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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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4,974 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,974
Reviews: 1,816
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 216
Gots: 358 | 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 sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber of this at Julio's the other week. Figured that a rainy New Hampshire afternoon was a good time to sit down and crack this guy open.

Poured into a pint glass leaving a big foamy tan head that maintains pretty well throughout the drinking of this brew. The head leaves a nice amount of lacing hanging above the dark brown, almost black color of this beer. Looks amazing. This has got to be one of the darker ales I have ever had that wasn't classified as a porter or stout.

As I bring the glass close, my nose is hit with the strong and luscious smell of hops. Most likely a blend of hops, with warrior hops being the dominant aroma. However, this isn't an IPA, but Stone does like their hoppy ales. Citrus and pine notes mingle as well

After drinking this delicious brew for awhile my impression is that this is a darker, slightly more burnt and somewhat smokey version of the Arrogant Bastard. I taste well roasted dark malts, chocolate malts and a little bit of smoked malt coming through. These flavors are followed by some pleasant hop bitterness that rounds off the overall taste.

The alcohol is very well hidden and the mouthfeel is thick and creamy. I think I could drink this beer all day. It is smooth, yet packs just enough hop bite to make it interesting. Keeps pulling me back in. Nice work Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:27:49 | More by sisuspeed
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass for a change.

A - Dark brown with a big 3+ finger head. Looks like a rootbeer float. Super sticky lace. Gonna have to scrub this glass.

S - Sweet fruit, chocolate malt, sugar, piney hops. Smells really nice.

T - Spicy piney hops with a nice rich chocolate/toffee malty backbone. Unique & delicious.

M - Medium, smooth, fairly carbonated. Sticky in the finish.

D - High. Let's go. Get me another.

This is a very tasty & unique brew. Props to Stone for their way of thinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 02:56:09 | More by bbothen
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black color that you cannot see through. A big tan head with good retention. Slowly subsides to lacing around the glass. Almost resembles a stout.

S- Citrus (grapefruit) and pine dominate the smell. Overall, big IPA characteristics in the nose. Not picking up on any malts in the smell.

T- Taste is all citrus and hops up front. Subsides to some additional interesting flavors. Smoke, caramel, and perhaps some coffee notes. However, bitterness hangs on through the finish.

M- Medium bodied. A bit heavier than a traditional IPA. Medium to low carbonation.

D- Overall, I enjoyed my first bottle.Very drinkable. Alcohol is well hidden. Wouldn't have guessed that this offering was 8.7% ABV. Looking forward to having the second bottle that I have purchased in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 04:02:37 | More by swierczt
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Tulip glass.

Pours jet black with a booming, fluffy light-tan head that never fully dissolves and creates a dense layer atop the glass. The aroma is filled with sticky, resinous hops and has some hints, although very subtle, of chocolate. Flavor is piney hops and sweet malt upfront and is accompanied by some touches of roasted malt and dried fruit. Its a medium bodied beer that is sticky and has a good amount of carbonation. Out of all the "Black" IPA's that I've tried this one certainly sets the bar. I had no idea what this beer looked like before I poured it into my glass and was surprised it was as black as it was. The aroma is purely delicious.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 04:59:12 | More by DiabolikDUB
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a stemless wine glass (all I had to work with).

An aggressive pour yields a pitch black color with fluffy almond colored head. Smells like citrus hops with good balancing malts. Taste is like the smell, strong citrus hops with a great malt backbone. Hints of grapefruit too. Mouthfeel is light with light/medium carbonation. Drinkablity is great. I could drink this all night.

Great beer. I was pleasantly surprised by the great hops in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 22:42:22 | More by BeerStine
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown with fluffy coffee creamer head floating on top. Elegant but strong looks. Aroma that touches upon hop resin, leaves, spice, sweet malt, slight booze and weirdly reminiscent of soy sauce. Thick, creamy mouthfeel brings on a slew of flavors ranging from syrup, sweet malts, hops, tobacco-esque hop bitterness, slight bitter cocoa, coffee beans. Hop bitterness finishes out the drink and slicks the tongue. Despite the strength of the beer and its flavors, it remains a very drinkable ale that asks to be enjoyed at dusk. A tasty brew that will put some hair on the beer drinker's chest.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 19:16:55 | More by JRed
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber to snifter.

A: I thought this beer was pouring dark brown but once I checked it against the light in the glass it was indeed black and opaque. Two-and-a-half fingers of soapy light khaki head adorns the top of this beer and sticks to the glass as I drink it down.

S: The citrus hops are bright and dominate the smell, followed by nice West-coast piney notes (reminds me of a Sierra Nevada pineyness). Behind that there are some nice roasted malts but they are buried and the hops really shine.

T: Hop-forward, again with citrus but the pine is preeminent here with some extreme dryness. There are some coffee and espresso notes underneath that blend with the hop bitterness and create some nice flavors.

MF: On the lighter side of medium bodied, feels wet and refreshing and finishing with that bitter hop dryness.

O: The best black IPA I've had, definitely hop-forward with roasted/coffee notes underneath which is how I would prefer a black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 22:13:22 | More by Scotchboy
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into my DFH snifter... A pitch black liquid pours from the bottle producing a finger thick creamy off white head with nice retention and moderate lacing

S- Not overwhelming but nice... smells mixed grapefruit and floral with a bit of sugary malty sweetness

T- Starts with a hint of sweetness before the dryer coffee flavor takes over. Finishes with with a nice citrusy hop bite. Not a hint of the 8.7% abv

M- Light/medium carbonation with medium body

D- I hear so much hype about Stone beers and for some reason without trying many of them, feel like its overdone... this one definitely lives up to the hype. A delicious Black Ale worth trying


Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 04:17:31 | More by bbeane
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bottle, best by dated stamped on neck

A - Black. Solid two fingers of off white head with decent retention and great lacing down the glass.

S - Juicy hops right from the cap removal, some grapefruit, with dark chocolate malts, a little roast, and a touch of caramel sweetness.

T - Pine hops up front with some roasted and burnt malt, then bitter coffee and dark chocolate battle with the hops through the finish with dark chocolate ultimately coming out on top.

M - Medium to full body, low to medium carbonation level, creamy smooth across the palate, finishing clean and bitter.

O - I really enjoyed this one and it gave me hope for the style. I'd definitely get this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:29:36 | More by garuda
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4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into Stone pint glass

A-pitch black. can't see any color even when up to the light.

S-hoppy way up front, recoiled a bit at first sniff. also got a citrus in there somewhere. chocolate or vanilla scent too

T/M-whoa. Creamy start with a bitter finish. along the way is a roasted malt and pine flavor. deliciousness all the way. not alot of carbonation which makes for an easy drink

O-El Delicioso. I really dig this one. awesome for my first black ale

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 01:19:18 | More by Innocentexile
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4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into New Belgium globe glass.

A - Pours pitch black with a one finger light tan head. Great lacing.

S - Aroma smells strangely familiar to Fruit Loops cereal to me. Tropical hops with a touch of malt.

T - Mostly pine flavored hops, a touch of grapefruit bitterness and a very coffee like finish.

M - Crisp and dry at first but leaves a sticky, resinous quality.

O - My favorite Black Ale so far. I'm still not particularly sold on the style, but this example is pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 00:20:42 | More by Zach136
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A branch out deuce-deuce pick after the arrogant one, first thing I notice immediately on open is a very distinct spicy funk (yes, I would call it a funk) from the dark malt/hop strength combo. It "stinks", but in a good way. Smell opens up to sharp citrus suggesting blood orange, plus caramel, & a bit of booze in the back.

Oh, yeah, the pour, forgot...Straight up black, even in the light, with a tan frothy head. Kinda looks like I poured a rootbeer.

Taste throws a bit of a curveball, as somehow coffee and butterscotch get invited to the party, and the booze on the nose vanishes in the drink. Goes down kinda milky in terms of pure feel, far as I can tell.

I can count the black ales I've had on one hand, and one of those was my own homebrew (from before I realized the style existed already). SSR is the first I've had that distinguished itself by what it wasn't: it's not just fistfulls of IPA style hops + roasted malts. There's actually a 3rd character element here, as if it's a step in the style's evolution. Me likes...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 03:56:42 | More by longbongsilver
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an inky black body capped by two fingers of tannish head that fade slowly and leave great lacing.

Aroma: Lots of citrusy, piney, and tropical fruit-like hops over a big, sweet, and roasty malt body.

Flavor: Up front, there's a blast of nicely bitter, citrusy, resinous, and piney hops. Underneath, the malt backbone is caramel-like, with toasty flavors and a little molasses mixed in. The hops take charge, as they do in an IPA, but the big malt body keeps this from being an unbalanced proposition. The alcohol content is hidden well. Citrusy and reinous hops over toasty malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A silky medium body with medium carbonation and a dry finish. The aftertaste endures well into the next sip.

Drinkability: Drinks faster than the ABV would suggest, so keep an eye out.

Verdict: The emerging "Black IPA" style is one of my favorite new styles of the last decade, and I have to say Stone have put together the best one I've tried yet. Tasty, balanced well, and full of character, Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale has earned its cocky attitude.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 22:00:31 | More by BeanBone
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber for about $5.xx

A: Pours as opaque deep ruby color that almost appears to be black. Huge thick, creamy looking head that retains very well and leaves some sweet lacing along the glass. Perfect look here

S: Smells more like an IPA/DIPA, with floral and aromatic hops dominate the nose, but there is a firm malt base that provides some nice balance here. The hop profile is diverse, I can safely get Cascade hops in there, but there are more varieties. Very pleasant and not too overwhelming at all. Alcohol is not really present at first, but as the beer warms, the alcohol comes in.

T: Very close copy to the nose, except the malts provide some extra flavors; chocolate, caramel, molasses, as well as a diverse hop combo comprised of bittering and floral hops. Truly amazing. Also, grapefruit/citrus peel are apparent up front, then transitions into some dark lush cherry flavors in the end

MF/D: Very smooth, heavy body, perfect carbonation, and a slightly dry, bitter finish from the hops. I don't exactly love the bitter finish, but I know Stone loooves their hops, so I can't complain.

If you see this, grab it! Worth the extra bucks for the bomber to get the real deal.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2009 00:54:22 | More by scottyshades
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North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe glass

A-Pours nearly black in color. Nice tan head which dissipates slowly and lingers on the surface. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S-One word: hops. While stout like in appearance, the smell resembles an IPA. Big dose of citrusy hops with pine and some roasted notes just peeking through. Also getting some grapefruit in there.

T-Definitely hop forward. Getting grapefruit and some pine notes at the start. Some roasted, burnt flavors try to come through in the middle before a long bitter finish. Finish left me wanting another sip.

M-Medium to heavy bodied. I found the carbonation just about right. Bitter finish left me wanting to coat my tongue again.

D-For a nearly 9% brew, it's pretty high. Alcohol becomes slightly noticeable as it warms, but nothing that would put me off.

Overall a very solid beverage. The transition from start to finish is great. Probably not worth the trouble of trading for it, but definitely something to pick up if easily available at a nearby store.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 16:59:13 | More by javincik
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Yeti goblet.

Pours a deep, deep brown to black with some ruby hues when held to light. Easy pour produces a big two finger light brown head. A little lacing

All kinds of "conflicting" aromas. Of course, the hops come out and punch you in the face. Citrus of orange and grapefruit. Some floral. Pine. Pineapple. Once the hops numb your nose, you start to detect the roasted qualities of this brew. Caramel, toffee, and slight chocolate.

Taste is really conflicting too. Again the hops come to the forefront. This is no doubt a solid and big IPA. Mostly citrusy hops. Big grapefruit. The underlying roasted malts are nice subtle addition. Caramel, molasses, and chocolate.

Of course with big hops and roasted malts, you are going to get a nice creamy mouthfeel. A touch oily and moderately high carbonation.

Drinkabilit is pretty good. I could definitely polish off a bomber, but that is about it. I don't want to go hoard this one up like I did the 10, but it is a tasty brew. Conflict is good!

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2007 04:15:02 | More by biking4beer
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thin soapy line of bubbles. Some lacing on the glass.

S: A nice pine and citrus hop aroma with roasted malts. Smells great

T: The initial flavor is roasted malts and a strong citrus hop flavor. The finish is bitter from the malts and hops and you can taste and feel the alcohol in the finish. The hop really takes over the beer and the darker qualities are hard to pick up in the background.

M: Not too heavy and a little bit sticky.

D: I really like dark ales and IPAs, so for me this is a very drinkable mixture of the too.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 21:16:11 | More by Kromes
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. I've been waiting for a beer like this, to come into my life. A dark IPA? Has anyone done this? Pizza Port it looks like, but not to this extent. Maybe a southern california thing?

You can smell this beer coming a mile away. After pouring I smelt the cap and then immediately was beat up by the smell of coffee malt, citrus, and straight up hops.

Looks like a cross between old rasputin and saranac black forest. Lacy white frillies follow this beer down the pint glass.

This tastes out of this world. First taste is all over the place, malts, hops, a shot of alcohol, not much carbonation, but somewhere inbetween cask and high, if that makes any sense.

This beer keeps on keeping on, flavor explosions of chocolate, citrus, grain alcohol keep coming at you in different order with every sip you have.

Finsished strong, the gift that keeps on giving.

The 10th anniversary gave you a warm streak down the middle of your body, this one's warms it all over.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2007 04:18:05 | More by Murchmac
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into wheat beer glass
Appearance-Black,fast pour led to three inch head that lasted forever with nice lacing
Smell-Heavy graipfruit/amongst other citrus aromas
Taste-Not nearly as pungent as the smell led me to think it would taste,of course a bit of grapefruit but more of the pith of an orange taste,mellow malt,slight candy taste.Bitter cherries,simple coffee,really quite complex
Mouthfeel-Very enjoyable,does not over stay its welcome
Overall-LOVE IT!!!Its brand new to st cloud,mn and getting a good positive reaction!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 20:54:07 | More by jjjeremy
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black IPA...OK I will give it a try.

Super high carbonation level; pour this one CAREFULLY!

Clear super dark brown colored ale with a tall tan colored head.

Smell is a clone of Arrogant Bastard ale. Hyper strong hop aroma with lots of molasses and caramel.

Taste starts out mellow with a strong melon flavor and a quite bitter after taste. Melon remains the dominate flavor here with a subtle citrus hop flavor of grapefruit and just super fresh hop flavor, so fresh it is like chewing up a hop bud in my mouth. Some hop flavors simply taste like nothing else on earth, this tastes like that. Lots of flavors under the hops, chocolate and coffee mostly. This still has a rather strong melon flavor, I am curious about how this might age.

Mouthfeel is quite full.

Good and drinkable but I REALLY don't think this has reached its best quite yet. This is a lot like a mix of Barley Wine and IPA and I think this will be better in two years after the melon flavor mellows out some.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 00:44:57 | More by Zorro
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is another one of those unique brews that satisfies completely. Super sweet to the nose and then a bitter smack in the face. Rich caramel head and smooth finish. I really dug the uniqueness of this beer. When poured, the the jet black visual instantly makes you think you are about to drink a porter. I couldn't believe the difference between the smell and taste. I just found out that Stone will be brewing this beer year round so I'll definitely have it on tap all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 15:48:58 | More by SDHoffers
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a big Stone fan for a while now and I was super excited to finally try their Black Ale. Their Bastards and IPA's have set the bar pretty high, so I was hoping this could live up.

A: Dark brown body topped with a fizzy, beige foam.

S: Dark malt aroma of grapefruit.

T: Plenty of dark maltiness upfront with lighter than expected flavors of citrus and pine. A good bitterness provides a nice finish.

M: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.

D: A solid brew and a good offering on the Dark Ale side. Still, I was expecting a bit better from Stone since they set the bar so high with all their other brews. An enjoyable beer that any brew lover would enjoy, but not one to go out of your way to find.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 20:52:16 | More by jdg204
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark color with a good amount of head (about 1/2" after pour). Head disappates slowly and leaves a spotty, tan lace around the glass.

Aroma is highly complex and has hints of pineapple, mango and other fruit aromas.

Has a light mouthfeel to the body, with an initial flavor of light malt flavor combined with moderate hop taste. Has a very complex blend of fruit, just like the aroma. Fruit notes present are mango and pineapple, and these are very noticeable in the aftertaste as well.
Overall, a very unique beer from Stone. Superb!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 23:08:17 | More by jdaelhousen
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a dark brown color which is nearly black. The head is a thin layer of off-white foam.

S: A surprising amount of juicy grapefruit hops are still alive and kicking in this beer (especially since it's been two years since this one was released). There is also a bit of sweetness and roasted malt which creeps into the back of the nose.

T: Like the nose, the flavor is quite surprisingly fresh. The hops are still very potent. A lot of grapefruit and perhaps a touch of sweet tropical fruit on the front. The middle of the sip has a nice touch of roasted malt and the finish is very interesting with notes of coffee along with a slight bitterness.

M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

D: The alcohol is no more or less present than it was initially, and the beer is still quite good. I liked it better fresh, obviously, but this one has held up surprisingly well.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 20:37:56 | More by womencantsail
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4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with a nice tan head.

The aroma is pine hop with some sweet malt character. The hop profile also has some citrus/grapefruit character. This beer has a BIG aroma, just fantastic.

The taste is pine hop up front followed with some sweetness and finishing with a big, bitter kick. The blend of hops is really good, almost dank with just a hint of roasted character in the back.

This beer is medium bodied but feels a bit light actually. The carbonation is good, not too high or low. I'm not sure if I would want more body...it drinks well enough but just feels lacking a bit.

This beer is a big hop bomb that has a sweet, slightly roasty balance. The hop aroma and kick are fantastic like most Stone beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 22:04:10 | More by TenHornsProud
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
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