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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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94
outstanding

5,789 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,789
Reviews: 1,903
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 270
Gots: 738 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Ratings: 5,789 | Reviews: 1,903
Photo of Maxbier
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown pour from a bottle. Small light brown head. Piney aroma with hint of roast. Hints of the roast malt backbone but the piney citrus hop is dominant. Lingering pine and chocolate roast finish.

Photo of funkydrumma
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is just about anything I could want a beer to be. Smooth and dark with a rich creamy head. Just the right balance of hops and malt to balance the ABV. Dangerous beer. Don't skip it if you get a chance.

Photo of rangerman21
3.72/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark ruby with an off white head, good retention and lacing
S- Hint of booze, plenty of hops
T- Coffee, malty with an aggressive hop finish. Plenty of lingering bitterness
M- Bright
O- Hoppiest of black IPAs. The roasted malts could be stronger, but a very good black IPA nonetheless

Photo of TWStandley
2.48/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This just does not fit my palate. Drain pour for me. It seems like it is probably a nicely constructed beer but I could barely drink it.

Photo of southsidejoe8089
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite styles, and this ranks up there with the best of them.

Photo of Shes_crafty
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly darker beer but with excellent flavor.

Photo of secondtooth
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Black, with a tinge of ruby highlights underneath it all. Huge head of off-white suds, and thick, ornate, detailed lace all make the initial showing a pleasure.

Aroma: Delicious and balanced, blending chocolate roasty maltiness with fresh fruity, citrusy hops.

Taste: Bold, assertive, and big, with the bitter citrus hops taking precedence over the roasty malts. There are, of course, notes of burnt chocolate in there, adding a subtlety to the big hops. The mix is masterful and this is a downright wonderful brew.

Photo of Michael1974
1.98/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

As my first black ipa, it will be my last.

Photo of brurevu
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A Black IPA as only Stone could do it. Heavy on the hops with a solid dark and roasty background this was a truly Self-Righteous drinking experience. The beer poured a deep brown with ruby highlights and a very large and robust tan head. The hops hit me immediately with a very citrusy and floral aroma along with a bit of pine resin. The dark malty backbone was lingering beneath the hops, but not as present in the nose. The taste was a full on bitter hop assault with the citrus and pine hop notes that faded into a malty and burnt roasty porter that ended with a burnt and piney bitterness on my palate. The beer was full and creamy which matched well to its appearance and left a pleasant bitter coating on my tongue between quaffs. A really outstanding Black IPA and a shame it will be discontinued.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Outstanding ale from stone. They just get it right.

Photo of biggie25
5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A tear run down my eye knowing that this will not be made ever again try this before it's gone!!!!!!!!

Photo of Franziskaner
4.29/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Black in color but still somewhat penetrable to light. An inch of tightly knit foam comprised of tiny bubbles is resting on top. Heavy lacing is present. Amazing aroma of citrus hops greets the nose. There's undercurrent of dark malt. The taste is of bitter piney hops on the front of the palate. The back of the palate is dark malt. It finishes with a bitter flourish of more piney hops. The mouth is initially creamy and then very dry and lightly sticky. There's a lot going on here. Why is this being discontinued again?

Photo of SmashAdams
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong and malty with a hoppy aftertaste. A pretty heavy beer.

Photo of Totalpackage411
3.13/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Stone is a popular brewery, but I've yet to have a beer I can enjoy from them. This one definitely taste different than any black IPA I've had. too bitter for my taste. the Speakeasy Butchertown Black IPA blows this one away. get that instead if you can find it.

Photo of tlema1
3.65/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice roasted taste, with a hoppy, dry finish

Photo of greshdoghophead
4.96/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

One last go around before this gets retired. Can't believe they won't be making this anymore. One of my favorites of all time. Perfect balance of roasted malt and big IBUs. Tears in my eyes...

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.57/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A fantastic beer. Very dark and strong. Coffee and dark chocolate are present. Alcohol has pletty of taste here. Almost like a Guinness on steroids. Two thumbs way up.

Photo of majorbase2
4.07/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a big light brown head. Good retention and a lot of lacing.

Aroma is of pine and sweet caramel malts. A little bit of citrus.

Taste is quite complex. Citrus hops, roasted malts, pine, and caramel malts are all at the forefront. A good amount of alcohol is noticeable. Some very light notes of roasted coffee and chocolate. Smoky. Not too heavy on the hops. Definitely has a porter kind of a feel to it. Relatively bitter. I think the complexity of the taste may actually be a drawback here. It's like they tried to get too many tastes into one beer.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation. A bit sticky. Definitely a sipper.

Overall, although there is a nice, rare balance of citrus and roasted malts in the taste, not quite feeling this one as much as I had hoped. Had a Ruination last night, and preferred it quite a bit more. As previously stated, I think the complexity of flavors actually played against it. Still a very good beer, just a bit disappointed.

Photo of Rebulu
3.89/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Definitely an experience. I'll buy a 6pk of this and drink an occasional one here and there. Too rich to drink 2-3, but still exquisite enough to appreciate from time to time.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-good cup lacing, dark beer little to no light gets through
-pungent sweet smelling hops floralish
-taste is next to none, has the hoppy bite of a ipa but finishes with more of a smokey porter with roasted notes. the best of both worlds and with a ale sweetness
- hops don't effect drink ability, feels dark with thickness but it washes away pleasantly
-amazing beer one of my favorite beers i have drank to date, so complex with the flavors that pair so well together

Photo of SierraFlight
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a plastic cup. Appearance is nearly opaque black topped with tan head that has legs but won’t stick to this cup. Aroma consists of citrus hops, pine resin, and roasted malt. Flavors are early citrus peel bitterness, roasty/cocoa malt sweetness in the middle, and a bitter lingering finish. Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp yet creamy, slight boozy aftertaste.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip. A flat very dark brownish black with three fingers of firm, creamy light tan head. Leaves a nice sheet of lacing down the glass.

Aroma at once recalls a pungent west coast IPA and an equally robust porter. Huge pine/citrus/melon hop bloom followed by rustic dark malts that recall molasses and charred nuts. On the palate, translates as chalky, dry, slightly nutty, rather thick and creamy. Some fresh grapefruit, tangerine, lime, and cantaloupe notes but less overtly fruity and tropical than some black IPAs. A gentle chocolate and raisin flavor. Pine resins that somehow complement a little charcoal. Warming alcohol burn but this is not overdone. Finishes with equal parts hops and dark malts, a molasses-like sweetness coupled with menthol-licorice lozenge and citrus rind.

Another clear-cut winner from Stone. Impressed by the old school malt emphasis here, considering these guys' rep for hop-forward brews. They got this base covered as well, of course.

Photo of Clockwork420
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L - Black ruddy color, minimal light shines through. Thin off white beige head, nice lacing.

S - Grapefruit like hops, alcohol smidge.

T - Building hops bitterness. Lingering hops taste. Small bite of alcohol. After taste is all hops and grapefruit pith.

M - Silky, warming feeling. Light tickle of carbonation on tongue. Smooth and easy if proper temperature. Better warmer.

Very solid. If I wanted an IPA, this would be one I would come back to regularly. Stone has yet to disappoint.

Photo of RyanK252
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Stone Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep mahogany brown with a frothy khaki head that hangs around for a bit and laces beautifully.

S: Tropical fruit and pine hops, then a little citrus and fruitiness, caramel malt sweetness, and some roasted malt.

T: Pine and citrus hops up front, grapefruit and a hint of orange, some tropical fruit, mango, even some floral and fruity notes, followed with nice roasted malt, coffee, perhaps light chocolate, and a nice caramel toffee sweetness. What didn't they throw into this one?

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, quite smooth. Almost dangerously drinkable.

O: Haven't had this one in a while and I'm now wondering why it isn't a regular. Outstanding black IPA. I'm gonna miss this one when they retire it.

Photo of car2052
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a snifter.

A: Jet black, with a 1/2 in tan head that sticks around.
S: Ripe tropical fruit: pineapple, peach, mango, grapefruit.
T: Very hop-forward. Starts off with a kick of grapefruit and pine, with some tropical fruit essences, then the hops simmer down and let toasted malt flavors take over the back of the palate. You don't really taste the malt until the aftertaste.
M: Medium. Hops stick around a while.
O: I liked the hop flavors, but thought the toasted malt could have came through more. It was a little unbalanced on the hoppy side.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,789 ratings.