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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
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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

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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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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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Photo of MikeM40
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip. This brew pours a near black and creates a huge foamy light tan head that last forever and leaves tons of lacing. Aromas of bitter hops,pine and citrus fruits,particularly grapefruit greet the nose. First sip reveals a surprising roasted malt character that is nicely balanced by bitter hops. Also hints of bitter coffee,chocolate and more citrus. This beer has a very usual flavor profile but the flavors work together amazingly well. Mouthfeel and carbonation are medium and there is a definite creamy quality to this beer. The finish is long and quite bitter and any hint of alcohol taste has been completely masked. This is a very interesting brew which manages to blend flavors you would not think would go together,and does so very well. An interesting ale I would gladly enjoy again. 

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Photo of djsmith1174
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first Stone brew...finally

A - Nearly black with a long lasting head

S - Roasted malts and hops. Little bit of dark fruit.

T - Initial hop bite that I would expect from a Stone brew, but in conjunction with roasty malt. Sweet dark fruit in the middle.

M - Nice medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Really goes down well.

O - Not being as devout of a hophead, I went after this Stone offering first. I'm sure pleased that I did. What a great mix of flavors in this complex brew. Will have another in the future.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.77/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at The (Brilliant) Blind Pig.

Deep black ale with dark ruby trim when held to the light, with two fat fingers of creamy, light tan foam. Excellent duration, ample lacing, and a terrific looking beer. The aroma is magnificent, lush with citrus smell, pine, chocolate and caramel malts. Orange, pineapple, and some lemon fill the nose, making this a surprisingly hop-forward Black Ale with ample malt, as the taste attests. Exceptional smell, nothing short.

The taste is magnificent, very well-rounded, and packed with rich, durable flavors. The first part, especially given the hop content, is surprisingly malt heavy, loaded with chocolate with a hint of roasted coffee bean. Citrusy hops and some pine emerge with a little warmth, adding some sweetness. Fabulous, all the more so because, combined with some appreciable hop grit, this is is eminently smooth, creamy, amply effervescent, and thoroughly enjoyable. This doesn't allude to 8.7% ABV whatsoever, too easy on the palate, too accessible, too good. Amazing.

Stone arrived in East Central Champaign with much fanfare and advanced advertisement, with bars such as The Pig, Crane Alley, Seven Saints, and others conducting tap takeovers filled with Stone offerings. I had enjoyed Stone's delicious wares before, so I was prepared for their craft goodness, but Sublimely Self-Righteous was a breed apart. One of the very best veers around, this is first rate Black Ale/Black IPA.

Tremendous, a privilege to have tasted and enjoyed. I gave this a good go for a dozen pints/bomber bottles soon after it was introduced.

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

Appearance: Brown/black with two fingers of dark tan head that left decent lacing.

Smell: Citric hop, roast malt and a trace of semi-sweet chocolate.

Taste: Citric and resin hops right in the face then heavily roasted almost burnt malt, a hint of semi-sweet bitter chocolate and dark fruit plums or cherries. The burnt character is is cleansed by another washing of citrus hops for a dry and mildly bitter finish. Body is medium with decent carbonation.

This is an excellent American Black Ale.

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

510th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

**11th Anniversary Review**

Thanks Siggy125 for this extra!!

App- A wonderful cola brown with a two finger head that was super slow to recede. This is 4 years old. Could've fooled me.

Smell- A little faint roast, some dark chocolate, dark fruits and a unique hop kick. Just very aromatic and full on the nose.

Taste- A very big beer. Nicely sweet with a few layers of flavors. Nice dark malts with some chocolate and hops. No fade on this thing. Just very tasty.

Mouth- Very medium bodied and very carbonated. The feel is hops and some dark roast. Nice, just nice.

Drink- This was such a welcome extra and completely unexpected. I will have to have the SSR to compare recipes. If I had access to more 11, I'd be happy.

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Photo of colt45n
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomb!

A: Dark Dark Dark! pours like a stout but the body appears to be a lot looser with a ligh white head.

S: Hops, Unlike their ipa I am getting the hops upfront along with a little bit of sweetness.

T: Love it! I am getting some sweeter(not fruit) but some good sweet hops, with maybe some dark fruit flavors following.

D: Light and creamy, nothing like a stout but more so than a reg ipa, the body is great on this one, good mouthful, easy drink.

Overall I really enjoyed this one, this is a new style for me that I am really enjoying, out of the few stones that I've tried this is my favorite so far.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stone Sublimely, on tap at The Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Appearance: Exuberant, macchiato-colored and creamy two-finger head. Looks like a nitro pour! Lots of bubbles on top, great retention (head lingers a long while) and lacing. Color is black with auburn tones when swirling the glass. Looks like cold, day-old coffee (in a good way)

Smell: Reminds of the inside of a humidor- not quite smoky but more like a cigar humidor bought at a estate sale after spending three years in your grandpa's attic (the nose has the dryness of an attic, not the dampness of a basement). A hint of smoke, ever-so-subtle. Roastiness and brulee sugars at the end. That said, the aroma is not as enticing and full as the body/appearance. A bit quiet.

Taste: A beautiful combination of dry hops and roasty malts. Some chocolate and toasted bread.

Mouthfeel: A little underwhelming but correct, with medium body, flavor and carbonation and a pleasant stinging and dry and bitter end that lingers in the mouth. Well balanced, never boozy.

Overall: While not as impressive as the bottled version, this is still a beautiful black ale. Smooth, drinkable (almost chuggable). Enjoyable. Subtly and roasty... well done, but perhaps I expect more from Stone.

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Photo of Nugganooch
4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the brewery today after some munchies at the bistro.

A: Pours a super dark almost black color. More of the darkest brown the spectrum can go. Addorned with a gorgeous 3-4 finger high mocha tan fluffy head that left a veiny web of lace.

S: Smell is full of fantastic fruity citrus and mango hop aromas.

T: Great bitterness full of juicy sweet citrus and resinous pine flavors that are backed up with these slight roasty and nutty malt flavors that leaves hints of coffee on the tongue. Delicate yet complex balance here that is just so good. Slight warming on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is such a great light to medium body that is creamy and rich in texture. Nice peppery bitterness and a slight ABV warming to it.

D: A very tasty beverage that is incredibly hoppy and light in body despite its appearance. The hops and balance really have me on this one. Very surprising and always a pleasurable brew.

I got to experience this brew at the 11th Anniv. release before I had ever even heard of the Black IPA or Cascadian Style Dark Ale. I was immediately taken by the hoppiness and that great balance or marriage of dark roasty malts here. Glad they decided to make it a regular. One of my fav Stone offerings so far.

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

Served into a tulip glass

Color: Pours black with a nice one inch head. not transparent at all.

Nose: A bouquet of hops hit your nose. It smells fresh and clean like a forrest on a spring damp morning. Light citrus emulates from the beer along with coffee notes and nuts.

Palate: Wow! soft, clean, and gentle. full body beer with a large amount of flavor. Sweet and citrus flavors.

Finish: Long and full of flavor. Very complex and explosive as well. you get the coffee and sweet malt balanced by the bite of the hop.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'll be the first to say, I'm not the biggest fan of Stone. (Although fresh 13 was a thing of beauty) I'm also not the biggest fan of Black IPAs / Cascadian Dark Ales or whatever you want to call them. However, this one is in a league of it's own in this not new, but emerging style.

Bottle Date best by 8/10/2011 which means this beer was bottled 6 days ago. As fresh as a San Franciscan will get any Stone beer.

A - Black with a nice light frothy head and nice retention in the tulip.

S - a little muted but Pine resin, citrus, and the dark malts are there but you really have to look for them. They're in the background over-shadowed by the hops. Smells like a nice big piney IPA. Yum.

T - Impressive. Dank and resinous whereas the hops are the first thing that smack you in the face with a citrus bite, followed by a mild coffee and dark malts, then the hops finish grassy and piney with sharp bitterness, oddly similar to PtE. (in the finish) Lots going on with this beer and I like it.

M - drinks like a nice big resinous DIPA with dry bitter finish. Spot on for the style and the best I've had of the style.

O - I love that this is a Hop forward Black IPA whereas the dark malts take a back seat. This gives me hope for this style. Amazing citrus hops packed into such a dark beer and the pine and resin just made this fantastic.

Finding this beer fresh is recommended. Great Job with this one Stone!

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Photo of spree92
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Once I cracked this open, an aroma that made me smile filled the air. Pours a thin black that turns cola color in the light around the edges. Small head but some even lacing. Smell is bitter but not of hops, initially. Slightly burnt grainy malts and molasses lead into some earthy hops, grass, spruce and citrus peel. Taste is so weird, in a good way. Jumps back and forth from malts to hops to malts to hops and back. After is sits a bit, the finish is a nice roasted coffee bean flavor. A bigger beer at 8.7%, but this is pretty thin and very easy to consume. Alcohol is hidden behind all the changing pieces as it doesn't know what to be. One drink a malt beer, next is IPA. Excellent beer from Stone, should we be surprised.

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Photo of shaunb81
4.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was super excited about trying this beer and I just couldn't do it by myself. I decided to call my buddy Jax over (he's the only one of my friends that has the same kind of palate for microsas I do). Since we are both huge Stone fans, we were both pretty stoked to crack this one open.

Appearance - Poured jet black into my snifter with a nice 2" dark cream head and lacing to be remembered.

Smell - Roasted, heavenly malts and remarkably hoppy. Every sniff makes me more excited to finally drink it. Jax is at a loss for words.

Taste - There is a sweetness on the front end and it is followed with hops that make the hair on my arms stand up. Jax had only three words to say. Brace yourselves. "Jesus Fucking Christ..." Though it seemed like an appropriate response, I was looking for something a little more descriptive, but couldn't seem to find the words. Coffee and chocolate seemed to poke it's head out throughout the ride.

Mouthfeel - It was creamy and the density was medium. It was actually perfect for me. Body was superb. Black ales might just be one of my new favorite styles.

Overall - This is probably my favorite Stone brew to date. It's got depth and the profile holds up against most ales. If you see this, buy it, smile, and then don't forget to smile while you savor the flavor of this behemoth.

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Photo of harrymel
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Okay, I've had problems in the past with the freshness of my Stone locally. I've even been contacted by Greg Koch regarding my reviews r/t this issue. So I've held off until I could get fresh on this one.

Bb: 8/10/11 (bottled 5/10/11)

A: Pours a dark maduro ale with a single finger of latte head which dissipates to a quilt of the same. Excellent clarity albeit difficult to assess given the malt profile. Spotty lacing.

S: Wowzy! Lots of hops! This is the most hoppy of the ABA's I've had. Plenty of pine, citrus rinds, hints of resin, grapefruit. Malts are there, but subdued. Let's hope that isnt the case in my mouth.

T: Bitter, from malts and hops; hard to say which. plenty of Black malty goodness interwoven with a solid west-coast hoppyness. Hints of dark chocolate on the far back end. Really a pleasant beer.

M: More viscous than many I've had in the style, and in a good way. The feel is velvety and low in carbonation allowing for optimal flavor resonance and punctuation.

O: I can see why this one is among the best. Not my favorite ABA, but I would argue better crafted than my favorite ABA (mad River Serious Madness). This one is easily had, year around, has the best body I've had in the style, and comes from a reputable brewery with their eyes on QA.

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Photo of eclaycamp
4.89/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

To say that I’ve been looking forward to this beer is an understatement. One of my buddies happened to pick this up in Denver last year but he of course didn’t share. 22 ounce bomber poured into an oversized wine goblet. Comes out of the bottle dark brown (think cola) with a frothy long lasting tan head. Wish the head was a bit thicker, but the high ABV probably makes that difficult. Aroma comes across as this dank and earthy hop character, with big notes of pine. It’s huge! Roasted grain and chocolate are buried in the nose. You have to work your way past the incredible hop aroma but they’re in there. Then there’s the whole matter of taste. Hops shatter the palate first, with a prolonged bitterness in the finish. The first taste is all hops. As you acclimate you’ll be able to start to pick at the malt profile a bit more, but the first taste is jarring. I like the mouthfeel as well. It’s slick and despite all the hops never gets sticky. This beer finishes very dry (something I’ve noticed with most Stone beers), as the malt character never goes overboard into sweet territory. Instead it opts for roasted and nutty, with a slight bitter coffee note. That’s not the best description. Let me put it this way I’ve toasted pine nuts, getting them to the point where they’re almost too dark, and that’s what this malt flavor reminds me of. It’s not burnt, but is right there on the edge. There’s also some definite alcohol warmth but I’m not picking up any fusels in the nose or taste, very impressive. It’s not often that I find a beer that lives up to my expectations when trying it, but Sublimely Self-Righteous does that and then some. Not sure if it’s possible, but this is a textbook example of an emerging style.

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Photo of stercomm
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass

A - Very dark brown, with an initial finger length mocha lacing that dissipates quickly leaving a nice glass retention.

S - Malty, hoppy, almost some burnt marshmellow, very nice.

T - Great balance, get lots of hops on the front, malts in the middle and a nice powdered cocca with mild sweetness on the finish. The hops are there for the hophead but the balance of the beer will make it enjoyable for a broader range of palates.

M - Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D - This was a crowd pleaser in our clan, all the beer geeks really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a virtually black color with a 1/2 inch of brown head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is chocolatey and boozey. Some coffee and only a bit of hops. Taste is of piney and floral hops. Maybe some chocolate and coffee flavors but they are certainly in the background. The hops are the main focus here. This one smelled boozey but taste wise there isn't a lot of alcohol flavor. This is a pretty solid beer and certainly does taste like a Stone. Overall, I dig it and will grab it again.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the bottle version:

I liked this beer a lot but didn't really see why Stone made it. They have a number of strong ales, some weaker (Arrogant Bastard), some stonger (Double Bastard). This beer is a little darker in color than both and I think a little less hoppy. It's also darker.

I would definitely get it again but just don't understand why they're introducing this style.


It wasn't the best beer I'd had. Not interesting enough to justify the high Alcohol by volume and too strong to drink as a refresher.

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Photo of ralree
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep brown, almost black, brown head, great lacing and beautiful retention. Bi-Winning!

S: Extremely hoppy and pleasantly sweet. This smells delicious!

T: To die for - perfect super-hopped flavor meets really toasty and brown-sugary malt! Nice and alcoholic, which is just barely noticeable. This is one amazing brew!

M: A bit on the oily side - really keeps the hop flavor alive. Carbonation is perfect. A tiny bit astringent - just enough.

D: This is one of the best ales I've had in a long time. Drink it! It goes down wonderfully.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,935 ratings