Quite nice mix of strong chocolate, coffee, light vanilla mixed with a solid amount of west coast style hopping that consists of: grapefruit, unripe pineapple, tangerine, pine and fresh mint. Strong, but not wow-like strong smell.

T: The intensity of the taste is just amazing. There are solid dark chocolate in this, coffee and vanilla like most stouts. Again, the hopping is perfect, thanks to the experience Stone has in this subject: super aromatic use of hops with strong grapefruit, pineapple, juicy tangerine, pine and fresh mint. Perfectly balanced of all the fruity juicy-ness and the roasted characteristics of the malt.

M: Smaller than other ABA of this ABV as expected from the look of the beer. Still solid with low carbonation.

O: Another amazing brew from what I consider the best brewery in the world. This sets the bar as to what a damn near perfect ABA should be. And it's easy to get. What more can you ask?

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Photo of jneiswender
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

served out of a bomber bottle into a tasting glass during the Roxbury Beer Festival. served cool.

a- dark garnet body and a tan head
s- varied, fruity hop, some grain and an interewsting hemp smell
t- fruit, grain, very slightg alcohol, resin
m- medium
d- very good, really exceeds expectations. i would drink this again.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great black color, mostly clear, with a lingering swirling head and nice lacing.

I could smell the delicious hops even as they had just set my glass on the counter. Absolutely terrific, with lush smelling citrus and fruity hops, and a good malty backbone.

Taste is off the charts with deliciousness! Rich dark malts are balanced with oily, pungent hops, along with some piney grapefruit flavors. For a black ale, it's a lot like an IPA.

Feel is tangy and bitter, with a medium body and plenty of carbonation.

On tap this stuff is outstanding, just as it is in bottles.

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Photo of andrewinski1
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. The head atop the pitch black body is light tan and very sticky The head poured about three inches.

The aroma is hoppy first with sweet citrus; mostly grapefruit. Deep whiffs reveal a gentle bitterness from the roasted malts as well.

The taste is full of slightly sweet, chocolatey bitter citrus rind. The taste is a little on the dank side. The balance struck here is one that features the hops but still allows the chocolatey malts to provide a nice backbone.

The mouthfeel is light and creamy; this is dangerously drinkable.

I don't always drink Black IPA's, but when I do, I make it a Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale.

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Photo of FARGO619
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many many times. I'm finally getting around to rate it. It took me off guard the first time I tried it. Nice and hoppy.
A: Dark brown with light head went down fast. Lightly carbonated. Dark ruby light flowing through on the bottom.
T: Hoppy, sweet, bitter, and subtle floral hit the nose.
D: Easy to drink.
O: Overall it is a nice dark hop that is always good to just chill to.

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Photo of Iceman77
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few black ales before but this one is BLACK, maybe just a hint of amber around the edges where the light comes through. Pours with a fluffy three finger head that recedes slowly throughout the glass. The aroma is great, a ton of roasty malt up front with some hops hiding behind it. There's a lot going on in the flavor as well, where the hops take over a little bit more and there is a hint of sweetness as well. Very smooth on the mouthfeel, with a little bite of carb and bitters on the aftertaste. I think this is a great example of the style, and one of the best from Stone

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Photo of surprenant1138
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep mahogany, almost black with about a half inch foMy dark tan head. Lacing retIns well and appears smooth. Aroma is of charred nuts, raisins, hops, slightly oaky and maybe a hint if smoke. Mouthfeel is of a medium body. Taste is of all the aromas, but more earthy and almost grassy. Excellent beer.

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Photo of BigDRS
4.92/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Admittedly, this is my first cascadian dark ale/american black ale/black ipa/whatever. Worth the hype.

A - Black. Solid black. Just a bit of light shines through the bottom of my glass, but that's it. I'm surprised at just how opaque this brew is. Head is tan in color and the initial two finger head dies down to a thick film that leaves a good amount of lace on my glass. This beer is awesome already.

S - Smell is intense. Lots of hops, burnt malt, and a bit of caramel. There is just a bit of some fruitness, mostly dark cherry, in the nose as well.

T - Hops dominate all the way through. The roasted malt flavor comes through initially and lets up to a caramel/molasses taste. Aftertaste is at first sweet and a few seconds later turns bitter. This beer is very rich and complex. Maybe Stone just brewed another amazing beer or maybe it's my first crack at the style, but this beer is awesome.

M - Mouthfeel has just the right amount of creamy/syrupy goodness. Carbonation level feels good to me.

O - If this is representative of the style then I'm hooked. The name of this beer says it all. Stone has never let me down and I doubt it ever will. Buy this beer and drink it NOW.

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Photo of bluesplit63
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of the best from Stone so far.

Self Righteous Bomber.

Purchased from Nikki's Liquors. North Providence.

Pours a rich black with a thick light tan lace.

Hints of citrus and pine.

Smooth feel to the mouth with a light closing taste of alcohol.

8.7abv. Enjoy slow and steady.

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Photo of jayhawk73
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours very dark brown w/ an awesome cocoa 2 finger head. Good carbonation and lacing. Great looking beer. Very dark- darker than I was expecting.

S- Sublime is fitting in the title. This beer is super close to a 5 on the nose. Very complex- there's a lot going on here, but extremely balanced. Very hoppy, but also very smooth, refreshing.. etc... Great smelling brew!

T- Love it. You get fruit, hops, pine, alcohol, malt, and some other traces. VERY smooth drinking, and really great tasting. Hops leaves a smooth bitter taste on the aftertaste. I do taste a little alcohol, but it's well hidden- more of a feel than anything. Nice.

M- Velvet. That's the perfect word to describe the feel. It's not heavy feeling by any stretch, but exactly right. Very balanced feel to this beer, nothing reaches out and grabs you, and the total package is outstanding.

O- This is one of my favorite Stone beers so far. Very unique, very smooth, and very enjoyable. If you haven't had it yet- go pick some up, it's definitely one I'll get again and again.

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Photo of BrainDad
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Hopcat in GR. Except for the bitter element of the hops being a bit too harsh, this is an exemplary Black IPA. The nose is what really gets me. It has that rich, earthy, citrusy hop aroma reminiscent of Founder's Double Trouble (as a reference).

Color is a rich, ruby black. Seems a bit thin on the tongue at first but really rolls off nicely. A nice head to start with good lacing as I work down the glass. I could really drink a lot of this on a hot summer day. That's where the bitterness really pays off!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fell in love with this one the second I opened the bottle. The beer poured out as a dark black color with a generous brown head on top. The lacing looked pretty impressive as well. The smell of the beer was fully loaded with citrusy hops and roasted malts. The taste was a collision of the two battling it out. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall it's a wonderful beer, I strongly recommend it!

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Photo of zac16125
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost but not quite black, but certainly opaque with a 2 and half fingers width of khaki colored head that dissipated very slowly leaving at least a half finger widths throughout most of the drink. It leaves some of the heaviest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Predominately hoppy aromas of the pine and citrus variety. No real malt characteristic, just hit your nose hops. Not a very complex aroma, but very inviting if you are a hop lover like myself.

T: First sip is a very well balanced blend of roasted malts and hops. This beer is not particularly complex, but it doesn’t have to be. The simplicity may be what makes it so damn good. It is just an excellent balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Some very subtle burnt malt flavors with hints of caramel, but the balance between roasted malt and piney hops with a strong hop bitterness on the aftertaste certainly predominates. The ABV is masked wonderfully, with no overpowering alcohol characters. Hop flavors definitely are the mainstay of the drink, but are by no means overwhelming. If you consider yourself a hop head, you will almost certainly enjoy this beer.

M/D: Perfect amount of carbonation, relatively smooth and very easy to drink. Leaves the mouth feeling somewhat dry, but not to a fault. It is very drinkable considering the ABV, heavy stout-like appearance, and dominating hop flavors.

O: This beer is deceiving in that judging by its appearance you would expect a more stout-like drink with a certain heaviness and stronger malt characters. But in reality its more or less a great, hop-heavy ,IPA that happens to look like a stout. Overall this is an excellent beer. I admittedly am not that familiar with black IPAs, but I can’t imagine one being much better than this. I recommend this beer to all those who love hops and to those who are interested in this beer style. I will certainly drink this beer again.

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Photo of mryuk
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a very dark brown with a bit of amber and 2 fingers of head.

smell is piny hops with subtle malts.

taste is hoppy and bitter start to finish.

mouth is medium thick with good carbonation.

overall extremely good. surprisingly not malty for how dark it is. extremely good hoppy flavor.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.33/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

OK, so I bought into the hype. I had to make a selection, so why not get on my way and take the bottle OT Stone that everyone has been talking about...

Visuals: poured freely into a La Trapped goblet... a rich two inch tan head forms like cream over pitch black ale. Not as viscous as the Sam Smith RIS enjoyed the other night, but my taste buds are already preparing for a luxuriously silky ale with dark fruit and roasted flavors. Head subsides, w/o long, into a hair-thin head.

Aroma: Father, I have a confession. I know this beer is supposed to LOOK one way and ACT another, but that luscious looking beer I just poured has me hankering for big roasted and dark fruit aroma!

Talk about identity crisis!!! it might look like Guinness, but it smells like a glass of fresh-squeezed Grapefruit juice.

"Cha'lie Murphy, what did the glass of Stone day to the nose?

SMACK, Bitch!"

Flavor: It's marginally more complex than your standard IPA. In truth, any extra complexity is lost to the gritty hops... juicy hops are in turn overwhelmed by booziness. It finishes dry, but is actually chew deeper in. The coarseness isn't so much in the finish, so I'm not struggling to finish the bottle, but it becomes nondescript.
Ok, it is dark. Then either make OT a classic lean IPA or gimme something interesting to work with: premium base malt, toasted malt, dark fruits, roast/smoked/astringent character.

I like my IPA to be West Coast. Malt character belongs elsewhere. This beer is so big it has to be malty. There's such a thing as too much. I found it here.
Plenty of alcoholic burn that just doesn't work in a hop-centric beer.

Mothfeel: chewy - not just because of caramel malts... It's nor THAT sweet.... dry finish, but not lean or crisp enough.

I get it, the discrepancy between the appearance and taste are meant to make your head spin... in reality the conflict comes between the attempt to make an IPA and something too boozey and one-dimensional.

Measuring this on it's style, I'm ok giving a beer that drinks like an IPA while looking like a Stout high marks for... well, looking like a Stout and not an IPA. That's not the same as tasting like an IPA and drinking like something fat and sloppy!!
Schwarzbiers and many exceptional Porters pull off being dark AND crisp/light-bodied. So why shouldn't an IPA? :-/

Overall: ranking it on its style I guess you can say Sublimely hits all the marks, but in reality this is a style that doesn't do much more than market American IPA's. So it plays a Mindfu**k, I'm not finding a palatable reason to get this beer again, or sponsor this style.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours a dark purple color with a nice 1 inch tan head and some really good retention and some really cool looking lace

Smell: Floral aroma of the hops is kind of overpowering at first then the scent of roasted malts gently reaches up and taps you on the nose

Taste: Typical of stone brews at first taste you get the piney sting in the back of the palate from the hops. Then the sweet malts take over a bit and give the beer a nice balance it then finishes itself off with just a note of chocolate and coffee

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some decent carbonation and a dry finish

Overall: Very good black ale or black ipa or whatever the hell stone wants to call this thing. Bottom line is that it is a good beer that I will drink again when in the mood for a stone brew and I have no RIS around

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Photo of SawDog505
4.65/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I chose one of the most influential beers as my 20th review. This beer really opened my eyes a year ago. Poured a 22 oz bomber into my 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a gorgeous black, with a 3 inch light tan head. Crazy amount of lacing. Smell is heavenly. Piney, citrusy hops, with a hints of chocolate. It is amazing that they work so well with each other. The taste is similar, with some burnt malts & a hint of booze in the finish. Has a fairly thick body for such a easy drinking high abv beer. Plenty of carbonation. This is an amazing beer and did the same for black IPAs as Nirvana did for grundge music.

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Photo of garuda
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, best by dated stamped on neck

A - Black. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention and great lacing down the glass.

S - Juicy hops right from the cap removal, some grapefruit, with dark chocolate malts, a little roast, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T - Pine hops up front with some roasted and burnt malt, then bitter coffee and dark chocolate battle with the hops through the finish with dark chocolate ultimately coming out on top.

M - Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation level, creamy smooth across the palate, finishing clean and bitter.

O - I really enjoyed this one and it gave me hope for the style. I'd definitely get this again.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to snifter.

A: I thought this beer was pouring dark brown but once I checked it against the light in the glass it was indeed black and opaque. Two-and-a-half fingers of soapy light khaki head adorns the top of this beer and sticks to the glass as I drink it down.

S: The citrus hops are bright and dominate the smell, followed by nice West-coast piney notes (reminds me of a Sierra Nevada pineyness). Behind that there are some nice roasted malts but they are buried and the hops really shine.

T: Hop-forward, again with citrus but the pine is preeminent here with some extreme dryness. There are some coffee and espresso notes underneath that blend with the hop bitterness and create some nice flavors.

MF: On the lighter side of medium bodied, feels wet and refreshing and finishing with that bitter hop dryness.

O: The best black IPA I've had, definitely hop-forward with roasted/coffee notes underneath which is how I would prefer a black IPA.

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Photo of MikeyMikee
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I did a side-by-side with a fresh self rightous and one that was about 9 months to a year old. I'll review the fresh one first and the aged one second. These are from my notes where I grade beer out of 100 so while the overall score is probably going to be a B or B+, Ill list their individual scores as I had them.

FRESH: 81/100

A- Very dark beer, kind of a DARK ruby reddish/copperish, not black though. An off white head.

S- Sharp citrusy hops with some floral notes and a very light roast as well. The smell is actually pleasant. There is also a semi sweet dark chocolate kind smell there as well.

T- Sharp citrus hops, very bitter but the roast flavor overpowers the hop flavor. If that makes sense? I guess thats the point of a black ale, bitter roastyness. The coffee is there, as is the chocolate. Alcohol is present too which normally isnt bad in stouts but doesnt fit into this style for me.

M- Bitter Hops that bite in the beginning and alcohol in the end. Carbonation stings a bit.

O- Not overwhelmingly drinkable, bu tI did enjoy it. Might have been a little too bitter and threw off the balance with the roast.

9 Months to 1 year old: 87/100

Completely different beer. Cellared at 55'F served at around 50'F.

A- This is a pretty dark beer, its about as close as you can get to opaque without actually being opaque. The head is a little darker than the fresh version, closer to brown.

S- Rich dark chocolate, coffee and espresso and some vanilla. Soft piney hops.

T- Light espresso, rich roasted coffee and semi sweet dark chocolate. The hops come through a bit but are mostly faded and there is a light biterness to it.

M- Great carbonation, mouthfeel is still a little thin but has a semi velvety feel to it. Just short of ideal. The bitterness is mostly faded and the alcohol burn/warmth is gone.

O- Very drinkable, much closer to a stout at this point. Its a completely different beer than a fresh selfrighteous.

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Photo of imbibehour
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a tumbler.

Great light cocoa brown chocolate like head that is foamy. Cloudy dark brown body with red character. Just like it's bottle cousin, some good lacing while drinking too.

Hop citrus orange and grapefruit but muted, seems oily, sharp but still tiny and muted, I'll say it's slightly bigger than out of the bottle.

Taste is a little more varied briefly, first a quick sugar of milk chocolate disappearing with hop and grapefruit bitter. Aromatics of oil and citrus fruit on the finish, extremely fruity it never lets up.

A little more dynamic, but mostly just more powerful on tap and still a good example of this style. Can't go wrong with it at all.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 92.1% out of 100 with 5,928 ratings
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