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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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5,196 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,196
Reviews: 1,826
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 225
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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Photo of foogerd
4.22/5  rDev 0%

A- black ipa?! this looks like a stout to me black as night body coffee colored thick head great lacing, coulda fooled me
S- hops dominate but in a inoffensive manner more in a delicate sense with a coffee/chocolate backbone surprisingly works quite elegantly together
T- again delicate hops dominate and a slight peppery tingle with chocolate and light coffee notes
M- smooth silky enough carbonation to tickle the tongue
D- you'll never have enough of this
Yes definitely a Black IPA

foogerd, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of rustymoore
4.22/5  rDev 0%

A: Pours a dark amber to almost black with a reddish tint. Good thick tan head with excellent lacing.

S: Nose is dominated by the strong hop aromas of pine and citrus...when swirled I get a hint of dark fruit.

T: The hops can't be masked in this one...they dominate the nose as well as the taste but they are some of the best hops around. Very crisp and robust...something that I think would be best paired in a meal with a nice steak. I love the hops combined with strong beef dish.

M: Overall smooth with a bitter finish but not so much so.

D: Quiet good but I wouldn't say its something I would drink weekly. Best saved for special occasions when you want a deeply hoppy experience.

rustymoore, May 01, 2010
Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev 0%

Very dark brown with many red highlights. A large off white tannish head of 3 inches if poofy and holds great retention. Not one centimeter of the glass is clean of lacing, producing large bubbles.

Hops emerge out immediatley. Thick with grapefruit and other citrus goodness. Than a bit of a rubbing alcohol aroma is detectable that slightly deters from this beast. Dark roasty carmelized malts with hints of mollasses and floral esters.

Very nice balanced beer here. I think I would actually prefer this with age as one thing I've noticed with all Stone beers is that they all seem to blend into each other when young. Not sure if they only use one predominant hop or malt in everything or what? Burnt malts and blackerry flavors are than overwhelmed with citrusy hops on the middle and chalky bitter finish. Some alcohol shows through in the mouth and throat but evens out in the chest. One of the better Stone beers I've had of late and nearly on par with Stone's 10th. This one had wonderful ageability even with the demise of the hops.

mcallister, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of taez555
4.22/5  rDev 0%

This beer poured a coca cola colored brown, but mostly black body with a tannish/off-white head.

Nose is dominated by a strong citrus and resin hop smell. Tiny little wisps of milk, even fainter milk chocolate. Really a very deceiving nose, as with the dark body you'd expect some coffee notes, but nope. Close your eyes and all you smell is double IPA. Scary.

Taste is medium/full to full bodied. Taste is just overwhelming hops. Strong citrus peel, resin, pine needles, hints of pepper and more citrus peel. Very little in the way of malt. Some mild caramel, little tiny hints of cracked coffee beans, maybe just a touch of black patent malt. Bitterness is overwhelming and overshadows almost any malt flavor. The hops and bitterness leave a long dry resiny mouth-feel taste that lingers for a long time.

This is the Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde of beers. I don't know how they do it. It is 100% a DIPA, but has the color of a stout without any of the taste. It's as if it's a DIPA with food coloring or something. Weird. As for the beer. It's a hop monster, and really needs some aging to take the bite off. Very reminiscent of SN Bigfoot mixed with Three Floyd's. I like it alot, and will pick up a couple more to keep for a few years. Maybe 2010 I'll crack it open again.

taez555, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of ONUMello
4.22/5  rDev 0%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pours a nearly jet black color with a 1/2" tan head that thins quickly.
S: Hops hit up front, with burnt coffee and charcoal as well.
T: Very hoppy, with similar burnt coffee/charcoal notes as the nose. Lengthy finish.
M: Smooth yet with a hop bite.
O: I have yet to drink a beer from Stone I don't enjoy, and this is another home run. A hop-head's dream and complex yet easy to drink.

ONUMello, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of gkunkle
4.22/5  rDev 0%

Pours a black body with a tan head that settles to a thick film. Scent is of roasted malt and floral hops. Taste is of floral and pine hops, caramel, roasted notes. Mouthfeel is thick, with average carbonation. This is a good beer, though there are CDAs that I enjoy at the same level.

gkunkle, Jan 22, 2012
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.

NEhophead, Oct 07, 2007
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).

BrewitYerself, Dec 05, 2009
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

stewart124, Mar 13, 2008
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.

winky13, Mar 18, 2009
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.

cr0ckett, Aug 10, 2011
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.

surfer4life, Mar 29, 2009
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

StoneBrewFanatic, Jul 03, 2010
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.

AgentMunky, Jul 31, 2011
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.

xgrigorix, Sep 29, 2007
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.

chuckd123, Oct 18, 2009
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.

BattleRoadBrewer, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of ommegangpbr
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.

ommegangpbr, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of RppIII
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!

RppIII, May 17, 2010
Photo of bs870621345
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.

bs870621345, Jul 02, 2010
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!

Knapp85, Jun 14, 2011
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.

beermanbrian, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of patobandito
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.

patobandito, Oct 18, 2010
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.

Haybeerman, Jul 05, 2010
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.

3rdRowTailgater, Feb 05, 2011
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,196 ratings.