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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,134 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 5,134
Reviews: 1,820
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 427 | 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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brewtalizer

Florida

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Got this at Abraxas (Miami Beach) on Saturday Night as my second beer of the night. From the look of it I knew I was on to something... The hoppiness was unexpected and it packed quite a punch. After the first sip my first comment was "Whoah!!" which caught the attention of the bartender. The hops sucker-punched me as it was again totally unexpected yet very pleasant.
A very dark beer, I held it agaist several light sources to no avail. Very nice perfume, piney and citrucy except you're too busy salivating to the hoppy bitterness to notice during the first few sips. Once you catch up to this brew you start to fully enjoy it. The flavor masks its alcohol content and at 8.7% be mindful you might not want to have too many of these unless you've got a designated driver.

08-30-2009 06:19:51 | More by brewtalizer
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance: pours a black color with a thick two finger head that produces some thick lacing.

Smell: big malt sweetness, brown sugar, prunes, grapefruits, and a huge hop presence that leaps out of the glass. Soft alcohol tones are also picked up.

Taste: this is a bold brew. Huge malt profile produces a nice sugary sweetness, but the pine resin, grapefruits, prunes, and soft bitter chocolate tones balances this out wonderfully. Alcohol levels provide a warmth in the throat and belly.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start, smooth and a bit dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very long as the strong malt and big hop bitterness wraps itself around the tongue and doesn't leave for minutes. Heavy in body.

Drinkability: definite slow sipping beer, but extremely satisfying on a flavor front. This could be considered a meal if one had an empty stomach. The alcohol does come through as you finish the bottle, so more than the one bomber bottle would be dangerous. Awesome beer.

10-05-2007 23:29:34 | More by Gavage
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projectflam86

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Had this at a vintage Stone tasting.

A- Pours deep amber/brown with a thick 2 finger creamy tan head that leaves some nice lacing. Barley any light is visible through this one.

S- Lots of grapefruit and pine in the nose with floral and other citrus scents (orange peel, pear, resin). A generous amount of malt sweetness is present as well.

T- Bitter grapefruit hops are strong initially with a more earthy pine, resin and hop oil taste throughout the middle. A very noticeable malt sweetness helps to balance this well. Lots of roasted malt flavor in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M- Big and bold with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth and crisp.

D- This brew is really complex with a great flavor and feel. Alcohol isn't very apparent and the hop profile is still intact even after a year or so of aging.

*Update*

Had on tap as well at a DFH vs. Stone tasting. The hop bitterness has held up quite well and imparts a nice citrus feel with a roasted finish. Superbly drinkable.

06-08-2009 13:45:17 | More by projectflam86
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Stoneman78

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Picked up a case of this "Black IPA" soon after the Festival.
A- Pours a dark brown/black with some dark garnet edges, head is brown/tan with a creamy texture that dissipates very slowly, nice dark lacing throughout
S- Nose is distinctly "Stone IPA" with big bold swaths of pine and citrus hops cutting through the olfactory senses, some sweet malts along for the ride in the background and modest alcohol presence that will not be overlooked (I also caught a bit of smoke, vanilla, and wood as it warmed up)
T- Initial taste hits you with a strong push of grapefruit/pine hops and a bit of vanilla and slowly transitions to some sweet malts, finish is lasting and characterized by dry bitterness and alcohol warming down the throat
M- Medium/full bodied ale with smooth and slick mouthfeel backed by a good amount of carbonation
D- Getting close to 9% abv means you have to watch yourself with this beer, the aroma carries more alcohol presence than the actual flavors, but this specialty release deserves to be enjoyed slowly (not in mass quantities), I am glad I have a case of this gem, if I can be so bold, I am imagining the 11th as a combination of Oaked Arrogant with 10th Anniversary punched up by a heavy dose of dark, sweet malts... Anyone with me on this one?!?!?

09-16-2007 23:58:44 | More by Stoneman78
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Had an on-tap "shorty" at the Yard House in San Antonio, TX.

Dark black with a little light coming from the edges. 1/2 inch brown fluffy head. Decent lacing down the sides.

Big hops nose. Grapefruit/citrus. Malty, caramel, chocolate sweetness in the background.

Flavour matches the aroma. Powerful hops balanced out by rich chocolate, roasty malts.

Pretty oily mouthfeel with light carbonation but the hops can be a little scouring on the tongue.

My first Black IPA. Loved every minute of it. Well worth trying.

04-10-2012 06:13:36 | More by Noxious26
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kgotcher

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours very black with tan head, med density foam clears quickly.

Aroma is suprisingly hoppy, expecting a strong stout, instead I get an IPA-ish sweetness with stong citrus hops, Almost lemony. . .

First sip is confusing, color says chocolate malt, roasty and toasty but flavor is sweet with mild chocolate and toasted malt tones. Very nice super citrusy finish of hops. You could almost swear there was lemon in this beer.

Unexpected is the word for this beer. Very hard to believe it is almost 9% ABV since it drinks like nice summer time brew with a tip to a porter. Sweet, citrusy, balanced, flavorful. This is not exactly the powerhouse I expect from Stone but I like it. Stealthy!

08-09-2009 03:58:19 | More by kgotcher
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adman08

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A-Pours very dark brown, not quite black, with lots of very deep red. Lots of tan head that leaves nice lacing on the glass.
S-Sweet overall aroma. Very interesting, almost a Belgian Dark ale sweetness but very apparent citrus hop scent as well. Sweet aromas of dark sugar and dried fruit.
T-Taste matches the scent, lots of dried fruit sweetness and dark sugar along with a distinct citrus hop flavor. The balance is a little more to the hop side than the sweet.
M-Medium bodied and overall fairly sweet with lots of carbonation.
Overall, an outstanding beer. Basically a blend of the sweet flavors of a Belgian dubbel with a much higher hop bitterness. The choice of the more citrusy hops was a great idea because they blend well with the sweetness. It's basically an imperial black IPA. Really interesting and really good.

05-11-2012 15:59:42 | More by adman08
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estlinska

Arkansas

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. The color is almost pure black with the most minimal notes of brown when held to the light. There is a tower or beige head that leaves sticky lacings all over the glass. The nose is full of roasted coffee and chocolate malt with a dominating citrus and pine hop character. Very good nose. The taste is very hop dominant. There is lots of citrus hops, grapefruit and orange peel with some resin. A nice balance comes from the roasted malts which even out the palate very well. The palate is big with a long bitter finish. Great black IPA.

06-30-2012 05:12:04 | More by estlinska
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JordonHoltzman

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

dark black body with a frothy light brown/tan head. when held against the light of a lamp, ruby red shimmered through the body. looks excellent. lacing is great too.

a beer that has the wonderful appearance of an imperial stout has the great aroma of an IPA. great combo. clearly a ton of cascade hops dumped in there. slight malt background too.

the citrus taste of hops with the backing of the coffee/heavy malt taste that some great stouts have.

the mouthfeel is solid. good carbonation.

for a big abv beer, this is unbelievably drinkable.

one of my favorite beers possibly.

10-05-2010 00:16:51 | More by JordonHoltzman
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Monsone

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

22oz bomber received from mikesgroove

A - Pours a dark, brown/amber with a nice foamy off white head. Leaves good lace on the glass. Does not look like most beers it tastes similar too. Not sure where to go with this...

S - Smells of piney hop resin with a very slight maltyness in there.

T - Pine and grapefruit hop flavors. High bitterness. A backbone of roasty toffee type malt flavors keeps it in check.

M - Medium bodied and crisp carbo

D - Pretty drinkable for the alco and bitterness.

Overall, this was an enjoyable beer. Bitterness was balanced enough to enjoy it. Full flavored. Good beer and worth a try.

02-01-2008 16:04:45 | More by Monsone
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tapman

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

For review #300 I picked a goodie.

Looks like a stout or schwarzbier; color is a super dark brown, not black IMO. Head is medium sized, sticky, tawny colored bubbles. Head lasts for-ev-er and looks almost nitro-infused. Really looks like a draught dry stout. YUM.

Smells like a hoppy wet dream. Piney, grapefruit zest and grassy, super west coast, but not too much malt in the nose. I maybe get a little bit of astringent roastiness.

Here is the malt, in the flavor. Malt is like charred, smokey BBQ flavor, and contrast the bright hops while at the same time balances the flavor by not being over- or under-powering. Hops are similar to the nose, but with more pine. A strong bitterness in the finish.

You expect a syrupy mess and get an IPA type of consistency. Fun to drink since your brain is constantly warning you to chew the beer, but unnecessarily so.

A great brew! Unique in that it balances contrasting flavors better than many others balance complimentary ones. I want to try the Amarillo hop edition!

01-23-2011 06:24:25 | More by tapman
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SwillBilly

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep, rich, black, opaque with just a bit of dark mahogany show around the edges. A thick, billowy tan head tops this dark brew, then fades slowly to a thin, but creamy toffee colored sheen.

Smell: Wow, big upfront citrusy hops, plenty of grapefruit rind, pine needles, and a touch of sweetened coffee. Faint hint of alcohol in the nose as well.

Taste: XI starts with a really nice malty sweetness with caramel and brown sugar overtones, slightly fruity, raisin like with a subtle roastiness. The middle is where things transition quickly to a full on hop assault. Big time grapefruity bitterness along with more pine needles. The grapefruity bitterness lingers long after the swallow, leaving your mouth dry and tempting you to take another sip. The very subtle roastiness of the dark malts also make an appearance in the finish as well. Alcohol is there as you can feel its warmth and flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly a rather moderate mouthfeel, looks definitely deceive. Dry in the finish and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability/Notes: Another great anniversary beer from the folks at Stone. I thought X was a really good IPA (glad I have another bottle), but this black IPA is so unique. The ability to combine a big, hoppy, Double IPA with dark, roasty malts is something else. Doesn't come across as a hoppy Porter as you might expect from its appearance, but its a true, honest to god, big time West Coast DIPA. Plenty of of citrusy hops (dare I say Amarillo or Simcoe?) with a subtle roastiness and plenty of malt sweetness to balance things out. Being 8.7% makes this a sipping beer for sure, but man is it drinkable. The dryness in the finish begs you to take another drink. Definitely seek out and enjoy, highly recommended. A hop heads delight for sure. Glad I grabbed a couple of bottles. Can't wait to cellar and try again next year.

09-21-2007 23:32:44 | More by SwillBilly
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A - The body of this beauty is by no means modest in a cloak of black topped by a foamy, frothy, medium tanned head with nice lacing and solid stamina.

S - An interestingly minty and citrus hop presence with a hint of spice.

T - The combination of hops and malt make for a solid array of flavors to enjoy here. Every time I take another pull I pick up another tasty character. Citrus and dark bread are the mainstays while leafy hops, nut, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee are also all present.

M - Thick body with a slight coarseness.

~ I want more of this beer. I wish I could have one a week. This is a great beer.

12-22-2010 03:06:58 | More by cdkrenz
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vfgccp

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Deep cola.

S - Beautifully flora. Light citrus hops. Rich malt backbone.

T - Woody hops up front with some deep toast and rye bread. Great balance.

M - Smooth with a bitterness that doesn't overpower.

03-11-2011 03:19:23 | More by vfgccp
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

22 oz bomber poured into New Belgium chalice
Decanted at approx. 46 degrees F

A - Pours an opaque dark chocolate color with a good 1/2 inch tan head than fades to a thin layer. Lacing is good. -

S - Piney and oily hops with a nice brown sugar malt backing. Dark fruits and a touch of chestnut perhaps. Hops seem to be the star, but its a complex brew.

T - Starts with a brown sugary and plummy sweetness that edges slowly towards a piney and oily hoppiness. Finish is bitter without being over the top. Complex in its combination of sweet malt and bitter hops, but they marry well. A touch of rye breaded dryness seems to be present in the malt.

M - Medium to heavy body with a slightly viscous mouthfeel and a good drying, bitter aftertaste.

D - Fairly high alcohol doesn't show in the taste, but certainly does after downing an entire bomber. A heavy beer that is a better sipper than quaffer. It is fairly drinkable sip after sip though, as its very complex and tasty.

Another interesting and complex winner from Stone. The back of the bottle hints that this is an IPA, but filing it under that category would greatly diminish its complexity. This one should age nicely, so it will be interesting to revisit in a year or two.

09-14-2007 04:06:16 | More by gmcfarre
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

On cask at Varga Bar, 3/19/11.

A-Pours a deep dark brown, almost black, with a foamy cap of tan head. Great retention and good lacing.

S-Tons of piney hops, perhaps the most aromatic cask beer I have ever run across.

T-Rich roasted malt, tons of piney hops and a sold but controlled bitterness that really sets this beer apart.

M-Medium bodied, the bitterness, while restrained, does linger.

D-Excellent. A great black ale by any delivery mehod.

HV

03-29-2011 15:09:41 | More by sholland119
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JToad

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

So I picked up a bomber of XI, and IX tonight, trying the XI this evening, tomorrow I will do the IX.

I served in a tradition pint glass (moved, all I could find).

Apperance: A lot darker than I anticipated, being an IPA/ASA of sorts, I expected it to be a little lighter.

Smell: Hints of caramel, grapefruit.Hops smell beautiful, if a little understated.

Taste: Very bitter at first, yet smoothes out after a few sips. For as dark as it is, seems very light.

Mouthfeel: As I said above, very light, doesnt linger like most IPAs, or American Strong Ales. Very smoothe.

Drinkability: At first, I thought I would be dissapointed. But this beer gets better as you sip it, Almost half way done, and its real nice.. Very solid beer. Not dissapointed at all. Curious to try the 9th Anniversary tomorrow night, see how well its aged. Stone continues to never let me down..

10-03-2007 01:57:50 | More by JToad
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CalebR1


4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

08-19-2014 23:06:52 | More by CalebR1
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1229design

Ohio

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured from a brown bomber into a pint glass

Appears super dark brown almost black, Nice tan head with lacing all the way to the bottom of my Lakemaid pint glass.

Smells very hoppy some malt essence coming through, a bit of pine too.

Tastes like it smells times a hundred, a huge piney like hoppiness up front with some big malt punching through and finishing bitter to balance out the sweet malts. smooth warming alcohol sneaks in.

Dark and full bodied, almost reminds me of a porter on hop steroids....that's a good thing!

massively tasty, not for the faint of heart
delicious if you like big beers! a must if you appreciate stones other offerings.

04-30-2011 20:59:47 | More by 1229design
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a midnight-dark red, sort of cola colored with a foamy tan head. Tons of hops in the aroma, like a DIPA, also a sweetness like brown sugar, with some piney hops. The taste turns to citrus, sugary grapefruit, a bit more unbalanced towards the hops, but not negatively so. Definitely a big brew for the hopheads.

A bit darker than the 13th anniversary in taste and appearance, but this brew follows along that line and should appeal ton anyone who likes that or any of Stone's hoppy goodness.

08-01-2009 06:50:42 | More by saintwarrick
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YouSkeete

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Really dark brown, almost back. Small darker tanned head, hardly any lacing.

S: Bright floral scent with hops and deeper notes of honey and caramel malts. Some chocolate and roasted coffee beans also. Tingly aroma of alcohol.

T: The smell follows the flavor. Huge floral hop flavor, burst of bitterness mixed with the sweetness of the honey and caramel malts. coffee and chocolate are definitely apparent. Enormous flavor. Heavy on the presence of alcohol, but it certainly fits.

M: Full body and on the stronger side with carbonation.

D: A lot of flavor to handle, utterly delicious. It's name says it all.

11-19-2010 02:50:37 | More by YouSkeete
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint.

A - Almost black with a one finger tan head that sticks around for a while. When held up to the light I see some ruby flashes and can just barely see through to the other side of the glass. It leaves a nice tiered lacing down the glass.

S - Floral hops and roasted malts. No need to look any further because they meld perfectly and nothing more is needed.

T - I get citrus and piney hops which are met quickly by the malt. Some molasses, spicy notes, and sweetness on the tail end, but mostly a tug of war between the bitter hops and toasted malts. It is a stale mate that demonstrates perfect balance. I get more and more orange as it warms. Truly delicious.

M - Carbonation is just right; combines with the thick body to give a creamy feel. Just slightly tingly on the tongue but extremely smooth.

O - American Black Ale is one of my favorite styles and this is the gold standard in my opinion. I often find beers of the style to either favor the roasted and smoked or IPA side of the style, but this one is so perfectly balanced that I have no complaints. Stone sometimes underwhelms me, but this is an amazing beer.

02-10-2012 04:40:00 | More by NoLeafClover44
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lhaqq

California

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Nearly opaque black with a generous dense dark tan head. Looks almost like a nitrogenated stout.
S: Lots of hops initially though the smell still is subdued. Pine and a bit of maltiness.
T: Most of the taste seems to be a floral hoppy bitterness. Begins, though, with some bittersweet chocolate and light roast coffee. But there is a big grapefruit finish that was unexpected.
M: Enjoyably lighter than expected from the taste and abv.
D: Refreshing and can't taste the high abv.

07-26-2009 03:38:54 | More by lhaqq
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CaptDavyJones

New York

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured a nice dark almost black color from a 22 oz bomber with ABV on the label. Nice two finger head that dissipates ever so slowly, leaving behind a nice lace.
Aroma is a nice blend of hops with a fruity (apricots, and some raisin) aroma.
This ale is a wonderful assault on the palate. Nice bitterness of the hops up front with hints of sweetness and finishing again on a nice bitter note. However, the bitterness of the finish has a caramel/cocoa like flavor.
An excellent example of how I would want my black ale/IPA to be. Excellent mouthfeel and drinkability.
Absolutely worth a try and highly recommended.

04-09-2011 03:10:32 | More by CaptDavyJones
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Lunch

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +5.5%

Served on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, Maryland (12/10/09) into a goblet at the appropriate temperature.

A: Pours a very dark brown to almost black with a slight ruby hue when held up to the light. Capped with a one finger head which dissipate slowly leaving excellent lacing on the inside of the glass.

S: At first whiff this reminds me of a Black IPA since grapefruit and other citrus flavors come to the surface first followed by at hint of roasted malt (coffee, perhaps) and smoke.

T: The Black IPA theme continues onto the palate in the form of a citrusy hop that is primarily made up of grapefruit and orange. This is followed by coffee and an underlying roasted malt with some smokiness. The finish is quite bitter leaving a grassy flavor coating the palate.

M: Medium-bodied with a slick feel, but at times it seemed a little thin with a slight separation in the flavor profile.

D: Excellent drinkability as this beer has some interesting flavors that work quite well together and the alcohol is completely masked. This beer has quite a bitter finish that may not appeal to some, but i loved it.

Overall I find this beer to be a very well-crafted ale from Stone and one that certainly needs to be tried before it is all gone. Recommended.

12-11-2009 14:46:53 | More by Lunch
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,134 ratings.