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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale by Stone Brewing Company
Black IPA
8.70 % ABV

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Review by everetends on 08/30/13  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 2013
22 oz bottle served up in a tulip.

A: Pours up an incredibly dark brown in color that is almost black. Held to the light, brown and a lot of red hues push through. Although dark, the body appears to be pretty clear. The pour got about two fingers of tan foam. The head has good retention, falling and remaining at a chunky half finger. Lace is the show stopper, just coating the glass.

S: As soon as I popped the cap, I was reminded of when I first tried this as Stone 11th. Citrus hops just billow out of the glass as I pour this beer, and a touch of pine accompanies. The hop aroma is incredibly pronounce and almost abrasive (in a good way). Orange and lime peel is just all over this beer. Sweetness and a bit of roast from the malts mellow it out a little, but it remains delightfully hoppy.

T: Hops dominate here as well. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit (most pronounced), and tangerine mingle with some pine. The aggressive hopping gets you that lovely zest/rind bitterness. Very light chocolate and roasted malts counteract the hops more in the flavor than the nose. There is a light coffee flavor that works incredibly well with the hop notes. The malt brings some balance, but the hops still push through to the spotlight.

M: Medium in feel with medium carbonation. Bitter and a lightly sweet on the palate. The malt presence keeps this from drying out as quickly as most hoppy beers, but it gets there. ABV brings a slight warmth on the throat. Aftertaste is all grapefruit zest.

OA: I had forgotten how good this beer is. Just an aggressive, in your face Black IPA that really pulls no punches. Where some black IPAs get muddled and overly sweet, this one truly remains dedicated to all things hoppy. You really can't go wrong here.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 08/30/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2010
Intensely thick dark brown pour settling quite ebon in the glass with a tall dense light tan foam that sits heavy and hardly moved from its top. Good amounts of thick curtained lace lathers onto the glass.

Aroma is a thick dark citrusy affair with a pine sided stab at the nose in places. Slightly cindered orange, blackened grapefruit, and over baked, charred peels of both those heep and stand bold with the usual Stone attitude of hops.

Taste is alot more of the same as it has a long, dark citrusy tongue the lashes the top of the mouth with dark peppy orangeyness, bits of roast slip in underneath along with burnt coffee notes. But the hops really make a strong presense with its citrusy brigade of bitterness that has a high tinge of orange bite and white grapefruit zip and pepperness. All tinted slightly with a crisp touch to burntness and a medium coating of pine. There's malt in there somewhere keeping the balance but its nowhere to be found in the taste really. Its all about the hops here with a fairly raw, green, stew of dark citrusy stuff.

Body is a solid medium with a bold tone of hops that takes over immediately and lasts the whole bomber thru. Dark, peppy, nearly peppery citric zest with a low building warmth. The Stone mark of bitterness is there with a bite uniquely darkened and roasted.

Another big brute of hops from Stone for their 11th. One that'll grab your tongue and pierce it with the spiked wing of a gargoyle.

Price: $6.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 08/05/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 8 18 4 8 2010
I think this is my fist Black IPA ever. I poured it and wasn't sure what to expect. The color is certainly black, as advertised. Decent foam on top too. Smell is somewhat muted for what I expect as an IPA from Stone Brewing. You do get a resiny hop sweetness though. Taste is hops bitterness up front. If you weren't seeing black in this one, you swear at first it was the regular Stone IPA. After that initial hops burst, it shifts to roasted grains taste. That's apparently where the "black" part comes into play. Overall, I like my first taste of a Black IPA. You know what they say....

Served In: Pint Glass

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