Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
5,925
Reviews:
1,914
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
303
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.37/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown with almost no light coming through. Big honkin sand colored head and layers of lacing.

Lots of warm roasted wood, juniper, hefty smokiness, and huge hop aroma to round things out.

Taste dives into rich woody smokiness, deep roasted semi-sweet malts, and a slap of resinous bitterness across the palate. Piney hops come through strong but well balanced. A touch of booze.

Mouthfeel is nearly chewy, warming, pungent and dry.

Another angry one from Stone. Loaded with layers of flavor. Just try it.

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Photo of cavedave
4.77/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The look of it is menacing somehow, in the way of a beautiful temptress offering dark pleasure, hiding danger. Thick, alive, mahogany-red, opaque, somehow glowing despite the opacity. A dark, dank head of close-knit lather. It leaves shaving cream peaks and valleys on my stemless wine glass.

The aroma is thick, silky, enters my nose like a waft of citrus perfume, lemon balm candy, with spicy herbal edges. My fourth sniff reveals a new bottom of mysterious fragrance that I find incredibly seductive. Can't wait for a sip.

Woahh, what an unexpected jolt of herbal goodness. It is a lightning bolt of intensity, immensity, and complexity. The thunder of the bolt rolls across tongue and mind beneath booms of bourbon, citrus, burnt caramel, currants, raisins, hints of chocolate, espresso, roasted malt, through it all the faintest promise of sweetness which sustains the flavor, and ends in a charge of the dry brigade, floral, dark, bitter, and long. I haven't been this blown away by a first sip in some time. Five sips later I'm now into the rhythm of the brew, some vanilla popping in, what a blend of flavor, what an amazing jazz piece of complex virtuousity. Feels like seeing Dexter Gordon at the Vanguard in the old days. Tastes so good it takes you to a new place. Am I crazy? Is this as good as it now tastes? Man, that sounds crazy, but this stuff has done it to me. O'kay, another big sip. This is one of the best beers I ever tasted. I love all of Stone's stuff, maybe I am a Stone pimp, oh well, I call 'em as I see 'em. Just try this and tell me I'm wrong. What a fucking deliciously complex, pleasingly delicious beer that is absolutely deliciously delicious.

Mouthfeel is awesome, just right clinginess, just right carbonation, just right acidity, sustains a long finish that is a joy.

Drinkability is extremely, dangerously, I-can't-say-it-strongly-enough superlatively wonderful. Between a very, very mild alcohol presence, and a flavor which nearly matches what my current fantasy beer would taste like, it is most perilously, marvelously drinkable.

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Photo of scratch69
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black color with a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong aroma of piney hops with notes of roasted malt.

Taste- I am hit with a bitter pine flavor at first that fades into a roasted malt and chocolate taste. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a decent amount of prickly carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall- Interesting beer but a little too bitter for my tastes. I still prefer a good stout or porter but this would be my first choice for an IPA (black or otherwise).

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Photo of BrewSTL
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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

Pours a very dark brown, black from a distance and is completely opaque. A half inch tan creamy head sits on top and lingers with excellent retention and falls leaving some fine lacing behind.

Aroma is quite pleasing. A gentle floral note up front, with darker malt tones behind it. Dark fruits, sugar, spice, and mollases.

Taste is not quite as good as the aroma lead me to believe. Slightly floral still, but with those bigger malt tones brings up the rear. A bit of chocolate, slightly bitter, with some dark fruit. Rather boozy actually.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fine and gentle carbonation.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and moderate alcohol make this brew fairly easy to consume, but slightly limit it as well.

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Photo of Kromes
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
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 dbc5
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of seangibbs60
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AleHunter805
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of mithrascruor
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark reddish-brown color, almost black. Medium-tan head is thick and foamy, laces the glass, and retains quite well. Looks almost like a porter.

Smell: Has a very piney/citrus aroma up front. But there's also more subtle roasted malty and coffee aromas further back. Nicely balanced, and quite intriguing.

Taste: Wow! It's very strong with many things going on. Hoppy bitterness, coffee bitterness, pine and citrus sweetness, a bit of chocolate-like sweetness, and other unusual flavors in there too. It's a very complex taste and well-balanced too. Everything really stands out too. A slight bit of alcohol in the finish, and the aftertaste is roasted malts & pine.

Mouthfeel: Smooth with just a bit of carbonation. Medium- to full-bodied. Slight alcohol tingling after a while.

Drinkability: This is a strong beer, in taste and alcohol, so take it easy. Hardly a session beer, but still very drinkable.

This is a very unusual beer -- somewhere between Stone's Pale Ale, Arrogant Bastard Ale, and Smoked Porter. It certainly has elements common to all of those beers. It's a real beast of a beer, so best not for the light-hearted. But if you want to try something really unique and bold, this is definitely one to try.

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Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amazing hoppy aroma as soon as i crack the bottle.

A- pours deep dark stout black with a generous mahogany highlight at the bottom of the glass. head falls somewhere in between beige and khaki and is so sturdy and thick that it barely even moves when i tilt the glass. it doesn't even recede it just sits there. lurking, stubborn, becoming pitted and pockmarked. monster lace on this one. an absolutely outstanding look and one hell of a handsome beer.

S- stone. stoooone dude hop me. incredible zesty grapefruit aroma with pineapple, passionfruit, mango and pine. fresh and bold amarillo and simcoe really hit it out the park like i'm holding a handful of sticky hop flowers. the great citrus bitter smell is balanced out by an underlay of somewhat cocoa somewhat roasted but very sweet and caramel toffee brown sugary coated nuttiness and the smallest hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and pipe tobacco. sandalwood nag champa incense come out as it warms a bit. herbal, earthy, spicy, sweet and a total nose boner.

T- this is insane. i know strong ale here in the states can cover a broad range of styles but this is some sort of freak of nature. i call arrogant bastard a red ipa so i guess i could call this a black ipa or even a double. unrelenting hop flavor from start to finish. not just bitterness, which it does have plenty of, but a crazy hop freshness that makes me feel like i'm chewin on a resinous nug of cali's finest. and at the same time very hard to describe. grapefruit, of course, flesh, pith, peel and all, with a generous coating of pine rosin and pineapple. some passionfruit and mango hang in there as a sweet and roasted brown sugar nuttiness attempts to attain some sort of balance. as the beer warms, the malt flavor increases and a very fine balance is achieved as the hops relent. at 45 degrees it's a hop titan but at 60 it's a nicely balanced chocolatey ipa.
finishes with lingering hop flavor and some roasty stuff.

MF- full, creamy and soft with fine under medium carbonation allowing the weight of this beer to really be felt. luscious like a stout with the dry resinous feeling of an ipa. sticky lips slippery cheeks and a rough tongue result from a nice sip of this brew.

D- not bad drinkableness for something this intence and alcoholic. alcohol content is barely evidenced in the flavor and by the end of a pint i'm starting to get the buzz on. hoppy and tasty but a big brew. sort of a conglomerate of porter, brown ale, and DIPA, this black beauty was well worth the $7 bomber.

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Photo of BamfBacon
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Guitars_and_beer
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of nzerbe
3.25/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of bmurray10
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Vintage September 2007. Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass in two parts. Review taken from notes.

Appearance: Dark brown, almost black, color with ruby highlights. Pours a beige, one finger head with pretty good retention.

Aroma: Notes of rich cocoa beans are the first burst to hit the nose. Also, espresso notes are present and provide a nice richness. Some bitter hops appear near the back end of the aroma. They are definitely subdued heavily after a couple years.

Taste: Bitter, unsweetened cocoa and espresso notes provide a rich, earthy, bitter flavor to the front end of this brew. Hop bitterness begins to come in stronger near the back end. Provides some light pine notes, but mostly just acts to provide bitterness. Spicy, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied brew overall. Goes down smoothly as there is not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkability: The ABV here is not present throughout any of the beer. If this beer has one thing that detracts from its drinkability its the abundance of bitterness.

Overall, even with all the hop flavors subdued, the strong roasted malt and bittering hops still make for a great flavor profile. Very nice balance here a well. Ages much better than most beers with such a strong hop profile.

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Photo of bluckbeyes
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of kguard
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I disagree on the type as a black ale. It's a black IPA.
Looks like a thin oatmeal stout.
Smell gives the secret away. Caramel malt and lots of fruit hops. In fact a lot of hops.
Fruit forward hoppiness, lightly toasted malt, finishing with a nice grapefruit bitter finish that lingers.
Mouthfeel is a bit less carbonation than a standard IPA. Slightly chewier than most IPA. Still, I don't feel I'm eating a small meal.
Really suprised by the fruitiness of this beer. Having a black "ale" that brings the hops and fruits to the table like this is just awesome. Love it.

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Photo of digitalflood
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jtransel
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of williahd
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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