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:
308
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of williamherbert
4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 22oz bottle...

The look is pitch black. Has a large bubbly light brown head. Looks like a stout more than anything. Absolutely opaque. Contains a thick swath of lace as it is emptied.

The smell is of a citrusy IPA, with bitter, woody hops. No stout smell at all. There are magnificently complex hops here (grapefruit, pine, other citrus) with mild dry-English malt thrown in. It's perfect. A real bouquet. Hops are oily and rich. It's a traffic-stopper. Has a hint of dark chocolate.

So it looks like a stout, smells like an IPA. What next?

The taste is major bitter hops, but with a unique burnt coffee malt. Like an India Pale Porter/Stout. Oily bitter hops and dry bitter malt both fight it out. Hops come out strong, and malt takes the later rounds. Rich malt steps up as it warms, with hops as an accent more than anything. It evolves with the temp change.

Thick, smooth, oily feel. Dry roasted malt finish. It's motor oil. Overall it's a big, thick, oily, dark, hoppy, nutty, roasted brew. Too big for all night long, but absolutely perfect for one bottle's worth.

http://jbojangles.blogspot.com/2007/12/beer-othe-moment-stone-11th-anniversary.html

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut brown with ruby hues and a big, frothy, cascading tan head that patiently subsides to leave dense sticky lacing behind.

Aromas consist of fresh pine/wood and earthy hops, sweet malt, perhaps caramel, and yeast.

This is quite a unique, yet great palate. Big earthy hops appear first, also generous roasted malt, following is something sweet, perhaps caramel, perhaps dark fruit, I'm not exactly sure.

Medium to full in body, generous carbonation, and overall quite smooth.

This brew is certainly easy to drink, with plenty to offer the senses. This is a delicious beer at a great price.

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Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of yaksurf
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of maxcoinage
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber [best by 1/14/14 - just in time ;-) ] - agressive pour into DFH signature glass

a - thick fluffyy off-white colored head, beer is black with an so slight brown hue. There was a ridiculous amount of lacing on the glass as I drank the brew down.

s - pine, some dark fruits, malts

t - dark malts, citrus, enjoyable bitter finish

mouthfeel - great carbonation, medium to strong body, a bit slick

overall - very enjoyable. I don't really drink Black IPA's often but I think I should start, or at least buy this beer more often.

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Photo of bccrosley
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tbeer40
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

The 11th Anniversary comes in the typical dark bottle with a gargoyle delivering the brew with no freshness date. It pours a lovely black hue with a huge billowy foam head that lasts and lasts. After drinking the 22oz I was wishing for the pillow of foam to lay my head down.

The aromas from the ipa/porter/stout is a strong pine tree smell. It has a hoppy ipa flavor with a malty overtone and an alcoholic taste. The mouthfeel leaves the hoppiness on the tip of your tongue with a thin body the eels down your throat. I found this to be a money beer of this broad style.

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Photo of ajs4bd
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of projectflam86
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at a vintage Stone tasting.

A- Pours deep amber/brown with a thick 2 finger creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Barley any light is visible through this one.

S- Lots of grapefruit and pine in the nose with floral and other citrus scents (orange peel, pear, resin). A generous amount of malt sweetness is present as well.

T- Bitter grapefruit hops are strong initially with a more earthy pine, resin and hop oil taste throughout the middle. A very noticeable malt sweetness helps to balance this well. Lots of roasted malt flavor in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Big and bold with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

D- This brew is really complex with a great flavor and feel. Alcohol isn't very apparent and the hop profile is still intact even after a year or so of aging.

*Update*

Had on tap as well at a DFH vs. Stone tasting. The hop bitterness has held up quite well and imparts a nice citrus feel with a roasted finish. Superbly drinkable.

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Photo of duvel1979
3.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of themind
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like root beer, smells like hops. Nice fluffy tan colored head that sticks around for a good while. Good lacing. Aroma is mosty piney and sappy with nuances of caramel and suggestive chocolate. Some leafy suggestions as well. Very hoppy with bitterness throughout, yet some malty sweetness comes through, too. Pretty balanced and drinkable. The roasted malts make for an interesting twist on what would be, typically, an imperial IPA. Kind of feels like an "imperial stock ale". I like it, it reminds me of of an ale I brewed 10 years ago, except the Simcoe hop was not around then and Cascades were used and I, accidentally, used a bit too much chocolate malt in the grain bill. Anyhow, Stone's 11th is an agreeable ale worth checking out.

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Photo of minterro
3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Notes from phone

Present to myself after finals

A&S: Piney and floral hops, maybe a little earthy tones thrown in. Looks super carbonated almost like how beer look when they are from a nitro keg. Plus three fingers of light tan head. Medium black colored beer. Head is retianed in a thin foamy layer on top with thick clumps to specks.

T&M: A very stong sweet pineyness, not a ton of caramel, kinda a sour bitterness in the finish. Pretty easy to drink. Kinda sick of the taste of this beer, cause it tastes kinda similar to my black ipa (not to tut my own horn). Medium bodied medium carbonation. Very drinkable.

Overall: I liked it, I though that their 15 anniversary black ipa is way better, but this one is still really enjoyable.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The very last bottle in the coveted Andy's Corner beer fridge... purchased a few months ago and it's remained cold the whole time. Served in an imperial pint glass at just over fridge temperature for a nightcap.

A "black" IPA... nice. I remember being offered a sip of this brew when it was initially released, and was completely blown away. Now, with this single bomber to review and appreciate, I study it.

Appearance- Deep, deep reddish brown color... the head slowly builds from within and rises confidently to four full fingers, incredibly thick and soapy. After about seven minutes, the crown is still a half inch thick volcanic geoscape. Some sporadic, moderate lacing lines the inside of the glass.

Smell- The *instant* I cracked the bottle open, a blast of citrusy, wet hops flew across the room. No kidding, I can only remember one other time a beer's nose was so instant that it literally jumped out of the bottle.
Even after 11 months, we've got the boldest of hops melding with rugged, malty goodness. There's grapefruit, flowers, and pine needles tickling the nostrils along with a solid malt backbone.

Taste- No doubt the year in the bottle softened the riproaring hop attack I remember from last December, now the malts have come forward and really added dimension to it. I would also add that this is drinking more along the lines of a 10% barleywine at this point... I welcome any comments that might either support or refute this. The absolutely wicked bitterness stings the mouth like a cicada-killing wasp, leaving hop resin stuck to the walls.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Average mouthfeel, with its unremarkable carbonation. With the boldest character of hop and malt, this offering from Stone goes balls to the wall and back again... I still say that 8.7% is an understated number.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kmo1030
4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

stout like in appearance with a nice thick creamy head that settles to a good size with soem lacing.
aroma: ctirusy floral-y piney hops over a layer of chocolate covered wood. notes of a rye-like character (think founders black rye for reference). molasses and caramel show up in small amounts, but a soft powdered cocoa vaguely woody chocolate that verges on cake-y dominates the malt side of things. hops run the show though. tremendous complexity, yet so clean and soft, not subtle, but pleasantly balanced. superb nose.
the taste is loaded with hops of the floral piney variety. they wash over the tongue and touch all other flavors experienced. they verge on minty. citrus is there but, not the greatest of the hop flavors. chocolated and caramel malt balance some but not much. bits of anise here and there. again rye bread fades in and out like i mentioned in the nose. nebulous dark fruitiness hovers towards the finish. i'm leaning towards 5 for flavor, but maybe it's not perfect.
the body is full and has a moderate carbonation. cloys a bit on the finish. though it doesn't feel like it should. nothing severe enough to complain or even critique over.
good drinkability, does a good job cleaning up after itself for a probably substantial malt bill. the total package is excellent though and if i had to give it an overall score it would probably be higher than how these ratings add up. expertly crafted. if i had a vote for one of stone's one shots to become a regular, this would be it.

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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Zraly
4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Close to opaque black with a mocha head. Head holds and laces nicely. The smell is a wonderous whiff of hops. Smells like fresh, resiny whole hops touched leather-based perfume.

Deep roasty malts and sharp, juicy hops dominate. This is hefty but well-balanced. There is a slightly danky, earthy, perfumey undertone to the composition of this ale -- it's quite nice. I don't know that I've ever experienced that note with a darker ale. Full-bodied yet smooth. Beautiful dry finish that borders on chalky, which ultimately leaves but one impression: lip-smackin' good.

I had a 21st Amendment Back in Black before this and, even though they are both classified as American Black Ales, the comparison is night and day.

This would be a nice pairing with a variety of beef dishes, and would probably be wonderful with nicely roasted lamb.

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Photo of lccrunchy
5/5  rDev +19%

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