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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 beaulabauve
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bort11
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received from sirk0rebreg as part of the Brews-n-Tunes 3 BIF. Big thanks!

22 oz bottle poured into a Corsendonk Christmas Ale tulip. Surprisingly large creamy tan head that has some serious legs. Slow to recedes it leaves a frothy cap on the surfaces and spotty chunks on the glass. Color is deep and dark red/black. Ruby red highlights are visible around the edges.

Smell is predominantly hops with a balancing malt backbone. Taste is hoppy to the point that it is comparable to an IIPA. Malts balances the bitterness very well.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a medium body. Very smooth and enjoyable.

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Photo of cyroeser
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle into a shaker pint.

Dark chocolate brown, with highlights ranging from amber to deeper crimson. The dense, sticky two-finger head of medium tan isn’t going anywhere. Tons of streaming lace decorates the glass as I drink. Quite the looker.

The nose is a bit reserved. Smooth citrusy grapefruit and hints of chocolate malt are there, but that’s really it.

The flavor holds nothing back, however. I get grapefruit juice, pine, caramel, a moderate pithy bitterness and very subtle toast notes. It’s smooth and quite hoppy, but could use just a touch more malt.

I love the lush feel. The medium body is creamy as hot chocolate and met with prickly carbonation. Snappy.

Overall, one of the standout examples of the nebulous black IPA style – which makes sense, as it was one of the first.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date

Does a great job of combining the skunky dank hoppiness of their IPA with some toasty roasted molassesy goodness (the black). Maybe a touch of alcohol spice but otherwise its very drinkable for ~9%.

If more black IPAs were like this, they wouldn't beso much like the red-headed stepchild of beer styles

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

Another bottle from the guys from the Liquor Stop in Highland. He said this beer will give you "dark eyes in the morning" Sure did, coming in at a high ABV it hits you hard but not before it twists your taste buds around.

appearance: Poured pitch black into a pint glass. Thick head retention that lasted a good while.

smell - Full of hops. Like grabbing a handful of hop pellets and putting them to your nose.

taste: Like a roller coaster starting on a incline of hops coasting through a molasses malt taste finishing with a screaming roar of hops.

mouthfeel: Medium thickness with quite a bit at the end.

drinkability: If you do anything other than sip this you aren't going to be able to recover and you'll be taking in sharp hops the whole time. Great if you have the time to drink it. I had to split the bomber into two sessions.

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Photo of Anthony666
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Cafu912
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%

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 stephenjmoore
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown, settles to a near black body in the glass. Frothy tan head that leaves a ring of bubbles on top, with some lacing.

S- Bitter, piney hops cut through a roasted malt aroma. Lots of pine and roasty malts, but not much else.

T- Really similar to the aroma, with big roasty malts playing off of lots of piney hops. Slight herbal hop flavor comes through on the back end.

M- Smooth with a big body. Slightly more alcohol burn than a lot of the black IPAs I have had.

O- For a style I really enjoy, this one was not as great as I was hoping for. A nice example of a stronger black IPA, but not one of the better ones I have had.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dec 1, 2007
Stone XI is a solid black ale with red highlights. It has a creamy tan head with oily bubbles. Great retention and lacing. It has an aroma of licorice and medicine. It almost smells like seawater. There is salmiakki and something leafy in the nose. It's medium-bodied and a bit sharp with a gritty finish. The roast really comes out in the flavor, along with a bit of chocolate. It's quite bitter! It tastes like Christmas trees. It's bold and flavorful and has good balance. It's almost like... an imperial porter? Good stuff!

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Photo of machostacos
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from chilled bomber into tulip glass. "Best enjoyed by" date is: 8/31/10 - wish I would have noticed that when I picked up this bottle. Alas.

A: Pours a very rich practically-black brown, with slight ruby highlights peeking around the edges when held up to a light. A small soapy tan head forms, though doesn't last long, leaving little lacing.

S: Surprisingly enough it's retained a lot of fresh hop character (though I'm sure it's not nearly as impressive as it would be fresh); lots of pine, resin, and the classic Simcoe cat-urine-ammonia aromas on the nose, with a hint of citrus (grapefruit mainly - maybe a tiny bit of pineapple, though it could all be in my head.) A rich roasty and chocolaty aroma pulls up the rear. Smells great even though it is a bit past its prime.

T: Wow. A harmoniously cacophonous tug-o-war between a rich stout and an IPA all the way. Strong chocolate character shows first, wrestling with the strong pine and resin flavors from the hops, back to a toasty, slightly smoky char from the roasted malts, giving way to a delicious blend of sweet and bitter from both the malts and hops. Finishes long, dry, and quite bitter. Both characters are at war, yet equally share the spotlight without one side really overpowering the other. A fantastic balance between opposing styles.

M: Pretty much exactly what I was expecting; medium body with lively carbonation. Quite literally what you'd expect to achieve by pouring a stout into an IPA, though maybe a touch on the thin side.

D: Though delicious, this isn't the most drinkable beer. It's quite bitter with a long finish, has lots of flavors going on that get a tad cloying after a while as they don't really evolve (each flavor profile is easily identifiable and sticks out from the others), and it has a restrictive ABV of 8.7%. I managed a bomber by myself, but that was certainly plenty. I would pick this up again in a heartbeat (especially a fresh bottle), but I'd want to share a bomber with a friend.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my tulip, this one looks a deep dark brown with just a touch of bright brown and burgundy shining through. The head started about an inch tall but slowly fell to a sticky foam leaving behind a lot on the sides.

I can smell it as it sits here beside me. There’s a light piny hop backed by caramel… at two feet away. This gets amplified all the more with my nose in the glass. The pine rounds out with some nice nectarine and strawberry and the caramel takes on a dryer quality that suggests maple syrup. Quite pleasant.

Things come to a screeching halt in the flavor. The hops and malt collide in a cruel automobile accident with bits and parts flying every which way. The hops pick up a very dry pine/cardboard flavor that really rubs the malt the wrong way. I can see that this may have been intended to nestle into a coffee roasted flavor from the caramel, but they seem to have backfired in my mouth. It isn’t entirely unpleasant, odd at the least, but just strange none the less. The dry oddness stays around in the finish.

Feels slick and present with a soft swarm of carbonation trapped in the body. Feels a bit sticky in the finish.

Interesting for sure. I’m not sure how this goes as per “American Strong Ales,” but this seems to be an odd duck.

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Photo of Nctide
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good black ipa, I just wish there was a bit more malt presence. This is a solid beer but doesn't really offer anything special relative to stone's other ipas.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Idle Hands in New York, NY

A: Pours a very dark black with some garnet hints when held up to the light. There is a finger tall beige head that last throughout the entire beer - great head retention on this one. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Not as strong a nose as I expected after some of the other Stone beers, this beer had a decent amount of pine hops with subtler notes of roasted malts and caramel.

T: Dark roasted malts with a lot of pine hops in the flavor. Huge bitterness in the finish that is really enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I really like this one and I will have to get it again. Very sessionable and I enjoyed the flavors and the aroma.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a completely opaque black with a light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is caramel and roasted malt, alcohol, grapefruit and grassy hops. Flavor is sweet caramel and roasted malt, grassy hops, grapefruit, pineapple, raisins, and alcohol. Mouthfeel is medium, warming, and a fairly bitter finish. Good beer, decent balance.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty nice one and a half finger head, which is a light brown color. There are some big bubbles and some small creamy bubbles. The body is black with hints of dark brown here and there, especially when held up to the light. The head is still there, but not as much as I would like it to be. Overall this looks pretty good. The smell on this is really surprising to me, it doesn't really smell like a black ale, it smells like a black IPA or maybe ever a regular IPA, the hops are just phenomenal for it being a black beer. I really don't detect too much malt either, maybe a little bit, but not much. It's mostly just the hops on the smell, I do get a small indication of the high alcohol on the smell. Overall it smells pretty good, not too complicated, but it smells good and powerful! Taste is really good, huge hops in the front end, and a little malt in the finish, not too much alcohol noticeable in this one, which is nice. The mouthfeel is a little light, which is ok for the style, but I do like my beer thicker. It's a very well done beer, which is expected from Stone, but just like the smoked porter, it's not that complicated or unique. If you wanted to look up in the dictionary what a good beer should be, you should (I don't know if you would, but you should) find this beer listed. On the other hand if you looked for creative beers in the dictionary this would be no where to be found. Maybe my opinion is a little biased because I recently had their scotch ale and it was super complex, who knows. We will see if there are any other flavors that come out as the beer warms, but for now, I will leave it as this: great beer, not complex.

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Photo of ugaterrapin
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: It is a deep dark brown bordering on a complete black opaqueness. There is about two fingers of tan head that recedes slowly leaving an incredible amount of lacing on the glass.

S: A crisp hop aroma sits on top of a nice bed of burnt malt smells. It is a nice complex aroma that wakes the senses.

T: I must say the taste is more complex than the aroma. There are a lot of different flavors present in the taste. The front of the sip is dominated by the burnt malt presence. Slight tastes of coffee appear as the beer moves across the palate. The finish hits with some hop bitterness and a touch of alcohol. The beer has a oily and slightly creamy body. Due to the intense flavor profile of this beer, I rated the drinkability somewhat low.

Overall this is an interesting beer. It is interesting in a good way because it pushes style barriers. Although I don't see myself purchasing this beer too often it was still a great purchase and one I would recommend. A great offering from Stone Brewing.

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Photo of chilly460
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Excellent expanding tan head billows forth from the mahogany highlighted black depths of this beer. Decent lacing and head retention.

S- Very strange pulling out pure citrus hops goodness from this black beer. My first "Black Ale", didn't know quite what to expect but this is nice.

T- About what you'd expect from the appearance and aroma. Big citrus hops profile up front, grapefruit and lemons. The midrange is where you get just a bit of that roasted goodness, the hops still carries most of the flavor the roast is there and makes for a different beer.

M- Light to medium body with decent carbonation, IPAish.

D- I liked it as my first dip in this style, easy drinking for sure.

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Photo of jgasparine
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured with a thin, tan-colored head, which slowly receded to a collar. You have some little touches of lacing throughout. The body was a very dark garnet color, with no visible carbonation. Although any carbonation could easily be obscured by the dark color itself.

S- On the nose you're getting an incredible bouquet of hops... high alpha acid... citrus and tropical-fruitlike hops. There's some faint indications of pale and stewed malts in the background; but this is very much a hop dominant nose.

T- In the mouth, the hops are even more dominant. The pale and stewed malts appear right up-front, but are immediately overtaken by bucketloads of high alpha hops... which are bitter like citrus zest and citrus pith throughout the finish. The lingering hoppiness on the tongue is a little weaker than the midpalate suggested. Overall good flavor.

M- A medium body. Not much viscosity there... but a nice soft carbonation. There's a bit of astringency there, presumably from the hops.

D- Still quite drinkable, despite its unbalanced hoppiness. The alcohol is very well hidden throughout.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown, almost black in color. Nice mocha colored head tops it off.

S: Hops and a bit of coffee.

T: Slightly sweet from the malts upfront and then it gives way to a nice hoppy but not overly bitter finish. Hops are somewhere between citrus and floral and pleasing to the palette.

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Photo of herman77
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 11/12
A: Pretty much black, a touch of brown to it. Smaller light tan head. Okay lacing.

S: Floral and citrusy hops. A little bit of toasted malt, coffee and bitter coco, but the hops are the main smell here.

T: Slightly toasted malt up front with a little bit of bittersweet chocolate and a touch of coffee.The citrus and pine hops come after this and they come on stronger than I was expecting. I was expecting more malt and less piney hops. Reminded me off their IPA a bit. Still good though.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation that is a bit tingly

D: Good drinkability. Split a bomber with some family members, but I could of had a bit more. ABV is hidden very well.

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Photo of LiquidCucumber
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Black, nice lace and small head of white foam.

S - Hops; grapefruity citrus and pine. A touch of roasty malt.

T - Still hops, grapefruit up front. On the back side a very interesting bit of cocoa roast and chalkiness.

M - Fairly highly carbed and medium body. This isn't a hoppy porter.

D - I could down a bomber pretty easily. Not something I really want to seek out, but tasty.

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Photo of bella1956
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

easily one of the best black ipas I've ever had. if there wasn't a very slight burnt taste I wouls have thought I was drinking one of stone's top ipas

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into two glasses.

A: pours dark brown, with a light brown single finger head, that settled to a thin layer that laced the glass well.
S: hoppy, like many on stones strong ales.
T: good and bitter, with dark roast malt sweet and bitter chocolate
M: medium carbonation, light in the mouth
D: drinking it faster than i thought i was, if i can find a bottle ill get it again.

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