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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,230 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,230
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 230
Gots: 467 | 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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4/5  rDev -5.2%

ipas-for-life, May 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

mpayne5, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

imperialking, Dec 19, 2011
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

diverite, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of JizackFH
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This pours a very dark brown color, with a huge than head. The head left some lacing on the glass as it fell.

S - The smell is very citrusy. There are notes of hops, pine, chocolate, and coffee. It smells like a good blend of an IPA with dark malts.

T - The taste follows the nose. It has dark roasty malts, and a nice bright hop flavor. The hops are the dominating flavor, but the dark malts definitely makes their presence known. The finish has some roastiness and a touch of alcohol presence.

M - It has a medium body with a good amount of carbonation. It is very smooth and has a silky feel to it.

D - The drinkability is good. It goes down easily, and has a lot of flavor. This was my first black IPA , and I think it is a good and interesting style. I can't wait to try some more. As for this beer though, I would pick it up again for sure.

JizackFH, Dec 02, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

kingjohnh, Jun 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

CraftMe14, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

Andy_Luft, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

robmoak, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

tom10101, Jun 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

MLaVioletteJr, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

archero, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.2%

oldmankoch, Sep 24, 2014
Photo of jimmah120
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

jimmah120, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of BierJager89
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).

BierJager89, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of thecheapies
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.

thecheapies, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of nickadams2
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.

nickadams2, Aug 14, 2010
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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

bishopdc0, Feb 24, 2011
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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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 21, 2009
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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...

thagr81us, May 19, 2010
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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

bbkd3b, Apr 25, 2011
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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.

bucklemyshoe, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of Bung
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.

Bung, Jul 07, 2009
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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.

vandemonian, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of Dukeofearl
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.

Dukeofearl, Feb 03, 2009
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,230 ratings.