Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA - Double Dry-Hopped
Stone Brewing

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American Black Ale
4.33 | pDev: 9.47%
Stone Brewing
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 128
Photo of dfillius
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint. Enjoyed while visiting folks in SD for Christmas 2011
A: Clear, very dark brown liquid. Light tan, thick and creamy head has great head retention.
S: Sublime. Layers of tropical fruit and pine. Dank weed aroma. Just shy (thankfully) of soapy.
T: Much roastier than the aroma. Bitter nonetheless, but not much hop flavor. A lot of piney notes actually though. Very dark chocolate, similar to a RIS but without the alcohol. So fresh and so clean.
M: Fairly dry and bitter. Strongly bitter, in fact maybe a tad over the top.
O: Quite nice. Hoppiness is almost too much surprisingly. I'd buy again and seek out. I'd have another.

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Photo of Phelps
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at World of Beer, in a snifter.

Deep black, impenetrable by light. About an inch of tan foam hangs out for a long while, leaving behind sticky walls of lace.

Dank. Fresh-cut grass, resin, grapefruit. Very sticky, the extra hops kind of overpower the roast. Still , there's a hint of campfire smoke and dark chocolate.

More balance in the flavor, though the hops are still huge. Big grapefruit, dank weed, smoke. A smoother, sweeter, roasty chocolate finish.

Velvet-smooth medium body, with moderate prickly carbonation. Holds together well as it moves. No alcohol. 4.5

Delicious. Not very different from the original, just a touch stickier and more dank.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap in a sample glass.

Appearance: Dark almost black color, with a beige head. Looked a lot like a stout.

Smell: Citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, but thick, medium to full bodied. Taste of malts and hops.

Overall: Good brew, my eyes wanted me to taste a stout not an ale on this one, so the flavor surprised my palate.

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Photo of gkatsoris
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A filled growler at the Hulmeville Inn!!!!

A: Very very dark brown; not black, but real close. No head, but some lacing. Lots of little bubbles.

S: I can smell this 10 feet away!!! Lots and lots of glorious hops. Grapefruit, grapefruit ring. Tangerine and orange. And tangerine & orange rind. Maybe some vanilla too. A wee hint of floral hops.

T: Delicious, period. Crazy citrus up front; grapefruit, pineapple, rinds, tangerine, and finishes pretty dang bitter. Slight vanilla and butter in the taste as well.

F: This is thick and dry; a rarity for me. Not too chewy. This def puckers the cheeks and drys out the tounge, but has a very silky feel to it.

O: Another home run by Stone.

And another great beer on tap at 'The Hulmeville Inn'!!!

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Photo of cfrances33
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Varga Bar in Philly served in a snifter

Pour: Absolute midnight. Maybe the darkest beer I've ever had, even more so than an imperial stout. Finger of khaki head that recedes to a rim. Light lacing.

Smell: Wow. I did not expect grapefruit this beer, but there it is. Dry-hopping at its finest. Lots of pine and some roasty malt plays in the back.

Taste: Lots of bitter pine and floral hops up from, with a roasted maltiness through the rest. Finish it bitter, but with no distinguishable hop profile because the roasted malt aspect is the main leftover flavor.

Mouth: This is where the malt bill really flexes. Pretty full, but very pleasant. No alcohol.

Overall: The first time I've enjoyed a Black IPA. Excited to try more from the style now that I "got" this one. Definitely get it if you like Stone beer and see it on tap.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: large tan colored head on a jet black body. Thick lacing.

S: large citrus, pine, earthy and slightly floral hop aroma. Surprisingly no toasted malts.

T: flavor is again very hoppy with grass, pine, grapefruit citrus and earth notes but again the roasted malts are hidden making this one less balanced than I feel a black IPA should be.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: this is one hell of an IPA but as its is a BLACK IPA it's not well balanced with the roasted malts almost non existent. This is simply a black colored IPA.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Lucky Baldwin's in Pasadena, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, slight cocoa, and some fresh herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super drinkable but it tastes better than it smells in my opinion.

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Photo of TheBigE5
3.46/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured from a growler into a snifter. About a finger of tan head. Very dark, not much light coming through. Nearly black in color. Thick lacing that sticks around.

S - Hops really stand out. Slight malty notes also present.

T - Malty up front with hops coming through in the middle and finish. Has two levels of hop flavor at each.

M - Smooth and easy drinking with a slight tingle in the throat at the end.

O - Easy drinking for a beer of this gravity but i prefer a little less "in your face" hoppiness

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Photo of 12owls
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip the nose there roated malt. roasted chocolate, and subtle hints of grapefruit as it opens up. color is an great deep dark hue, with consistant color sepration. it stays dark...good lacing on my glass. great robust flavors with ovetones of nuts and spices..not for anyone. trully a beer drinkers beer

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Photo of ehammond1
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

**Double dry hopped with Apollo and Target hops**

Appears black as night; a sticky chocolate milk colored head slowly grows to over an inch and stays unmoving for quite some time. Splotches and patches of sticky lacing coat the glass. A head turner!

Smells like fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice along with roasted and chocolate malt. Smells divine.

Some initial hop bitterness with a pungent punch of grapefruit and floral hops. An always present underlying chocolate and roasted malt presence.

Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Very little alcohol presence.

A terrific black IPA, though I think the 15th Anniversary is better.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On cask at Blanc Burgers and Bottles.

Presented in a 12 oz sniffer. This beer pours a cola-esque brown with a massive 3 inch head that leaves tons of lacing down the sides of the glass. It has a very viscous look to it but it doesn't come off in the mouthfeel. The one thing that bothers me is that it really doesn't look like cask beer. The aroma is very hoppy. No shit right. Lots of citrus. Orange peel and ruby grapefruit. The flavor is also very hoppy also. Up front hits big citrus pith. Orange and grapefruit. Underlying is a nice pine. The mouthfeel is lacking. Most cask beer has a nice creaminess to it. This doesn't. Finishes dry, low carbonation. Overall its good but I think dry hopping this beer negates a lot of the positive characteristics of the bottle. To me, this is why Stone's motto of "Throw more hops at it, its just going to taste better" is off. Instead of being a curious and complex brew, its just hoppy.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at 3f as a guest tap

A-pitch black with a great amount of tan head. What a beauty

S-nice amount of fruitiness coming off of the beer into my nose.

T-follows the nose. Fruity hops that stick in the back of your throat. Very smooth. Its good. But better than others?

M-medium body and smooth with a great hop bite

O- wish I had the normal to compare to but this is a Damn fine beer

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Photo of guinnessjim
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

HOLY CRAP! best beer i have had this year. had a couple at the stone domination event at Aces & Ales in Las Vegas. Anything from Stone with a DDH attached to it is a winner.

beautiful color...dark, blackish-redish-amber-ish (can you see it?). light head...not white, but very distinct from the beer.

HOPPY! aromatic as can of those beer you smell and do a little happy beer dance. yup....that good. stong citrus and floral...herby like Humulus's cousin. some pine as well, but in the back ground. I'd say balanced, but only if balanced meant firing all hop cylinders at once.

tasted incredible...basically ordered another after the first taste. bitterly delicious with a balancing malt taste (black ale, after all). you get the hops up front, agressively...and then hops finish it of. in the middle is the delicious black maltiness.

just crazy good.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pour was dark black with a light creamy head. had an oil like look but not in a stout way if that makes any sense.

tons of citrus on the nose. nice deep bitterness with a sweet grapefruit.

lots of grapefruit on this. the double dry hopping really made the hops quite dominating. a nice deep bitterness with a sweet grapefruit just like on the nose. the dark body really holds up well and has a nice light roasted flavor.

very full and thick. a bit rich. medium carbonation.

this was nice, very hoppy as i had anticipated. loved every sip.

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Photo of pants678
2.98/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black with a good and puffy brown head, looks to be a stout.

Floral, like pine and sorta citric.

Toasted flavor like a black or a stout or a porter, but also zesty and acidic. A serious, intense hop bite. Something this dark should not be this sharp and crisp.

Very dry.

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Photo of Snow81
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark Amber to almost Black

Head: subtle amount of head here, dark tan

Smell: heavy rich malts with a sweet bitter note

Taste: Dark toasted malts with a rich earthy hops piney citric

Weight: Medium body with a low carbonation

Finish: Malty sweet with great layer of hops just stick around on the palate and stickiness on the lips

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Photo of Auracom
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

5-6 oz. tasting sample at Kelleher's in Peoria in a mini-pint glass. One of the on-tap offerings from the Stone release party on April 5th, 2011.

I've had regular Sublimely on-tap and I wasn't the biggest fan of that one, so I was a little wary of trying this one.

Pours an extremely-dark brown, not fully black but about as damn close as you can get. Light brown head that doesn't stick around too long (probably because of the glass) with so-so lacing.

The aroma offers up the same characters as regular Sublimely, but more of it. More floral, citrus, and pine notes with a real westcoast profile. Underlying are some mellow spices and a slight caramel malt for a little balance in the smell. No heat detection here.

There's actually less bitterness in the drink than I was expecting. Lots of citrus (orange peel, lemon zest) and more pine essence. The medium-length finish feels very relaxed, which I like. Slight heat in the drink.

Mouthfeel is okay, feels maybe a little under-carbonated for the style. Medium body with some smoothness.

Drinkability isn't too bad considering the double hops. Stone did a nice job handling all of that potential biting bitterness and offered up a great aroma (which was a little better than the taste). Again, not much ABV presence throughout so it wouldn't have been too hard to get through multiple pints.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just when you thought that IPA's can't get any more bitter or resiny... this!

Exactly like the original Stone 11th/Sublimely Self-Righteous, the beer pours a malty-viscous pour while building a dense and creamy head. The beer is dark brown while deep crimson low-lights allow light to penetrate the edges. Lightly tanned foam clings hard to the glass for classic Belgin lace with every sip.

Hops dominate the rim of the glass with sharply distinct grapefruit and pine aromas. Background notes of charred toast or grain reinforce the aromas without interferring with the hoppy nose. As the beer warms, lighter notes of burnt molasass and bitter cocoa rise.

Flavors follow suit with the sticky, sappy flavors of pine resin, grapefruit skins, sharp grasses, and acrid toast. The beer is every bit as bitter and bitey as the hop flavors are vibrant. Bullyish hops are tempered only by the dry-malt flavor of cocoa and heavy toast, offering a timid sweetness of scorched syrups. Lightly solventy in the finish and reminds me of nail polish remover; oddly, the taste accents the grassy hop flavor and bitterness well.

Full bodied, creamy and robust, the beer's mouthfeel is lush and nearly chewy at the onset. A quick procession through bitting bitterness, near astringency, and toasty dryness lands the textures with a minty evaporation, alcoholic warmth, and an acrid dryness that slams shut on the flavor. Only the strong citrus bitterness lingers in aftertaste.

I cannot recall having a beer with more bitternes or aggression in regard to hop content and character. The dryness of toasted barley plays well with the aggressive hop bitterness and aids in amplifying its intensity. As complex as the beer is with its power, it doesn't try to introduce too many elements to the flavor profile that would have muddled its flavor. A very well done beer, but you must be a serious hop head to appreciate.

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Photo of d4114
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at stone winter storm:
This beer was really good. I didn't expect this to be much better than normal but compared to the regular Sublimely Self-Righteous the double hopped has the perfect balance of hops and dark roasty malts. The hops are more up front but still has the smooth malty taste right there with it.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at Beachwood BBQ into a standard pint.

A - Pours murky black with a small film of white head leaving thick sheets of lacing down the glass.

S - TONS of grassy hops mix well with the dark roasted malt. Hints of raisins, chocolate, and other dark flavors offer a bit of balance but this one is all about the hops.

T - Piles upon piles of grassy hops up front never really die down. Some dark roasted malt, and flavors similar to the nose, help keep things balanced as much as they can but this one is really all about the hops. One of the best black IPA's on steroids.

M - Medium body and heavy flavors with moderate carbonation. Finish is bitter with plenty of lingering dark roast.

D - Pretty good. I like the normal version of SSR a lot and this one is very good as well. An entire glass was a bit much but I finished it.

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Photo of augustgarage
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap @ Tony's Darts Away - reviewed from notes; served in a tulip.

Very dark grayish-brown with a hint of cordovan, but opaque (at least when held up to the brightest lights in the bar) body with a thin sticky desert sand/khaki head. Superior retention, nice sandy lacing, and a light glassy varnish of legs.

Roast malt, black malt, faint coffee, scalded sugar, and earthy hops in the nose. Powerful, unique, and inviting.

Immense dry malt, licorice, grassy hops, loam, clay, chicory, cinnamon, tobacco, green peppercorn, the list goes on - this is just packed with flavor. Dry light-roasted finish with mild bitterness and citrus throughout. Hops are contributing substantial flavor on their own I think, but I can't put my finger on analogous tastes...Very fresh and perfectly crafted.

Moderate carbonation, medium-light bodied, zesty feel...alcohol is well hidden.

Hard not to drain your glass in moments - each sip demands the next and your thirst is never slaked.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beachwood.

Served with 1 finger of tan head. Good retention and lace. Color is a dark mahogany nearing black.

Aroma; Dank and weedy. Massive hops. Has a light roast and some chocolate malt. Some fruits sift through, but mainly hops.

Taste: Again, very hoppy, but more malts show here. Chocolate and roast again, but more of it. Grassy, floral, and weedy.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and roasty. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky and dry.

Overall, I kind of like it. I like all of the hops here. Very dank. Decent drinkability.

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Photo of SDHoffers
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just put this one on tap and I don't have enough adjectives to describe how much I love it. I already love the original blend of SSR and the added hop of the DDH just blows me away. Those that thought the original was just too malty and smoky need to try this version. This beer has the perfect amount of citrus and bitterness (and by perfect I mean OVERLOADED) that I look for in Doule IPA's. Any chance and Every chance you have to drink this beer you had better take advantage!

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Photo of womencantsail
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Naja's

A: The pour is the typical dark brown/black color of Sublimely Self Righteous with a rocky off-white head and some rings of lacing.

S: The hops are just overpowering in this beer. I had it a couple times on tap throughout the night and it was easily the best Stone beer available at this event. Incredible pine, grapefruit, and pineapple aromas along with the subtle roast that makes this beer what it is.

T: Fresh, pungent citrus hops along with a slightly sweet tropical fruit (mostly pineapple) character. Just amazingly fresh and hoppy with only the slightest be of roast and malt based bitterness. Plenty of pine and grapefruit rind bitterness to go around as well.

M: The body is medium and so is the carbonation. A bit of bitterness lingers on the tongue.

D: Self Righteous/11th Anniversary is one of my all-time favorite Stone beers and this probably one-upped it. Amazingly well done.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


1L growler filled today and poured into a snifter. The beer appears very dark brown with a crimson tinge, a large pillowy light brown head, excellent retention, and nice lacing.

The aroma is a mixture of pine resin, grapefruit flesh and rind, orange, earth, and a light roasted malt character. This boasts huge aromatics. Excellent, the hop character is gargantuan.

The flavor is very bitter, with huge grapefruit pith and pine resin notes. I haven't had regular SSR for a while, and I know dry hopping doesn't add bitterness, but I'll be damned if this isn't noticeably more bitter than regular SSR; the enamel has been ripped from my teeth. A light roasted malt character is perceivable in the background, but it's dwarfed by the hops. The finish exhibits a high level of bitterness with a strong alcohol presence, citrus, pine, and a light roasted quality.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA - Double Dry-Hopped from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 128 ratings