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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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4.22/5
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5,929 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:
#919
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
5,929
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
309
Gots:
817
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 5,929 |  Reviews: 1,915
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Gosox8787
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 +0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of kguard
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Buebie
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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

Photo of samie85
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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5/5  rDev +18.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of crow
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

P- Wegmans

A- coffee black with a nice 2 finger tan foamy head. Gorgeous lacing and head sticks around.

S- resin hops with a burnt malt presence on the back end. Very nicely done Stone!

F- nice hop presence that tastes like pine resin and burnt malt. Very tasty.

M- chewy and creamy. goes down with ease.

O- great beer from stone. All i can say.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -10%
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.

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of korguy123
4.22/5  rDev 0%
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!

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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 5,929 ratings
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