Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA - Espresso Beans | 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 UCLABrewN84 on 09-29-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a pint glass. Thanks Chris!

(A)- Pours practically pitch black. Some tan froth and lace. Solid retention actually.

(S)- A really nice rich roasted coffee ground aroma. Decadent cocoa too on the back-end; lovely.

(T)- Again, superb roasted coffee and cocoa combination up front followed by some subtle citric hops. Such an awesome coffee profile in this.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Rich, but mellow and smooth. Just such a coffee forward beer; love it.

(O)- I really like this; far superior to the regular version. Great coffee nuances and cocoa too. Very tasty. This should be bottled.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes taken at Aces & Ales - Winter Beer Fest in Las Vegas. (1-20-13)

A - Pours black with 1 finger of light brown head. Spotty lacing left behind when it fades.

S - I'm struggling to get anything here, which is disappointing. Maybe a slight grapefruit hop aroma, but nothing else. Left searching for the espresso in the nose.

T/M - The taste confuses me honestly. I found the espresso that I was missing, but now it's over powering the hops. Some dark, bittersweet chocolate and burnt malts as well. But overall, very espresso dominant. Medium smooth mouthfeel.

O - Tastes more like a coffee porter than a black IPA with espresso beans. It's a good brew, don't get me wrong. The flavor profile just confuses me, and seems to clash more than blend harmoniously.

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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pitch black color with an extremely dense, thick, creamy layer of light toffee colored foam, the lacing clings to the side of the glass like glue.

S - The nose is dominated with expresso, cream, and dark roasted chocolate.

T - Heavy on the expresso, coffee bean, and dark roasted malt character. Coffee beans are present from start to finish, light oak, and finishes with a nice bitter roasted chocolate and coffee bean/expresso bitterness with some citrus added in.

M - Medium body and creamy smooth mouthfeel.

O - A solid beer, glad I had the opportunity to try it, worth at least one sample but not a stand out in the crowd.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Far Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours an almost opaque super dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, citrus zest, and roasted coffee and espresso beans. Taste is much the same with a medium citrus zest and roasty espresso 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 really tasty and super easy to drink.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA - Espresso Beans from Stone Brewing
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