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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#971
Reviews:
1,916
Ratings:
5,935
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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312
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819
Trade:
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Ratings: 5,935 |  Reviews: 1,916
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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Photo of corywalston
4.8/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of EJJ1848
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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Photo of dominic4beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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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Photo of rxthree
5/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of Pecan
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of BucBasil
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the 22oz bomber into a large snifter.

A: Surprising in its total blackness. An excellent looking beer topped by a light tan 2.5 finger thick head that lasts a pretty good while.

S: Primarily a hop assault - pine and some citrus rind at first glance, but then balanced a bit by some kind of dark bready note. Followed by a nice sweetness and more citrus character.

T: Very bitter up front with a full array of hop flavors. Very nice and Dry but also with a balancing malt with the taste of fresh pumpernickel and then caramel and then a big bitter black coffee finish and more hops.

This is an enigma of a beer. So much to take in here that it might take a few more bottles to sort everything out. Looking forward to it...

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Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.88/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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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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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Photo of AnalogErik
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Liberatiscioli
3/5  rDev -28.9%

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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 msscott1973
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of jroof1
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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