Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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4.22/5
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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

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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#984
Reviews:
1,916
Ratings:
5,935
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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313
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819
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Photo of lakeylake
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of slusk
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: This brew pours a dark, dark ruby color with a thick tan head. Very dense head with good retention.

S: The first thing that hits you is a pronounced hop aroma, predominantly grapefruit with some pine and underlying earthy tone. A pleasant sweetness penetrates the hop aroma laying a nice foundation of dark fruit with an almost perceptible oak aroma.

T: The aroma fools the palate as the first thing you taste is a beautifully heavy malt presence. The sweetness quickly transitions to a nice hop bite followed by a lingering hop bitterness. This is a very nicely balanced Black IPA that showcases the hops but doesn't overpower the malt.

M: Medium to slightly heavy body with a smoothness that's a bit more silk than slick.

O: I'm not a hophead. I like my English browns, but Stone continues to make me a convert. It's nicely layered with malt and hops and gives a pleasant complexity. I'd buy this again!

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Photo of davidsumner
3.91/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmmm... "strong ale", "black ipa", "dark cascadian" or "black ale" ... ???

Doesn't really matter much to me... I'm not a stickler of beer identification, all I know is that this stuff is pretty good.

It reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Torpedo and is a lot alike Stones' bastard ale.

this ale's very malt centric and has a nice dark brown or "Cola" tint to it. The head is thin and there's very little lacing.

The nose is pretty decent; again malt centric, with a good sweet candied, cake like feel. You definitely get a light roasted malt scent. The hop is lurking in the background; not exactly sure how to identify it; I want to say piney/citric; but there's a little floral too. All in all, a delightful nose with a good balance.

The taste is very nice. Not overpowering but not light either. A good medium to heavy flavor that is distinctly lightly roasted malty and candied fruit. When I say candied fruit I mean a nice candied dry fruit; mostly cherry, apricot and orange.

I hate to say this, but I'm going to anyway... the finish on this reminds me of fruit cake, but in a good way. Not the "what you hate" about fruit cake; but the actually "ok there's something good in here" aspect of fruitcake. But the finish also has that classic roasted malt taste. But a light roasted malt... not like a porter or stout.

The hops are there too; just a little hard to pin point. But there is a bitterness and it's very balanced with the sweetness of the malt; making it seem less bitter then what I'm sure it is.

All in all, a very pleasing ale. Not my favorite, but certainly not bad and I don't mind drinking it at all. This ale in my opinion is a great after dinner drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of jwhancher
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 22-oz bottle from Total Wine early last month. Enjoy by date reads 01.14.14. Figured I'd pop this open during the Chargers playoff game. Seemed fitting. Poured into a Dogfish IPA glass for review.

Pours like coca-cola. Dark translucent black with large cola flavored head that lasts a heck of a long time that leaves plenty of suds on the glass sides as it slowly fades. Smells of hoppy goodness: melon and pineapple.

Upfront chocolate malt flavors that evenly gives way to nice soft yet firm bitterness. The dark note characters stick around until the end giving a nice balanced aftertaste. Some hop fruitiness flavors add add'l complexity. And some pine.

Feels about medium. Firm bitterness with good carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden for over 8%.

A very well crafted beer. Although I'm not a particular fan of this style of beer, I'd definitely drink this one again.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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