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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,886
Hads: 5,822
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.03%
Wants: 287
Gots: 763 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gueuzedude on 09-02-2007

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Photo of feylure
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is quite fantastic. I've had it twice on-tap/in-growler and now in a bottle.

Smell is quite roasty and malty (like deep brown-sugar). Personally, I find it quite enticing.

It pours quite well with a decent bit of carbonation.

Taste is beautiful; bold, roasty and colorful flavor up front. The carbonation adds to it. And it finishes with a fantastic tail of the same kind. Late in the end of the taste, I find a bit of hops/bitters but not enough to put me off. It's an interesting tail that makes me want to have another drink.

It is quite drinkable, especially if you like dark beers. The taste is not too abrupt and over-the top bold to make you grimace. It feels like it struck the right balance.

It definitely fits into the concept of an angry beer with the dark overtones and malty-body, and it is one beer that I will keep enjoying for a while.

Cheers (875 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale

Bought as a single for $2.99/12oz. Enjoy by 5/16/14.

It’s a black IPA without the deep dark flavor or aroma profile or is it a hoppy stout. Stone does a great job imparting great hoppy aromas to their brews and this beer does not disappoint. One of the best in this category. 4.5

A – A hazy reddish brown during the pour but opaque black in the glass with a one-finger light brown fluffy head. Head died down to a constant thin layer. Good lacing. 4.5

S – Sweet, blossom, a bit of spice. 4.75

T – Semi-sweet start, herbal/peppery bitterness with some roastiness in the finish. A bit of alcohol heat. 4.5

MF – Medium bodied with a dry finish. Smooth start with a sharp carbonation in the finish. 4.5 (749 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
4.56/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A gift from OlieIPA who took pity on me for the swill the current economic crisis has forced me to drink. Thanks, you bastard, now I owe you another one!

Pours a rich deep deep ruby-brown. Very dark. Huge mocha head of beautiful mushmellow. A damn fine looking beer indeed. Maybe even perfect, as in 'cannot be improved.'

Smell is awesome. I know right now that this is gonna be great. Big pine and citrus hop blast of mouth watering aroma. Very clean. Very crisp. Not as strong as it could be, but all business.

Taste is simply delicious. Hops run the show. Bossing around the stray malt flavor that tries to get outta line. I can almost get a hint of ... chocolate? Maybe something else, then the hops finish the battle with a tangy grapefruit bitterness. Yum.

I can't believe how smooth this is. Carbonation is almost completely unnoticeable. Slick, goes down like a two dollar whore.

Since I love high ABV to begin with, I know I could drink this yummy stuff all night long (all night), all night long! Easily 3 or 4 bombers if I had 'em.

I'm a big fan of the 11th, but only had it a year old. This fresh stuff is divine. One of my personal favorites ever. I can say no more: this beer is awesome.

Overall: any time (1,226 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz bottle with a BB of Oct 27th 2012. Bought recently from Trembling Madness in York. As always, I love the labelling and the self-indulgent tirade that accompanies it....

Poured into a Duvel tulip (twice). A deep ruby hue; appears black unless held to the light. Produces a vast head of creamy beige foam with great retention - this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of overwhelmingly resinous hops, with notes of pine, grapefruit, orange peel and citrus. This is underpinned by hints of sweet roasted malt, yeast and a warming whiff of booze. Though in all fairness the aroma is all about the hops - incredible!

Tastes of super-intense hoppiness with a restrained dark malt character and a knock-out bitter finish. Notes of pine, resin, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus oils, roasted malt, mild caramel, faint earthy yeast and stewed hops. Slightly sweet, with a hint of alcohol in the background. A forceful and astringent bitterness upon swallowing - deep and spicy. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with a peppery dryness. Good body, though perhaps a little insubstantial for the strength/flavour. Highly astringent - dries the palate completely. Aftertaste of pine bitterness and fruity aromatic hops, along with a hint of sweet, dark malt.

Wow - what a beer! I think this might be my favourite Stone brew yet. Incredibly hoppy, although the malt provides good balance while lurking discretely in the background. The aroma and flavour are peerless. Amazing - I don't think I could recommend this too highly. Form a line, hop-lovers! Self-righteousness shall be yours... (1,588 characters)

Photo of haddon
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a dark molasses color with a nice mocha head.

S- not sure I have experienced a more balanced beer on the nose. it has a very strong hop presence that is full of citrusy pineapple... but also has a very strong malty backbone. sweet like brown sugar

T- initially has a sour twang on the palate that present as grapefruit & black cherries. follows with a nice bitter aftertaste. again, both the hops and malts are nicely intertwined like a braided rope! the alcohol is very faintly noticeable... just barely.

M- medium to full body that is thick and creamy with right amount of carbonation

D- one fine beer! very complex and goes deeper than the hops that are on the front end. I suspect this is a hop bomb but I don't notice the sharpness of it because the malty backbone brings a balance like an acrobat on a high wire.

One of my favorites! (854 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great beer! It combines citrusy and piney hops with a deeply caramelish malt that's also a touch chocolatey and roasted.

It appears black in a full pint glass, but held to the light it reveals dark mahogany edges. The creamy tan head holds well, and it leaves some nice splatters of lace about the glass.

The nose is citrusy and piney over a hint of dark caramel. Quite nice!

In the mouth it's decidedly medium bodied with a standard carbonation level.

The flavor reveals the maltiness that's not quite found in the nose. It's almost like burnt-sugar: caramelish, and bit roasty, and even a touch smokey. There's an edge of dark chocolate to it as well. It's rich, but not 'super' rich; and it's complex, but not 'super' complex - it's just everything it needs to be because it's really just acting as the perfect 'dark' springboard for the hops.

With any other malt base I'm sure these particular hops would be displayed in a different fashion, but here they're piney, resinous, and minty with a citrus edge that expresses orange, lemon, and red fruits as well. I think the roasted and dark chocolatey side of the malt develops the mintiness by combining with the pine-like qualities; and the citrus is slightly subdued, but still comes through towards the middle and end as a refreshing splash that pulls you away into a little something different. Atop a golden or amber malt I'm sure the hops would be more emboldened, and more citrusy, piney, and fruity (like fruity pebbles?), but here they're more reigned in. And what that all leads to is a really interesting beer from the first whiff to the elegant, lingering finish. In fact, I get the most smokey edge out of it after it's been gone for a minute or so.

Regarding drinkability, the alcohol at 8.7% by volume is never noticeable. You might feel it, but you won't taste it. And I think the subdued complexity and interesting 'bright points' make it remarkably compelling. It's brilliantly balanced at its core, and superbly studded with hops. Quite possibly my favorite beer from Stone. (2,065 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Super dark amber almost black

Head: light brown head

Smell: Orange zest right up front with a bright hop and light maltyness

Taste: Bright tropical fruit upfront as the malt washes over the bitter hops bit back and stack on the palate

Weight: Medium frosty body with high to medium carbonation

Finish: Bitter hops with subtle malty sweetness and a hint of heat (377 characters)

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Zatec fluted glass. 2 fingers of light tan head. Black and sticky looking. Smells of mango, peaches, citrus hops, coffee and alcohol. A little hot on the nose, but otherwise perfect. Tastes like mango, bitter hop flavor, and a bit of toasted malt, vaguely coffee-like. Slightly sweet on the finish, but mostly bitter chocolate and hop. Alcohol is prevalent, but imminently drinkable for a beer at 8.7 abv. Delicious. (431 characters)

Photo of Jeffrey-Pulver
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A fantastic beer. Very dark and strong. Coffee and dark chocolate are present. Alcohol has pletty of taste here. Almost like a Guinness on steroids. Two thumbs way up. (167 characters)

Photo of kagent777
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was obtained through a trade with geryeb624, thanks!!

Bomber with no sort of bottling date, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Not quite black, more of a dark brown. Pours with a nice viscous splash that settles into a thin cream colored head that leaves little lacing.

Smell: Bittersweet malts that smell of chocolate and a hint of vanilla. I also note some pine like resinous hops. Probably the most intense aroma from a beer I have smelled, yet. This smells (bourbon) barrel aged.

Taste: The interplay of the various types of bitterness is what is most interesting here. There is the significant roasted malt bitterness that manifests itself as coffee or chocolate like. On the other hand, the bitterness from the hops also fights for your attention.

Mouthfeel: I am thankful that the body is not as thick as the smell (and pouring) would suggest, that would be too syrupy. The body is actually closer to the middle of the spectrum. The carbonation gives this beer a sense of levity as well.

Drinkability: Wow. This is a very complex beer. I am enjoying it very much, but it is so complex that I would not reach for another one after I finished the first. That, and it will never be shipped to Utah. (1,217 characters)

Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a complete black with an impressive 2 finger brown head. While pouring, I initially smelt dark chocolate, but when I put the bottle down and took a whiff of this beautiful liquid in my glass, I was greeted with an extreme flowery hopnose that sent me towards heaven. Taste is solid chocolate with such an extreme hopbite it's out of this world. The hops literally assault and pillage your taste buds. Insane hopbite!!! This brew only gets better as it warms, woody/earthy tones mingle with citrus making this an extremely unbelievable brew. Mouth feel is good as well, drinkability is pretty solid as too. I wouldn't suggest slamming too many of these or you might not taste any thing else for a few days! Hats off to stone for this impressive anniversary brew. (768 characters)

Photo of BrewDocCT
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (glad this one is in 4 packs now) into my Bell's pint.

Appearance is black. Black coffe black. Some light barely squeezes through.

Smell is floral and burnt.

Taste is jarring. Smacked with hops. Finishes with a coating bitterness and awesome roastiness.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous.

Overall just a great beer. One of my favorites. Stone really nailed a 'style' that can be hit or miss. (412 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours dark brown with a creamy cap of beige foam.

The aroma is full of tropical fruit aroma and nice bitter hops. This has a nice roasty char backbone that gives it a nIce dynamic. The pallet has a good tropical/ citrus flavor with a bitter finish. A little bit of a nice char finish.

He body is medium with adequate carbonation. A dry finish here. Overall this is one of the better offerings out there. Real enjoyable. (456 characters)

Photo of Iceman77
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few black ales before but this one is BLACK, maybe just a hint of amber around the edges where the light comes through. Pours with a fluffy three finger head that recedes slowly throughout the glass. The aroma is great, a ton of roasty malt up front with some hops hiding behind it. There's a lot going on in the flavor as well, where the hops take over a little bit more and there is a hint of sweetness as well. Very smooth on the mouthfeel, with a little bite of carb and bitters on the aftertaste. I think this is a great example of the style, and one of the best from Stone (589 characters)

Photo of t0rin0
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the brewery the day it came out and again repeatedly in the bottle. Its still young enough that theres no noticeable difference between bottle and keg at this point. All I know is that I still have 1 case left, 6 bottles for me and 6 for trade.

Anyway, the beer pours a nice dark brownish color and in the light it has some redness to it. The head is thick and creamy and slightly tan. The beer smells wonderful. Its loaded with tons of simcoe hops, which is one of my new favorites as I'm boycotting cascade until they come down in price. These hops impart some piney smells. Theres also some chocolate and a little fruitiness present.

The taste follows suit. The malt presence is powerful enough to smell just like it tastes. Its half IPA and half brown ale. I'd like to see how the malt/hop balance changes with age but for now its great. Has a nice and heavy body to it with about the right amount of carbonation.

This is a dangerously drinkable beer. (980 characters)

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours an unexpectedly black and thick liquid. If I didn't already know what this beer was, I would definitely assume it was a stout by the look of it. It has a bubbly cream-colored head that lasts for a minute or so and settles to a patchy film of head and lace on top of the beer. Nice lacing is left as you drink it down.

Smell: The hops really jump out on this beer. Piney and citrusy smells right up from, with definite grapefruit aromas as well. You can literally smell the malty sweetness even before you take a sip! It's odd to smell a stout-like malt foundation with these kinds of hoppy smells.

Taste: Lots of citrus and pine flavors from the hops hit you right away. Also resiny and sour grapefruit flavors quickly follow from the hops. There is also a slight presence of more tropical fruits. The malt comes in right behind this and is quite sweet and thick and oh so malty! I never expected an IPA to have such a positively manly malt character. This beer is amazing! Never have malt and hops been melded so elegantly and so devastatingly! Serious goodness...I'm glad I bought six bombers of this nectar. Anyway, the end comes in with some moderate earthy flavors and a lingering citrus from the hops. The aftertaste finishes with a wonderful mixture of alcohol, piney/citrusy hops, and a great malty base for all of it.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is lively, but not overpowering for this beer. It's very complimentary actually. The body is quite thick and smooth as well.

Drinkability - This is a heavy-weight brew, no two ways about it. This beer is not for the faint of heart, as has been said of others. The flavors are strong all around and the body is thick and full.

This is one amazing concoction from Stone yet again! A delicious mixture of stout-like maltiness and a juicy and luscious hop character to boot! This is a must-have beer, and I must say I haven't had many like it (if any). Get your hands on one of these babies, if you know what's good for you! (2,043 characters)

Photo of KKB
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice big off-white almost rootbeer-esque looking head, with great retention; excellent lacing. Is almost black with just some light seeping in around the edges which is very interesting for an IPA. Intriguing. Carbonation looks good, cannot wait to dive in.

S - Wow. This smells just overwhelmingly good. Loaded with hops but there is also a distinct fruitiness there, a bit of citrus and maybe even some pineapple/grapefruit. There is also some sweetness to it that suggest a little malt.

T - Jumping with hops, definitely some malt as well, the fruit is present in therel, floral, citrus, some grapefruit, but the fruit is not overwhelming the palate so much as weaving in and out of the hops in a very subtle manner. Very bitter, very delicious, a little similar to the Ruination IPA. Sticky, piney and wonderful, very different though.

M - Really awesome mouthfeel; by the way it looks you would think it would be thick, perhaps even syrupy given it's black color, but it's not at all, it's very light and the carbonation only adds to this effect pleasantly. I would say medium bodied.

D - Exceedingly drinkable, I could take this down all night.

O - Overall this IPA is very good. Loaded with hops, compulsively drinkable, and sublimely self-righteous. Thank you again Stone. (1,289 characters)

Photo of SShelly
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22.

Pours black like an RIS with a thick 3" offwhite head that sticks around for a minute or two.

Lots of hops in the nose, citrus, citrus citrus, i love it!

Flavor starts out with a citrusy bitterness that coats the mouth, has a nice strong malt backbone behind the hops, finishes a touch to the malty side and leaves the mouth with a light citrus hop coat. medium-light mouthfeel, the only thing I would change.

This is the rebrew of one of my favorite beers ever, 11th anny stone, and it delivers, hits well across the taste buds and leaves you wanting more. Mitch, please please please brew this more than once a year! (640 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The pour surprised me at first, because I had not read the full blurb on the back of the silk screened label, and was expecting an IPA. But the last line gave the clue to what this looked like, dark, pitch dark. When held up against the light, some ruby highlights showed up, but otherwise this was pretty much a black beer in terms of look. The head atop seemed small but stable, and was quite light in color, which was in stark contrast to the body. The smell was like a hop field, which pine and grapefruit smells being quite prominent. Underneath them, there was some chocolate lurking there. The taste was quite hoppy indeed, which made me wonder if this was not a year old bottle, but rather a fresh brewed batch for us on the East coast. The spicy, prickly, earthy hoppyness was just as intense as any IPA, however the black patent malt astringency, and some chocolate flavor were unusual, but went surprisingly well with that. The body was more in line with IPA than the looks suggested, and this was very drinkable for me, since I like hoppy beers. Quite a unique combination, but it works. (1,099 characters)

Photo of pmccallum86
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color with a big cocoa colored head.

Smell is HUGE, tons of citrus and piney hops come through as soon as you open the bottle. Exceptional.

Taste is bitter up front, really bitter and piney, with smooth chocolate malts coming through in the finish. Nice

Mouthfeel is thick and resinous, very good.

Overall it is a great beer, I am impressed. (364 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found this and bought it at first sight.

A: Pours super dark, makes me think of rootbeer.
tan coloroed head with great lacing. so dark it's almost opaque

S: I had a really hard time reconginzing this aroma: (hops with a solid-ass malt backbone
the hops stick around for a bit, too! really this is great.

T: great. think of reeses peanut butter cups: 2 great tastes that taste great together!

M: tons of body. standard carbonation

D: this is pretty heavy. I'd better have antoher! (484 characters)

Photo of merryjoulton
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark rich black with a brown head that sticks around minimally throughout. Good lacing as well. Smell is a beautiful mixture of roasty malts and sticky piny hops--this is a combination that I haven't come across yet and its a welcome frontier. Tastes congruent with smell, most flavors are from the hops--bitter, citrusy, a commanding grapefruit character--but there are roasty chocolatey flavors as well. Mouthfeel is thick but not creamy. Drinkability is great. (476 characters)

Photo of IPALOVER
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow-- what a beer! I didn't know what to expect, and loved the creative writing on the bottle that led me to believe that it was going to be a "very dark" IPA.

The beer poured beautifully-- looked like a nitro delivered beer. I said "yum" just looking at it.

After taking the first sip I remarked, "now this is a great beer." What makes it that way? First of all, the hops, which I am a huge fan of. Secondly, the combination of coffee and black licorice that dominate, as well.

Drinking this beer is not easy-- heavy and definitely an after-dinner sipper! As the beer warms it becomes smoother and the coffee notes dominate-- I didn't leave a drop in the glass.

I'm a fan of Stone because of their use of hops, and was pleased to see and sample this truly unique, tasty IPA. (780 characters)

Photo of obrendano
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I discovered this beast of a drink randomly poking around my local store. I was unaware of its existence until now, and am 100% happy I found it

A - for what is advertised as just an ale this is a dark, dark beer. pretty much a stout appearance, rocky tan head, so inviting, so pretty

S - an instant smack of hops, it actually took me by surprise, though given Stone's reputation, it definitely shouldn't have. rich dark malt undertones and some alcohol too

T - superb. strong hop kick up front fades (slightly) to let an impressive chocolate malt flavor to take over until the finish, when the hops come back in full force to spice up the strong coffee/chocolate taste. some alcohol flavor is present, complementing very well

M - rich and full bodied, very fine carbonation

D - this was absolutely great to drink. sipped on it over an hour letting the flavors slowly evolve as it warmed. halfway through took on a handful of spicy buffalo wings and the pairing was delectable. dare I say it, this is better than Arrogant Bastard (1,034 characters)

Photo of EStreet20
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass.

A - Nearly pitch black brew with two full fingers of tan head sits in the snifter. Nice lacing rings are left behind.

S - Great citrus aromas with some grapefruit/orangey aroma floating around. Some tea like aroma is there too.

T -Wow, some bitterness and alcohol meld with the fruit and lead the way over some dark malt flavors. A little bit of chocolate flavor makes a nice, albeit brief appearance. Alcohol is definitely evident into the finish over those fruity tastes. Very interesting.

M - Nice medium/slightly heavy body with just the right carbonation for this unique brew.

D - So one of a kind. I'm loving it and I want more after every sip.

Notes: India Dark Ale???? The bottle states that the brewers kept everybody "in the dark with this IPA" and it really is like a hybrid of a few possible dark beer styles and an IPA. I guess Strong Ale is the only classification that makes sense but this beer has many characteristics of a barleywine, IPA, and even some stout and/or porter like traits. I guarantee some will love this and some will hate it, but everyone who appreciates craft beer should try it. Me, I'm a fan. I'll have to grab some more. (1,208 characters)

Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 1,886 ratings.