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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
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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:
#920
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
5,929
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
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Ratings: 5,929 |  Reviews: 1,915
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3/5  rDev -28.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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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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Photo of cmwilliq
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of riversider76
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
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!

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark black, opaque like tar, one inch head, good lacing

S - molasses, caramel, coffee, roasted malt, hops

T - coffee, caramel, molasses, very malty, strong bitterness on the aftertaste, can definitely taste of the hops in the beer

M - thick, creamy

O - Delicious caramel and molasses. Perfectly balanced malt and hops. The bitterness of the IPA balances perfectly with all of the other flavors. This is an excellent beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of alcstradamus
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.44/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a tulip glass, pours a dark, dark mahogany, very dark, with a nice bubbly sandy tan head and quite some bit of lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is different... has a certain character that reminds me of Darkness... different styles, sure, but thats what it reminds me of. A very nice floral hoppiness, some lovely chocolates are surprising, and.. a bit of sweet malt hiding in there?

The taste is though. Hopping comes on sweet and floral at first, a bit of citrus, rides out into a bittering and ends with a rind-ish drying, puckers up ever so slightly. Not a tongue lasher for sure, but no doubt this is a Stone. Underneath, there lies some tiny treats, roasted grains and some of those mysterious chocolates in the nose. Not overly complex, but nonetheless delightful. The mouth is rather smooth, the carbonation mellow, slightly warming, good body. Overall, I'm glad I got a few bottles of this.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of drseamus
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a mocha colored head. The head was pretty thick at first but never disappears completely.

S: Citrusy grapefruity hops.

T: Mostly those citrus hops are back. There is a high amount of bitterness in addition to the flavor. It is a pretty powerful beer. If I closed my eyes before I drank it, I would have expected it to be amber.

M: Medium to heavy. Not at all what the color leads you to believe.

D: Not bad at all, just very weird. Style guidelines be dammed.

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Photo of moonknight31
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Reaper16
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a deep chocolate brown. This beer is stout dark. The very tan looking foam, a two finger dome of head, sits heavy on top of the stout-looking body, leaving little in the way of lacing. The beer looks good and not just because of its unusual color 9I say unusual because, while this is listed on BA as a strong ale, I can't get away from thinking of it in terms of a "black IPA").

Loads of grapefruit dominate the nose here. Only a gentle kiss of pine or bitter hops. Beyond the fruit there is a porter-like smell of light chocolate maltiness. There is some age to this bottle, I can tell from the aroma, but it doesn't detract from the beer. While simple, uncomplex, the beer smells good. I can't deny the pleasure of smelling this much grapefruit from such a dark beer.

You first taste all of that grapefruit along with a touch of a softer, rounder fruit, like strawberry. But a beer this dark has to have some roasted malt character, right? Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale has the roast character of a solid American Stout, with a tasty blend of coffee and chocolate flavors coming out of the malt bill. It is a treat to taste the bright hops interact with a roasty, stout-like base. This beer makes me think of what a dry-hopped Boulevard Bully! Porter might taste like when ran through a DFH Randal the Enamel Animal. I can see why some people wouldn't like black IPAs or super-hoppy stouts. Me though? I adore them.

This very thick by IPA standards. I would abhor the mouthfeel if it weren't for the stout flavors that this beer has. it strikes me that Stone has figured out something of a happy middle ground here that feels mostly like an East Coast IIPA. The more that I drink of this beer the more that I can see how creamy the feel is without being too heavy. Drinkability is just fine. It is close to 09% ABV, strongly flavored and comes only in a bomber but the sheer playfulness of the flavors here is enough to propel the drinker down deeper into the bottle.

American Strong Ale? American Stout? Black IPA? Whatever. This is a playful, interesting, damn tasty beer that successfully marries big-time hoppy grapefruit with roasty malt. Enjoy it.

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4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been excited to try this as I am for all Stone anniversary releases

A-pours a very dark brown that allows some light through. nice two finger foamy coffee head dotted with large bubbles. Settles in quite nicely. lacing is decent not great which is the only complaint.

S-Wow I can smell this from across the room. Smells sticky like the Ruination, very piney. But you also get lovely roasted notes as well. It smells like a serious 2xIPA with a kick ass malt presence

T-The first thing that hits you is the roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate very much like a porter. You then get a wave of piney hops on the follow thorugh and a slight hint of alcohol. Overall it is very similar to the Ruination in terms of taste but the malt profile gives it a very different start. The bitterness is consistent throughout as it is not like a sweet porter in the front more roasted bitterness like coffee. This theme contiues with the hop wallop.

M-Slightly thick with a good ammount of carbonation.

D-A very interesting brew. You know this is a Stone beer all the way through. Kind of like a cross between their porter without smoking and the Ruination. I will pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Stone RIS tulip. Review from notes.

A: Mostly black. The pour produced a quarter of off white head that retained well and left some great lace. But, it's black.

A: Hop forward brew for sure. Getting really nice floral and citrusy hop aroma. Caramel malts, and a little nuttiness finish off the nose.

T: Well, I don't care how they catagoize this beer, this is an IPA. Lots of floral and earthy hops in this brew. Nice sweetness from the caramel malts. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Thinner than the color suggests, but welcome.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is great, I had no problem finishing the bomber. Overall, I'm a little on the fence with this. I think a new category is in order, Black IPA. Good beer, I would have again. Skal.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.22 out of 5 with 5,929 ratings
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