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:
#881
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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Ratings: 5,928 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours a dark shade of crimson with two fingers of head and nice lacing. The flavor is bright with a floral and citrusy hop profile. The taste is very bitter initially with an earthy hop profile that is good but quite boring to my palate. The body is medium with low carbonation. Overall this is a tasty but highly uneventful beer.

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft review transcribed from May 2009 notes.

Nice black color with a medium cream-colored head.

Aroma of piney hops and roast. Nice and intense with typical Stone hop profile.

Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, grapefruit, orange, and typical Stone hops. Some caramel malt evident as well.

Palate medium with fairly high carbonation.

An excellent offering from Stone. Will revisit this one for sure.

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

Fell in love with Black I.P.A.'s when I tried Hoppy Feet from Clown Shoes. Tried a few since and this is the best of the rest. The hops are piney with grapefruit and a good level of bitterness that is balanced by a sweet roasty body. Doesn't taste like it has so high and ABV. DELICIOUS.

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Photo of punkrkr27
3.86/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black-brown pour, ruby highlight and a dense , 2 finger, tan head. Sweet, citrusy aroma with notes of fig, cocoa, caramel and vanilla. Flavor is alcohol, pine, slight citrus and some roastiness and chocolate. Oily, medium-full body with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of CONOR8832
3.68/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - chocolate and coffee life in color, nice froathy light brown head, nice lacing left on glass.

S - Some carmel/sweet malty notes then finishes off with good hoppy notes.

T - Nice earthy flavor, bittersweet like dark chocolate, mild caramel flavor, then finshes off with a good lingering hoppy bite.

M - Low/mild carbination, nice creamy feel, medium bodied, bitter dry lingering after taste.

D - Good dark ale, more hoppy than the appearance and smell make it out to be. Stone hits another home run on this brew.

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found this and bought it at first sight.

A: Pours super dark, makes me think of rootbeer.
tan coloroed head with great lacing. so dark it's almost opaque

S: I had a really hard time reconginzing this aroma: (hops with a solid-ass malt backbone
the hops stick around for a bit, too! really this is great.

T: great. think of reeses peanut butter cups: 2 great tastes that taste great together!

M: tons of body. standard carbonation

D: this is pretty heavy. I'd better have antoher!

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours a nice dark mahogany with a dense tan head that is nice and sticky.

S - Starts off quite nice with some sweet hints of plums and a nice hopy and citrus aroma. Mild toasted malt aromas as well.

T - Very complex beer. Start off with a nice grassy and earthy hop flavor that is well balanced with some nice toasty malts. There is quite a bready malt character and flavor that is also sweet. There are some nice spicy notes as well and there are some nice fruit sweetness around. There is a nice dry and citric finish similar to that of a DIPA.

M & D - Very complex and delicious beer. Good carbonation and good medium body and refreshing. Very drinkable

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Photo of movingtrain
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber sampled from a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a coffee black with a light brown head on top. Carbonation looks good, and the head is sticking well to the edges of the glass.

The aroma is a mix of fruity, citrusy hops and coffee. Some bitter chocolate notes in there, as well as caramel, cinnamon, toffee, grapefruit, and brown sugar mixed into a nice shot of espresso.

Up front on the palate the beer gives off some real hop character. Bitter and fruity, it comes off like an IPA. However, the beer fades into a more porter-esque flavor, with hints of chocolate, coffee, and honey.

I like this beer...it is unusual...like a super hoppy porter. But, the flavors seem to balance themselves nicely. I am surprised at the union here of hops and dark chocolate malts...it is a fine ale, one worth revisiting.

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

Served from a bomber into a wide-mouth glass (all I had).

A - This beer is pitch black and lets no light through. The head is tan, thick and has an oil sheen on it. It fades to a few patches of tiny bubbles and a ring of them around the glass.

S - Very strong American hop aroma. It is mixed with malt and alcohol, but the hops really dominate. I am not a hop-head, but this does smell very good.

T - From the smell, I expect hops to be the first taste, and it is. There is hugely strong hop bitterness, and hop taste that infuse the beer. There is a lot of malt fighting to be noticed and it eventually comes through, along with some chocolate, roasted and coffee notes. Alcohol is also a big taste contributor. Overall, it is very complex, despite the initial impression of "all hops".

M - The body is medium to heavy, but is lightened by some carbonation and alcohol burn. There is a lingering mouthcoating feel, but it seems appropriate for the huge taste.

D - I am not normally big on heavy American hops, but this one is balanced just enough by malt and alcohol to be enjoyable to me.

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Photo of nickadams2
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Great retention. Heavy lacing.

S_Sweet malt,caramel,and floral hops.

T_Floral hops,caramel,sweet malt. Roasty and chocolaty on the finish.Lot going on but pretty well balanced.

M_Full bodied ,thick and creamy.

D_Bomber does it for me.

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

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong citrus/floral hops, sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of vanilla, and citrus (grapefruit). Fits the style of an American Strong Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a strong bitterness. Tastes of floral hops, sweet malt, caramel, wood, hint of earthy malt, and slight citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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

Deep mahogany body, opaque aside from the slightest brown highlight shining from the bottom of my snifter, with a nicely contrasting cappuccino head.

The aroma is that of the growing ever popular hoppy Black Ale, e.g., Night Stalker, Dark Hops, Iniquity. Mad roasty while being loaded with pine resin at the same time. Deep notes of cacao on the dark side, while hints of citrus, almost grapefruit, bringing home the hoppy side. Intriguing to say the least.

The flavor is that of a Night Stalkers little brother, even in body it's not as big. Which is a bonus for me, as Stalker is a bit too gloopy for the flavors it has. Cedery and piney hop resins, cigar smokiness, bitter cocoa, spruce, all with a toasty chocolate fade. Notable, almost crisp, carbonation also helps take it out of the stout catagory.

I've drank about half the bottle and still have no idea what I'm trying to figure out here. It's complex beyond my vocabulary. You haven't lived until you try this beer.

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Photo of seand
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dense nearly black opaque with a fair amount of bubbly light tan head. Retains pretty well and leaves all kinds of lacing.

S: Sweet with notes of raisin or dried apricot.

T: Tons of flavor, starting sweet with the dried fruit notes leading into a huge hoppy finish.

M: Full bodied, medium carbonation.

D: So much flavor you don't want to drink too much or too fast.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.55/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass black with a very nice two finger thick off white foamy head. Great retention and lacing. Scent has hop floral notes along with some sugars. The taste is great, a nice hop bitterness with a late developing carmel and smoke sweetness that goes back to a bitter aftertaste. Very complex. The mouthfeel isn't quite what you would think of a strong ale, maybe a little thin for the style. But this does not take anything away from this beer. It actually makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.56/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a pint glass at Dirty Frank's on 7/30/10

Reviewed as a Hoppy Cascadian Porter...Meh, I'm just going with American Strong Ale on this one.

Dark hued. Lighting makes it tough to tell, but it appears to be brown with a few ruby highlights. 1/8th inch head has retained well thus far. Good retention & great, solid lacing.

Has a dank, hoppy aroma reminiscent of a Cascadian Dark Ale. Floral & citric notes. Lemony pine-sol. Roasted dark malts in the back.

Tastes very dry with a slow moving bitterness. Quick hits of citrus zest add a semblance of spice. Roasted dark malts are equally dry; actually seems to have hints of cocoa & coffee grounds.

Full bodied with a decent amount of grit. Carbonation is fairly smooth. It isn't boozy, but has a weird, numbing effect. Roasted residuals linger with a long lasting, dry bitterness.

This is a weird one - smells like a CDA, tastes like a hoppy porter. Therein lies the conundrum. Good, not mind-blowing. I did this review while drinking the first 2/3rds of the glass. The last bit still had enough strength to cut through after eating some of Dirty Frank's excellent hot dogs.

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Photo of ebby82
4.32/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black into a snifter with a very nice two finger head. The smell is very hoppy and instantly recognizable as a Stone beer. The hop aroma reminds me of their other IPA's. There is also a slightly alcoholic astringency to the smell.

The taste is smooth and hoppy. I think what distinguished this from one of their regular IPA's is its smooth character. The alcohol is also evident, although not overwhelming, in the taste. The mouthfeel is light, although the alcohol tastes can linger in the back of the throat. This ensures that it's a sipper, and that I don't really want to drink more than one in a sitting.

A very well made and interesting beer.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like a stout- black with some cola hints coming through and a small brown head that dissipates quite slowly and doesn't really leave behind lace.

Smell: Very rich malty aroma- chocolate sweetness with some fruit and alcohol notes.

Taste: Begins with fruit smells and sweet coffee flavors, giving way to piney and bitter hops. Finishes with bittersweet chocolate and alcohol notes. Leaves behind a coffee/chocolate taste in the throat.

Mouthfeel: Thick body with relatively heavy carbonation and a sticky alcoholic finish.

Drinkability: This is another big winner from Stone. However, I don't see too much of a difference between this and their IRS, except that the IRS seemed sweeter with a lower hop profile. Still a very good brew and an enjoyable sipper.

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

Picked this up at Save-On, a great beer store in Mentor Ohio. Totally black pour with nice two-finger caramel colored head with great lacing. Very unuasual, unique earthy nose that's half stout, half IPA. Initially it almost reminds me of soy sauce, with just a touch of black licorice. Lots of malty burnt toffee as well as some subdued citrusy hop notes. Really unique taste that's much like the nose. All the best characteristics of a stout perfectly matched and balanced with the best of an IPA. Subtle roasty, chocolate and coffee matched with bitter, hoppy, citrus, and sweet malts to balance it all out. Mouthfeel is also part creamy stout, part bitter hop bomb. Extremely drinkable for such a big beer. Very complex and unique beer that stands out and defies classification. Can't wait for round 2 if I can find it again...

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Photo of vdread
4.88/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this stuff pours black as night. i can't even see sunlight through the glass. the head is great and leaves elaborate lacing.

the smell is heavy with hops. juicy grapefruit comes to mind. there is a hint of rich chocolaty malt. most definitely pungent and strong hop domination here.

oh wow. i have to admit, the alcohol hits me in the mouth first, followed by a sweet, licorice-like malt and aggressive, juicy hops that also have an earthy note. roasted and coffee tastes are strong as well. it's rich, smooth, creamy while at the same time abundantly bitter and resinous with hops.

mouthfeel slightly creamy, perfectly carbonated, and a little dry at the end.

i believe this was a very fresh bottle. i don't have the words to properly describe this beer experience. it's fucking amazing.

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Photo of Spider889
3.53/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Review taken from VIP tasting seminar at the Columbus Beer Fest.

After having just tasted the Founder's El Diablo del Noche I was expecting a lot from Stone's new black IPA. Unfortunately the balance and finesse was lacking in this brew.

Poured very dark like a mocha porter. Smelled almost entirely of fresh strong hops. There were the normal oily hop notes and mild citrus aromas of massive amounts of dry hopping. I personally didn't detect any roasted malts here.

The taste is of a pure and utter hop bomb. My first thought was - "my god this is hoppier than Ruination!" If I remember correctly the Stone rep claimed that they don't like to release the actual number of ibus on this one because once you get to a certain point most palates can't tell the difference anyways. In any case, this is to this day the hoppiest beer I have ever tasted.

Mouthfeel was hot and prickly from the hop bitterness.

Drinkability was really low. I would struggle through a whole pint of this I fear, and I love IPAs. If you want a hop bomb then this beer is for you. If you want something with the complexity that a black IPA would suggest then I would recommend trying something else.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz glass, on-tap at the Rhino in Missoula - saves me from lugging that particular bottle back across the border.

This beer appears a fairly dense black colour (in the low light of this dive bar, admittedly), with strong mahogany highlights, and one finger of puffy, rocky, and thinly creamy beige head, which leaves a wall of speckled lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells like a creamsicle - semi-sweet orange and grapefruit, and milky caramel malt - before a huge dose of burnt cocoa comes barging in through the door, along with some bitter pine and leafy hop friends. The taste is more creamy, grainy caramel malt, now acridly tangy citrus peel, smoky wood, a bit of sneaky booze, and rather peppy spruce and piney hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, just a wee tittering frothiness to be had, the body a solid medium weight, and maybe a tad zingy in its plain smoothness, but it's all good. It finishes with a sweet creamy caramel malt and bitter hop flourish, sort of like it's trying to slough off the clingy char.

A pretty strange and unusual mixture of textures - smoky, bitter, tangy and creamy. Something that takes a bit of time to get used to, sure, but it seems to work in this case, though. Especially in this joint.

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

Pours an opaque black with huge tan head. Lots of lacing and great head retention. Smells of huge hops, citrus and pine, with some roasted malt. Lots of bitterness, with the roasted malt, a little bit sweet taste. Huge flavour to this. Rich and a little bit creamy, but not as much as some stouts. A very nicely done Cascadian Dark Ale or Black IPA (or whatever you want to call it).

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Photo of drinkiusmaximus
4.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is one of my top 2 and I am not going to say which is first,I guess it all depends on which one i am drinking at the moment ;)
A-poured from a bomber into a stone pint glass,black as night no light shines through with a nice fingers width creamy tan head.
S-smells of hops and slight malts with a pininess a bit floral as well.
T-OMG I just had a black IPA explosion in my mouth hoppy up front nice bitterness mellowed by some toasty malts finished with a nice roasted coffee aftertaste this beer is exquisite.
M-medium to heavy but that being said the lingering taste is phenomenal..
D-I could drink this beer forever and not be disappointed!!!

Prost!

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Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
3.05/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

At first glance this beer seems very inviting. It has interesting aromas, a lovely dark color, good head retention, etc. Just what a porter or stout should look like. Then, I tasted it.

First the nose. Dry, rich, malty and the floral notes of the dry hoping coming through. Seems interesting.

The first flavors I noticed were the Amarillo hops, which I like. Floral, citrusy, yet mild. Not necessarily for a beer like this. Then I was blasted with the overly piney taste of the Simcoe hops. Normally, I love Simcoe hops. IN AN IPA, or something of that sort! Meanwhile, as I'm fighting my way past the spruce tree that just entered my mouth, I start to notice thick rich chocolate malts breaking through. Wow! Pine, Citrus and chocolate malts.

As for the mouth feel, it seemed okay, but I was to busy trying to process why a brewer would combine citrus+pine+chocolate.

Definitely not one of the better Stone beers I've enjoyed.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought it at BEV MO, 1 PT 6 OZ.

This is a beer that is big, bold and powerful beer.

I mean it is just like stone, this is not a bodybuilders beer, it is a powerlifter beer, strong and bold as hell, and not worried about it's waistline our how it looks in speedos. This beer does not care if you like it or not, it is taking your girlfriend home with it. The next day she will call this beer an $$$hole and crawl back to you, but late at night when the moon is full and she is ovulating, she is gonna think about this Sublimely Self Righteous Ale and moan in pleasure.

Such a big taste, it lingers and lingers in your mouth. It is hoppy as hell and bitter, but you can dive in and get the malt. It is like a double IPA/Stout.

Malty,Piney and powerful.

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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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