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

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 07-16-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of pants678
2.98/5  rDev -30.9%
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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3/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of TheBigE5
3.46/5  rDev -19.7%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -15.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Auracom
3.75/5  rDev -13%
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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3.75/5  rDev -13%

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3.83/5  rDev -11.1%
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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3.84/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.84/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -7.9%
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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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -7.2%

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA - Double Dry-Hopped from Stone Brewing
Beer rating: 4.31 out of 5 with 128 ratings