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%
 
 
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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

american strong ale. such a broad category. one that stone knows very well. however, as the bottle states, this is a dark ipa. and i think the beer fits that category better than the more generic strong ale. but this isnt a debate on style, its a beer review. so here goes.

very classy appearance. clear near black color with some nice red hues when held to light. the ample head, which never quite settles completely, is lightly tanned but not much. good lacing. low carbonation.

the aroma is where this beer stands apart from most strong ales. certainly leans towards ipa with its super hopped nose. a blend of citrus and floral (dont think i can tell them apart any more to be honest) with a backing of alcohol.

bitterness seems to be the focus of the taste, dont let the dark color fool you. very little influence from the malts. well, other than providing food for the yeast. the start shows a good portion of hops. as they fade i expected some sort of dark sweet malt flavor that never really arrived. even as it warms, it seems that more hops come in to round out the flavor. not that this is a bad thing. just my reasoning to this beer being more an ipa than strong ale. but anyway.

mouthfeel seems a bit heavy suffering the same fate as the 10th ann. too sticky sweet. this also hurts drinkability.

overall, a big beer to celebrate another year for stone. well done to them. and a beer for the rest of us to celebrate with. hmm, what will i celebrate tonight?

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Photo of NODAK
3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma starts out very hoppy, with loads of grapefruit and citric hops...as it opens up though, more malt comes out...specifically what seems to be chocolate and roasted malts.

Pours absolutely black in the glass with a nice brown head.

This is definitely a hoppy beer....every bit as hoppy as their IPA, if not more so. It tastes like somebody took a pine tree and some grapefruit and threw it in the beer. This is especially true of the grapefruit, which really asserts itself in the finish as the dominant taste. There just isn't a lot of malt, save for a roasted note that shows up in a fleeting fashion. The bitterness lingers a little bit after the swallow...though not all that strong...along with a note of chocolate peeking through. But boy is it small...doesn't show up on every swallow for me. I'd love to say that I get the malt in this beer...but I think it's been slapped aside by the hops. It's basically a pretty powerful IPA that happens to be black in color.

This isn't to say I didn't enjoy it. Sure I may have wanted more balance...but when I'm in the mood for something nice and bitter, yet clean...this is a good option. The searing grapefruit bitterness of this beer really hits the spot.

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3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of becktone
4.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

After talking from reps from Stone at Stone Pint Night at the Comet I learned that they (I'm assuming that this is Stone's POV) classify or consider this beer to be a Dark IPA (perhaps it was a "Double Dark IPA" don't remember exactly which-given the ABV I'd say most likely Double Dark IPA).

Eye: The brew pours a very dark brown or black if you like. When the light strikes it just right garnet highlights appear at the bottom of the glass. The head is tan in color and leaves some nice lacing, retention is stable, but a large head would be nice, looks very much like a stout except for the fact that the head isn't as creamy.

Nose: Great nose on this beer. Lots of things going on in the aroma of beer. First aroma to hit you is the hops, lots of hops...citrus aromas emanate from the bottle and glass once opened and poured. I'm guessing that there are some cascade hops going on in here. After that there is a very fruity aroma that blends very nicely with the hops. Took me a minute to determine that what I was smelling was pineapple. These two aromas pretty much dominate the brew but there is a bit of a malt backbone in there to support it all, I get a very faint chocolate malty type aroma deep within the aromatic profile of this brew. (or I could be imagining its there). Very unique aromatic profile here.

Tongue: Definitely would classify this one as a Dark IPA myself. The flavor of hops dominates the profile of this beer, makes up the majority of what I'm tasting here. Citrus and floral, citrus and floral... Once the beer is swallowed after a few moments that pineapple comes back just enough to hint at a pineapple flavor. Once the beer starts to go down the throat the hop flavors drop off giving way to malt flavors, as I mentioned with the aroma there is a bit of chocolate in there and also some toasty/lightly roasted flavors-more so the tell-tale bitterness from them, though it is not as nearly as strong as it is in a stout.... all pretty faint though. A slight spiciness from alcohol also adds to this brew's flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Kudos to Stone for the Mouthfeel on this brew, I don't think that I could imagine it any other way. The beer is incredibly smooth, has low carbonation-which one doesn't notice until one thinks on it, then realizes that it is the perfect amount. This is a beer I'd drink all night, alcohol is hidden pretty well, slight spiciness as formerly mentioned and a slight warming in the stomach. This is a beer I'd definitely buy again, think that I'll grab another bomber next time I see one. Too bad it is a limited release, I'd like to see something like this around more, seems to me that Dark IPAs are pretty rare.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This pours a very dark brown color, with a huge than head. The head left some lacing on the glass as it fell.

S - The smell is very citrusy. There are notes of hops, pine, chocolate, and coffee. It smells like a good blend of an IPA with dark malts.

T - The taste follows the nose. It has dark roasty malts, and a nice bright hop flavor. The hops are the dominating flavor, but the dark malts definitely makes their presence known. The finish has some roastiness and a touch of alcohol presence.

M - It has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a silky feel to it.

D - The drinkability is good. It goes down easily, and has a lot of flavor. This was my first black IPA , and I think it is a good and interesting style. I can't wait to try some more. As for this beer though, I would pick it up again for sure.

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4/5  rDev -4.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of klewis
4.76/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a chocolate brown hue with a massive foamy head. Super long and thick head sustain with tons of lacing.

S: Big, piney hop smell with a dark, roasted malt character. Slight alcohol burn.

T: A complex hop taste with grassy and pine flavors and subtle citrus notes. A subtle roasted character adds an even greater depth while staying out of the way of the hops. Bitterness falls in the moderate range for an IPA.

M: Full-bodied, smooth, creamy, and perfect.

D: This one is too good not to be a regular in the lineup. Nearly perfect and a great hybrid style.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A slightly chilled 22oz bottle poured into a NERAX pint. A big brown foam head with cascading bubbles rests atop opaque, dark brown liquid. Once the cascading stops, the foam still fills more than half the glass. As the foam begins to settle, lots of lacing remains.

Bitter hops make up a majority of the nose, but there are also some sweet smells and some roasted malts present. It's an inviting aroma, and one that is different from a typical IPA.

An impressive flavor balances hops and malts. West coast bitterness is present, but it isn't a one dimensional flavor. Some roasted malts add balance and a little bit of sweetness keeps things interesting. Alcohol can be detected as I swallow, but it isn't unwelcome. A dry bitterness with mildly bitter coffee notes are the two flavors that linger on after I swallow. I like that the roasted malts and different bitter flavors make this more than an IPA that happens to be black.

Full bodied with medium carbonation, the beer leaves a good coat behind and has some stickiness. It is above average considering the ABV. I wouldn't mind if the coat had more flavor.

This is a tasty beverage that can act as a good introduction to this relatively young style. The fact that it is available in most states surely helps. I would pick up a bottle if interested, but I also wouldn't go out of my way to obtain one if it isn't sitting on the shelves of your local store.

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Photo of crow
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HopDerek
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark brown color, though purple/red in direct light, with 2 fingers of frothy tan head. Excellent retention and uber-sticky lacing. Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, roasted malt, caramel, and pine, pure West Coast IPA with a uniqueness from the malt. Tastes of pineapple and grapefruit up front followed by some hearty bread, chocolate, roasted malt, and caramel. Finishes with a nice blast of pine resins and a slight warmth of alcohol. Medium in body with good carbonation. Crisp and bitter, but also smooth and roasty. Even after having bottles for over a year, this stuff doesn't fail to impress. Starting to taste a little more boozy than its abv suggests, but still pretty impressive for sitting over a year.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown that allows little light to shine through. A fairly tall, latte-colored head bubbles up with a dense creamy and frothy texture. Retention is strong, with good lacing.

S: Some mild dark malty sweetness, but the nose is dominated by a freshly hoppy aroma. Citrus peel and pine resin are most noticeable. Some light notes of brown sugar, and a lingering alcoholic pepperiness is also available.

T: Dark maltiness up front, with moderate notes of brown sugar and coffee. Minor hints of dark fruit are also available. A strong bitterness is accompanied by fresh, bold hop flavors of biting grapefruit, orange oil, and sticky pine sap. Alcohol is noticeably spicy into the finish.

M: Fairly full-bodied. Carbonation is on the light side, lending some creaminess that is quickly replaced by a harsh, hoppy dryness. Definite alcohol is noticeable as well, providing some heat.

D: As anyone would expect of a Stone offering, this is boldly flavored and even more boldly hopped. Bitter and almost too boozy, but this pulls off the elusive "Black IPA" better than most. It doesn't tiptoe around, but sometimes that's a nice thing. This is a big, unique, and very freshly hoppy brew.

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

Bomber to pint glass. Review from notes taken over the weekend.

Black with hints of ruby towards the edge of the glass. Light khaki 2 finger head. Lots of lacing. Good retention, a layer of foam hangs around forever.

Smells fruity, real fruity (sweet pineapple/apple juice). Dank and piny as well. Mostly hop aroma. A sweet roasted malt background in the smell too.

Taste follows smell. Sweet roasty malts. A bit chocolatey and earthy. Bitter resin, pine, and pineapple hops. Interesting combination of flavors.

Mouth feel is full bodied with small bubbles. Well carbonated.

Quite drinkable. Tasty and well masked alcohol.

This is basically a black DIPA, and reminds me a lot of Sublimely Self-Righteous. Kinda wish I'd tried them back to back.

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Photo of mikefuski17
3.34/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A. Pitch black. Small head and minimal lacing.

S. Smell is very hoppy. Enough said.

T. Extremely hoppy. But is very tasty.

M. Not too thick of a beer. But nice bodied beer.

O. The beer is strong and hoppy. Taste great though. Try it if you get your hands on it.

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