Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPASublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
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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
 
 
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Photo of crookedhalo
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
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 yelterdow
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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 -17.1%

Photo of kmo1030
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JizackFH
3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
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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Photo of Jtrigonis
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Vogt52
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of RAFH
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of ale207
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of gpawned
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of xacidx
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of carlmoberg
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of akttr
3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of BKBassist
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Griggsy
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev -5.2%
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 -6.9%
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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Photo of Apellonious
4.46/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz bomber from Brawleys lured into a tulip glass. I like the fact that I tried to type "poured" and it got spell checked into "lured". Enjoy by 2.15.04.

A - Almost jet black, with ruby/brown highlights. Half finger head that moves to a thin but sturdy lace.

S- Fantastic. Your eyes do not prepare you for the smell. Orange , grapefruit, maybe fingers of raspberry. Lightly toasted malts.

T - More of the same. Strangely delicious. Some hop bitterness on the finish. Can not detect the 8.7%.

M - Mouthfeel is spot on. Slightly creamy with low but present carbonation.

O - I can see why it was one of Stone's favorites. Give it a go.

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Photo of Quackus
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of billshmeinke
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
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 danthehopslamman
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Cook82
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Ego
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

as is their muse Stone once again has a take on offensive to the moron PC crowd of crap beer quaffers... being a self righteous a-hole myself, this beer seems almost as well named as Arrogant Bastard..

eyes...
angry rising head almost overwhelms the boundaries of my glass, standing 3 feet tall it is not a midget in the world of head but more of a minut bol, the head is an off white cream with craggy nooks and crannies all about, it collapses from the outside in, leaving an ionic column of beer foam floating in the middle of the brew, a Pangaea of primordial foam, light needs a GPS to navigate through the darkness offered here, it's not quite black but don't tell the beer that... looks super nice "super, thanks for asking"

nose...
on the initial pour I detected more hops than I did at this moment (about 2 minutes in, served in a DFH pregnant pint glass), raisiny hops, some weird burnt chemical smell just lingering beneath, I definitely detect the booze...

taste etc...
raisiny and a touch barley-wine esque (but lighter drinking), the carbonation level is perfect, living somewhere between prickly and silent, gliding over the tongue making this sucker mega smooth, the taste is mild compared to many stone offerings, not a bad thing, the hops have a toned down citrus slide into the back of your mouth, this really reminds me of a barleywine "light".

verdict?
pretty laid back for stone, and not at a price to break the wallet, looking not to destroy the taste buds but have a nice beer with a mild hop kick ? try some.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
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