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:
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Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#922
Reviews:
1,915
Ratings:
5,929
pDev:
10.43%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
308
Gots:
816
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 5,929 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of jk3
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of PappyVans
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of OStrungT
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very dark brown color that looks slightly ruby when held up to the light. It boasts a light brown head that looks thick and fluffy. The head fades slowly, leaving a good lacing.

This beer has a nice piney hop aroma. I smell some citrus notes as well. It has a slight malty aroma mixing in, but mostly I smell pine.

This beer tastes much like it smells. The piney flavors might be just a bit much, with the malt not quite balancing it out. It has a citrusy flavor of grapefruit as well.

This beer is full bodied and aggressive. It leaves a piney aftertaste. It is carbonated just right.

I think this beer would make a poor session beer. The alcohol is a little high, and it is aggressive and slightly off balanced.

Overall: Even though it is a little off balanced, I like this beer. I see myself drinking many pints.

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Photo of zenwatts
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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 vandemonian
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovey black colour and an excellent light-brown head. The smell is delicious: mostly of citrussy hops. It has a malty flavour up front which is quickly overtaken by the hoppiness. Very nice. It feels great in the mouth but afterawhile the aftertaste builds up too much.

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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 ShadyRigglesbee
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of williamherbert
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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 ChipMurray
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of CHADMC3
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of DemoniChris
4.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

On tap poured in a snifter

A - Obsidian black with a 2-3 inch off-white head. Simply amazing.

S - Smells of tropical fruits, mild chocolate notes with a hint of roastiness.

T - Sensory explosion. Huge hop blast up front, which turns into a malty dry finish. Delivers on both hop bitterness and malt bitterness. Sublime stuff!

M - Sticky mouth coating feel that just seems right for a black IPA.

O - This is my favorite black IPA and one of my favorite beers. I'm so glad that this is on Stone's lineup and is available year round at a decent price!

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Photo of Zraly
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
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 dominic4beer
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Armando_Perez
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of ajs4bd
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of TEdubbaD
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of projectflam86
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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 brn9000
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of duvel1979
3.48/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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