Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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

poured into a snifter, deep black with a slightly tan head. nice lacing.

nose is piney, citrus peel, faint roastiness, touch of caramelized sugar.

taste has a faint roasty note, piney hop flavor, touch of brown sugar, slight bitter grapefruit peel in the finish. finishes very dry.

fairly light bodied for a beer this big, overally fairly drinkable. definitely a good representation of this style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: deep black molasses, big fluffy oatmeal/creme head (2 inches) drops down quickly, excellent lacing.

S: piney, hops, citrus with a subtle toasted nut hints in background.

T: nice balance of sweet with bitter. no aftertaste, has slight cocoa, ripe fruit sweet with earthiness of hops.

M: medium, smooth, for such big flavor not too heavy.

D: Fine sipping beer, enjoy on a special occasion. This is my first Stone beer and was rather impressed, look forward to sampling more Stone beers. I have only tried this style one other time, quite enjoyed it.

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Photo of SuperNova777
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 12/08/10

A:Pours a non transparent black with a fingers worth of white head on top. Very nice lacing is left down the sides of the glass.

S:Right up the front the nose picks up lots of citrus hops, very pleasing and inviting.
Trying pick out some other smells but it all comes back to the hops dominating

T:At first taste you get a small amount of roasted malts in the front and the middle. Then
the hops start to take over the backend of the drink, bitterness then lingers around on
the palate till the next sip.

M:Excellent body for the style, not too thin and not too thick. Palate is left a little dried
out from the alcohol with a nice coating along the mouth.

D:This is a all around excellent example of this style (probably the best that I have had so
far). Drink is dominating by hops for the IPA part with some roastiness in the mix as well.
Easy drink and the alcohol is pretty much non existent, would recommend this for hop
lovers everywhere.

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

Nice two finger chocolate brown head of thick foam, leaving thick clinging lace on the side of the glass. Color is dark dark brown, comparing to a 40 on the SRM beer color chart. Good aroma of hops right on top, with lime, sour bread, lemon peel, coco and oats. Powerful taste of pine, citrus, sweet malt and oats. A little heavy on hops, but a good taste anyway. Not a beer you would want to drink very many of unless you are home or have a good sober driver. Well worth the price.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black, definitely doesn't look like an IPA

S: Bold, dank hops come through with a good bit of char and burnt malts. It's almost like a fire pit without the smoke

T: Starts with a good bit of grapefruit and citrus hops along with the burnt malts and char. Again, just like a fire pit without the smoke

M: Great, not too carbonated, but its pretty smooth

D: A very good example of the style with both IPA and stout/porter notes coming through at all times. Absolutely worth a shot if you like the style

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Photo of NODAK
3.93/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma starts out very hoppy, with loads of grapefruit and citric it opens up though, more malt comes out...specifically what seems to be chocolate and roasted malts.

Pours absolutely black in the glass with a nice brown head.

This is definitely a hoppy beer....every bit as hoppy as their IPA, if not more so. It tastes like somebody took a pine tree and some grapefruit and threw it in the beer. This is especially true of the grapefruit, which really asserts itself in the finish as the dominant taste. There just isn't a lot of malt, save for a roasted note that shows up in a fleeting fashion. The bitterness lingers a little bit after the swallow...though not all that strong...along with a note of chocolate peeking through. But boy is it small...doesn't show up on every swallow for me. I'd love to say that I get the malt in this beer...but I think it's been slapped aside by the hops. It's basically a pretty powerful IPA that happens to be black in color.

This isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. Sure I may have wanted more balance...but when I'm in the mood for something nice and bitter, yet clean...this is a good option. The searing grapefruit bitterness of this beer really hits the spot.

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Photo of titosupertramp
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, coffee colored with thick, tan head that slowly dissipates. Persistent lacing.

S: Piney and citrus notes dominate in a good way. Mild roastiness is present as well. Pleasant.

T: Nose comes through in the taste as you'd expect. Roastiness comes through more in the taste than it did in the smell. A little chocolate here as well. Mild licorice as it warms.

M: Chewy and full. The hops leave a dry finish. Excellent.

D: The in your face hops and high ABV, which is slightly noticible, make this an enjoyable sipper.

This is the best black IPA that I've had so far, but having Upland's Komodo Dragonfly recently, the gap has closed.

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

I usually buy these in 22oz bottles, but I filled up the 2-liter growler at the Stone brewery last weekend, and I was not disappointed.

Appearance: Dark. Very Dark. With a reddish tint. Great lacing and 1 finger of thick head that is almost slimy (in a good way).

Smell: Like Christmas. Douglas fir. Earthy and hoppy, with a sweetness like chocolate.

Taste: BANG! Tastes just like it smells... and more! Earthy, piney, bittersweet, grassy, citrus and toffee. Absolutely amazing.

Mouthfeel: Wow. Thick, without being syurpy. Looks and smells like a heavy beer, but drinks with medium weight. Carbonation is perfect. Even 36 hrs after cracking the growler open, it still felt fresh.

Drinkability: EXCEPTIONAL. Everything about this ale is right. Taste, smell, appearance, and feel are all amazing. This might be the IPA in which I compare all others from now on.

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Photo of swede96
1.8/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Shared a bomber bottle with my brother that he bought. Interestingly, as he was shopping for a craft beer, he was told by the clerk if he like Coors he would like this beer????

The brew poured up a beautiful black body with a 2 finger off white head that was a beauty to behold.

It went quickly down hill from there as I noticed an off colored smell coming from the glass that resembled rotting grapefruit...

Citrus and hop taste, with a sickly sweet flavor of licorace, that for me was hard to get down. The finish had a strong alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel was like a thick coating on the roof of the mouth that stayed with me for the remainder of the evening.

Again for my uncultured taste the drinkability was poor at best, as the mix of sour grapefriut and sweet licorace was too much for my palate. In all fairness, and seeing how well liked this beer is, the bottle was most likely way past its prime. Oh yea....if you do happen to like Coors don't buy this beer thinking you will like it.

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Photo of SteveO1231
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a fresh 22oz. bomber from Harvest Wine & Spirits in W. Hartford, CT.

Interesting label, no date indicated.

Pours a dark black with the slightest mahogany highlights and a tan head, super thick like whipped egg whites. Great lacing.

Incredible aroma, super hoppy, funky... columbus? Some piney hop resin behind all that a bit of roasted malts, espresso, bittersweet chocolate and toffee.

Pretty thick full-bodied beer, almost fluffy with a syrupy slickness to it.

Some malty sweetness that develops into fruity mid-tones, dried fruits, hops and roasted malt give a sweet-tart similar to cranberry. Tastes a bit like a barlywine IMHO. Really powerful flavors on the back end, large roasted espresso flavors with some serious grapefruit peel. Each sip leaves the palate pretty wrecked.

This beer really should be a sipper at a whopping 8.7% ABV. It's very aggressive and complex. Super hoppy and roasty at the same time. I'd expect nothing less from Stone.

- Cheers!

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Photo of bump8628
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Almost black with a light tan head that showcases big bubbles before fading to a sudsy ring.

Huge pine with raw citrus and tropical fruits in the background. Hops cover up any distinctive malty flavors that would normally be detectable, but there is a general "maltiness" that is softening the roughest edge of the hop bitterness before a dusting of dark cocoa powder dries out the finish.

All about the hops and not so much the roasted malts, which is how I like this style. The best Cascadian Dark Ale I've tried to date.

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Photo of abrand
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

23 ounce bomber poured into a pint glass shared with a friend.

The Sublimely Ale pours a deep brown almost black color. Nice tan colored head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. Aromas are coffee, malts and slight hints of raisins and prunes. Taste is pretty hot and almost too alcoholic. The alcohol overpowers a lot of the other flavors on the quaff. A nice hop finish rounds out the taste. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with good carbonation. Drinkability is mediocre. I think this will do really well with a little age on it.

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

Reviewed this a while ago but just getting around to entering it in.

22oz poured into cervoise.

A - Standard black, off white to light tan rocky head, great lacing.

S - Very roasty initially, like roasted grains. You definitely pick up on the citrus hops, grapefruit, some lemon.

T - This beer slaps you in the face. Huge hops, citrusy grapefruit, orange and lemon zest as well as the pine. Then you pick up on the distinct grainy roasted malt that has sweetness to it. Also some licorice and maybe molasses.

M - This beer is pretty chewy, resiny, bitter. Medium weight.

D - I think this beer is awesome and probably the best example of this 'emerging' style. Stone at it again, well done.

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous beer. Pours almost bible black with a frothy lasting head that births large and small bubbles as it "works".

Hits of hops and malt in the nose- maybe a hint of toasted oats?

The flavor is sublime. A strong stance ale -- almost a stout-- maybe a stout but it doesn't have the malty underpinnings of a stout. Bitter hops slathered with toasted malt. But in the end after some consideration the over-all flavor isn't that complex.. maybe it's the mouthfeel that keeps me going...

A long long lasting finish and hangs around with a hops flavor reverb bouncing off the walls.

A sublimely enjoyable mouthfeel-- it's a coating not a beer!

Drinkability-- even with a higher ABV there is enough "body" to this beer so I could see myself having emptied several 22 oz bottles and being welded to my seat but in beer heaven.

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Photo of bosox941827
4.33/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomb poured into imperial pint glass; poured cold and warmed as tasted.
A - Dark as night, w/just a tinge of red around the edges; thin white lacing hangs around down the glass
S - Roasty chocoloate malts, mixed with a pronounced bitterness; interesting for sure
T - Porter at the start with all that comes with that; chocolate roasted malts with just a bit of sweetness. Bitterness is hinted at in the beginning, but really announces itself mid-palate and hangs around for quite a while at the end, very pleasantly. WAY at the end, the chocolate malts make a reappearance, blending nicely with the lingering bitterness. Can't taste the 8.7% ABV at ALL - pretty amazing.
M - Smooth and silky.
D - Not knowing the ABV, you would think this was a 5% beer based on taste along. This is AMAZINGLY (and scarily) drinkable. Great balance in this beer.
Black IPA is one of my new favorite styles and this is a fantastic example. Another hit from Stone, a brewery that can really do no wrong. Will definitely be picking this one up some more.

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Photo of cdbooth219
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into Sam Adam's Glass

A: Pours a deep black color, allowing no light through it. Forms a nice 1.5 finger tan head that dissipates slowly leaving some very good lacing.

S: Lots of hops, with floral, piney, and grapefruit notes prevalent. Behind that is lots of dark malts, with chocolate, coffee and licorice notes.

T: Starts of very hoppy with all of the nice floral, pine, grapefruit, and citrus notes. Then comes all the malts. Bitter chocolate, burnt coffee and toast, and licorice. Finishes with licorice and a bit of mint flavor. This has a very complex profile.

M: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. The hop oils coat your tongue on the way down.

D: The abv is hidden well. It goes down very easy, but i definitely wouldn't drink more than one bomber of this. Its a sipper for sure.

Overall, this is another amazing offering from stone. This is definitely the best black ipa i've ever had and i will be picking up another bottle in the near future.

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Photo of mjsheehan08
4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black sludge with a 1.5 inch head that dissipates quickly. Lacing stays consistent through the beer experience. When the glass is held up to the light, some reddness is seen.

Smell: Smells sweet and fresh, with piney, floral hops, but is juxtaposed with dark, almost burnt malts and dark chocolate. A really interesting whiff that I'm hoping it is replicated in the taste

Taste: The hops in this cascadian hit first, and they are dry and delicious. A very fresh taste, that develops into the darker flavors beautifully. The middle has hints of dark chocolate and roaster barley. The taste ends up with some dark licorice. Alot of complex flavors that really work well together.

Mouthfeel: a poppy mouthfeel, with a snappy feeling in the back of the mouth as it goes down, coats the tongue even after it goes down.  

Drinkability: Not a huge ABV, but Stone hids it well. There are so many different flavors at every turn in this beer, that I wouldn't want to drink a lot of them, I would just want to dedicate some time to drinking one.

A really good Black IPA, maybe the best one I have ever had in that style.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An aggressive pour yields a dark chocolate hue with a massive tan head with decent retention. Aromas of citrus hops, grapefruit, pineapple and pine, with subtler notes of chocolate and coffee.

Opens with a wallop of bitterness and a pronounced fruity, floral and herbal hop character. Juicy grapefruit and resinous pine meld with caramel, brown sugar and dark roasted malts. High ABV announces itself with a slow burning presence. Well balanced with a medium body. Suggestions of dark chocolate and coffee emerge. Notes of rich molasses and sharp licorice surface before finishing with a lingering blast of bitterness that numbs the back of tongue.

Sublime? Indeed. Self-righteous?'s brewed by Stone. Nuff said.

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