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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
outstanding

5,199 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,199
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 227
Gots: 456 | FT: 6
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007)
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #41 (Jun 2010):

So their 11th Anniversary Ale was arrogant enough to become year-round. Thin, tan lacing on top of a nearly pitch-black brew. Thick resin hop nose with hints of burnt malt, old school. Smooth, almost full-ish body. Oh mama, insane hop presence ... enough for a hophead to get their fix within the first sip. Spikes of charred malt poke through the thick blanket of hops. Warmth of alcohol plays well. We have no choice but to love this beer.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of bgillespie
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black with a thick tan head and a ton of lacing.

Smell: Pine, roasted malt, hops.

Taste: Very hoppy with burnt malts

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body.

Overall: Great beer, smooth, delicious, ton of hops.

bgillespie, Today at 05:51 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -17.1%

JackieAnton, Today at 01:54 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

petewheeler, Yesterday at 11:57 PM
Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By 12/05/14.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Drippy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Hops, booze and dark roasted malt. The hops are grassy and the booze plays off the malt sweetness to create a brown sugar/caramel quality.

T- All the elements come together in a big wave of semi-astringent aggression where it's all happening so fast you can't pin down which tastes are which. There's some coffee that's cut off by the hop bitterness that's interrupted by the sweetness from the malt that's abruptly diverted by the alcohol. All this chaos comes to an end once the palate acclimates and everything starts to make sense. The hop flavors start to work in harmony with the coffee and char notes that once seemed to be random. The booze bite goes away and the sweetness acts as a mediator between everything else to present the profile's complexity as a whole. Remarkable.

M- Somewhat creamy and quite viscous with a bit of a tingle from the hops and medium carbonation. Fullish body.

O- Though I feel like this beer is better realized and a bit smoother on draft, the bottled version certainly does it justice. An unforgiving Black IPA that is the prototype for all other Black IPAs.

Immortale25, Yesterday at 04:03 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Resuin, Thursday at 11:32 PM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Meyers1023, Thursday at 03:33 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

ColdWaffles, Thursday at 12:46 AM
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4.56/5  rDev +8.1%

dagubna, Wednesday at 10:33 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Ppuech, Wednesday at 02:15 AM
Photo of FLima
4.09/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Black mahogany color with a one finger head with medium retention.
Bold aroma with strong pine notes, voracious yeast and earth.
Intense Flavor with notes of tea bags, pine, toasted malts, licorice, coffee, grapefruit, concentrated lemon and charcoal.
Very dry aftertaste with an eternal lasting bitterness.
Light to medium body with mild carbonation.
Alcohol of 8.7% is superbly well hidden.
Intense Black IPA, a hop juice with lots of pine notes. For hop heads and illuminated only.
Ap.3,5 Ar.3,75 Sab.4,25 Sens.4 Cj.4,25

FLima, Tuesday at 06:33 PM
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4.04/5  rDev -4.3%

Jaymello, Tuesday at 01:02 AM
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

RRC03, Monday at 10:08 PM
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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

steve2tb, Monday at 04:36 AM
Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.25): Black with a two finger tan head

Smell (4.25): pine and fruity hops prominent with undertones of caramel and roasted malts

Taste (4.25): Hops upfront that fades into slight roasted malts

Mouthfeel(4.25): Silky medium body with substantial bitterness

Overall (4.25): Id rather have an IPA or a stout, but as far as Black IPAs go, this has to be one of the benchmarks. My favorite in the style so far. One part hops and one part roasted malts. Good stuff!

Bone53, Monday at 04:28 AM
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4.12/5  rDev -2.4%

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4.67/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.1%

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4.24/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.36/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.2%

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,199 ratings.