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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,081 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,081
Reviews: 1,819
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 221
Gots: 406 | 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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Photo of NEhophead


4.22/5  rDev 0%

On tap at Redbones.

Poured a rustic, maple in color which was nearly opaque. Creamy, white head that stands nearly half-inch high off of the tap and never really recedes, leaving thin, sticky lacing around the glass. Notes of bright, tropical fruit and balanced citrus, hop resin. Faint hints of mustiness along with a light biscuit aroma. The flavors are rounded tropical fruit: pineapple, peach, apricot; as well as, notes of ripe pine/spruce. Light breadiness; very clean, with just a hint of phenolic mustiness. Medium in body; smooth, light as a result of the hop profile. A Double IPA-tasting brew with some great flavors and balance. The 8.7% abv is nearly undetectable. A must try for Stone fans.

10-07-2007 15:23:45 | More by NEhophead
Photo of BrewitYerself


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Very dark brown, dense 1 finger light tan head. Lacing about 1/2 way.

Some hops and dark fruit on the nose. Pine and licorice. As it warms, I'm picking up some fusels, moderate esters, maybe some sulfur (although maybe that's the smelly drunks sitting next to me).

Citrus, pine, and herbal notes upfront. Biting bitterness, fades sharply to dark fruit, orange and grapefruit, coffee and espresso. Lots of herbal-piney hops mid-palate, with a bready, toasty, pithy, grapefruit, herbal finish. There is a lot going on here. The progression is truly amazing, every moment is better than the last. Nice balance of sweet and bitter. Nice dark malt and ester profile. Finishes fruity, bittersweet, and pithy.

Good mouthfeel, too much carb, but moderate chewiness, excellent progression.

Very good overall, finishes a little too sweet. I want another one, but the selection is too good. Hop aroma and flavor are very fresh, a little skunky, in a good way (some of you will know what I mean).

12-05-2009 21:25:12 | More by BrewitYerself
Photo of stewart124


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Almost jet black with a tan head that is quite viscous and leaves a pretty lace.

Grapefruit and pine but much more subtle than I had anticipated. Hops are clearly the frontrunner in the nose with very little malt background.

A generous amount of spicy/citrusy hops here but that is to be expected from this brewery. Very bold and a lingering pine note in the background. There is very little roasted mats character but the color would lead one to believe that there are some roasted malts in this beer. Nice caramel malts add a sweetness that finishes dry.

A very tasty black IPA or American strong beer that can be very drinkable. I haven't noticed that alcohol but might once the bomber is through. Put another notch on your belt Stone

03-13-2008 01:20:54 | More by stewart124
Photo of winky13


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Had this on tap at the Bistro's Double IPA festival and on 3/13 at the brewery. As everyone has already written, this beer messes with you: dark and malty looking but damn it tastes like a double IPA!!

A: Inky black
S: Hops! I love this smell. I could just sit with this glass in front of my face and daydream about these hops. My wife thinks I'm weird.
T: Great, like a DIPA but not. At the Bistro DIPA fest, we really enjoyed this and the Poorman's IPA. I prefer this brew to Stone's Ruination.
M: Pronounced and solid.
D: Can drink this all night. Stone only pours an 8oz glass ($4) and I quickly drained it.

03-18-2009 06:36:15 | More by winky13
Photo of cr0ckett


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Thick, dark, brown, almost black. Light tan head that leaves good lacing.
S: Surprisingly hoppy/piney; malt and toffee come through a little as it warms up.
T: Piney hops to begin then balanced out somewhat by sweeter malts and earthy tones; light chocolatey note in the finish. Some alcohol warmth, but not noticeable in the taste. Hop note left to coat tongue.
M: Medium to full body, slightly viscous, but not like a thick stout. Medium to high carbonation. Smooth drinker with a bit of a bite.
O: One of a handful of Black Ales that I've tried; very good. Seamless merging of hops, malt, and sweeter chocolate and caramel tones. A must try.

08-10-2011 01:10:39 | More by cr0ckett
Photo of surfer4life


4.22/5  rDev 0%

This is a Black IPA poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - Pours dark as night, with a thick brown head. Good Lacing.

S - Burnt hops with a solid malt backbone. Citrus Notes.

T - The roasted malt give the front a very fruity taste but it's almost immediately interupted by the big floral citrusy hop taste that overwhelmes. Great big hop taste.

M - Full bodied and creamy as hell. A delight to the pallet with medium carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, love this as much from the bottle as I did from the tap.

03-29-2009 21:37:38 | More by surfer4life
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic


4.22/5  rDev 0%

A - Pours into the glass an extremely dark brown almost black, with a light brown almost red head. Really nice lacing that stays for quite some time

S - Rich with hops, cocoa and caramel toffee like aroma

T - Slight bitterness, with a nice citrus bite and hints of caramel and pine as it dissolves from the palate

M - Super smooth and well rounded, medium bodied

D - Incredible beer, so glad to see it back out on the market, easy to enjoy more than one, but be careful, the ABV can catch you by surprise

07-03-2010 00:40:49 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
Photo of AgentMunky


4.22/5  rDev 0%

1/3 pint served in a Teku glass in the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 7 June 2011.

A: Big, THICK beige-brown head. Very dark; opaque. Red-brown body.

S: Huge smell; I can detect it from across the table. Smells like a Double IPA. Caramelly hops on the sweetish side. Deep and delicious.

T: Good, but a bit weak...or maybe it's just a letdown after the smell. A strong maintaste is malty, slightly tart, and noticeably hopped. Espresso on the aftertaste. Generally? Yum!

M: Sturdy, as one might expect, but not stellar.

O: This beer grows on you -- I like it. Less coffee as time goes on...actually, maybe not. Consummately crafted; great beer. Restores my faith in Stone.

07-31-2011 00:11:40 | More by AgentMunky
Photo of xgrigorix


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Deep dark brown / borderline black. Intense ruby coloured highlights. Dense creamy looking tan head retains very well.

Appetizing waft of citrus & pine. A bit of roasted malt creeps in at the end.

Big, bold, and hoppy. A dark DIPA with a cornucopia of hop flavours - grassy, pine, & grapefruit are prominent.

Medium-full bodied, moderate carbonation. I won't mind revisiting this one in the near future.

09-29-2007 16:08:19 | More by xgrigorix
Photo of chuckd123


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Enjoyed on tap at Dirty Truth in Northampton, MA. Poured into a tulip glass, and to me (admittedly the bar was dimly lit) it had an almost opaque blackness to it, but held up to the light it seemed to have strong hints of brown in it. Big tan sticky head that lasts too, impressive.

The smell and aromas coming out of it have you blinking and looking at the blackness again, just not what you expect this beer to smell like. Hop heavy, with a nose of grapefruit and some pine overtones in there too. Very much a hopped up IPA.

Drinkability is very good, I had two of them over about an hour to hour and a half, like any 9% brew I'm not looking to slam down 7 of them in a night, but I went back for seconds without giving it another thought.

I'm a big IPA fan, and love hopped up monsters, and like most of Stone's brews (admittedly not a big fan of any iteration of arrogant bastard) and this is a great beer. Just not sure what to call it -- I've had a black IPA before, maybe that's the best description of it really. Very different, very unique, and very much worth trying if you can.

10-18-2009 15:13:59 | More by chuckd123
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Served (too) cold on tap in a small taster. Took repeated samples!!! It was that good, kept going back.

Dark brown, almost jet black with a modest head.

Nose is big with grapefruit hops. Some hints of dark fruit, not much in the way of malt.

Flavor is just fantastic, complementing the nose. Hint of chocolate malt, but not really like an American brown, more like a Black IPA. Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced for an IPA.

Overall this is a really fantastic beer. I like Stone XI, but I love this. Whatever the subtle difference is, it's for the better. Definitely something to stock up on.

06-28-2009 13:04:03 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

4.22/5  rDev 0%

A black IPA? You gotta give the Stone folks some credit for that. T'is very porter like in appearance with a light tan head that isn't skimpy with the lacing.
Scent? Smoked Ruination. Maybe if you mixed their smoked porter with Ruination you'd get something like this out of the nose. Sparkly hoppy scents with deep roasted coffee scents.
The flavors make me think of a wood aged IPA of some sort. Shades of Le Coq stout but dominated by a ballsy IPA profile. The malts make for a pleasing sweetness that rounds everything out.
For drinkability, all I can say is yes, more please. As far as strong ales go I probably would enjoy this more than Arrogant Bastard... is that blasphemous to say? A fitting tribute to a lucky number 11 years and going strong.

01-18-2008 04:48:55 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of RppIII

District of Columbia

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: This beer emerges from its vessel a glossy pitch black emitting an inch worth of fluffy caramel white head. As the head recedes it exposes the surprisingly non- diaphanous liquid below. Clinging to the sides of my glass feathery foam slowly diminishes back into a dismal black abyss.

Smell: Hops. Oh, and there is a hint of roast malt. Poignant fruit and citrus invade the nostrils, followed by a hint of mint. On to the roast malt, coffee presents itself to as a decoy for the very faint note of dark chocolate.

Taste: I am drinking an IPA right!? I love the hop character of this beer, grapefruit and citrus accented by the herbal pine taste. Very unorganized flavours. Fighting 90 IBUs the malt makes an appearance. Roast barely and dark malts present themselves giving a distinct coffee flavour accented with dark chocolate. A second wave of hops attack the palate with more of the same and a hint of mint and alcohol. This beer finishes with a very pleasant caramel flavour.

Mouthful: Medium body, the appearance is not telling of it's true viscosity. A little low on the carbonation side, I had a few panic attacks that It would go flat. Different, interesting, and aesthetically pleasing.

Drinkability: A very drinkable beer. As I wrap up this review I wish I had gotten a second, post review celebration bottle to enjoy. Most certainly will I enjoy this sublime and self-righteous ale!

05-17-2010 01:02:16 | More by RppIII
Photo of bs870621345

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Got this in a growler, cracked 2 hours later. Poured into a pint glass and a snifter. Pretty good beer.

Pours with a nice 2 finger head that leaves a nice lacing down the glass. Pretty dark brown color.

Smells hoppy (pine) mostly, light sweet background. Licorice, alcohol and raisins.

Taste is hoppy (pine) with a brown sugar background. Alcohol is there, but nothing overbearing. Hints of licorice

Mouthfeel is sort of oily and moderately thick. Carbonation is nice, nothing too crazy, but definitely carbonated.

Drinkability is good, I can't wait to finish this.

07-02-2010 19:06:31 | More by bs870621345
Photo of Knapp85


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Fell in love with this one the second I opened the bottle. The beer poured out as a dark black color with a generous brown head on top. The lacing looked pretty impressive as well. The smell of the beer was fully loaded with citrusy hops and roasted malts. The taste was a collision of the two battling it out. The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Overall it's a wonderful beer, I strongly recommend it!

06-14-2011 03:38:50 | More by Knapp85
Photo of beermanbrian


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Dark brown almost black in color. Nice fine foamed tan head that you would expect on a stout. Smell kills the idea that this is a stout right away. Big floral hops smell that just blows me away. This has to be one of the best smelling beers ever. Some sweet malt comes through in the background but it is really the floral smell that stands out. Taste is hoppy up front and then big malts kick in. Very sweet followed by a mild bitterness. Solid chewy mouthfeel that lets you know there something behind this one. Once again a solid beer from Stone.

10-13-2007 01:51:01 | More by beermanbrian
Photo of patobandito

New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev 0%

Pours a dark, slighly reddish brown with moderate-sized tan head. Aroma is an interesting combination of roast and sweet citrusy hops. Flavour has lots of character with strong citrusy hops, some dark fruit, roastiness and a hint of cocoa. Fairly bitter finish; medium+ body. Very nice.

10-18-2010 04:28:16 | More by patobandito
Photo of Haybeerman


4.22/5  rDev 0%

A Very dark brown color; almost black. Poured a 2 finger chocolate head that gave way slowly to a half finger cap. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Floral hops; citrus, grapefruit and pine. Foundation of toasted malts; toffee and cocoa.

T: Big toasted malt like smell with a little bit of burnt caramel. Resiny hops dominated by the flavor of pine. Sharply bitter with burnt toast and chocolate lingering a bit in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate to low carbonation. Smooth and silky. Surprisingly balanced for its complexity.

D: Lots of flavor and complexity and good balance. Easy to relax in to this one despite the abv.

07-05-2010 12:56:37 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of 3rdRowTailgater


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a large goblet. Pours nearly black with a decent amount of an off-white head that leaves some good lacing on the glass.

At first smell you get a nice sweet and roasted malt aroma before being taken over by piney hop aromas of the northwest US.

It's definitely got a strong hoppy taste, but the malts do make a nice appearance. You get a nice sweet molasses, chocolate and toffee taste at first that gives way to roasted bitterness and finally gives way to a beautiful piney and citrus hoppiness.

It's got nice carbonation and mouthfeel and has good drinkability.

02-05-2011 19:46:11 | More by 3rdRowTailgater
Photo of DavidEddie


4.22/5  rDev 0%

A huge thanks to jjayjaye for this one!

Appearance - Black porter like in color. Thick off white head that won’t go away.

Smell - Tantalizing piney hops, chalky, and rich dark roasty malt.

Taste - Ruby red grapefruit, citrus, very pine like, big dark malt, flavors of smokey burnt wood.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth, creamy, nice hop bitterness lingers.

Drinkability - I love this beer! Goes down easy. Reminds me of a west coast DIPA mixed with a good porter. Highly recommended!

11-17-2007 06:05:13 | More by DavidEddie
Photo of BucannonXC5


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured from a draft into a pint glass. Color was dark black. Maybe an inch of head. Lots of lacing on the sides. Lots of film on the sides that stayed throughout.

Immediately smelled citrus and fruity hops. Pine and caramel in there as well, albeit weak.

Smooth, malty hops in the taste. Citrus is involved, but not as much as the smell. Bitter aftertaste.

Medium body. Lively to fizzy carbonation (above average). Smooth feeling.

Not a bad beer to end the night. Would definitely give it another chance.

10-28-2011 06:27:06 | More by BucannonXC5
Photo of DovaliHops


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Pours a black color that turn ruby when held up to the light...has medium off-white head. Scent is very hoppy with a tiny bit of chocolate as well. Taste is so surprisingly different than what you're expecting from the appearance. Gotta love those Cascadian Black IPAs! I'm really glad they're popping up more often, because they're delicious! At first I get much similar flavors to an Imperial IPA, with the caramel, strong malt profile as well as intense hops. The hops seem to be well balanced of citrus and floral notes. Then the darkness comes in...with slight roasty and chocolate flavors. Finishes with a pleasant balance of hops and bitter chocolate. Mouthfeel is smooth and not nearly as thick as expected...Drinkability is fairly high.

01-21-2011 07:21:12 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of BeerT3ch


4.22/5  rDev 0%

This is a really good beer! The unique name fits it's character. Stone Brewery strikes again! Deep/Rich in color, perfect exagerrated biterness, small head, but heavy lacing, malty and all around well balanced. Two of these you will be alright! lol. (Don't Drive)

10-21-2011 03:42:44 | More by BeerT3ch
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Poured a 3" off-white head which was slow to recede. Dark walnut brown in color, and clear I think though it's so dark it's hard to tell. Smell is strong on hops and citrus and I'd agree grapefruit seems dominant. Taste matches the smell but includes quite a bitter finish. As is often the case with Stone this is a big bold beer with no shyness on hops. They're all great, but I do think most are just slight deviations from each other or from a central big beer concept by Stone.

06-26-2011 09:49:14 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.22/5  rDev 0%

Charred walnut with dark copper trim that extends a short distance into the liquid rather than being a mere sliver along the edge of the glass. The golden brown sugar colored head is the usual beauty from the boys at Stone. It produces numerous bridges of foam that result in sticky splotches of lace when they eventually break. We're starting things off on a high note.

I love the aroma! It's hard to get the beer's color out of my mind, but I'm not sure that I could have identified this as anything but a hugely resinous DIPA. A whiff of black malt would be welcome. However, when a beer smells this sensational, it isn't essential. Pineapple and grapefruit in brown sugar syrup explode out of a glass that is begging to be upended.

11th Anniversary Ale tastes like a black IPA. In other words, it's an IPA that happens to use some quantity of dark malt. Actually, Double IPA might be more accurate given the ABV. I was expecting something along the lines of Three Floyds Alpha Klaus, but that beer is, at heart, an Imperial porter that uses more hops that I've ever tasted in a 'dark' beer.

Maybe it's the muddying effect of the roasted malt, but the hoppiness isn't as bright and as vibrant as it could be. The citrus zestiness (almost exclusively white grapefruit now) is front and center, it's just that the bitterness digs in harder than the hop flavor. I feel like I'm nitpicking because 11th is clearly delicious beer... that could be even more delicious with a tweak or two.

I understand the brewery's desire not to do yet another C-hop IPA/DIPA, even though they do them very well. What I'm trying to say is that if you're going to brew a black IPA, then make it unquestionably BLACK. Give me roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate right alongside the grapefruit. Those flavors work well together, as Alpha Klaus, Rogue Black Brutal '07 and Bear Republic Big Bear Black have shown.

Despite my ever so slight misgivings about the flavor profile (which are really nothing more than wanting a good beer to be a great beer), drinkability is right up there. I was shocked when I picked up the bottle and found it to be almost empty. The mouthfeel is much closer to an IPA than a DIPA and is part of the reason why this sucker is disappearing like nobody's business.

I've been drinking the Stone Anniversary Ales since 7th and haven't been blown away by any of them. Keep in mind that this is in comparison to Imperial Russian Stout, Ruination IPA, IPA, et al. 11th is probably my favorite and is a beer that deserves a repeat purchase if I'm lucky enough to run across a few bombers again. Don't age this one. Drink it now.

12-01-2007 23:08:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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