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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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94
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5,775 Ratings
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94
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Ratings: 5,775
Reviews: 1,899
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 269
Gots: 730 | FT: 9
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: 5,775 | Reviews: 1,899
Reviews by Justinomoore53008:
Photo of Justinomoore53008
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Dark, with a tan-like head. Looks like oil in the bottle.

S - Very bitter hops with a hint of citrus (when first opened). Towards the end of the bottle, the malt really comes out and the hops mellows away.

T - Mild malt taste with a strong hops aftertaste. It's rated at 90 IBU's but I would place it more around 80 or 85.

M - Heavy compared to most IPAs I've tried. Feels kind of thick when it starts to warm up, but not overly so.

Overall, I like it. It's the most expensive beer I've ever had, and certainly one of the best. Good job Stone!

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany body, opaque aside from the slightest brown highlight shining from the bottom of my snifter, with a nicely contrasting cappuccino head.

The aroma is that of the growing ever popular hoppy Black Ale, e.g., Night Stalker, Dark Hops, Iniquity. Mad roasty while being loaded with pine resin at the same time. Deep notes of cacao on the dark side, while hints of citrus, almost grapefruit, bringing home the hoppy side. Intriguing to say the least.

The flavor is that of a Night Stalkers little brother, even in body it's not as big. Which is a bonus for me, as Stalker is a bit too gloopy for the flavors it has. Cedery and piney hop resins, cigar smokiness, bitter cocoa, spruce, all with a toasty chocolate fade. Notable, almost crisp, carbonation also helps take it out of the stout catagory.

I've drank about half the bottle and still have no idea what I'm trying to figure out here. It's complex beyond my vocabulary. You haven't lived until you try this beer.

Photo of tectactoe
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours nearly pitch black with a thinner body than you'd expect from this dark color - similar to that of IPAs, and not super-thick like stouts and porters. Looks great - thin layer of off-white head that settled down rather quickly but left very nice lacing along the glass when I was finished. The nose is loaded with hops, pines, oily resin, a touch of citrus, and dashes of roasted malt, which is probably what gives this beer its fantastic color. Upon first taste, the hops immediately jump out and jab your tongue with a huge pine-tree bite. Halfway through the sip, as the beer warms up in your mouth, the roasted malts start to come out and mellow out the hops, performing a balancing act with them that works quite nicely. Your tongue is left with an aftertaste of floral greens and toasty malt and barley. Very smooth on the body, and overall pretty thin, with a fairly high amount of carbonation that goes hand in hand with the initial hop bite. Mouth is left somewhat dry and sticky - keeps you coming back for more.

I love this beer because it's so unique - it's almost starts off in your mouth like an IPA then transforms into a porter right in front of your palette. One of the first brews I ever had from Stone, and it surely did not disappoint. Great beer.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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 Ipaupaweallpa
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Decided to purchase wondering what the hell a black iPa is months back and trusting stones judgment. Pre beer advocate. First opened. Hmm smells like a porter /stout, but what's that end note!?! I'm gonna go for a sip...... WOW!! this is delicious!! Starts off like a porter stout ends like an iPa. I can't explain it. I've actually looked at the low reviews on this one AND THEY EXIST! I know everyone's taste differs but I feel like this is one of the greatest beers ever. If I had enough to spend $12 on a couple 4 packs a week I would, but rather keep it special and get every so often. Hands down best 12oz bottled beer so far in my journey though craft beer. If you like IPAS and don't mind porters /stouts try this. Just make sure you get it fresh and check the dates! Although it is understandable living on opposite coast these days.. Thank you Stone! Please don't stop brewing this. Ever. Cheers, Kevin.

Photo of oberon
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Great to see the new Stone Ann. ale here in western NY so quickly.My second time trying this new black IPA style of beer my first being Rogue Black Brutal wich I had mixed feelings about,this poured a deep dark brown but not black some ruby colored highlights thruought a thick 2 finger head atop that never completely settled just a fantastic creamy mass left with gobs of lace behind in my impy pint glass,just awesome.Mix of piney and tropical fruit hops and black malt in the nose mainly I picked up some pineapple and molasses wich was nice and it strayed away from the one dimensional resiny hop profile and caramel malt base.The hops are big but so is the black malt element of this beer sure its big and piney and citrusy but the dark bread and molasses in there is large as well in finely balanced that black malt character really shows itself.The alcohol creeps a bit but this is a very interesting brew it has it all big hops and some malty sweetness,another top notch brew form one of the best.

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note - I thought I reviewed a bottle out of this case when I first bought it but apparently not so I don't have a fresh review for 2007. The below review was done in early 2010 after a little over two years in the hole.

Appearance - This one poured a very dark brown in color, almost black, with a nice if a bit understated dirty white head.

Smell - The rich, roasted malts have taken over any hops that were here back in 2007. They are loaded with a beautiful brown sugar aroma. The malts themselves are very dark and heavily roasted.

Taste - The roasted malts really blossomed in the cellar. They are so big and so flavorful they somehow manage to hold up to the sugars. The brown sugar is still tight so the beer isn't past its prime.

Mouthfeel - This is still a big beer, almost full, with a smooth, pleasantly greasy cheek feel and a big, bitter finish.

Drinkability - This is a great sipping ale and with its relatively low alcohol content for the style means you'll be able to have more than one beer this night.

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes written on 4/24/11.

SSR pours a deep brown, bordering on black, with ruby tints around the edges. Its head is a dark khaki-light chocolate milk color and rises to two fingers in a large snifter. Lacing left behind is intricate and sticky.

Light roasted malt and milk chocolate aromas blend with hop aromas of grapefruit and pine to produce a lovely bouquet. A nice caramel smell seeps between the roastiness and hops and creates a lovely, well-balanced smell.

The taste fuses the best of a roasty, chocolate-y porter and an aggressively hopped IPA. It is truly remarkable how deftly the two styles blend together in this beer. The start of the taste is more porter-like, while the hoppier citrus flavors emerge toward the end. The aftertaste brings back the roast and chocolate flavors. So yummy.

The mouthfeel is rich, creamy, and smooth throughout with just enough bitter alpha-acid hop bite at the end. It's so nice that it's decadent and slightly puckerin at the same time.

This is a very appealing, well crafted beer. Stone F-ing rules! It really pushes the bounds of what my palate is used to, while at the same time being fairly easy to handle. I really enjoyed this beer.

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Took a vacation to Santa Fe and found this at the Whole Foods. This beer pours very dark although not completely black and forms a nice looking tan head. A very nice looking beer. It smelled of piney hops with dark malt flavors underneath.
Hard to desrcibe the taste other than a dark IPA. It really worked for me. The piney hops with some of the typical darker flavors (chocolate/coffee) worked very well. The alcohol starts to creep in after a few sips and warmed me nicely on a cold night. I would seek this out again and encourage any beer afficianado to do the same.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.82/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown to black with a mocha head and a
nice consistent lace

S: Sweet, malty, grapes !

T: A medley of grapes, chocolate, and toasted
malt. Like eating bakers malt out of the tub

M: Sturdy rich feel on the pallet

D: Try to take it from me, I dare you.

Photo of weatherdog
3.75/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brixies in Brookfield IL. We're happy to finally be able to have Stone in Chicago.

Served in a 10oz. snifter

It pours a nice almost black color, creamy dense khaki colored head that lingered for about 1/4 of the glass before receding. A medium amount of lacing was left coating the side of the glass.

The smell was firm but now overpowering piny resinous hop nose. Behind that a supporting background of roasted malt was present. The two opposing smells were melded together in a nice complimentary way.

The taste starts off much like the nose with a nice dollop of pine hops and the associated bitterness was much smoother than I expected since I find many stone beers to have an overly harsh bitterness. Past the initial hop presence the dark character reared its head with some molasses and just a touch of kilned malts but not as much as was in the nose. The two opposing flavors didn't blend together as well as the nose.

The mouthfeel was ok and had a medium body with an acceptable carbonation in order to help keep those hops form lingering on the tongue. Drinkability was above average and I did not know the ABV until I started writing this review and I must say it hid very well so I give props in that area.

I've only had a couple Black IPAs (Well I guess I can call them American Style India Black Ales since the brewers Association revised the style guidelines today) and they have been all over the board in terms of successfully blending the flavors together. This one is my favorite of the bunch so far.

Photo of steelerguy
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very dark brown from the bottle, but in the glass it is as good as black. Only on the edges do you get a very dark caramel color. Nice head that settled down pretty quickly.

S - The color had me ready for roasted malt and chocolate, instead it is all hops on the nose. Sweet and citrus, would not be surprised if they dry hopped with some Ahtanum in there.

T - Nice bitterness but not as much as I was expecting from the aroma, a nice surprise! Not picking up much roast at all but plenty of chocolate and dark caramel malts which give it some nice fruit flavors. Definite hop presence, lots of citrus and fruit...didn't taste as pine to me as many say here. Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo is my guess for what is in there. They did some great late hop additions here, lots of flavor without a big bang of bitterness.

M - Good...not spectacular, would like a little more body, but it is good.

D - This is a good beer and good beer is drinkable! Really, even with the higher alcohol, it finishes clean and can easily enjoy a 22 oz. bomber or a couple 12 oz. or pints. Complex but not tiring.

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

A truly awesome beer, the growler lasted but 2 hours before it was emptied! This is basically a re release of the 11th anniversary ale under a different name, and I'm glad they did this because the 11th was one of my favs and it is great to have it back!

The beer poured a very dark brown color with a great off white head and nice lace on the glass. My nose was quickly drawn to the scents of pine and pineapple and I could not wait to taste it. The flavor was event better than the smell with a bit of dark malt sweetness to start out with, followed by a very fresh, lightly piney and cirtusy hop blast, and rounded out by a touch of alchohol in the end. The perfect carbonation and smoothe, not too thick mouthfeel added greatly to my enjoyment of the beer. No, I do not think any improvements could be made on this one, but get it now while it's fresh! You will not be dissapointed!

Photo of SanDNigel
4.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler into stubby tulip
A- Dark brown to almost black with a nice tan tight head
S- All I can think to start off is sweet grape juice, then after the head disappears it turns to sweet hops (I guess Chinook mostly) with a solid dark roasted malt backside. So uniquely sweet and hoppy.
T- The way the hops play off the darkness is fruity in nature. The alcohol is hidden deep inside this flavor forest. Blueberry, concord grape juice, with a sprinkle of citrusy-pine and chocolatey-coffee. Nothing I've had that really truly compares.
M- Heavy bubble in the 1-10, 10 as the largest bubble, 3 range. Not quite teeny tiny, but small and tight. Surprisingly refreshing.
This is a really good beer. Not one I would like to drink every day, but sparingly it stands out as a true champion of beers; all beers. It's not quite inside any true style (I don't think), it kinda stands on it's own on many levels. If you haven't tried it, you most definitely should. But don't be afraid to leave this one for later in the night. It will not be pushed around by others.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber. Pours into my glass a dark black with deep brown hues on the edges as well. An inch of creamy light tan foam sticks to the top and leaves sticky lacing down the glass. Aromas begin with dense hops right off that bat. Citric, grapefruit and tropical fruit aromas weave into pine notes as well. Roasted malt with some toasted bread and a very light smoky quality. A small dollop of cocoa to top it off. Interesting? Yes. Good? Yes!

First sip brings a smooth roasted malt upfront that is quickly taken over by loads of hops. Citrusy grapefruit flavors mingle with pine resins and a tropical undertone. Midway through I get some toasted bread and a very faint smoky cocoa flavor. Flows down with a solid bitterness and lingering piney hop flavors. Overall, a tasty, unique brew!

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy with a medium body. Good steady carbonation. This one really hits the spot. It seems to disappear from my glass and a bomber goes down without a problem with no hint of alcohol in the flavor. Overall, I really enjoyed the 10th Anniversary and I'm happy to say the 11th is just as tasty. Cheers to the continued success of Stone and thanks to warriorsoul for the bottle.

Photo of nickadams2
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Great retention. Heavy lacing.

S_Sweet malt,caramel,and floral hops.

T_Floral hops,caramel,sweet malt. Roasty and chocolaty on the finish.Lot going on but pretty well balanced.

M_Full bodied ,thick and creamy.

D_Bomber does it for me.

Photo of sellmeagod
3.42/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A monster of taste and aggression!

Stone always does the image thing well and they have the bold flavors to back it up. The dark dark pour with no head is expectedly awesome. There is some bitterness and a hoppy smell, but most of this is controlled but the other dark and roasted flavors.

A bit much to down at 22oz of this. But, Stone even admits that there is no point in disagreeing with this beer - it is Self-Righteous for its own sake.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was black, like a stout, with a thick tan head and abundant lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and flowers. Nice melange of chocolate, roasted malt, and pine in the taste. The hops really intensified in my mouth. Nice balance of sweet chocolate and bitter hops. Will drink more of these.

Photo of NWer
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark. Indistinguishably dark. Nice head. Tight foam settles in beautifully. A good looking beer.
Complex taste and flavors blend very smoothly in the palate leaving a pleasing aftertaste. Very smooth.
This is worth seeking out if you feel worthy.

Photo of Beaver13
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy light tan head that recedes to a wispy film that laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet sugary caramel and resiny piney hops with a touch of bright citrus. As it warms, there's lots of roasted chocolate tinged with caramel piney hops.

The flavor is fleeting sweet malts and chocolate followed by a big roasty hop bitterness that lingers. The alcohol is well hidden and sneaks up on you. The mouthfeel is full with nice carbonation.

Overall, an interesting beer - a dark and roasty IPA. Kind of like a darker and roastier Arrogant Bastard.

Photo of babyhobbes
4.36/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is the darkest beer I've seen with virtually no chocolatey, roasted malt flavor. It's downright odd. The smell on this is subdued, not blasting me in the face with hopness. The hop aroma is there,somewhat sweet and citrusy but not as strong as I'd like. Taste is wonderful. It's bitter and sweet, well-balanced hops without the thick, crunchy taste and mouthfeel we've come to expect. The alcohol is barely noticeable in the nose as well as the taste. This is just a great beer and make me wish I had tried the rest in the series.

I think you should run out and buy a few of these.

Photo of forty
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a 'dark IPA' but I was very pleasantly surprised by the result. It poured almost pitch-black with a perfect, creamy head that never disappeared and left some rich lacing on the glass. The taste seemed to me like a perfect marriage of a top-notch Stout or Porter and IPA. The rich malts were superbly balanced by the bold, yet not overly bitter hops and the bottle went down very easily. I was amazed at how drinkable this rich, strong beer proved to be. Perfectly executed.

EDIT: It was so good, it inspired me to write my first review

Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a nice description and history of the beer as this is a remake of there 11th anniversary ale. The ADV is listed as 8.7% and there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has an opaque dark black color with a thick light tan head on top. The head is long lasting and makes for tons of cool lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has solid roasted and toasted maltiness with caramel like sweetness backed up by equally solid citrusy hops.

Taste/Palate: Its deep maltiness sets up a firm base for the hops to work there bitter magic. From the base malt I get firm toasted and roasted character with loads of caramel like sweetness that weaves in and out of the dominate hops. The hops bring a big hit of citrus and pine like bitterness. Notes of grapefruit, lime, bitter orange and pine resin hang onto the tongue long into the slow fading finish. The big full body brings a heavy slow sipping and sticky texture with just enough carbonation to keep things from getting cloying.

Notes: This is another outstanding beer from Stone.

Photo of bishopdc0
4.05/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with my brother.

The look is dark brown with a thick thick tan head

The aroma is hops citrus spice love it

The beer starts with a sweet malt it quickly becomes light in the tongue but hops take over a slight roast and citrus pair to a dry finish leaving a big bitter on the tongue

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,775 ratings.