Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
BA SCORE
92.1%
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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:
#898
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 dismal
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pours black (or extremely dark brown) with red highlights around the edges when held up to the light. Nice big light tan head that has great retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. I've never had a black IPA before so I keep thinking more of a stout smell and taste and I keep getting thrown off...in a good way though. The smell was very hoppy way more hoppier than I expected actually. Mainly citrusy. A little bit of malt in the background which gives it a slight roasted smell. The taste is similar, very hoppy with a slight roasted bite in the background. Nice and bitter, ends with a faint coffee/roasted malt finish and aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average and smooth, like a step below creamy. The ABV on this one isn't terribly high so finishing this is no problem. I'd actually take another. My first black IPA and it's pretty great and another great beer from Stone. Will definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of therica
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= dark chestnut brown to black depending on the lighting, big slushy tan head like a rootbeer float.

S= dry roasted dark malts, nice northwest hops, hint of chocolate and occasional smoke and nut notes at some temperatures, complex.

T= dry, with rich dark roasted malts, light hints of caramel sweetness to balance, very bold. Occasional licorice notes. A bit too dry-bitter for my preferences but not too far overdone.

M= very dry with bitters remaining, some toffee hints and dark malts.

D= probably too strong for session, came in a large 22oz bottle and at 8.7% ABV it's probably going to decrease one's capacity. Also somewhat filling. Dryness might get in the way with some foods, or most foods. Maybe good with anything smoked or grilled.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First off WOW.

Pours a solid black with mostly white with some tan head. the head fades quickly (probably because its a shocking %8.7 but leaves a lot of lacing.

The smell isnt over powering but of a nice toffee pine.

The taste is fairly bitter but off set by a roasted coffee. The alcohol at first isnt present but then I started noticing it the more I drank.

Great beer!

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Photo of xpoweruser
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Extremely dark ruby red/brownish color, brown head, some sediment. Nice head and lacing.

Aroma: Very nice floral and pine, very hoppy, a little citrus. Some roast and coffee notes come though.

Taste: Nice strong hop bite, pine, grapefruit, spice, with some citrus flavors and dryness. Some roast, coffee, and dark chocolate notes from the malts. Hops dominate this brew, but the sweetness from the malts is noticeable. Alcohol is noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. Nice carbonation. Hop bitterness lingers on the palate.

Drinkability: Very well brewed Black IPA. Nice juicy hop flavor with some stout/porter characteristics. Stone is a very consistent brewery and this brew lives up to the high standards they set.

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

1 pint

Pours black with huge foamy tan head. Nose is citrus hops foremost, chocolate roasty malts apparant as well, auromas of a stout sutble. Taste is a complex blend of bitter hops and robust toasted malts. Dark chocolates combined with pine needles. Medium to heavy mouthfeel, dry in the finish. My first experience with a well recieved Cascadian Dark Ale. Honoured it was with Stone's self-proclaimed best. Great benchmark of an ABV, this bomber is goning to be perfect for the drinking session this afternoon. Cheers to great craft beer.

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Photo of fsimcox
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an 8oz tulip glass.

Poured a deep, dark black. Big tan fluffy head that dissipates surprisingly quickly to a thin tan layer! Very nice lacing down the entire glass.

Smells of hops, some grapefruit and a hint of roast malt. Very nice, and not overpowering.

Creamy hops up front, with a slightly bitter finish, some grapefruit at the end, and a hint of grapefruit aftertaste. Some carbonation in the back.

Mouth feel is creamy. With an all around hop presence.

Overall a wonderful IPA well worth a second glass.

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Photo of philbe311
4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely love the bottle...

A - A mammoth billowing and cascading medium brown colored airy head with a rocky batter like top settles at slightly more than three fingers worth before displaying excellent retention... A great deal of lacing clings to the glass... An opaque flat black to the naked eye, but some minor notes of red hue can be detected when back lit...

S - Hoppy citrus notes can be detected well before bring one's nose over the glass... Grapefruit... Pineapple... Oranges... Some faint piney hop notes... A touch of roasted malts... Very appealing...

T - Hop forward to say the least... Mostly citrus, with a touch of piney hops... A quick hit of roasted malts before the hops reassert themselves... Perhaps a some faint chocolate notes on the finish as well...

M - The creamy lushness of the foam touches the lips first... Medium bodied, yet still airy and light... Very light carbonation... A strong hop bitterness lingers in the throat and on the back of the tongue...

D - Wow, this is a great brew... If it were not for the color and faint roasted malt components this would compete for prominence about IPAs and DIPAs... With the black color and faint roasted malt component, this becomes a highly memorable and enjoyable brew... The only things keeping this being a "5" in this category are the 9% ABV which is hard to hide and the hop assault that leaves the tongue blistered and battered...

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Photo of almychristopher
4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this beer pours a dark near black color with a tan head that recedes to lacing. the aroma brings the promised hops nearly balanced by the roasted malt character. the taste has a really nice piney hop character up front filled out by the coffee notes of the black roast, the medium body and good co2 make this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of RandyV
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful balck/ dark mahogany with a nice, frothy espresso creme head. Lacing is consistent and substantial. Nice floral, pine smell tells you you're in for a hop treat. It doesn't disappoint. First taste denotes citrus and molasses. The alcohol is foreward initially, which I don't mind. It mellows in subsequent tastes to a nice, warming presence. The mouthfeel is creamy, more so than I expected. The hop presence wins by a nose over that malt sweetness, which is never cloying. Just an all around flavorful, drinkable beer and a real treat for the beer senses.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.6/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazing Black IPA.

Big sticky, and frothy head. Deep shade of brown when held up to light, dark black otherwise.

Aroma is a wonderful blend of roasted malts, bitter floral hops, and tannins.

The taste is really spot on for the style. Perfect balance of malts/hops, both being on the heavy side. However, none of the notes overpower each other. They work in perfect harmony. The alcohol content is covered extremely well. I'd guess 6.8% at best blind taste test.

With the roasted malt notes, a hint of coffee, a bit of caramel. The blend of citric, floral, and piney hops, just works so well.

This beer is really straight forward, but really well done. Amazing beer all around, and incredibly drinkable. One bomber wasn't enough, two would be no problem. Enjoy.

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Photo of 94coog
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been lurking here for awhile. Never felt compelled to write a review until now.

A: pours a rich black with amber edges. a medium-rocky head that laces well.

S: Rich malt with doughy bread notes, brown sugar, grassy hops.

T: Takes me to my knees. Its like the malt and hops are fighting for supremacy, and both are winning. Cloying sweet malt with alcohol punch that carries the hops through the palate.

M: perfectly carbonated. Could be a bit less thin, but remember its an IPA, not a porter or stout. This beer is confusing in the way it crosses styles. Its an IPA. No, a barleywine. Wait, an imperial porter. No, it's all of those. It's the best of all of those. It's sublime.

D: If I had more than one bomber, I would drink all I had.

A humbling experience. Its as if the best qualities of an IPA, porter, and barleywine were combined into one beer.

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Photo of Northjames
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Beautiful dark brown, almost black, like melted chocolate in appearance. A dense quarter inch head of light tan bubbles stays on top for the duration.

I get a huge hit of molasses cookies fresh out of the oven in the nose. Maybe slightly too-browned molasses cookies. There are some hoppy notes in the background, but I can't distinguish them from the malt. The smell is rich and very pleasing.

The first thing that hits my tongue is the sweetness. It is rich, dark and caramel-y. Almost like a lactose based sweetness, it washes right off the tongue and the hops start to come through. There is an initial bitterness that fades into a nose tingling aroma hoppiness. After that, I am inclined to take another small sip. The flavors working together, in a delayed flavor reaction is an impressive feat. The alcohol taste is present, but in the background. Exceptionally clean, the effects come directly from the ingredients.

This is a sipping beer to me. Partly because it is strong, and partly because it is so interesting. As a homebrewer, I am jealous of the mind that created this.

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

Wow, what a great beer! It combines citrusy and piney hops with a deeply caramelish malt that's also a touch chocolatey and roasted.

It appears black in a full pint glass, but held to the light it reveals dark mahogany edges. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves some nice splatters of lace about the glass.

The nose is citrusy and piney over a hint of dark caramel. Quite nice!

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a standard carbonation level.

The flavor reveals the maltiness that's not quite found in the nose. It's almost like burnt-sugar: caramelish, and bit roasty, and even a touch smokey. There's an edge of dark chocolate to it as well. It's rich, but not 'super' rich; and it's complex, but not 'super' complex - it's just everything it needs to be because it's really just acting as the perfect 'dark' springboard for the hops.

With any other malt base I'm sure these particular hops would be displayed in a different fashion, but here they're piney, resinous, and minty with a citrus edge that expresses orange, lemon, and red fruits as well. I think the roasted and dark chocolatey side of the malt develops the mintiness by combining with the pine-like qualities; and the citrus is slightly subdued, but still comes through towards the middle and end as a refreshing splash that pulls you away into a little something different. Atop a golden or amber malt I'm sure the hops would be more emboldened, and more citrusy, piney, and fruity (like fruity pebbles?), but here they're more reigned in. And what that all leads to is a really interesting beer from the first whiff to the elegant, lingering finish. In fact, I get the most smokey edge out of it after it's been gone for a minute or so.

Regarding drinkability, the alcohol at 8.7% by volume is never noticeable. You might feel it, but you won't taste it. And I think the subdued complexity and interesting 'bright points' make it remarkably compelling. It's brilliantly balanced at its core, and superbly studded with hops. Quite possibly my favorite beer from Stone.

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

A: Poured from a 1 pint 6 oz brown bottle with painted-on label into a standard pint glass. Pours a dark brown (black??) color that is nearly impervious to light. A one-finger light brown head tops this brew and shows good retention and great lacing.

S: Grapefruit and big time for me. Also some piney notes and a hint of dark malt in the background.

T: This beer tastes great. Strong hop presence obviously. Grapefruit and pine notes predominate. Alcohol quite noticeable both in the middle and at the finish. Also, as would be expected the bitterness hits hard at the finish.

M: Quite highly carbonated with a medium body....quite nice.

D: This beer is excellent...but at 8.7% abv, one must be wise. I sipped on my bomber for about 90 minutes, which gave me a good chance to note its varying nuances with temperature change. I would drink this beer anywhere, anytime, but not more than a pint or two.

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

A - The head shows a shade of light chocolate and sufficiently tight bubbles to set decent expectations. The body is a matt black with a slither of maroon hue at the very bottom. Retention is also good.

S - Sweet malts and fruity hops battle for center stage, although neither seem to really want to win. It's more of a nudging contest between two half-hearted contenders, although both are pleasant enough. The resulting fragrance is akin to a sprig of milk chocolate - coated cascade leaves being wafted a few feet from your nose.

T - This brew would be a great stepping stone (no pun intended) into porters/stouts. A soft ascorbic spine - like that found in bananas - directs the fairly simple flavour profile. Sweet malts found in the nose appear first, and slowly transition into the roastiness typical to a a porter. Finally the hops blend-in to provide a clean biting finish. Integration and balance is the point-scorer for this brew - simple, but well built.

M&D - This is perhaps the best aspect of the whole experience.The body's weight matches the intensity of flavors, and the alcohol is well aligned with the sugar/acidity levels to create a deceptively drinkable result. Furthermore, and as suggested by the head, the carbonation is firm and well structured. It augments the flavor profile in the same way a good caddy improves the performance of a golfer - humble and unassuming, yet ultimately vital to a winning game.

O - Overall this beer is well assembled, and as such there's nothing really "wrong" with it at all. Having said that, there's also nothing really impressive about it either. All-in-all: solid, but uninspiring - a bit like a girl calling a guy "nice".

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Photo of cdkrenz
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The body of this beauty is by no means modest in a cloak of black topped by a foamy, frothy, medium tanned head with nice lacing and solid stamina.

S - An interestingly minty and citrus hop presence with a hint of spice.

T - The combination of hops and malt make for a solid array of flavors to enjoy here. Every time I take another pull I pick up another tasty character. Citrus and dark bread are the mainstays while leafy hops, nut, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee are also all present.

M - Thick body with a slight coarseness.

~ I want more of this beer. I wish I could have one a week. This is a great beer.

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

Thanks to my good buddy cdkrenz for his generous offering!

A - Pours a very dark brown (looks almost black) with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light source. The body is topped by a beautiful fluffy khaki head that has well above average retention. A gorgeous veil of lacing is left down the inside of my glass.

S - Very nice citrus hop aroma stands out first and foremost. There also seems to be just a touch of sweet smell, maybe caramel, just trying to compete with the hops.

T & M - Wow. Stone is able to back the bragging I read on the back label. Citrus hops are first and foremost, just as I got from the aroma. But there is a slight sweetness that just wants to battle with the hops, I think it is the underdog known as caramel malt. As expected though, the hops win in a beatdown, dominating the malt. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Leaves a bit of a bitter hoppy aftertaste.

D - This is a seriously drinkable brew! Hoppy and delicious, and the 8.7% ABV is hardly detectable. I have to thank cdkrenz for introducing me to this beer that is far less than modest. Simply delicious!

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Photo of gopens44
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours black as night with a generous mocha colored head.

S - Straight up hop goodness that takes the shape of grapefruit with barely present earthy notes.

T - Super fantastic fun time taste power! Grapefruit on top of oaked mmonshine that gives way to a smooth oakey finish.

M - A little more carbonation than I expected, but it's all good. A touch of burn throughout with a moderately heavy aftertaste.

I challenge Stone to make a beer that doesn't make me happy. This beer delivers very well. Perhaps the hoppiest Cascadian I've had yet!

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Photo of jpro
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a "special cask" (extra dry hopped with amarillo hops) sent by Stone to the Closed for Business birthday party in Charleston last week... from notes...

A: Black with some red around the edges; khaki head is small (cask), but leaves a lot of patchy lace.

S: Mindblowing... citrusy, grassy hops; tropical fruit is also evident in the hop profile; some malt sugary-ness in the background. But, oh so hoppy! Man, the amarillo dry hop on this makes for a delicious aroma!

T: Sweet, tropical fruit concentrate / hoppy nectar; some acrid bitterness on the finish; great stuff.

M: Medium bodied and super smooth.

D: Great drinkability considering the abv - there's almost no hint of it in the taste. I'm a big fan of the "regular" Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale (which also utilizes amarillo hops, but not at this level!)... this version definitely takes it up a notch... great stuff! Not sure what the availability on this one is, but if I ever see it again I'll be sure to have a couple -

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Photo of ShanePB
3.16/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled last night, 22 oz bomber, shared with a friend. From memory...

A: Muddy black, supple tan head that left some great lacing and a moderate cap throughout the tasting.

S: Roasted grain malt, bitter hops, ash, black peppercorn. This smells great but I worry these roasted qualities may not play as well as I hope with the bitterness.

T: Bitter hops are up front followed by some charcoal and grass. The overall roasted qualities here are too weak for the bitterness of these hops. I was expecting the hops, obviously, but thought the definite dark malt profile would be a bit more present to balance this out. Disappointed.

M: Wild carbonation, medium-bodied, smooth.

D: For me, this is hard. I love IPAs and in general Black IPAs but something about this one is just hard for me to get down, let alone an entire 22 oz bottle. Luckily I shared.

I wouldn't go for this again unless it was on draft somewhere. Understandably so an IPA, though it still needs balance, something I feel the Sublimely is lacking.

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Photo of Teleweizen2
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - pours an inky nearly opaque color. Fingers worth of brown head. Turns a clear purple ruby color when backlit.

S - complex nose on this. Big grassy grapefruit hop aroma is dominate. Followed by some dark chocolate and some coffee from roasted malts.

T - big and bitter. The sweet chocolate is up front then its followed by a wave of citrusy hop bitterness along with a mild roasty flavor. There is a bit of alcohol warming on the finish along with some grassy hops.

M - slick and slippery mouthfeel. Goes down super easy. Medium bodied. Medium carb.

D - this is a great beer. Flavors are bold yet balanced and way to easy to drink. Great stuff.

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

A-Looks like almost stout like in coloration. Only some light can penetrate this beer. A night bubbly tan head sits on top and slowly fades leaving lacing galore.

S-I have had a few black IPAs before but this one takes the cake in the smell category. Big, big hops are dominant. But the rich dark maltiness of the beer is quite evident as well. Definately the most hop foward Black IPA atleast in the nose department.

T-I find it to be maltier than the nose. But don't be fooled, this one is hopped quite thoroughly. The citrusy hop blast really wallops the tongue. The dark sweet malts are awesome here too however. Roasty and rich, very nice.

M-Pretty thick. Nice oily way about it. Sticky. Medium-heavy. Not overly carbonated.

D-The high alcohol is masked so pleasantly you can't stop yourself here. Very drinkable.

Stone aces it again.

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Photo of Kromes
4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thin soapy line of bubbles. Some lacing on the glass.

S: A nice pine and citrus hop aroma with roasted malts. Smells great

T: The initial flavor is roasted malts and a strong citrus hop flavor. The finish is bitter from the malts and hops and you can taste and feel the alcohol in the finish. The hop really takes over the beer and the darker qualities are hard to pick up in the background.

M: Not too heavy and a little bit sticky.

D: I really like dark ales and IPAs, so for me this is a very drinkable mixture of the too.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Wow! A very tan almost a stout-like head. The head abruptly took off as I was pouring it. The body is almost opaque but has ruby red entwined with the darkness.

A fruity pine smell that is very strong. The aroma is really amazing. The smell of citrus hops and malt is very pronounced... It's in your face!

A bitterness of hops and pine in the beginning then an almost sweet roasted malt and a bitter backbone as it finishes. I taste grapes, pineapple, some roasted malts. There is a slight taste of a boozy taste but nothing extreme. It's quite different tasting but good.

Medium body, you can tell the body is thicker than average Ales when the beer hits the lips. Lightly carbonated.

I don't think I can have another one, it's a little too heavy. The smell of booze towards the last third of it is getting extremely more pronounced.

Overall, not a bad beer. If I saw it on tap I would order one immediately, just to see if their is a taste differential.

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

A: Dark, dark brown with a subdued red tint. Huge, 3-finger, slightly off-white head. Dissipates slowly, leaving trace lacing.

S: Big. Hoppy. Notes of citrus.

T: Relative to the nose, the taste is quite understated. Slightly boozy and pleasantly bitter.

M: Svelte.

D: Very drinkable.

Another champion beer from Stone. Sublime indeed.

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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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