Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale | Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 1,893 | Ratings: 5,853
Photo of jjayjaye
4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with mahogany hued edges and a two finger, stiff tan colored head that resists fading. 3D lacing follows in its wake. The smell is akin to an aggressive Double IPA. The aroma is primarily a grapefruit hop. Full bodied, the mouth feel is well carbonated, but primarily conditioned to the grapefruit character. Full flavored, the taste is a fruity grapefruit hop with an understated sweet malt thing. An excellent drinker - the 8.7% ABV is REAL. I WOULD HAVE DONE THIS ONE FOR "X"...come on!!! an India Black Ale (IBA)..WOW!!! Scoring points for imagination...is this 20/20 hindsight?

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Photo of Squelch
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown to black. Thin Brown head. opaque

Smell: Excellent citrus hop aroma. Very appetising.

Taste: I really don't know how to take the acrid bitterness of the roast malts combined with bitterness from the hops. It is definitely a different beer from that regard. Otherwise, the flavor is very well balanced with hop and malt bitterness hitting you up front equally, and finishing with great hop flavor and malt balance at the end. Actually it is a very well balanced and multi-layered beer, even though it is a new breed for me to drink. Me likey...

Mouthfeel: Slightly puckering. Moderately heavy beer.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure. Complex and layered, this is a very fine beer deserving of accolades.

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Photo of IBUStu
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I had no idea what I was getting when I poured this beer. I knew nothing about it. It came out of the bottle dark and hoppy and I smiled, and I said to myself what in the fucking hell is this?

Pours stout-ish with a finger and a half of dense, tan head that recedes down to a ring with an island in the middle. One of the best smelling beers I've ever had. It smells like a malty hop soaked in grapefruit juice and it tastes like a hoppy grapefruit. When I aerate it in my mouth I get bitter, dark fruits. I love it. It's viscous and it finishes sweet and dry. It's a strong, interesting beer but there is nothing offensive about it at all. I'll take pleasure in pushing it on friends who are in the mood for something new. Very worthy of my first review here.

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Photo of ISmith87
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another beer I've tried quite a few times, reviewing for the first time.

A - 4.75 - Great looking beer, dark brown/black/opaque with a light tan 2 finger head that sticks around for a while with some sparse lacing.

S - 4.50 - Citrusy/piney hops with a dark malt backbone and some hints of oats. Roasty/chocolate malts with a hint of coffee.

T - 4.50 - Citrusy hops are very intense with grapefruit/lemon/lime zest, some piney tones. Some roasted/chocolate malts but very in the background. Mostly hop flavor.

M - 4.75 - Great medium-high carbonation. Strong bitterness from the hops. leaves a nice bittery hoppy aftertaste. Slight hint of roastiness in the aftertaste.

O - 4.50 - Good beer, great black iPA, not as amazing as Stone's IPAs and Imperial Stouts. I'd probably say Wookey Jack is a bit better, with Dad's Little Helper (Rogue) and Dubhe (Uinta) being quite a bit below this.

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Photo of rightbrained
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this delicious beer on tap and in the bottle. First time was on tap at the Yardhouse in Denver. I recall the hops exuding the floral, citrus goodness much more than the bottle experience. Not to worry though, the bottle is good in it's own right. Either way, you can't go wrong. I'll review the bottle only because its in front of me.

A: nice, thick, dark, roasted color. Decent head, but nothing crazy.

S: Mmmm... I smell malty deliciousness with a nice hop character. I can't smell it without wanting another sip.

T: Damn good. Malt and hops come together to make a balanced, slightly more malty than hoppy (but still hoppy - and not over the top), delicious brew. Goes down clean with a nice smooth aftertaste considering what it is.

M: thick and a little on the heavy side, though not too bad. After awhile, you will feel like you've been drinking something very sweet (and dare I say, almost tannic? Could be the reviewers disposition of course - I am puckering a bit after a few of these)

O: What can I say. On tap, more of a black IPA flavor and smell. In the bottle, not feeling black IPA as much, but still damn good. Like I said, either way you won't be disappointed. The beer is strong and full of flavor. It got me interested in Stone again (not a dig on Stone, they know what they're doing and produce good beers. However, its been awhile since I sought them out). Nice work!

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bomber into a nucleation glass.

A:Dark, but not blacked out. The head was inches thick and lasted well. Laced pretty good on the glass.

S:Smelled great. Sweet and dark, with a hoppy character backing up. Very complex smell. Stone does well.

T: Much like the aroma let on. Very dark and sweet with a strong bitter aftertaste. Great showing on a black IPA.

M: Almost oily. Spicy from the carbonation.

O:Great brew, very complex.

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Photo of Ryan_Graham
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour dark black, small head. Very intriguing scent. Taste starts thick, malty. It's a very complex flavor. I taste: raspberries, wheat, chocolate, coffee, honey. It's sweet, yet full-bodied. The aftertaste leaves you wanting more. Overall, this a very drinkable beer. The flavor is interesting. I went through a whole bottle without being able to put my finger on the exact flavor. I wish I would've bought two bottles!

I would certainly recommend this to a friend.

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Photo of macktbone
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bomber courtesy of Monument liqour in Concord.

Pours a meduim thick head with heavy lacey retention and large bubbles. Could be a large head with aggressive pour. Dark mohagony color with red tinge along the edges.

Smells of cherries, hops, dark fruits and brown sugar. Woody aroma with candied figs.

Tastes like an oaky candied fruit with a nice hoppy finish. Has a medium malt backbone and a long lasting flavor.

Medium bodied and very nice texture that leads to its drinkability.

Very satisfying. Highly drinkable and has a lot of variance that keeps you mind and mouth guessing.

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Photo of sleazo
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been excited to try this as I am for all Stone anniversary releases

A-pours a very dark brown that allows some light through. nice two finger foamy coffee head dotted with large bubbles. Settles in quite nicely. lacing is decent not great which is the only complaint.

S-Wow I can smell this from across the room. Smells sticky like the Ruination, very piney. But you also get lovely roasted notes as well. It smells like a serious 2xIPA with a kick ass malt presence

T-The first thing that hits you is the roasted malt with hints of coffee and chocolate very much like a porter. You then get a wave of piney hops on the follow thorugh and a slight hint of alcohol. Overall it is very similar to the Ruination in terms of taste but the malt profile gives it a very different start. The bitterness is consistent throughout as it is not like a sweet porter in the front more roasted bitterness like coffee. This theme contiues with the hop wallop.

M-Slightly thick with a good ammount of carbonation.

D-A very interesting brew. You know this is a Stone beer all the way through. Kind of like a cross between their porter without smoking and the Ruination. I will pick up a few more of these.

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Photo of Mittsies
4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a typical beer glass.
Opinion slightly biased due to tasting several Double IPAs prior.

Minimal head, lacing was decent. Black as motor oil with a light head.

Aroma was very hop-forward, very citrus, somewhat pine, hints of roasted coffee.
Very musky, skunky, dank, pungent smell overall.

Taste was incredibly bitter, very hoppy at first and then lots of coffeebean and dark chocolate.
After slowly enjoying the beverage I found more flavors coming through; strong tea and pine flavors, and an incredibly-satisfying hoppy bitterness.
Very impressed with the flavor.

Heavy, creamy mouthfeel, but not as thick as you'd expect such a dark beer to be.
Very viscous, found myself drinking it very slowly even after thoroughly tasting it.

Overall this has become one of my favorite beers with just one tasting session. I've bought another bottle and will enjoy it again soon. I highly recommend trying a piece of dark chocolate (>85%) with the drink after thoroughly tasting it.

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Photo of whoneeds8
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass black with a very nice two finger thick off white foamy head. Great retention and lacing. Scent has hop floral notes along with some sugars. The taste is great, a nice hop bitterness with a late developing carmel and smoke sweetness that goes back to a bitter aftertaste. Very complex. The mouthfeel isn't quite what you would think of a strong ale, maybe a little thin for the style. But this does not take anything away from this beer. It actually makes this a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from Stone after tasting it on tap. Wonderful beer; Black with a dan head; an assertive super fresh and bright fresh pine hop nose with undertones of dark unsugared coffee nose.

Big coffee flavor with underlying very bright and citric, grapefruit bitter hops and a back palate of unsweetened licorice and more dark bitter chocolate and coffee. Full body that is very well balanced and with a nice light/medium creamy mouth feel.

A strong long lasting hop and bitter coffee finish. All around very bright hops, full bright flavored and wonderfully drinkable.

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Photo of joshuasamantha
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap, In bottle and growler form from the Stone Brewery- literaly one of the best beers ever, another home run for the guys at stone its like an arrogant bastard IPA strong american strong ale characters very hoppy and citrus-ee ha anyways as dark as midnight and very strong a good beer with bbq meats overall a definate A if you haven't tried it you need to...that is all....

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Photo of vacax
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this good stuff on tap at Beachwood.

A: This double IPA is nearly black, but retains a tinge of deep brown toward the edges. Nice looking head with beyond adequate lacing.

S: Grapefruit up front with pine in back. Beautiful bouquet with an enormous aroma.

T: Chiefly those grapefruit and pine notes, in bulk quantities. It is a real pleasure to taste this beer fresh once again and it is a far bigger beer than I recall. Vast quantities of hops flavors which would be unbearable if it were not the the roasted balance of the mythical black IPA. An exceptional beverage.

M: Quite on par with any DIPA or strong ale I could want, a tingling palate and medium body that does not go over the top--this is definitely not a porter/stout. It is a black IPA.

D: I absolutely love this beer but it is huge in flavor and quite a high ABV as well. Highly recommend this brew, but it is a little weird to describe a DIPA as a sipper.

Overall, sublime, and Stone has every right to be self-righteous.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a deep and translucent brown with a creamy khaki head.

The smell is strongly hoppy. Intense pine and citrus notes as well as a deeply sweet roasted malts.

Deliciously hopped sweet goodness. The hops are spectacularly citrusy in a truly American fashion. Sweet roasted barley and delicious thick grainy body. The drinkability is excellent.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amazing hoppy aroma as soon as i crack the bottle.

A- pours deep dark stout black with a generous mahogany highlight at the bottom of the glass. head falls somewhere in between beige and khaki and is so sturdy and thick that it barely even moves when i tilt the glass. it doesn't even recede it just sits there. lurking, stubborn, becoming pitted and pockmarked. monster lace on this one. an absolutely outstanding look and one hell of a handsome beer.

S- stone. stoooone dude hop me. incredible zesty grapefruit aroma with pineapple, passionfruit, mango and pine. fresh and bold amarillo and simcoe really hit it out the park like i'm holding a handful of sticky hop flowers. the great citrus bitter smell is balanced out by an underlay of somewhat cocoa somewhat roasted but very sweet and caramel toffee brown sugary coated nuttiness and the smallest hint of cinnamon and nutmeg and pipe tobacco. sandalwood nag champa incense come out as it warms a bit. herbal, earthy, spicy, sweet and a total nose boner.

T- this is insane. i know strong ale here in the states can cover a broad range of styles but this is some sort of freak of nature. i call arrogant bastard a red ipa so i guess i could call this a black ipa or even a double. unrelenting hop flavor from start to finish. not just bitterness, which it does have plenty of, but a crazy hop freshness that makes me feel like i'm chewin on a resinous nug of cali's finest. and at the same time very hard to describe. grapefruit, of course, flesh, pith, peel and all, with a generous coating of pine rosin and pineapple. some passionfruit and mango hang in there as a sweet and roasted brown sugar nuttiness attempts to attain some sort of balance. as the beer warms, the malt flavor increases and a very fine balance is achieved as the hops relent. at 45 degrees it's a hop titan but at 60 it's a nicely balanced chocolatey ipa.
finishes with lingering hop flavor and some roasty stuff.

MF- full, creamy and soft with fine under medium carbonation allowing the weight of this beer to really be felt. luscious like a stout with the dry resinous feeling of an ipa. sticky lips slippery cheeks and a rough tongue result from a nice sip of this brew.

D- not bad drinkableness for something this intence and alcoholic. alcohol content is barely evidenced in the flavor and by the end of a pint i'm starting to get the buzz on. hoppy and tasty but a big brew. sort of a conglomerate of porter, brown ale, and DIPA, this black beauty was well worth the $7 bomber.

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Photo of phatmatt20
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a very visually compelling beer. It has all the look of a darker, roasted malt beer. But, aside from looking the part, drinks like a double IPA. Has a heavy hop aroma, even a little "piney". Then goes onto a great hoppy flavor throughout the palate. Some people may wonder why a dark/black IPA? As I drank through the bottle, I was consistently impressed with the visual/physical contrast the XI presents. A great beer!! Hop heads should enjoy.

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Photo of Chadhowie
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exceptional and can be drank in nearly every setting. Much like all of Stone's brews, Sublimely Self-Righteous is a true beer, that does not make you cringe or question, but instead it delivers 2 notches above what you were hoping for. I love this beer.

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Photo of doboy
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A Black IPA? and a fine one at that! It pours as Black as the Ace of Spades, with a nice head, that reduces to fine lacing that holds for the entire beer. The aroma is sweet hops that strike the nose. The first sip gives wonderful mouthfeel as the hops explode in your mouth. The aftertaste was great, leaving you longing for the next sip. This was an exceptionally great beer that can only be improved by year round production from now till the end of time!

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Photo of Buggabeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A Nice dark black in appearance with a red cast when held to the light. Poured with a 1 inch head that slowly disapated. Nice lacing around the glass.

S Very nice hop presence. Definite grapefruit aroma

T What an excellent choice for my B-Day beer Has a nice dark beer taste at first and a wonderful hop finish at the end. Perfect not overpowering

M I think it feels great in the mouth not over carbinated or flat at all very nice beer

D Can I have another PLEASE!! I think it is exceptional. Awesome beer.

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Photo of rtig
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost black with a nice Lacey head

Emits a nice citrus aroma

Great hoppy taste that finishes extremely well

Mouthfeel sets the standard and really makes you want to keep coming back for more.

Overall, Stone has set the bar for black IPA's. I think this is one of the best beers on the market as it is so well rounded in all categories and is worthy of its namesake.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Stone pint glass.

A: Pours a jet black color with a huge tan head.

S: The aroma on this one if fascinating. The complexity in the nose hints at what is in store for the taste. The smell is primarily that of wonderfully fresh hops: citrus, pineapple, and a bit of pine. But wait, what is that? Some aromas normally associated with that of a stout show up as well; a bit of espresso and even some chocolate.

T: This has got to be one of the more difficult beers to describe that I've ever tasted. It has amazing complexity and layers of flavors. The primary flavors are that of an excellent IPA. Citrus, tropical fruits and delicious piney oils. The IPA part of this beer would alone make it worthwhile. However, there is something much more lurking in this brew. Hiding underneath the IPA lies the flavors of a dark stout. Some espresso, slightly sweet molasses, even some chocolate. I drank two glasses of this beer at two different temperatures and it drank like two totally separate beers. The first glass was rather cold and drank like an IPA, the second glass the brew was quite a bit warmer and at this temperature the dark malt flavors dominated. A truly unique and fascinating beer.

M: As good as the smell and taste of this beer is, the mouthfeel might be the best part. It's creamy and smooth yet not all that full-bodied for such a dark beer.

D: A very drinkable beer for how dark is it. A simply delicious, complex, and fascinating beer. Stone Brewing is awesome. They are constantly pushing the boundaries of craft brewing and turning out consistently unique and outstanding beers.

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Photo of MenloBeer
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Up front I should note that after having Hop In The Dark from Deschutes, Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA is rapidly becoming my fave style beer.

A: Dark, almost opaque blackness. Held up to the light you get a little penetration, but that's minimal. Good lacing on a two finger head that died down but remained "scummy" on the top.

S: Mind f*ck right up front with a lot of hop and citrus notes. Anyone expecting something porter or stout-esque should be be getting the clue now. This is an altogether different type of beast. Grassy tones, with barely a hint of malt.

T: The taste ... bitter citrus meets a great blend of darkly roasted malt. Hops all over the place, but some cereal notes, too. It's kind of like drinking grapefruit juice and eating toast. Beer is for breakfast!

M: Oily, but slides off the tongue easily. Doesn't have the coating factor you might expect from a dark beer. Finishes more sweet than dry, but not by much.

D: I like this beer. I like this style. At 8% ABV this beer would kick me in the groin after more than a few, but I could see myself willingly going there, given the awesome blend of hops and malt in this beer. Well done, Stone.

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Photo of Anaz
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer, and it's probably my favorite of the Black IPA/Cascadian Dark Ale type so far. The color is intensely black, fading to dark cola at the edges. The head is a huge coffee-and-cream beauty that resolves into generous lacing.

The bright citrus and resin aroma of the hops blend so well with the roasty coffee and chocolate aromas that it's amazing. This is where the style started to make sense for me, and the aroma of an IPA is supported and enhanced by the dark malt aromas very well.

The flavor is so like the aroma it's fantastic. The bright clean hops that Stone is so well known for mingle with the dark malt flavors, but are never overshadowed by them. The hops rule here, but the malt expresses itself nonetheless.

The rich, bitter mouthfeel finishes clean with at lovely citrus peel bitterness and faint toffee sweetness. There is a slight booziness that gently warms, but doesn't burn. This is a very drinkable beer for the ABV, it's so delicious that it's hard to stop drinking. I Love it, and am very glad that Stone has added this to it's year round releases.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.55/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ no freshness date

P: Dark brown from the bottle, jet black in the glass. Huge, fluffy tan head is thick and shows good retention. Spots of lacing left behind in its wake.

A: Big citrus & piney hops, roasted bready malt, caramel, and a wee smidgeon of booze.

T: This is outstanding! Big citrusy hops backed by a very sturdy backbone of roasted malt. Creamy caramel mixes in to add a nice touch of sweetness to offset the high bitterness. Sublte chocolate also comes out on the back end, along with a much more pronounced bready malt in the finish. Alcohol is minimal, and contributes to the taste instead of getting in the way.

M & D: Full-bodied, thick and viscious, a bit chewy yet deceptively smooth. Excellent drinkability, was wishing I had another halfway through the bomber.

Notes: Is it a Black IPA? Is it a very hoppy American Strong? Seems like a hybrid between the two. Who cares, though, it's fantastic! So glad this is available year-round! Highly recommended

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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,893 ratings.