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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

4,996 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,996
Reviews: 1,817
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 217
Gots: 365 | 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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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -5.2%

06-27-2013 12:44:32 | More by tom10101
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MLaVioletteJr

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-26-2013 01:00:05 | More by MLaVioletteJr
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archero

Texas

4/5  rDev -5.2%

08-03-2013 05:24:13 | More by archero
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jimmah120

Minnesota

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, no date

Does a great job of combining the skunky dank hoppiness of their IPA with some toasty roasted molassesy goodness (the black). Maybe a touch of alcohol spice but otherwise its very drinkable for ~9%.

If more black IPAs were like this, they wouldn't beso much like the red-headed stepchild of beer styles

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 22:51:15 | More by jimmah120
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BierJager89

California

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with a creamy light mocha head.

N: Nose is dominated by orange and pine, but malt, roasted malt, chocolate and coffee make an appearance as well.

T: Roasty in the beginning, followed quite quickly by pine and orange, ending with coffee and roasted malt in the finish, though pine shows up strong in the aftertaste.

M: Creamy, full bodied and smooth. Mouthfeel is perfect.

O: More pine than I like. Nose is much better than the taste. Still recommended, especially if you like their taste in hops (I personally don't, though I love Enjoy By IPA).

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 06:45:42 | More by BierJager89
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black-maroon. Lacing is good. Head is meager.

Piney earth, roast, leafy hops, anise, grapefruit, and greens.

Rugged hoppiness with a sting. The sting is booze and big latent bitterness. Nearly spicy. Pine and grapefruit, foremost. Roasted grain supplements the malty underdog. Fresh leafy hops with an electric zip. Bready notes. Bitter greens, bitter orange, Angostura Bitters... an exercise in bitterness. Yet, very flavorful.

Gushy soppy feel. Sluggish body tones down the want to guzzle. Heavy in the mouth with all sorts of carb action.

Classy ale with that Stone intensity. Dark and satisfying. Delightful.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 13:50:19 | More by thecheapies
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nickadams2

New York

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A_Pours dark brown with a thick khaki colored head. Great retention. Heavy lacing.

S_Sweet malt,caramel,and floral hops.

T_Floral hops,caramel,sweet malt. Roasty and chocolaty on the finish.Lot going on but pretty well balanced.

M_Full bodied ,thick and creamy.

D_Bomber does it for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 03:18:49 | More by nickadams2
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bomber with my brother.

The look is dark brown with a thick thick tan head

The aroma is hops citrus spice love it

The beer starts with a sweet malt it quickly becomes light in the tongue but hops take over a slight roast and citrus pair to a dry finish leaving a big bitter on the tongue

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 00:38:36 | More by bishopdc0
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had samples of the 11th when it came out but I never got around to writing a review on it, at the time I wasn't feeling the dark IPA for some reason. This bottle changed all of those feelings I had, this beer nailed the dark roasts and the bold American hops. Stone is perfect I just had the Stone 13th and that was pretty lackluster and definitely carried no finesse. This on poured a pitch black body with no ruby highlights when held to the light, it did have a big tan foaming head that rose well above the rim of my glass. Lacing was even and retention was excellent great looking brew from Escondido. Aromatics hit a solid blast of pine and herbal hops with citrus following close behind, sweet baked goods with cocoa dry powder, definitely roasted malt characterstics wtihout much coffee action. Flavor was layered between dark chocolate roasted malt and aggressive hop bitterness that did manage to work. Some citrus, pine resin, and herbal dirty hop flavors came about between layers of dark chocolate cake it was a good mix with moderate alcohol burn coming through. Mouthfeel was big but not chewy carbonation was tight bubbled it carried the brew very well, not overdone pretty natural smoothness going on with a soothing dry finish between roasted malt and bittering hops. Drinkability overall was excellent another great reintroduction to Stone's black IPA, I had Iniquity last night from Southern Tier and I'm diggin' the dark hoppy beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 06:10:39 | More by WVbeergeek
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Spaten mug. Pours dark dark brown almost black with a one-finger light tan head. The aroma is mainly of a slight hoppy note. The flavor on the other-hand is of weak hops with a subtle nutty flavor. It was medium on the palate with low carbonation. There was no apparent lacing. Overall this is a very nice brew as with most Stone's. Definitely worth trying if you have not before...

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 23:02:38 | More by thagr81us
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bbkd3b

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A black ale indeed, this beer is ebony through and through. Finger-thick tan head comes along for the ride with decent retention. Lacing is surprisingly minimal on this one.

S - Nose is strong in its piney scent. Has a small backbone of roasted malts and chocolate, but not much else.

T - Much maltier and balanced than the nose, oddly enough. Citrus flavors explode on the front end before it melts into a sweeter beer, with a roasted cereal character, if you can imagine that. Finally, the back end brings those piney scents get a big payoff. Really robust character with a notable bitterness.

M - Lighter than I’d expect for a beer like this, with a smooth, creamy consistency and a prickly carbonation. Finish is about as clean as you can find.

Overall/notes - Really good beer. Don’t have much of a comparison as its my first black ale, but I can say that it’s fairly enjoyable. The strongest suit is its balance

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 02:24:36 | More by bbkd3b
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle at 45 degrees into a tulip.

A: It pours pitch black with two fingers of light tan latte-like foam with great retention and lace.

S: It smells like Stone Ruination blended with a Porter: typical Stone hop profile, citrus notes, chocolate, and some roastiness.

T: Lots of floral hoppiness, orange, grapefruit, cocoa, and coffee.

M: It has a medium body with lots of creaminess and a flavor-lingering palate.

D: It's tastes good but it is just an odd combination that takes a bit to get used to.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 14:56:59 | More by bucklemyshoe
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Bung

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Anniversary ale bottle. Dark brown/black pour. Frothy tan head. A little musty smelling, with piney hop and some roast and burnt malt. Taste has plenty of roasted malt, some dark chocolate. Very clean finishing with biter coffee, bakers chocolate, pretty dry. Medium bodied with good carbonation. I think 1 year of age would have been about perfect, this was just a little over. The 2 years really mellowed the hops, which was good for me. Good balance of malt, roast and hops. A real nice drinker, with only slightly high abv, which is not noticeable at all anyways. From what I understand this is now the Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 00:38:02 | More by Bung
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vandemonian

Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a lovey black colour and an excellent light-brown head. The smell is delicious: mostly of citrussy hops. It has a malty flavour up front which is quickly overtaken by the hoppiness. Very nice. It feels great in the mouth but afterawhile the aftertaste builds up too much.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:06:58 | More by vandemonian
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Dukeofearl

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle for $5.99 (I think) at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. Purchased in Jan 2009 and consumed in February of that year.

Pours a black black opaque black like the finest of inky beers, but a brown hint comes through when seen in partial reflection. A nice moderately frothy brown head sits atop this pretty beer.

Aroma is strongly hopped IPA style, grassy and pine resin playing off each other- not much citrus, just a touch. Solid malt base is there too to offset the hops.

Flavor is at first the solid rich toasty roasty chocolate-caramel malts, almost a bit ashen, and then a rush of hops bitterness and an alcohol burn end. The ash notes are stronger (much stronger) in the aftertaste.

A solidly built beer, quite a hop lover's delight. I personally wish it were a bit more fruity and less ashy, but that is a minor compliant in the presence of a well-built taste sensation. It's probably more "in style" (whatever that means) with the darkness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2009 02:13:23 | More by Dukeofearl
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u2carew

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Bomber.
A) Pours with a two finger head, tan in color, and creamy with great retention. Body is dark with mahogany hues. Lacing is sticky and tight.
S) Robust hop tones - Cascade maybe Amarillo for aroma. Woodsy. Piney.
T) Well balanced malt and hops up front. Subtle caramel. Citrus - grapefruit. Then moves to a liquid hop delight. Lingering hop bite in the finish.
M) Medium body. Light fizz. Fairly smooth and creamy.
D) Another good brew from Stone. I'd have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 23:31:33 | More by u2carew
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Scooter70

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with smells of alcohol and malt. Thick, tan head with good retention. Taste is mostly malty with a hint of hops. The alcohol smell doesn't really come through in the taste. Overall, the taste didn't match what I expected from a dark IPA. (What the heck is an IPA doing this dark anyway?!?!) I prefer more hop and less malt but overall I like this beer. I don't think I've had a beer from Stone that I didn't like. ;)

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 17:57:20 | More by Scooter70
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 8.7% ABV. Very dark brown, approaching black in color. Edges are ruby, thick rocky tan head. Seems to be a good amount of carbonation. Great head retention.

Slightly piney and grapefruit hops in the nose. A whiff of caramel and a slightly roasty character. Hop aroma seems well rounded.

Starts with a roasty flavor, which then turns into a bit of chocolate. Seems a bit chalky. Long lingering pinet bitterness. Finishes a bit dry.

Good body. Alcohol seems pretty well hidden to me. Interesting beast this one is.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 17:21:47 | More by Bierguy5
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blackie

California

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: The translucent black ale holds up a pretty 1 finger mocha head that recedes slowly and partially, with a nice layer retained for awhile.

s: BIG hops, even with age...dark, thick, juicy NW hops linger over burnt toast, light roasted coffee, and a burnt toffee sweetness. Quite aromatic. Spicy, alcoholic nose. If I was forced to narrow it down to one phrase, it'd be rum-raisin cake with a bitter cocoa-molasses glaze (and hops).

m: carbonation is medium, and the body is on the full side of the medium range...pretty smooth/creamy

t: Pulpy hops everywhere, start to finish. A semisweet caramel base malt supports a big presence of darkly toasted malts, turning more roasty and astringent after the swallow. The bitterness is moderate and the finish lingers long with near-burnt grain.

d: a nice beer, good drinkability even as the abv makes itself well known

shipped Southward by the fuhrer of foam, dirtylou

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2008 06:07:58 | More by blackie
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured dark/black color with a huge cream colored head – nice lacing and lots of retention. The aroma is strong of hops with a sweetness that is perceptible. The taste is bitter and very hoppy with an entangled sweetness from the malt. The finish leaves a nice hoppy taste. The mouthfeel is full and it lingers with an oily feel on the back of the tongue. This is a serious beer that is great, but may not be the easiest to drink freely.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 23:17:24 | More by barefootbrewer
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

in typical Stone fashion, it takes me a full minute and a half to read the treatise on the bottle explaining this beer. hopefully the expectations aren't too high.

color is very dark but not quite all black. think: the color of root beer. BIG big fluffy khaki head leaves great lacing. both aroma and taste are reminiscent of an IPA but with a decent malt base as well. the hops here are more floral than citrus, but they're not overwhelming. the bitter finish is there, but again, it doesn't decimate the palate. this is pretty oily, so i would like a bit more carbonation.

this one definitely grew on me. i wasn't blown away at first, but everything is in balance. the abv is right where it should be, you get some sweetness, some bitterness... it just works. i would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 19:03:48 | More by coachdonovan
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Axic10

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours almost a stout like black with one finger of fluffy tan head that settles after a bit.

Smell: Citrus and piney hops, smokey malt and some chocolate notes.

Taste: Bitterness from the hops hit at first, followed by burnt malt, coffee and a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated and slightly hot.

Drinkability: A very enjoyable beer from Stone. I had this when it was the Anniversary beer and loved it then. Extremely glad they brought this back, at $6 a bomber, this is a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 23:24:18 | More by Axic10
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dstc

Florida

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost black color with a generous dirty, cream colored head. Head falls oh so slow leaving behind big, sticky lace.

It has a real nice floral hop nose. Bit of a roasted and sweet character to it as well.

Nice roasted malts up front followed by robust flowery hops. Bitter and sweet battle it out to be the prominent taste. Ends with a lingering bitterness.

Rather full in the mouth and fairly smooth. Slightest bite.

Nice brew. Another job well done by Stone.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 14:24:05 | More by dstc
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an incredible looking near-black with faint garnet highlights. Creamy, khaki-colored, two finger head that leaves gobby sheets of sticky lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Hops and brown sugar dominate this one with a touch of chocolate and roasted malt as well.

T: Grapefruit hop flavors explode all over this one! Along with the major citrus is a seething undercurrent of brown sugar or molassas, bitter dark chocolate, and roasted malt.

M: Very bitter and spicy. I found an interesting chocolate aftertaste in the finish as well. The hops grab ahold of the tongue and just refuse to let go!

D: Drinkable to the max. What a surprisingly dark treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2007 00:23:56 | More by GbVDave
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black ale, eh? The only one I’ve ever had was from Stone, and I really didn’t like it (15th Anniversary Ale) – I’m not one to give up on a style, though, so bottoms up!

Two months to the day before this one hits its best by date (“Enjoy by 06.14.12;” love Stone’s laser-etched bottle dating).

A: A smooth black body, letting only a tiny amount of light through, pours like coffee from the bottle. Love the head: it comes up from the bottom of the body, churning and rising like the famous foam of a Guinness. It transforms into a rich three fingers of off-white (which looks incredibly vivid compared to the supremely dark body), taking literally minutes to settle to a thick retention with oily lacing. It’s an interesting, intense look for a beer; the perfect first impression for a badass brewery like Stone.

S: Loads of pine hops in the nose, bright and flowery, but with enough oil to leave this one with a feel I can only describe as dank. Stone really knows how to open up a beer with hop character, and that’s exactly how this one starts. The blackness of this nose has that not-so-pleasant licorice and fusel note, just like the Anniversary Ale, but this time it is enveloped by viscous chocolate, cinnamon-sugar, molasses, vanilla ice cream, and gingerbread. I like this combination of flavors: bitter hops and dark, roasty, sugary malts.

T: One word: juicy. The hops are rich with resiny oils, beginning with a subdued assault of pine sap, lavender, and lemon rind; they’d make any hophead’s mouth water. Then comes a smooth pattern of roast-heavy malts, bringing in the syrupy character of toffee and chocolate icing, a sugar-blast of dessert tastes. Cinnamon flavoring (like Hot Tamales), ginger, blackcurrant, coffee with cream, walnut, tons of char, tobacco, and an earthy musk roll around in the malt tirade, leading to an herbal, leafy end note; however, the majority of this brew’s dark aftertaste shows an acidic, citric dryness, some menthol coolness, and a light alcoholic tendency that is ends up somewhat metallic. Now, I know I give a timeline of tastes, but the flavors are so close together in this one that they all seem to roll out at once, giving this beer a lasting impression of chocolate-covered pine cone. Interesting, Stone…

M: Bubbly and hot, this brew’s body lends its character to the spicy hop presence of the palate. It thickens up as it gets warmer, but not by much; if Stone was going for that drinkable tingle of great beer, they got it.

O: This has given me hope for the American black ale style – what a combination of powerful hops and even bigger roasts. It’s an interesting palate, for sure. That’s really the main thing I like about this beer – that it’s unique (as are most of Stone’s offerings) – but as far as dark, hoppy beers go, I think a stout might be a bit more satisfying for my tastes. Of course, that’s not to say that this beer doesn’t have its place. If you really want to see where this one stands out, grab something salty, garlicy, or just plain spicy and crack a bottle – the darkness will soothe your burn, and the hops will rile it up at just the right times.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 00:27:18 | More by BarryMFBurton
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