Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA | Stone Brewing

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5,928 Ratings
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:
5,928
Reviews:
1,915
Avg:
4.2
pDev:
10.48%
 
 
Wants:
309
Gots:
817
For Trade:
5
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Ratings: 5,928 |  Reviews: 1,915
Photo of AndyAvalanche
5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Stone's 11th Anniversary Ale was one of my favorite beers of all time, I was literally about to roll on the floor and have a tantrum when I found out that it wasn't going to be available anymore. Thank God Stone decided to keep the recipe and call it Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale. This is a truly outstanding brew.

22oz. bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip style glass. These beer pours completely black when in the glass. It comes out a very dark brown when the liquid gets a little thin, but overall it's pretty black and opaque. The beer produces a tan head with some decent lacing to it, the way beer should look. A very good looking brew. The smell is truly exquisite. It's complex, but gets to the point. Overall it's completely dominated by the hops, but the malts make themselves noticeable as well. Roasted malts with a slight smokey smell that is covered by a delicious hop aroma. A little more pine than citrus in my opinion. The taste is truly outstanding, but I wish I had the opportunity to grade it a 4.9 I think that's what I go with in that situation. Like most beers of this style it's very hoppy, the good thing here is it's not to overwhelming. Along with the great hoppy taste is the good malted flavor. It has a great malted taste much like the smell, with a slight smokey taste. Wonderfully balanced overall. Mouthfeel is good, not quite full bodied in my opinion, but pretty close. Has a slight dry bitter finish from the hop, very good. Extremely drinkable beer, could drink this rain or shine on any occasion. A wonderful beer to have on standby, and you should!

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Photo of Tdenham
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AlexChillton
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of beersdmf17
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Lettsgo3
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BalancingBrooms
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of EdwardAbbey
4.12/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jettjon
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a wine goblet, dark, nearly opaque brown. Firm pour yields a towering head of brown foam with great retention and clingy lace. Precipitating carbonation keeps the head solid straight down to the bottom of the glass. Great looking brew. Nose is complex with sharp hops-citrus and floral; some malt but no discernable alcohol; floral character overall. In the mouth, it's bitterly hoppy up front with a nice burnt toast malty character behind it. Strong hops presence with a bit of sweet malt for balance, finishing on a bitter, acrid note. Very nice flavor profile. Mouthfeel is slightly chewy, very smooth, with light carbonation, complementary of the flavor. Drinkability is very good; a bit stout for mass consumption but definitely an enjoyable sipper. Overall, this is a complex and delicious brew and a nice departure from standard "orange" IPA's. I'd definitely try this one again.

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Photo of griffey123
4/5  rDev -4.8%

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

served out of a bomber bottle into a tasting glass during the Roxbury Beer Festival. served cool.

a- dark garnet body and a tan head
s- varied, fruity hop, some grain and an interewsting hemp smell
t- fruit, grain, very slightg alcohol, resin
m- medium
d- very good, really exceeds expectations. i would drink this again.

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Photo of Unchi
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Ego
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of stomioka
4.24/5  rDev +1%

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

Photo of TGS
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Punisher
4.75/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of jamie2dope
4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this brew in Porter Square, which to me delight has the familiar gargoyle from Stone's 10th Anniversary ale. I poured this beer in to a sniffer glass without really reading the description on the back...in fact I didn't really know anything about this beer, but with Stone I feel like you can bet safely that you are getting quality product when you take a chance on one of their brews. The pour was charcoal black, with no light getting through and a white head. "Stout? fuck no, this is way too hoppy for that" I thought, then decided to check out the label. A black ipa certainly sounds like something interesting to me. Aroma had piney hops, grapefruit, earth, and some rough spices. Beer is chocked full of hops in the flavor, with a nice malt touch in there as well. I also detect a slight hint of rye bread and garlic. Mouthfeel is bordering between medium and heavy for me, although that could be in part because of the fact that the dark coloration of this one makes you think that it is a heavy brew. Easy on the drinkability as well, although I would definitely say that this is one to sip and savor. Kickass offering from Stone right here. They should make this a year round kind of brew. Cheers

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Photo of brn9000
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of DerrickW
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of AmeriCanadian
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheMarkE
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of tmm313
4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black with a super creamy, almost milky, 1/4 finger head. Really nice lacing. Looks like a thin Stout.
S- Orange, floral, chocolate, caramel, and bitterness that seems to shift between pine and coffee.
T- Wow, now that's a mix of flavors, right there. Sweet citrus with notes of milk chocolate, coffee, and pine up front. Dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and more pine round out the finish.
M- Medium body with crisp carbonation. Dry finish with a nice oily coating left behind. Aftertaste is piney at first but shifts to coffee with a touch of orange a little later.
O- I was really impressed by this beer. The flavors balance incredibly well despite belonging to different styles. To me, this was a quality stout meets a quality IPA. Honestly, how can you beat that? For those times I'm torn between the two styles, this is will be beautiful solution. I will be having this far too often.

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Photo of beerme626
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA from Stone Brewing
4.2 out of 5 based on 5,928 ratings.
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