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Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale - Stone Brewing Co.

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Sublimely Self-Righteous AleSublimely Self-Righteous Ale

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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

5,209 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 5,209
Reviews: 1,827
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 227
Gots: 458 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

mwbrady12, Aug 02, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

thedokta, May 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -46.7%

Minnesota_beer_guy, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of champ103
2.28/5  rDev -46%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours nearly opaque black with just a little bit of brown around the edges. A first a small tan head forms, but continues rising to over two fingers. The tightly packed foam gently recedes to a ring that sticks throughout. Lots of spiderweb looking lace is left behind.
S: Piny hops up front and dominate. The hops are overly soapy, resiny, and oily. Fusel alcohol. Almost no malty sweetness to speak of.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of piny and resiny hops. The taste is of Soapy dishwater detergent. A strong lingering bitterness as well as some hot alcohol.
M/D: A medium body and low carbonation. Actually a little thin and watery. Slick and oily. Lots of bitterness and hot alcohol makes this hard to drink. It will be a chore to finish the bomber.

I am not a fan of this at all. I did not get any of the malty notes others have mentioned. Just a black beer with to much soapy hops. No nuance or balance. I would not recommend this.

champ103, May 22, 2010
Photo of mentor
2.3/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

On tap at Old Chicago in downtown Denver. Presented a pint glass with a finger of dark brown head over a black liquid. Smells piney hops with drying coffee roast. A bit piercing medicinal.

Tastes not good. Potent piney hops and drying roast malts. Combined together, they are quite unpleasant. Needs a bit more sweet to temper the edges. Actually, I doubt that increasing the malt sweet could cut the pine. With searching, a touch of caramel and also come burned grain. Alcohol presence is clear and serves to dry the finish, not a good situation. Finish is dry with lingering (but clean) hop bitterness. Md-heavy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Drinkablility is quite low. I choked the beer down, in fact, almost sent it back for something else. Guess what, Stone is the new Rogue. Let's throw an overload of hops into a bunch of different base beers.

mentor, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of rousee
2.33/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Dark onyx color with a thick active 3 centimeter head that holds quite well.

Smell is somewhat vinous with elements of plums or dark cherries and some roasty dark malt undertones.

Taste is similar to the nose but there is more of the roasted malt character noticed throughout. I cant really get into this at all--too vinous and boozy. And the roasted element of the malts tastes like they are burnt.

This has to be the least enjoyed of any Stone beer I have tried.

rousee, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of caddyshack199
2.4/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Stone sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
220z
A-dark almost black in color
H-wispy thin head nothing or any significance.
N-
T- heavy stout like, roasted malts, chocolate, HOPS!!! Strong
lingering hop character.
I- not very drinkable. Between the heavyness of the roasted malts and
the bitter hops it's a mouthful.

caddyshack199, Feb 11, 2010
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2.48/5  rDev -41.2%

mynewbeers, Aug 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 28, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

prisoner1572, Oct 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

RoyFokker, May 11, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

cjtwigger, Feb 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

mwar, Mar 23, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Bubukar, Oct 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Hopinista, Apr 01, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

hopmandu, Apr 09, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

cmsimeur, Jan 29, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

ajs4bd, Aug 20, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Kyrojack, Feb 24, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -40.8%

Bdiddy4826, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of fscottkey
2.55/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A: Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark black with a minimal head. The head dissipated immediately.

S: Dark fruits, figs, slight chocolate and musty overtones. Some hop notes too.

T: Smoke, and some fruits. Astringent after taste that is not pleasant.

M: Smooth but with a bit of a carbonated edge to it.

I am pretty surprised by this one. I haven't had a lot of Black Ales, but I love Southern Tier Iniquity. The astringent aftertaste on this one makes it so I won't have another in the future.

fscottkey, Mar 22, 2014
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2.56/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a midnight black color with brown hues throughout. A soft brown head with limited retention but some lacing.

Hop forward in the aroma. Some pine and citrus notes. Some herbal and bit of cat pee. Some yeasty notes, esters, rose peddles and tropical fruits and a light fig. Some buytic notes, dirty feet.

The taste follows suit per the aroma. The hops come out at first and leave a balance taste. Mostly a pine earthy almost woody note. But a strong bitterness and astringency mute the finish. Again some off yeasty notes are a bit deterrent. Fruity esters and herbal floral. Some tar like tastes that were off setting and noticeable dirty feet finish. So much so I felt this was a drain poor.

The body was moderately light. Some drying finish and ashy. astringent finishes. Carbonation was light. Overall good hop presence but because of the off yeast notes I couldn't finish it.

Oxymoron, Mar 11, 2013
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2.56/5  rDev -39.3%

boevez07, Sep 04, 2014
Photo of glazeman
2.63/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Split with airohead2001

A: Dark brown with a 3 finger tan colored head that has excellent retention and lacing.

S: There's a lot of hoppy bitterness on the nose mixed with a little bit of smokiness.

T: I'm not a big fan of the taste here. There's a lot of bitterness, and not the normal kind of pleasant bitterness that accompanies a good IPA, but rather a sort of rancid sort of staleness. There's some coffee and smokiness also, but not much else.

M: Well, there's a nice level of carbonation, but an unpleasant aftertaste. The viscosity is about what I'd expect.

D: I don't think I would drink this again unless it were already inebriated and it were handed to me for free.

glazeman, Feb 24, 2011
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2.7/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Glass: Oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Motor oil black, thick frothy mocha colored head and a really nice lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma: Hoppy with a slight molasses, I was also getting a sweet bready aroma.

Taste: Strong hop flavor at first, a slight hay flavor was detected in quite a few sips and a bitter finish. It didn't seem to have much more than hops going for it.

Mouthfeel: Light body, thin texture with a bitter finish.

This was pretty disappointing. I'm a huge fan of Stone but this ale really didn't do anything for me. However while the taste left a lot to be desired the aroma was phenomenal.

Hawksfan79, Jan 16, 2013
Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale from Stone Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 5,209 ratings.