Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

BA SCORE
94
outstanding
5,925 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
Ratings:
5,925
Reviews:
1,914
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
304
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,925 |  Reviews: 1,914
Photo of BlueSpader
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of digitalflood
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed 4/16.

A-Pours a very dark brown/black with a brown two finger khaki head.

S-Pine, grapefruit, orange with chocolate and some vanilla.

T-Roasted and chocolate malt notes transition into orange and bitter pine; finishes with a dry, dark chocolate bitter with some alcohol presence.

M-Smooth and medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D-Not the easiest drinking beer I've had, but pretty enjoyable and definitely something new and different for me.

 482 characters

Photo of rxthree
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Pecan
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Buebie
3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up the bomber for roughly $5.

Off a semi rigeous pour i get a large 3 inch off white head. Super thick and frothy. Very slow to recede, leaving thick full coverage lace.
Color is black with no light penetration.
Aroma is soo delicious and desirable. Ample supply of hops. Dank weed, citrus notes, and orange peel along with pine and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel is slick and creamy with modest carbonation.
Taste is so well balanced. Plenty of floral hop kick as well as malt bitters.
The darkness of the brew is not as perceptive in taste but does supply some bitterness and roasty character.
bitterness grain flavors really linger after the swallow along with more earthy spiced bittering hops.

Terrific brew.

 720 characters

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours an opaque perfect black, with a mountain of head. Half a finger of head remains.

Smell - Big citrus hop nose, backed up with roasty/chocolatey malt.

Taste - Much like the nose: big citrus hop presence up front with some pine, sweet roast malt follows up, finish is a chocolatey malt and resinous, piney hops. Good dose of ethanol in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Lighter bodied than I expected, viscous and oily, smooth carbonation, and with some of that hooch warmth.

Drinkability - Nice. Liked it quite a bit. Great flavor profile: clean hop taste balanced with roasty/chocolatey malt. I will say it's got more alcohol warmth than I expected. Still great, will do again!

 691 characters

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

Poured on-tap at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thick two-finger head. Off-white color. Long retention. Dark brown color.

S- Caramel malts, darker spicy hops and roast barley.

T- Very strong flavor. Aggressive hops and roast malts. Bold taste. Bitter and beastly.

M- Chewy and well carbonated. Quite the feel.

O- This is a tough guy to drink quickly. Plan appropriately.

 406 characters

Photo of AnalogErik
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of megamass
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of korguy123
4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Imperial Pint. (Spilt half on the carpet immediately after writing the notes for this review)

A- Opaque, almost black, faint hints of reddish brown hue along the edges. Two finger light brown sugar head. Okay lacing.

S- Grassy, earthy hops, pine, grapefruit, mandarin oranges, faint toasty malts.

T- More of the malt get me first, than the piney hops let you know they want to party too. Earthy goodness and slight burnt coffee.

M- Chewy, smooth, creamy. A lot heavier than I was expecting.

D- Heavier than I was expecting but not too heavy. The alcohol did not shine through at all. Every sip was more magical than the last!

 645 characters

Photo of cmwilliq
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BigJim5021
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of riversider76
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours the darkest of browns,with a nice creamy tan head. Very good retention,and lacing. Smell is of piney,earthy hops,with an underlying sweetness. Medium bodied with some carbonation. Taste has a roasted edge, nicely bittered through out. This is a serious beer,but one per session would be it!

 296 characters

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Solid black with very good white foam. Decent lacing.

Smell: Strong pine and coffee. Very earthy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Initially lots of strong Cascade hops. Finishes with strong coffee. A bit too bitter, but very enjoyable. Mouthfeel is surprisingly crisp, rather medium-bodied for a black ale.

Overall Drinkability: I would have liked some more roasty notes in this beer, but it works as an IPA.

 408 characters

Photo of dt_gbpackersfan
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Strix
4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks darker than it seems it should be.

Smells quite hoppy, yet a bit roasty underneath. I like it.

This reminds me a bit of Rogue Black Brutal, except this is more bitter. Has grapefruit elements of a nice IPA, but also a maltier background with roastedness, overall, nice flavor complexity. A long, strong grapefruit hop finish.

Mouthfeel smooth with medium carbonation.

I enjoyed this, a somewhat creative blend of styles, very drinkable and tasty.

 456 characters

Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of grumpygerman
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of MisterClean
3.44/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Stone night at the Grad in Davis:

A - Dark lack pour with a 2 fngered head. Dissipates to 1 fingered head and sticks around. Beautiful lacing.

S - Dark roast coffee. Wish I could smell more, but no.

T - Dark roast coffee and light alcohol.

M - Very smooth, little aclohol in the mouthfeel.

D - Good, but needs more hoppiness and flavor.

 341 characters

Photo of alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

 351 characters

Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,925 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Subscribe